Social Worker

Job by Ethiopian Society of Sociologist Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA)

Category: Social Sciences and Community

Location: Addis Ababa 

Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)

Salary: Negotiable

Job Description

Duration of Employment: six months contract (COVID-19 response) with possible extension depending on the availability of funds  

Place of Work:  In line with the current Government directives, successful candidates will work from home in Addis Ababa and project regions where they will have regular access to mobile phone, computer and internet services.  

Number of Positions: 50

The Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA) incollaboraation with UNICEF Ethiopia to has planned to work on COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Activities in Ethiopia. The activities are planned to be implemented in the following regions : Addis Ababa Afar, Amhara, Benshangul Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, SNNP, Tigray regions. ESSSWA is thus looking for competent and experienced Social Workers who can meet the job requirements outlined below.

Duration of Employment: six months contract (COVID-19 response) with possible extension depending on the availability of funds Place of Work: In line with the current Government directives, successful candidates will work from home in Addis Ababa and project regions where they will have regular access to mobile phone, computer and internet services.

Job Description

Reports to senior social worker and performs the following activities:

  • Conduct remote rapid capacity assessment of Community Service Workers (CSWs) deployed at kebele level through woreda offices of Women, Children and Youth (WoWCY) and WoWCY staff in child protection and on prevention of infection and transmission as well as knowledge and practice of self care strategies in the context of COVID-19
  • Raise awareness and knowledge among Community Service Workers (CSWs) deployed at kebele level through woreda offices of Women, Children and Youth (WoWCY) on prevention, disease transmission and response measures to COVID-19- through training them on basic facts of the pandemic including symptoms, modes of transmission, prevention and accessing health care facilities (Focuses on training CSWs on content and methods of educating communities on mainstream messages and guidelines and measures promoted by Government to curb the spread of COVID-19) 
  • Provide psychosocial support to CSWs and WoWCY staff to promote self care and correct use of personal protective equipment; and support CSWs and WoWCY staff to mainstream mental Health and psychosocial issues in all their daily work with children, families and communities. 
  • Train CSWs and WoWCY staff on mechanisms to support contact tracing in collaboration with the health sector and local level COVID-19 taskforces and provide psychosocial support to families and children who may be referred to isolation centers and treatment centers
  • Train CSWs and WoWCY staff on psychological first aid and transmission of mental health and psychosocial messages to support caregivers and children who may be in distress due to illnesses, loss of loved ones, sparations and abandonments associated with COVID-19 Support CSWs and WoWCY staff through training in child protection risks (such as separation, violence including gender-based violence that arise in the context of COVID-19 including stigmatization and discrimination against survivors of COVID-19), child protection case management, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, and how to safely report concerns 
  • Conduct regular case reviews and follow-up of identified and reported cases by CSWs and WoWCY staff and provide remote support to improve provision of services to children and their families and appropriate documentation of the cases in coordination with WoWCY heads 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with stakeholders such as regional Bureau of Women, Childre and Youth (BoWCY) and Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs (BoLSA)
  • Avail self at all times for call by and remote support to CSWs and WoWCY staff in case management and addressing complex cases through phone-based psychosocial and counseling services to children and their families to
  • Provide remote individual supervision and coaching to CSWs in coordination with WoWCY staff weekly as per standard supervision and coaching guidelines and templates and support CSWs to function optimally
  • Train CSWs and WoWCY staff on weekly reporting mechanism including on the use of standard reporting templates; compile weekly reports submitted by CSWs and WoWCY staff (phone-based data collection from CSWs which will be verified with WoWCY records) and submit weekly report to supervisor and discuss with supervisor on rapid response to challenges encounterd by CSWs and WoWCY staff. 
  • Maintain robust database of services provided under the project through the use of standard reporting and paper-based management information system; prepare timely and present effectively written, statistical, narrative and oral reports periodically to supervisor and the project coordinator as requested
  • Perform other duties designated by immediate supervisor 

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • First or second degree in Social Work, Sociology and Social Anthropology
  • at least four years of solid social work practical experience in service delivery at facility or community level 
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English. In addition to Amharic, speaking languages spoken in the 8 regional states is highly desirable. 
  • Previous experiences working with communities e.g. voluntary groups, faith based organisations, non-governmental organizations, local government etc. is an asset.
  • Previous experiences in group facilitation – comfortable in leading or facilitating group learning
  • Have critical thinking skill and is able to observe and synthesize the pros and cons of a situation and use learning to implement a best course of action
  • The candidate should have well-functioning interpersonal skills, partnership management, organizational and communication skills and should also have practical skills in computer application . 
  • Excellent knowledge of communication materials and messages for COVID-19 , child protection case management, coaching and mentoring, crisis intervention, stress and distress management for clients and families, the impact of isolation on clients, supporting attachment and connection between clients and families, knowledge of self-care strategies, advocacy skills for clients and families and Supporting parents to explain illness to children. 
  • Must have own phone and computer and is willing to use these for remote service provision to CSWs and their clients
  • Ability to work under pressure, motivation and ability to meet deadlines with short notices 
  • Female applicants are highly encouraged
  • Being a member of ESSSWA is a plus

How to Apply

 Only candidates who meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply and send their non returnable dossiers containing the following: Application letter, up to date curriculum vitae (CV), names and addresses of three references, at least one of them should be from the recent employer and photocopies of all academic credentials and testimonials and any other supporting documents within 8 consecutive days starting from the date of this announcement to the following address.

Address: E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and OR, P.O.Box: 31130, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Phone number: 0911 921435/0912 059528.

Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Senior Social Worker

Job by Ethiopian Society of Sociologist Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA)

Category: Social Sciences and Community

Location: Addis Ababa 

Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)

Salary: Negotiable

Job Description

Duration of Employment: six months contract (COVID-19 response) with possible extension based on the availability of funds  

Place of Work:  In line with the current Government directives, successful candidates will work from home in Addis Ababa and project regions where they will have regular access to mobile phone, computer and internet services.   

Number of Positions: 5

The Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA) incollaboraation with UNICEF Ethiopia has planned to work on COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Activities in Ethiopia. The activities are planned to be implemented in the following regions : Addis Ababa, Afar, Amhara, Benshangul Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, SNNP, Tigray regions. ESSSWA is thus looking for competent and experienced Senior Social Workers who can meet the job requirements outlined below.

Job Description

Reports to senior social worker and performs the following activities:

  • Conduct remote rapid capacity assessment of Community Service Workers (CSWs) deployed at kebele level through woreda offices of Women, Children and Youth (WoWCY) and WoWCY staff in child protection and on prevention of infection and transmission as well as knowledge and practice of self care strategies in the context of COVID-19
  • Raise awareness and knowledge among Community Service Workers (CSWs) deployed at kebele level through woreda offices of Women, Children and Youth (WoWCY) on prevention, disease transmission and response measures to COVID-19- through training them on basic facts of the pandemic including symptoms, modes of transmission, prevention and accessing health care facilities (Focuses on training CSWs on content and methods of educating communities on mainstream messages and guidelines and measures promoted by Government to curb the spread of COVID-19) 
  • Provide psychosocial support to CSWs and WoWCY staff to promote self care and correct use of personal protective equipment; and support CSWs and WoWCY staff to mainstream mental Health and psychosocial issues in all their daily work with children, families and communities. 
  • Train CSWs and WoWCY staff on mechanisms to support contact tracing in collaboration with the health sector and local level COVID-19 taskforces and provide psychosocial support to families and children who may be referred to isolation centers and treatment centers 
  • Train CSWs and WoWCY staff on psychological first aid and transmission of mental health and psychosocial messages to support caregivers and children who may be in distress due to illnesses, loss of loved ones, sparations and abandonments associated with COVID-19 Support CSWs and WoWCY staff through training in child protection risks (such as separation, violence including gender-based violence that arise in the context of COVID-19 including stigmatization and discrimination against survivors of COVID-19), child protection case management, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, and how to safely report concerns 
  • Conduct regular case reviews and follow-up of identified and reported cases by CSWs and WoWCY staff and provide remote support to improve provision of services to children and their families and appropriate documentation of the cases in coordination with WoWCY heads 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with stakeholders such as regional Bureau of Women, Childre and Youth (BoWCY) and Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs (BoLSA) 
  • Avail self at all times for call by and remote support to CSWs and WoWCY staff in case management and addressing complex cases through phone-based psychosocial and counseling services to children and their families to 
  • Provide remote individual supervision and coaching to CSWs in coordination with WoWCY staff weekly as per standard supervision and coaching guidelines and templates and support CSWs to function optimally 
  • Train CSWs and WoWCY staff on weekly reporting mechanism including on the use of standard reporting templates; compile weekly reports submitted by CSWs and WoWCY staff (phone-based data collection from CSWs which will be verified with WoWCY records) and submit weekly report to supervisor and discuss with supervisor on rapid response to challenges encounterd by CSWs and WoWCY staff.
  • Maintain robust database of services provided under the project through the use of standard reporting and paper-based management information system; prepare timely and present effectively written, statistical, narrative and oral reports periodically to supervisor and the project coordinator as requested 
  • Perform other duties designated by immediate supervisor 

Job Requirements

Required Qualification: 

  • First or second degree in Social Work, Sociology and Social Anthropology 
  • at least six years of solid social work pratical expeiences in service delivery for first degree and four years for second degree
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English. In addition to Amharic, speaking languages spoken in the 8 regional states is highly desirable. Previous experiences working in supervisory positions in civil society organizations, , faith based organisations, non-governmental organizations etc. 
  • previous experiences in group facilitation – comfortable in leading or facilitating group learning 
  • have critical thinking and solid problem solving skills and is able to observe and synthesize the pros and cons of a situation and use learning to implement a best course of action 
  • The candidate should have well-functioning interpersonal skillsl, partnership management, organizational and communication skills and should also have practical knowledge and skills in computer application . 
  • Excellent knowledge and skills of COVID-19, child protection case management, coaching and mentoring, crisis intervention, stress and distress management for clients and families, the impact of isolation on clients, supporting attachment and connection between clients and families, knowledge of self-care strategies, advocacy skills for clients and families and Supporting parents to explain illness to children.
  • Ability to work under pressure, motivation and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Female applicants are highly encouraged
  • Being a member of ESSSWA is a plus 

How to Apply

 Only candidates who meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply and send their non returnable dossiers containing the following: Application letter, up to date curriculum vitae (CV), names and addresses of three references, at least one of them should be from the recent employer and photocopies of all academic credentials and testimonials and any other supporting documents within 8 consecutive days starting from the date of this announcement to the following address.

Address: E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and OR, P.O.Box: 31130, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Phone number: 0911 921435/0912 059528.

Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Dear members,

Firstly, we would like to send everyone our best wishes and, we really do hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this uncertain time. 

With this message, we are pleased to announce the availability of the ''Child Rights Capacity Development Course'' developed as part of the Child to Child/ OAK foundation 6P Child Rights Capacity Development Programme.

This new course is open access and intended for anyone who is working with and for children or whose work impacts on children’s lives. This course is a slimmed-down version of the courses we developed for Programme officers in Phase 2 of the 6 Principles programme and covers similar ground but does not include detailed information for programming activities. People taking the course do not require any prior knowledge of Child Rights.

This course is designed to help organisations and their staff improve the realisation of the rights of children by taking a Child Rights-based approach to their work. The approach draws on seven key principles that are presented in three modules. 

  • Child Rights-Based approach 
  • UNCRC General Principles
  • Best Practice Principles

The open-access course is available on the ’Child Rights - Principles to Practice’ site and set up for self – enrolment by clicking the course link below:

http://cr-ptp.net/courses/course/view.php?id=9

You are very welcome to share this course link with your colleagues and partners who you feel will be able to make use of the content.

If you experience any difficulties logging in or if you need any guidance, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We do hope that you find the course interesting and useful.  

Best regards,

Peter, Annabel & Niru

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SIXTEENTH (2020) ANNUAL CONFERENCE of ESSSWA

Conference Theme

The sixteenth Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA) is planned to be held for two days, from March 27 to 28, 2020. In line with its mission, vision and strategic objectives, ESSSWA, in its previous annual conferences has given adequate emphasis and focuses on vulnerabilities, social change, social protection, social and behavioral problems, and other related thematic areas. This Sixteenth Annual Conference came up with a new conference theme: ‘‘Sociocultural Issues and Practices in Conflict Resolution and Peace Buildings.” The theme is brand new for ESSSWA Conferences, it is timely and magnifies the contribution of ESSSWA in informing and empowering the public and the government to become resilient in conflict prevention and management, ensure durable societal transformation and thereby strengthening social cohesion. 

Concept of the Conference

Ethiopian ethnic and religious fragmentation index (0.70 for ethnic and 0.61 for religion) signifies high levels of ethnic and religious divisions[1]. As a result of these fragmentations Ethiopia, like many other African countries had to accommodate mild and serious religious and ethnic cleavages. It is also undeniable fact that there are growing signs of ethnic and religious divides and associated conflicts.

Several studies identified ethnic, religious and other collective identities and economic diversities as the underlying causes of conflict in different parts of the country. These divides along ethnic, religious and other lines of identities highlight the complexity of conflicts.

Scholars have increasingly attributed conflicts to socio-cultural factors. Therefore, conflicts must be understood in the context of social and cultural affairs which determines behavior, and is also critical to resolving conflicts and building peace. This means that socio cultural approaches are useful not only to identify the sources of conflict, but also to offer effective means to resolve conflicts and build long lasting peace and security. 

Experiences have shown that there are causal interconnections between ethnicity and conflict as well as religion and conflict. However, there is also a body of evidence that ethnic groups have well tested indigenous conflict prevention and management mechanisms and religious forces and leaders also have inherent ability to provide positive contributions to conflict resolution and peace-building.

Agenda for professional debate

The underlying causes of intrastate conflicts in Ethiopia need to be examined and the roles indigenous sociocultural institutions and religious leaders can play in conflict prevention and management also need to be carefully investigated.

The papers to be discussed in the upcoming conference will provide overviews of both underlying causes of conflicts and the roles religious individuals, faith based organizations, indigenous systems and practices, women and youth can play in conflict resolution, peacemaking and peace building in the current Ethiopian context.

Hence, the 16th ESSSWA’s Annual Conference is expected to provide members and participants with a wealth of knowledge and information in the following sub themes:

  • The roles of Civil Societies in conflict resolution and peace building efforts
  • Indigenous Conflict Resolution Mechanisms: relevance and practicability in present Ethiopia
  • The potential for integrating formal and informal (traditional and modern) systems of conflict resolution mechanisms in urban and rural settings
  • Conflict and conflict resolution: The roles of Religion in Ethiopia-Sharing best practices
  • Collective Identities and Conflict in present Ethiopia
  • Peacemaking experiences of youths in Ethiopian society.
  • Cases of women’s roles in peacemaking efforts among Ethiopian Cultural groups.
  • Lessons from other countries’ experiences (E.g. Rwanda and South Africa) in reconciliation and peace building

ESSSWA is therefore, looking for related research abstracts and/or research papers from professionals in the fields of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology or other related fields.

Time Frame:

  • Abstracts with title should be submitted to ESSSWA by 15, February 2020.
  • Writers of selected abstracts will be notified to prepare a draft paper and slide presentation starting from February 25, 2020.
  • Deadline for submitting draft paper and power point presentation to ESSSWA is by 15 March 2020.

Your abstract/paper should be formatted as follows:

  • Title of Paper
  • Author(s): List each author’s Full name
  • Institution(s)
  • Email Address, Telephone (include all corresponding authors)
  • Text: Maximum 250 words prepared in 12-point Times New Roman font

Please send your title and abstract in soft copies via: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For any clarifications please call- 111 223 450 Mob: 0912059528 and/or  0912 011057

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

SIXTEENTH (2020) ANNUAL CONFERENCE of ESSSWA

Conference Theme

The sixteenth Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA) is planned to be held for two days, from March 27 to 28, 2020. In line with its mission, vision and strategic objectives, ESSSWA, in its previous annual conferences has given adequate emphasis and focuses on vulnerabilities, social change, social protection, social and behavioral problems, and other related thematic areas. This Sixteenth Annual Conference came up with a new conference theme: ‘‘Sociocultural Issues and Practices in Conflict Resolution and Peace Buildings.” The theme is brand new for ESSSWA Conferences, it is timely and magnifies the contribution of ESSSWA in informing and empowering the public and the government to become resilient in conflict prevention and management, ensure durable societal transformation and thereby strengthening social cohesion. 

Concept of the Conference

Ethiopian ethnic and religious fragmentation index (0.70 for ethnic and 0.61 for religion) signifies high levels of ethnic and religious divisions[1]. As a result of these fragmentations Ethiopia, like many other African countries had to accommodate mild and serious religious and ethnic cleavages. It is also undeniable fact that there are growing signs of ethnic and religious divides and associated conflicts.

Several studies identified ethnic, religious and other collective identities and economic diversities as the underlying causes of conflict in different parts of the country. These divides along ethnic, religious and other lines of identities highlight the complexity of conflicts.

Scholars have increasingly attributed conflicts to socio-cultural factors. Therefore, conflicts must be understood in the context of social and cultural affairs which determines behavior, and is also critical to resolving conflicts and building peace. This means that socio cultural approaches are useful not only to identify the sources of conflict, but also to offer effective means to resolve conflicts and build long lasting peace and security. 

Experiences have shown that there are causal interconnections between ethnicity and conflict as well as religion and conflict. However, there is also a body of evidence that ethnic groups have well tested indigenous conflict prevention and management mechanisms and religious forces and leaders also have inherent ability to provide positive contributions to conflict resolution and peace-building.

Agenda for professional debate

The underlying causes of intrastate conflicts in Ethiopia need to be examined and the roles indigenous sociocultural institutions and religious leaders can play in conflict prevention and management also need to be carefully investigated.

The papers to be discussed in the upcoming conference will provide overviews of both underlying causes of conflicts and the roles religious individuals, faith based organizations, indigenous systems and practices, women and youth can play in conflict resolution, peacemaking and peace building in the current Ethiopian context.

Hence, the 16th ESSSWA’s Annual Conference is expected to provide members and participants with a wealth of knowledge and information in the following sub themes:

  • The roles of Civil Societies in conflict resolution and peace building efforts
  • Indigenous Conflict Resolution Mechanisms: relevance and practicability in present Ethiopia
  • The potential for integrating formal and informal (traditional and modern) systems of conflict resolution mechanisms in urban and rural settings
  • Conflict and conflict resolution: The roles of Religion in Ethiopia-Sharing best practices
  • Collective Identities and Conflict in present Ethiopia
  • Peacemaking experiences of youths in Ethiopian society.
  • Cases of women’s roles in peacemaking efforts among Ethiopian Cultural groups.
  • Lessons from other countries’ experiences (E.g. Rwanda and South Africa) in reconciliation and peace building

ESSSWA is therefore, looking for related research abstracts and/or research papers from professionals in the fields of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology or other related fields.

Time Frame:

  • Abstracts with title should be submitted to ESSSWA by 15, February 2020.
  • Writers of selected abstracts will be notified to prepare a draft paper and slide presentation starting from February 25, 2020.
  • Deadline for submitting draft paper and power point presentation to ESSSWA is by 15 March 2020.

Your abstract/paper should be formatted as follows:

  • Title of Paper
  • Author(s): List each author’s Full name
  • Institution(s)
  • Email Address, Telephone (include all corresponding authors)
  • Text: Maximum 250 words prepared in 12-point Times New Roman font

Please send your title and abstract in soft copies via: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For any clarifications please call- 111 223 450 Mob: 0912059528 and/or  0912 011057

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ESSSWA’s General Assembly and Annual Conference will be held on 23 and 24 February, 2018

The Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers and Anthropologists’ (ESSSWA’s) General Assembly and Annual Conference will be held on 23 and 24 February, 2018 at Ras Amba Hotel, Kebena Road. The theme of the conference is ‘

Phone: +251 111 223 450
E-mail: garedew@essswa.org
Holly Trinity Theology College Building, 5th floor Office No. 502,
Opposite to AAU Arat Kilo Campus

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