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  • Posted on: 12 July, 2019 Deadline: 17 July, 2019
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  • Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organization, with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS has a priority to work wherever the needs of displaced people are urgent and unattended by others, and offers a human service to refugees and the communities through a wide range of rehabilitation and relief activities, many of which center around formal and informal education needs.

     

    Social Worker

     

    Job Purpose:

    This is a position based in Kakuma Refugee Camp. The holder will be under the direct supervision of the JRS Counselling Coordinator and takes responsibility for conducting recruitment, interviews, referrals and follow-up of persons with specific needs including the vulnerable within the community.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Develop interview tools including interviewing of clients to understand client’s situations, needs and strengths.
    • Develop a database for all persons with specific needs within Kakuma refugee camp and ensure confidentiality of beneficiaries is maintained all the time.
    • In cases of abuse or neglect, he/she will liaise with law enforcement agencies and other partners to address the issue.
    • Help vulnerable clients get better by recommending adjustment to their health care, lifestyle or housing.
    • Assess clients referred directly to him/ her, and refer them to appropriate agencies.
    • Provide psychological first aid to clients when necessary, though the community counselors will carry out most counseling.
    • Ensure that clients’ records are kept up to date and that the principle of confidentiality is adhered to.
    • Meet regularly with the program coordinators and report progress and challenges of persons with specific needs.
    • Identify and develop an understanding of client’s problems by creating an action plan.
    • Refer persons with specific needs to service providing agencies make follow up on the referral and evaluate the impact of the intervention offered.
    • Collaborate with Counseling Coordinator in conducting needs assessment.
    • Collaborate with Counseling Coordinator on outreach to partner agencies and identification of training needs of focal persons and specific groups within Kakuma.
    • Collaborate closely with JRS Counseling Coordinator on developing new training modules and assist with facilitating the weekly in-service training.
    • Be actively involved in advocacy on behalf of refugees.
    • Undertake any other duty and responsibility that may be assigned to him/her.

    Skills and Qualifications:

    • Undergraduate degree/Diploma in a related field e.g. psychology, counseling, social work or related field and at least two years practical working experience in community service.
    • Ability to work in environment of relief emergency operation.
    • Experience in working in the field of social work.
    • Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with marginalized communities.
    • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and planning skills.
    • Excellent analytical and reporting skills.
    • Good knowledge of MS word/Office.
    • Ability to build effective partnership and collaborate with other team members.
    • Ability to work sensitively with refugee population of different ethnic background.

    Personal Qualities:

    • Patience, perseverance and ability to work in a stressful environment
    • Proactive and self-motivated
    • Be able to demonstrate compassion and motivation to accompany and serve beneficiaries to the last stage
    • Be able to endure basic living and working conditions for a duration of time
    • Be able to take initiatives and work without supervision
    • Be open minded, have self-respect , respect the beneficiaries and the community with whom JRS works
    • Adhere to the internal rules especially time for work, JRS Staff Code of Conduct and security rules.

    Conditions

    Contract is for one year, renewable with an initial probationary period of three months. The contract has Health benefits (staff only) and a retirement plan.

    The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and degree of responsibility of the role.

    Salary range: Ksh. 40,000 –50,000 /month

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    Safe Haven Matron

     

    Job Purpose:

    This is a position based in Kakuma Refugee Camp. The holder will be under the direct supervision of the JRS Safe haven Coordinator and takes responsibility for managing the operation of the JRS safe shelters. She will be actively involved in planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the Safe shelter activities and takes responsibility and attention to individual beneficiaries’ concerns.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Work closely with the JRS Safe Haven Matron and the Supervisor on managing the daily operation of the Safe Haven and ensure that clients’ needs are met.
    • Ensure safety of clients and to immediately report safety violations to security forces and Safe Haven Coordinator.
    • Offer caring presence to the women and children who reside in Safe shelters.
    • Attend to individual needs of each client and organize group activities.
    • Ensure proper supervision and monitoring of the Safe Haven during night hours and day hours depending on duty.
    • Keep records and ensure confidentiality of all work carried out in the program including ensuring that admission and discharge forms are collected and filed before a client is admitted or released by referring agencies, maintaining client files and writing daily handover reports.
    • Liaise with referring agencies, following up of the client’s cases, recording and reporting visits of referring agencies to beneficiaries and attend SGBV and other inter-agency meetings as required.
    • Attend weekly Supervisors’ meetings for reporting and communication when requested.
    • Assist in preparing and submitting weekly, monthly, mid-year and annual reports and other reports related to Safe Haven as required.
    • Ensure cleanliness of the residence and allocating duties to the beneficiaries with specific emphasis on hygiene among the safe haven resident.
    • Keep clients records and ensure confidentiality of all work carried out including writing regular case updates for each client and recording daily handover reports.
    • Assess the medical needs of clients, ensure timely medical attention in cases of medical emergencies and to inform other Safe Haven Matron and the Supervisor about any medical issues that should be followed up and facilitate access to medical care for Safe Haven clients in the company of security officers.
    • Provide individual and group psychosocial support to the residents and recommend counselling cases to the Safe Haven counselor.
    • Conduct conflict management and resolution among clients as needed and report when cases are unresolved and need attention of Safe haven coordinator.
    • Carry out other duties that may be assigned by the Safe Haven Coordinator.

    Skills and Qualifications:

    • Diploma/certificate qualification in a related field e.g. nursing, aid, social work, art/play therapy community development, child protection or related field and at least two years practical working experience preferably in a hospital, safe houses, or school
    • Experience as a nurse-aid will be an added advantage
    • Proven experience in managing people/teams
    • Experience in working in the field of SGBV, women empowerment and child protection
    • Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with marginalized and vulnerable communities and ability to work in an environment of relief emergency operation
    • Strong and practical skills in peace building and conflict resolution
    • Good knowledge of MS word/Office
    • Excellent oral and written Kiswahili and English. Knowledge of another language in the camp such as French will be an added advantage
    • Ability to build effective partnership and collaborate with other team members
    • Ability to work sensitively with vulnerable and refugee population of different ethnic background

    Personal Qualities:

    • Patience, perseverance and ability to work in stressful environment
    • Proactive and self-motivated
    • Ability to mentor young people
    • Be able to endure basic living and working conditions for a duration of time
    • Be able to take initiatives and work without supervision
    • Be open minded, have self-respect , respect the beneficiaries and the community with whom JRS works
    • Adhere to the internal rules especially time for work, JRS Staff Code of Conduct and security rules

    Conditions

    Contract is for one year, renewable with an initial probationary period of three months. The contract has Health benefits (staff only) and a retirement plan.

    The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and degree of responsibility of the role.

    Salary range: Ksh. 30,000 –40,000 /month

    Method of Application

    Applications should reach the undersigned by 17th of July, 2019, with reference as “Counselling Social Worker” and must include a CV, cover letter and full contact details of 3 referees addressed to:

    Human Resources, Jesuit Refugee Service, Nairobi

    Email: ken04.hr@jrs.net (copying ken04.director@jrs.net)

    Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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