Function: Counseling and Psychosocial support
Reports to (Hierarchically): Child Protection Project Manager
Position Grade: C
Working time in %: 100%
Starting date: 1st August 2018
Length: 5 months
General description of the position: The psychosocial Officer works under the supervision of the Child Protection Project Manager in direct provision of quality child protection services to children and families in Korogocho, Nairobi County.
He/she supports in achieving desired activity ojectives in providing counselling and psychosocial services as well as capacity building of children and their families.
He/she takes lead to organise and monitor psychosocial support activities for children and their parents in Korogocho.
He/she participates in the organisation and implementation of training and awareness sessions for children, communities, families and stakeholders as in close working relationship with the BCC team.
He/she will direct his or her activities and engagements without preoccupation of political, racial or religious affiliation.
Responsibility: Coordinates psychosocial support initiatives for children and their families
Aim: To enhance the psychosocial well being of children and their families.
- Participate in the development of a Plan of Action, referral and follow-up for individual cases in close consultation with the Child Protection Senior Officer.
- Identify and/or receive referrals to ensure cases of children in need of psychosocial support are adequately screened.
- Identify and register child protection cases and reports them to the DCS for comprehensive psychosocial and protection services.
- Organise and facilitate recreational events for children and their parents to promote play and communication.
- Conduct children and parent support group sessions for vulnerable girls and boys including their parents/caregivers
- Participate in identification, training and follow up of girls for the girls mentorship program
- Ensure that cases of children identified in need of psychosocial support are appropriately supported through direct support and referral services to the existing referral pathways.
- Contribute to Individual support, registration, development of Plan of Action, referral, follow-up (through home visits) and monitoring of any form of abuse affecting children.
- Involve the community, where appropriate, in the protection processes of children in need of help.
- Build the capacity of community members on basic counselling skills and Child Protection skills.
- Work in close collaboration with the community leaders, Tdh staff, DCS and other child protection actors in order to create acceptance for Child
- Protection activities within project target areas.
- Provides accurate and timely activity, monitoring and assessment reports.
- Maintain and ensure a culture of strict confidentiality between Tdh staff and non Tdh employees.
- Abuse Prevention Policy – Operational Risk Management
- Commit to respect Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy, Whistle Blowing Policy
- Commit to ensure the best implementation possible of the Tdh Risk Management Policies
- Commit to inform supervisors and to deal with any cases, allegations, or possibility of transgression, even potential, of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.
- Minimum Diploma in Counseling Psychology, social work or any social science related field
- Experience in use of community based approaches for the management of psychosocial issues
- Experience in case management
- Basic computer skills: MS Word and Excel.
- Ability to apply a wide range of counseling and psychosocial methodologies to support children
- Case management skills
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Good coordination skills
- Good report writing skills
Languages: Fluency in English and Kiswahili