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Location: Kakuma, Kenya Full-time
Position Title: Special Needs Education Assessor
Closing date for applications: 21 August 2020
Duration of contract: 1 year
Reports to: Inclusive Education Officer
Location : Kakuma Refugee Camp
LWF World Service is the humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation. We are a widely recognized, international, faith-based organization working in over 20 countries. We seek to bring people of all backgrounds together in the common quest for justice, peace, and reconciliation in an increasingly complex and fragmented world.
A commitment to the human rights of every individual, regardless of their status, guides our work, actions, and operations. We are particularly known for our timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian work, and for our field presence in hard-to-reach areas. Our work is people-centered and community- based. Above all, we work with the most vulnerable, and in order to claim and uphold their rights, we engage proactively with local government and community structures.
Our partners in Kenya Djibouti Somalia Program include: Lutheran Churches and their related agencies, The European Commission (ECHO), the US Government (BPRM), WFP, UNICEF and UNHCR with whom we are key implementing partners.
Lutheran World Federation World Service Kenya Program is seeking to recruit a Kenyan national for the following position to be based in Kakuma.
Position: Special Needs Education Assessor.
This position is central to promotion of quality inclusive education in Kakuma Refugee camp by ensuring timely functional assessment of children with disabilities and placement in appropriate learning programs and specialized services.
The incumbent will report directly to Inclusive Education Officer or his/her designate.
Duties and responsibilities
- In charge of EARC services ensuring full functionality (equipment and staffing) and accessibility of services by children with disabilities, including conducting EARC outreaches to the schools and community.
- Supporting and supervising community mobilisers to ensure identification, mobilization, referral and strong follow up of CWDs referred for specialized services
- Designing and supervising community based interventions such as home based intervention support for CWDs, psychosocial support and peer-to-peer support groups for parents and care givers of CWDs
- Advocate for inclusive education and take up roles in monitoring inclusion issues while capturing evident based data and reporting to the IE officer and the Education Sector head
- Assist the organization to adapt to the covid-19 situation, and post-covid-19 and in moving towards inclusion throughout the distance learning response while ensuring accessibility for CWDs.
- Expertise in conducting functional assessment for children with disabilities and in passing the same skills to CSOs and teachers
- Adequate understanding of Child Functioning Module (CFM), knowledge in application and screening children using it.
- Identification, screening, assessment of children with disabilities and consequently school placement.
- Link and support with follow up through the support of community mobilizers from EARC for school placement for children who have been screened.
- Development of a data base for all children with disabilities and disaggregation of data according to Gender, Age and Disability (GAD) and according to MoE policy guidelines on SNE.
- Advocate for the needs of children with disabilities using evidence-based data collected at the EARC for policy development and improvement.
- Experience in conducting audiometric tests, visual acquity, speech and language impairments, sensory integration interventions.
- Design effective early identification and intervention strategies while engaging the multidisciplinary team (teachers, CSOs, classroom assistants, general classroom teachers, community mobilizers and parents/ caregivers).
- Pass knowledge to both teachers and parents / care givers on evidence-based intervention strategies applicable to both school and home support initiatives
- Advise and supervise community mobilizers and CSOs on how to offer psycho-social support for parents/ caregivers of children with disabilities.
- Devise strategies for monitoring to account for all children with disabilities screened and assessed through the EARC and consequently ensure their enrolment, retention and progress through teacher intervention strategies at regular
- Guide IE/ SNE teachers and CSOs on the levels of engagement for CWDs while in the mainstream, regular schools and those in special units; on matters enrolment, retention, progress and transition in support of inclusion
- Engage parents / caregivers roles in the assessment and placement process and empower them to ensure they maximize their potential for education of CWDs just like the other children (host and refugee communities) through parental involvement/
Academic and professional Qualifications
- Degree in Education, Special Needs Education or its’ equivalent
- A Diploma in functional assessment or its equivalent.
- 2 years’ experience working in a busy EARC centre, preferably in a refugee set up
- Demonstrated knowledge of effective learners’ behavioural management strategies and techniques.
- Knowledge in sensory integration is an added advantage
- Extensive experience of identifying and designing interventions for hearing, visual, intellectual, speech and language impairments.
- Competent in Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to work with the multi-disciplinary team
- Skills in Braille transcribing and basic Kenya sign language are an added advantage
- Ability to work with children with disabilities in a friendly manner
- Basic computer skills and creating a data base
- Willingness to work in a hardship area
- Excellent communicator with self-assurance and a real passion for your work
- Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply