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  • Posted: May 28, 2024
    Deadline: Jun 3, 2024
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    Tushinde Children Trust was founded in March 2010. It was set up after Megan Wright, a British woman living in Kenya, visited a project working in the Mathare Slums of Nairobi. The conditions people living in are bad; Shanty towns of thousands of one roomed shacks squashed between poorly built high-rise flats. As many as ten people would live in these huts made of wood, mud and roofed with corrugated iron. No sanitation or legal electricity, and limited access to running water. Babies and children would play in the dirt beside open sewers. Children often had to be abandoned at home whilst their parents or carers went to look for money and food. Megan realised that the challenges keeping some children from school in the informal settlements in Nairobi were the same challenges that some children faced in the UK; a family in crisis after a bereavement or a carer with mental health problems leading to a child being neglected. Yet, here in Mathare there wasnt the safety net of social care and interventions. Megan and the Tushinde team decided to start a family support programme that looked at the whole family to help find lasting solutions.
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    Programme Assistant

    Overview

    • The Programme Assistant reports to the Programme Officer. The employee assists the Tushinde Children’s Trust team with the programming functions including organising and coordinating various community events, workshops and meetings, data collection, analysis and reporting, assisting with report writing and minutes, budget preparation, procurement and any other duties as needed for programmatic implementation.

    Key Duties include:

    Programme planning and implementation.

    • Provide administrative support so that various projects are completed on time and on budget.
    • Support Programme Officers and Programme manager to organise and facilitate the Community Days, Boys and Girls Forums, Holiday Camps and other events, as needed.
    • Support and advocate for children’s rights and help develop Tushinde programmes accordingly.
    • Compile periodic programme reports.
    • Facilitate community outreach awareness programmes.
    • Assist in documentation of success stories to assess the effectiveness of the programme.

    Data Management.

    • Support in data collection and analysis of all programme activities.

    Administrative support

    • Maintaining crucial project documents, filling them and ensuring that all documents are accurate.
    • Maintain an updated database and project schedules e.g staff training schedule, annual program activities e.t.c
    • Organise regular meetings with members of main projects, take minutes and ensure follow up is carried through.

    Financial management

    • Comply with Tushinde Children's Trust financial procedure and maintain high standards of accountability in the expense of funds (due- time return of receipts etc.)
    • Coordinate procurement of products and services from various vendors and suppliers as per the approved budgets
    • Support timely budget preparation for events and activities under various donor budgets.

    Partnership

    • Support in mapping relevant partners and stakeholders.

    Fundraising

    • Mapping potential funders and donors to ensure continuity of programme activities.
    • Perform any other duties requested by the Programme Manager and the Executive Director that are in the best interests of the sponsored child.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in Project Management, Development studies,M&E, social sciences and any other relevant area of studies
    • At least 2-3 years experience in a similar role
    • Experience in project implementation.
    • Experience in fundraising and/or donor reporting will be an added advantage.
    • Good communication, presentation, training and report writing skills.
    • Fluency in the English language,both written and verbal
    • Must have exceptional attention to detail.
    • Strong organisational and time management skills, and ability to prioritise. Must be a self-starter and driven.
    • Strong problem-solving skills and analytical abilities.
    • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and Google products.
    • Must have a passion to work with vulnerable children, youth and adults.
    • Must be able to work in a challenging environment, i.e. informal settlements.
    • Must have a valid certificate of good conduct.

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    Foster Care Assistant Social Worker

    Overview

    • Tushinde’s Foster Care Assistant Social Worker will work alongside the Social Work Manager, Lead Foster Care Social Worker and Programme Officer in the delivery of Tushinde’s Family Support programme and associated programmes.

    Key Skills include:

    • Community mobilisation skills: must be willing to participate in the activities, events and circles for the acquisition of cultural diversity.
    • Ability to interpret, apply and blend a wide range of Social Work practices and child protection principles and Tushinde’s methods to help children/youth/families achieve a healthier lifestyle.
    • Proven knowledge of Case Management Standards, the Children Act 2022 and other relevant international and national care reform legislation.
    • Knowledge and ability to interpret and apply a wide range of social work practices, child protection principles and alternative family-based care methods in respect to protection and placements of children at risk and understanding the principles and goals of families in crisis.
    • Proven knowledge of theories of human behaviours and family systems and proven ability to apply social work theories in assessments, planning, action, measure and monitor to ensure competence and excellence of services provided.
    • Fluent written and spoken English and Kiswahili
    • Understanding of child protection systems and urban poverty issues
    • Good understanding of G-Suite

    Key responsibilities:

    • Provide administrative support so that foster care projects are completed on time and on budget
    • Assist in conducting assessment of foster children, foster families and biological families.
    • Delivering the Tushinde’s foster care program and ensuring adherence to the agency’s policies and procedures.
    • To work with foster families to ensure safety and well being of the foster children.
    • Maintain detailed and confidential records of all interactions with foster children and families.
    • Prepare and submit regular reports on the status and progress of foster care cases.
    • Assist and liaise with schools, healthcare providers, and other community resources to ensure comprehensive support for foster children.
    • Support the foster care social worker and counsellor in the development and implementation of individualised care plans for foster children.
    • Assist in family tracing efforts to locate and reunite children with their biological families where appropriate and in the best interest of the child.
    • Work with community leaders and other stakeholders to gather information and facilitate family reunification processes.
    • Apply and ensure the consistent adherence to Tushinde’s case management approach for the placement of children in foster care families.
    • Assist in conducting monthly follow-ups and monitoring visits as per the Foster Care Operating Procedures
    • Assist in the collection and analysis of data to evaluate the effectiveness of the foster care program.
    • Participate in job performance in accordance with the Tushinde’s policies and procedures.
    • comply with Tushinde Children's Trust financial procedure and maintain high standards of accountability in the expense of funds (due- time return of receipts etc.)
    • perform any other duties requested by the Foster Care Social Worker, Programmes Officer, Social Work Manager and the Country Director that are in the best interests of the sponsored child.

    The Emergency Foster Care Social Work assistant’s role requires a dedicated caseworker who is ready to work 24 hours to efficiently respond to the emergency cases. In addition to the above roles, the caseworker will also:

    • Maintain liaison with Tushinde staff, DCS at the Sub-county offices, relevant personnel of community resources such as chief and police, foster care key partners, Child Protection Volunteers and all others concerned with the provision of the Foster Care Program.

    Qualifications

    • Preferred education is a Bachelor of Social Work degree or related field.
    • Minimum is a Social Sciences Diploma or related field with at least three (3) years direct experience in child Protection and Case Management Process.
    • Management, coordination and capacity building experience preferred.
    • Experience working with a CCI, DCS and other key government agencies is an added advantage.
    • Good communication, presentation, training and report writing skills.
    • A passion for ensuring that every child can enjoy their basic rights.
    • An ability to be flexible and adaptable in a young and growing organisation.
    • The foster care social work assistant must possess the following skills: patience, compassion and active listening skills.
    • Strong organisational and time management skills, and ability to prioritise. Must be a self-starter and driven.
    • Must be able to work in a challenging environment, i.e. informal settlements.
    • Must have a valid certificate of good conduct.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and a tailored covering letter to: jobs@ke.tushinde.org.uk, using:

    ‘Programme Assistant’

     ‘Foster Care Assistant Social Worker’

    as the subject of the mail by 3rd June 2024. The cover letter must show that you have given serious thought to working with Tushinde. Please apply early; Tushinde reserves the right to recruit early should a suitable candidate be identified prior to the closing date.

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