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Kenya: Social Worker Intern

Deadline for application: 
02 Aug 2019
Job type: 
Internship/Volunteer Opportunity

Job Summary

HIAS is an international not for profit organization with a vision for a world in which refugees and other displaced persons 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 the provision of durable solutions.

The incumbent will assist in provision of social interventions and assistance to the most at risk and vulnerable refugee clients identified through assessments, case work and case management including follow up to ensure clients are receiving the services allocated and track the impact of the assistance provided to clients.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

1.) Case work and management

  • Assist in identification of refugees in need of social support (food , clothing, transport) by conducting social assessment, reviewing available assessment data on food and nutrition and If necessary, initiate home visits/ further assessment on key social factors relevant to food and nutritional support services in line with national and International standards and guiding principles by UNHCR, IASC, SPHERE Project WHO among others and report to the Counseling Psychologist
  • Assist in the social assessments and keep track of socio-environmental risks faced by refugees to ensure mitigation of risks, identify, assess and compile assessment reports for PLWD, ELDERLY, WAR, SHH, GBV, SGBP and SVT, prepare GBVIMS and UNVFVT memos.
  • Assist in outreach and community dialogue activities on issues related to Sexual Gender Based Violence and other persons with specific needs
  • Assist in conducting referrals of vulnerable refugees 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 refugees
  • Provide basic counseling and or psycho-education to refugees
  • Open files for all clients (soft and hard) and ensure that case management is in line with HIAS SOPs and other sector standards

2.) Community outreach and community activities

  • Assist in conducting awareness and sensitization campaigns in the communities
  • Assist in assessing, identifying and analyzing community sensitive intervention geared towards building resilience and self-reliance
  • Conduct support groups, committee meetings and participate in community forums
  • Establish and maintain networks with existing community structures and other partners for referral and networking purposes

3.) Reporting

  • Provide weekly and monthly reports and data to counseling psychologist and other technical officers highlighting individual performance, progress against targets and client needs as instructed by the counselling psychologist
  • Prepare a success story quarterly for purposes of web updates and fundraising

4.) Program development and Management

  • Attend regular staff meetings, trainings and other meetings as required and ensure regular personal development and supervision
  • Assist in the organization and facilitation of capacity building and staff development activities e.g. workshops, trainings, or information dissemination on issues relates to persons with specific needs
  • 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.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to recruitment.kenya@hias.org. In addition, indicate Vacancy Notice No. HRTK/KEN/SW-I/07/19 in the subject line. Closing Date: 2nd August 2019 5.00pm


Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Late applications will not be considered.

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