Lutheran World Federation – Special Needs Education Assessor (National Position).

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Position Title: Special Needs Education Assessor

Location: Kakuma Refugee Camp

Organization Background

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-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 Kenyan national for the following position to be based in Kakuma.

 Position:  Special Needs Education Assessor

Role Purpose

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 Special Needs Assessor will ensure that all the policies and procedures that define the process on functional assessment of children with disabilities are provided.

Responsibilities

  • Expertise in conducting functional assessment for children with disabilities and in passing the same skills to CSOs, SNE teachers and incentive staff
  • 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 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 tests and screening for learning and hidden disabilities
  • Establish and aim to improve the growth and quality of SNE services by placing emphasis on assessment and early intervention.
  • Design effective early identification and intervention strategies while engaging the multidisciplinary team (SNE teachers, CSOs, classroom assistants, general classroom teachers, community mobilizers and parents/ caregivers).
  • Help develop and establish a high-quality early childhood education that utilizes inclusive education for children with disabilities
  • Pass knowledge to both teachers and parents /care givers on evidence-based intervention strategies
  • Advise 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 into regular schools.
  • 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
  • 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).

Qualifications

  • At least a degree in Inclusive Education/ Special Needs Education
  • Excellent skills in IT, preferably data analysis or use of excel
  • Knowledge and understanding in Functional Assessment
  • A certificate on functional assessment will be an added advantage

Other desirable qualities

  • High level of integrity, commitment and professional responsibility
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Ability to work with and engage various diverse groups in terms of culture, educational level and religious affiliations
  • Excellent communication, organization and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge in the competency-based curriculum (CBC)

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Closing date for applications: 27 October 2021

LWF/WS is an equal opportunity employer, irrespective of gender, race or religious affiliation. LWF/WS is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for humanitarian agencies. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect the organization’s commitment to the prevention of abuse and exploitation of beneficiaries. 

 

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