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  • Posted: Sep 17, 2019
    Deadline: Sep 18, 2019
  • 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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    Internship- Social Worker

    Vacancy Notice No. HRTK/KEN/SW-I/09/19

    Location: HIAS Kenya- Eastleigh Office

    Duration: 6 Months

    Reporting to: BID Specialist

    Job Summary

    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 including follow-ups 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 and keep track of recommendations
    • Identify children who require psychosocial support and link them with the counsellors for timely support
    • Make regular home visits to assess the needs and progress of children under the UNHCR child protection project
    • Assist in outreach and community dialogue activities on issues related to child abuse and other children with special needs
    • Assist in conducting referrals of vulnerable refugee children 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 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

    • A university degree in Social Work or related field with a strong bias in counseling.
    • At least 2 years working experience including one year in counseling or social work preferably in the NGO setting.

    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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    Protection Intern

    Vacancy Notice No. HRTK/KEN/P-I/09/19

    Location: Main Office- Mimosa.

    Duration: 6 Months

    Reporting to: Protection Officer

    HIAS seeks to recruit for a Protection Intern who will be expected to contribute towards meeting the program overall goal which is to enhance protection of refugees by promoting and protecting their rights.

    Main Duties & Responsibilities

    • Assist in the development and implementation of the HIAS Kenya program strategy
    • Research, development of training curricula and conduct presentations on a need to basis in line with the program goals and objectives
    • Follow up on cases and provide refugees counseling and feedback on the status and processing of individual cases;
    • Maintenance of the Protection database
    • Assist in preparation of project related reports.
    • Assist in organization and facilitation of protection committees.
    • Assist in organization and facilitation of community empowerment forum.
    • Assist in organization and facilitation of orientation workshop.
    • Fill in the various protection forms
    • Maintain a database and an individual case management strategy for protection cases ;
    • Assist in the development of IEC materials on protection; and,
    • Produce accurate, detailed and timely reports highlighting objectives, achievements and impact on project activities.
    • Performing other duties as required.

    Job Specifications

    • Minimum academic attainment required: university degree in law, International studies and/or related studies. Those in the final year of study are also eligible to apply)
    • Languages required (read, write, speak and understand): proficiency in English, knowledge of Kiswahili
    • Good Computer skills
    • Core competencies: Team work and accountability
    • Values: Integrity and Respect for Diversity
    • Previous work experience preferably in an NGO sector and knowledge of the refugee sector is an added advantage.

    Method of Application

    Please send a cover letter and resume to In addition, indicate Vacancy Notice No. in the subject line. Closing: 18th September 2019 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.

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