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  • Posted: Jan 24, 2020
    Deadline: Jan 30, 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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    Protection Caseworker

    Reporting to:  Gender & GBV Program Manager

    Location:        Nairobi

    Duration:       6 months

    Introduction

    HIAS is an international not for profit 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.

    The overall goal of HIAS’ global GBV Prevention and Response programming is for forcibly displaced refugee women, girls, sexual and gender minorities to pursue their potential and to access their human and legal rights, free from violence and oppression. This means HIAS GBV programming works to ensure; 

    • Forcibly displaced women, girls, sexual and gender minorities face a reduced risk of GBV,
    • Survivors of sexual and physical violence have access to coordinated psychosocial, health, and legal services,
    • Family, community, and institutions support refugee women, girls, sexual and gender minorities in accessing and using their rights.

    HIAS is an implementing partner for Frontline aids through an Emergency Response Grants aimed at strengthening access to healthcare to urban refugees and local nationals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and men who have sex with men (MSM). This key population faces discrimination and stigmatization which hinders them from accessing urgent health services especially HIV care and treatment and GBV services. Therefore, HIAS seeks to recruit a Caseworker who will support in implementing a 6 months’ project in Nairobi County and its environs.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities

    • Facilitate in enlisting/ enrolling of the Kenyan and refugee LGBTQs community members in the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
    • Assist in protection mainstreaming by providing insight in protection interventions for the LGBTQ population.
    • Facilitate access to local support networks within the Kenyan LGBTQ community with NHIF in ensuring key details of the Refuges and local LGBTQs have been obtained in time before registration. 
    • Mobilize and enroll the LGBTQ community under HIAS to be registered in NHIF and access to services thereafter.
    • Develop cordial relationships with Health partners and to create an enabling environment for LGBTI to access health service without discrimination.
    • Enhance the LGBTQ knowledge in understanding where to access health services including LGBTQ survivors of SGBV.
    • Increase knowledge and exposure of the both Kenyan LGBTQ and LGBTQ refugee discussing their health issues.
    • Process referrals for support services for SGBV survivors to other agencies.
    • Conduct timely follow up on referrals and support services provided to LGBTQ SGBV survivors, ensuring that the survivors receive the assistance recommended
    • Contribute in the development of project proposal, concept notes and sector publications
    • Perform other duties as and when required

    Required Qualifications

    • Degree in Social Work, Gender Studies, Community Development Studies and/or other related fields of study

    Desirable Experiences.

    • Minimum of 1 year previous job experience related to LGBTQ protection.
    • Demonstrated experience working with key partners in health and directly with LGBTQ refugees who are survivors of GBV.
    • Must have a good public relation in working with partners and persons of diverse Sex, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SSOGI).
    • Demonstrated understanding of health care system/ HIV programming/diversity and inclusion for persons of diverse Sex, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SSOGI).
    • Should be knowledgeable operationalizing GBV principles, knowledge of International humanitarian standards for GBV prevention and response.

    Required Skills and Competences

    • Computer literacy is a must, with strong knowledge of Access, Excel and Word
    • Ability to work in a team, maintain confidentiality and respect for diversity, uphold integrity, respect and accountability
    • Self-starter with an ability to work with minimal supervision in a culturally diverse team
    • Excellent Analytical, Communication and Report writing skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff, beneficiaries and other stakeholders
    • Ability to maintain one’s composure while under pressure
    • Must be Proficiency in English and Swahili

    Method of Application

    Please send a cover letter and resume to recruitment.kenya@hias.org indicating the Vacancy Number HRTK/PCW/01/2020 on the subject line. Closing Date: 30th January 2020 5.00pm

    Applications not bearing this subject label will not be considered

    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.

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