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Job Description:

About Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. Samaritan’s Purse is privileged to be part of the humanitarian effort in Ethiopia and legally registered as foreign charity to work in Ethiopia since October 08, 2018.

Open Position:  1



The Protection/Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Program Manager (PM) is responsible for oversight of protection and MHPSS program implementation and mainstreaming protection principles in all programs based in Tigray, thereby improving the safety, access and dignity within all programming. The Protection/MHPSS PM will be the budget manager and responsible for the successful implementation of all activities while also representing Samaritan’s Purse Ethiopia (SPE) in all clusters, coordinating interventions with other actors to ensure appropriate responses to identified protection concerns or issues such as safeguarding and protection against sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA). Under the supervision of the Deputy Area Coordinator, the PM will undertake the following tasks:

Key Responsibilities

·       Lead the Protection and MHPSS component of SPE programs including child protection and gender-based violence (GBV) programming and community-level psychosocial support (PSS) as well as professional counseling

·       Providing training of beneficiaries and staff on protection principles and prevention of GBV and PSEA, ensuring both beneficiaries and staff are aware of, and are capable of responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and child protection (CP).

·       Provide technical support to ensure quality referrals and information dissemination, protection case management, individual protection assistance, are in line with international best practices.

·       Technically lead Protection and MHPSS needs assessments and identify risks and vulnerabilities, including those related to gender, age, and diversity.

·       Support sectors program staff to mainstream protection in their activities through the provision of training.

·       Ensure the safeguarding and reporting policy is communicated to and understood by program participants and relevant community members (through ongoing, age-appropriate, contextualized verbal and/or written information shared in local language.)

·       Develop protection Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials and learning aids for the community facilitators and contribute to the contextualization of protection tools and guidelines according to SP, international standards and best practices.

·       Ensures opportunities are in place for safe, confidential reporting and community feedback with mechanisms to ensure accountability. Record the complaints made and proactively address the recorded complains in coordination with protection lead and senior leadership team in the head office.

·       Promote an environment of respect and trust with program participants and community members, both at the office and in the field site.

·       Perform other assigned tasks


University degree in international relations/development, social science, Gender, law, psychology, or another related field; MA/S or other related advanced degree preferred.

·       Understanding of humanitarian principles and practices

·       In-depth knowledge of international protection programming standards in humanitarian contexts, particularly Gender Based Violence, Psychosocial Support, Protection mainstreaming including familiarity with sector standards and best practice approaches

·       Understanding of safeguarding and do-no-harm principles, and how these interact with protection mainstreaming programming and risk mitigation strategies in humanitarian settings

·       Strong interpersonal skills and display evidence of good leadership and influencing skills.

·       Ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff and clients.

·       English, Amharic & Tigrigna fluency required

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills and be comfortable participating both as an effective contributor and a listener in-group setting which include senior staff.

·       Well-organized, resourceful, effective, and efficient at coordinating multiple resources to get things done and must have proven track record of successfully working on multiple tasks at once and foresees and plan around obstacles.

·       Demonstrated sensitivity in diverse, cross-cultural settings.

Job Requirements:


·       Minimum three years related field experience, including Protection and/or MHPSS program design and management

·       Background in counseling vulnerable populations

·       Strong knowledge of standards and guidelines for MHPSS, GBV, and CP programming, coordination, and data management

·       Experience with case management services

·       Experience supporting skills building and capacity strengthening skills, including training/ facilitation skills and techniques for accompaniment and mentoring to a range of audiences

·       Experience working with local partners and community mobilization preferred

·       Experience with participatory, community-led programming approaches, including strategies for supporting the participation of women, girls and potentially marginalized/ at-risk groups


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations in English and Amharic. Ability to write reports, proposals, and business correspondence in the same languages. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, donors, and the general public. Strong English written and oral communication skills.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram, or schedule form. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, extreme cold, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; risk of electrical shock; risk of radiation; and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Position could require extensive travel in and out of the field.


 The employee is required to carry out his/her duties in accordance with Samaritan’s Purse Safeguarding policy and Christian Code of conduct.

Any candidate offered a job with Samaritan’s Purse will be expected to sign Samaritan’s Purse’s Safeguarding Policies and Christian Code of Conduct as part of their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

The employee is expected to remain alert and responsive to any child and adult safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable her/him to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand safeguarding policy and must conduct in a manner consistent with the Safeguarding Policy.

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