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  • Posted: Jan 13, 2020
    Deadline: Jan 20, 2020
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  • HIAS is the global Jewish nonprofit organization that protects refugees-including women and children, and ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities-whose lives are in danger for being who they are.
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    Social Worker Intern - MHPSS

    Department: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

    Vacancy Notice No. HRTK/MHPSS/SW-I/01/20

    Location: Nairobi

    Duration:  6 Months

    Reporting to:  Counselling Psychologist/Field Office Manager

    Job Summary

    HIAS is an international nonprofit organization with a vision for a world in which refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers find welcome, safety and freedom. HIAS operation in Kenya was established in 2002 with the mission to serve the most vulnerable refugees through protection, resilience, economic inclusion and provision of durable solutions.

    Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures forcibly displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and civil rights and social and economic rights including through 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination, 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.

    HIAS seeks to recruit for a Social Worker Intern who will assist in provision of social interventions and assistance to the most at risk and vulnerable refugee clients. This will be done through carrying out assessments, casework and case management to ensure clients are receiving the services allocated and track the impact of the assistance provided to clients.

    Main Duties & Responsibilities

    • Assist in identification of refugees in need of social support (food, clothing, transport) by conducting social assessment, reviewing available assessment data on food and nutrition and if necessary, conduct home visits/ further assessment on key social factors relevant to food and nutritional support services in line with national and International standards and guiding principles by UNHCR, IASC, SPHERE Project WHO among others and report to the Counselling Psychologist
    • Assist in the social assessments and keep track of socio-environmental risks faced by refugees to ensure mitigation of risks, identify, assess and compile assessment reports for PLWD, ELDERLY, WAR, SHH, GBV, SGBP and SVT, prepare GBVIMS and UNVFVT memos.
    • Assist in outreach and community dialogue activities on issues related to Sexual Gender Based Violence and other persons with specific needs
    • Assist in conducting referrals of vulnerable refugees to partner agencies and follow up with clients to facilitate access to external services.
    • Prepare summaries for presentation in psychosocial panel, effect subsequent panel decisions and enter data into data base, give feedback to refugees
    • Monitor to ensure social assistance is reaching out to vulnerable refugees
    • Provide basic counselling and/or psycho-education to refugees
    • Open files for all clients (soft and hard) and ensure that case management is in line with HIAS SOPs and other sector standards
    • Assist in conducting awareness and sensitization campaigns in the communities
    • Assist in assessing, identifying and analyzing community sensitive intervention geared towards building resilience and self-reliance
    • Conduct support groups, committee meetings and participate in community forums
    • Establish and maintain networks with existing community structures and other partners for referral and networking purposes
    • Perform other related duties as assigned

    Job specifications

    • Applicants to have recently completed University degree in Social Work, Community Development, Sociology or related field

    Skills & Competencies

    • Knowledge of Computer Applications such as Ms-ACCESS, Ms-EXCEL, and Ms-WORD
    • Good knowledge of human rights doctrine and working experience in counseling
    • Experience in capacity building including facilitation of community based training and awareness raising
    • Good knowledge of Child rights and issues related to prevention and response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
    • Good knowledge of Nairobi and its environs
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Working experience with refugees an added advantage.

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    Child Protection Social Worker Intern

    Duration:  6 Months

    Reporting to:  BID Specialist

    Vacancy Notice No. HRTK/CPP/SW-I/01/20

    Job Summary

    HIAS is an international nonprofit organization with a vision for a world in which refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers find welcome, safety and freedom. HIAS operation in Kenya was established in 2002 with the mission to serve the most vulnerable refugees through protection, resilience, economic inclusion and provision of durable solutions.

    Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures forcibly displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and civil rights and social and economic rights including through 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination, 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.

    HIAS seeks to recruit Social Worker Interns who will assist in provision of social interventions and assistance to the most at risk and vulnerable refugee clients. This will be done through carrying out assessments, casework and case management to ensure clients are receiving the services allocated and track the impact of the assistance provided to clients.

     

    Main Duties & Responsibilities

    • Assist in the identification of refugee children who are survivors of sexual and gender based violence or any other form of trauma
    • Assist in identification of refugee children in need of social support such as financial assistance, medical assistance, birth registration, legal protection and family tracing.
    • Conduct Best Interests Assessment(BIA) and keep track of recommendations
    • Identify children who require psychosocial support and link them with the counselling psychologists for timely support
    • Conduct regular home visits to assess the needs and progress of children under HIAS child protection program
    • Assist in outreach and community dialogue activities on issues related to child abuse and other children with specific needs
    • Assist in conducting referrals of vulnerable refugee children to partner agencies and follow up with clients to facilitate access to external services/resources.
    • Prepare summaries for presentation in psychosocial panel, effect subsequent panel decisions and enter data into data base, and provide feedback to refugees
    • Monitor to ensure social assistance is reaching out to vulnerable refugee children and family
    • Open files for all clients (soft and hard) and ensure that case management is in line with HIAS SOPs and other sector standards
    • Carry out weekly and monthly identification of potential foster parents, assess and train those who meet the criteria in readiness for assigning of foster children 
    • Assist in assessing, identifying and analyzing community sensitive intervention geared towards building resilience and self-reliance
    • Establish and maintain networks with existing community structures and other partners for referral and networking purposes
    • Perform other related duties as assigned

    Job specifications

    • Applicants to have recently completed University degree in Social Work, Community Development, Sociology or related field.

    Skills & Competencies

    • Knowledge of Computer Applications such as Ms-ACCESS, Ms-EXCEL, and Ms-WORD
    • Good knowledge of human rights doctrine and working experience in counseling
    • Experience in capacity building including facilitation of community based training and awareness raising
    • Good knowledge of Child rights and issues related to prevention and response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
    • Good knowledge of Nairobi and its environs
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Working experience with refugees an added advantage.

    Method of Application

    Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae indication to the email address; [email protected]. In addition, indicate Vacancy Notice No. in the subject line. Applications not bearing the requirements highlighted in this advert will not be considered.

    Closing: 20th January 2020 5.00pm

    Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Late applications will not be considered. 

    HRTK is an equal opportunity employer, does not charge candidates for recruitment and dissociates itself from any entity defrauding candidates.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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