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Job title: Psychosocial Assistant
Function: Counseling and Psychosocial support
- (Hierarchically): Project Manager
- (Functionally): Psychosocial Officer
Context: Terre des hommes (Tdh) is an international children’s rights humanitarian organization working in over 40 countries in the world in the area of health, protection and emergency programs. In Kenya, Tdh works in Dadaab refugee camp and in Korogocho informal settlement in Nairobi.
Tdh with support from Swiss Solidarity is implementing a project in Korogocho whose objective is to strengthen individual, Family and community capacities to cope with and adapt to socio-economic impact of Covid 19.
General description of the position:
- The Psychosocial Assisstant works with the Psychosocial Officer 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 provision of psychosocial support as well as capacity building of children and their families.
- He/she supports the Psychosocial Officer 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 Psychosocial Officer.
- He/she will direct his or her activities and engagements without preoccupation of political, racial or religious affiliation.
Responsibility: Provides psychosocial support to 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 Psychosocial 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 Psychosocial Counselor/DCS for comprehensive psychosocial and protection services.
- Assist and facilitate in the provision of psychosocial support activities, information sessions, and other recreational activities that build resilience, promote mental health, social support networks and social cohesion.
- Assist in maintaining of documentation of on going and completed counseling sessions, training sessions, PSS activities and draft progress reports for review by the PSS officer.
- Conduct individual and group counseling sessions for children and parents as well as support group sessions for vulnerable girls and boys including their parents/caregivers.
- Participate in identification, training and follow up of mentorship program for both boys and girls.
- 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.
- Work with the Psychosocial Officer to build the capacity of community members on basic counselling skills and Child Protection skills.
- Work in close collaboration with the community leaders and Tdh staff to create acceptance for Child Protection activities within the project target areas.
- Work with the Psychosocial Officer to provide 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 counselling, psychology or any social science related field.
- 2 years 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
Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their applications letter and detailed CVs to KEN.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates are required to indicate the position title on the subject line of the email when applying.
Kindly note only applications sent to this email address will be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Locals and female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Closing date for the application of this position is 27 May 2021.
Tdh’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protect children’s rights, which includes the prevention of all forms of child abuse.
Tdh is an equal opportunity employer