JRS is seeking to recruit a suitable candidate for the position of Inclusive Education Psychosocial Support Officer. As part of the JRS Inclusive Education Department in Kakuma, this position will provide rehabilitation support for children with disabilities in the inclusive education programs in Kakuma refugee camp. Specifically, JRS is aiming at reinforcing the interventions to children with intellectual and multiple disabilities in Kakuma and Kalobeyei camps. Thus, the Inclusive Education Psychosocial Support Officer will provide psychosocial support to the project beneficiaries and targeted communities, case management, referrals and follow-up, awareness raising, liaising with partners and other key stakeholders and conducting trainings.
The incumbent will report to Inclusive Education Coordinator and in collaboration with other Inclusive Education staff.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide technical guidance, on the job training, coaching and mentoring to Community Based Mobilizers on child protection, parenting and other PSS supports for children with disabilities
- Provide direct Psychosocial support to caregivers of children with disabilities
- Design and implement psychosocial activities, including individual and group counselling, parenting activities, etc. for new parents.
- Develop adequate PSS tools.
- Facilitate community conversations and awareness raising activities in collaboration with project staffs on issues related to inclusion of children with disabilities.
- Conduct regular home to home visits together with the occupational therapist and provide some psychosocial support in the children’s home environment.
- Participate in activity reporting and lessons learning.
- Accompany referred cases for rehabilitation and psychiatry and other medical services .
- Ensures children with disabilities and care givers have positive mind sets.
- Ensures proper documentation is put in place
- Prepares case stories and reports as required by the project
- Works closely with other project staffs, Government stakeholders and EARC committees for the realization of project objectives and goals
- Performs other, similar duties as assigned by the Inclusive Coordinator
- Diploma in Social Work, Counseling or any other related field.
- 2+ - 5 years’ direct experience on PSS or Special Needs Education project
- Prior Team Management Experience
- Excellent knowledge of Child Protection standards and basic principles.
- Good knowledge of PSS (Psychosocial support)
- Excellent knowledge of psychosocial support basic principles and PSS key messages to vulnerable children and caregivers.
- Excellent knowledge of basic facilitation skills.
- Excellent knowledge of safe identification and referral principles.
- Prior experience of working in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects
- Experience in NGO environment
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Pathfinder is an integrated programme linking market-informed career counselling, post-secondary education and training, life skills coaching, job placement, and mentoring. It targets people living in or affected by displacement who may not have completed secondary education. Pathfinder aims to improve participants and their families’ quality of life by increasing meaningful employment, small enterprise development or pathways to further study.
The Pathfinder Coordinator manages and oversees the different activities that comprise the project, coordinating different inputs, and ensuring smooth linkages between activities. S/he reports directly to the Programmes Director, works closely with relevant Project Directors, and ensures that key deliverables of Pathfinder are met. S/he consults with participants and staff to find solutions to emerging performance and design issues.
This is a senior management position for a professional, with leadership and administrative skills and experience, and a solution focus.
The Pathfinder Coordinator will:
- Lead and motivate the project team to provide all Pathfinder services efficiently, ensuring smooth linkages and coordination between different phases and activities.
- Ensure overall progress of the project towards its outcomes and deliverables and, in consultation with staff and beneficiaries, monitor, and explore and find solutions to issues as they arise.
- Manage the project budget ensuring performance-to-budget and dealing with issues as they arise.
- Work cooperatively with other project staff and relevant personnel.
- Ensure appropriate student recruitment strategies and selection.
- With Human Resources Officers and Country Director, ensure appropriate staff coverage and training in necessary skills and in the Pathfinder approach.
- With the academic or education coordinator, ensure maintenance of academic standards and fulfilment of learning outcomes recording student progress.
- Ensure MEAL is being carried out comprehensively and effectively.
- Initiate project team meetings.
- Ensure and model project compliance with all policies, procedures, and protocols of JRS.
Qualifications and Competences
- Minimum of five (5) years relevant work experience in humanitarian or development management with management skills, capabilities and demonstrated operational history of adaptive management;
- Bachelor’s degree in management, development, or related fields of study; or equivalent work experience;
- Ability to transfer knowledge and train staff in Pathfinder methodologies and philosophy.
- Demonstrated success in managing a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural staff;
- Solutions focused self-starter with proven ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage own time effectively;
- Ability to use appropriate tools to organise and run meetings, plan work trajectories
- Operational fluency in English or French and local language
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams).
A combination of standard office environment and ‘field’ time in and around the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities;
- Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills.
- Ability to positively influence others and successfully reconcile differences.
- A self-starter with a strong results orientation and with high levels of integrity, credibility and dependability.
- An energetic team player who can effectively collaborate, and who can stand alone when necessary.
- Passionate about advocacy for the rights and needs of people with special needs.
- Ability to work in international settings and with various departments to implement successful approaches to psychosocial matters.
- Demonstrated ability to work and deliver under pressure and tight deadlines.
- Commitment to JRS mission, vision and values, and the ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and in advocating for their right to protection and a life in dignity;
- High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with situations, people and information;
- Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value.
- Willingness to work in flexible, sub-optimal, stressful and unstable environment.
- Excellent proficiency in written and verbal English; a professional working knowledge of a language spoken in the country is desirable. Knowledge of French and Arabic an added advantage.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a CV and Cover letter in one document that indicates what skills and experience, expected salary and availability. The CV (maximum 3 pages) should include contacts (phone and email) for three professional referees. Please note that only official email addresses for referees will be accepted. Kindly send the application with subject line Inclusive Education Psychosocial Officer or PATHFINDER COORDINATOR to [email protected] by 15th January 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: due to urgent need to fill this vacant position, we will be reviewing the application as we receive.
JRS has zero tolerance towards all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse and takes seriously all concerns and complaints about sexual exploitation and abuse against children and vulnerable adults by JRS personnel. JRS is committed to Safeguard children and vulnerable adults and has policies which outline the expected behavior, code of conduct and responsibility of all persons acting on behalf of JRS(Staff, consultants, volunteers, interns, Pastoral team and other representatives). All staff working for JRS are expected to abide by this policies and guidelines.