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Lutheran World Federation (LWF) – SNE Assessor.

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1.  Organizational Background

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) World Service is the humanitarian and development arm of the Federation. The Kenya-Somalia Country Program of the LWF World Service provides assistance and protection to refugees and host communities in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya and to returnees, IDPs and vulnerable local community members in Kismayu, Somalia.

 

2.  Unit Summary:

The LWF IE unit is part of the Education sector in the Quality Services. The unit oversees the implementation of quality inclusive education to learners in the 21 LWF managed schools. Until 2019, the Education Program was running special education units until the arrival of the IE officer who assisted the program in coordinating inclusion support thereby mainstreaming activities of learners with disabilities in the regular schools to promote access, retention and transition for learners with disabilities. The EARC is an integral part of support to inclusion as entails the assessment, early identification and early intervention of learners with disabilities. The SNE Assessor supports EARC activities through walk-in assessments, organized community and school assessments and conducting EARC community outreach activities. 

3. Overall Purpose/Broad Function:

v  In a multi-disciplinary team, spearhead the design of accurate assessment tools for various types of disabilities including neuro-divergent, developmental and hidden disabilities

v  Possess various assessment skills to assist children with disabilities so that they get proper placement in the correct educational institutions.

v  Be aware of inclusive practices and give inclusion the first priority while doing school placement

v  Coordinate closely with government officials to ensure that children with disabilities are supported and access education in inclusive schools while complying with MoE policy and standards and international Conventions

v  Empower parents/ caregivers to ensure that all children get their required education as their right regardless of their status

4.  Key Duties and Responsibilities:

1.         Run daily EARC services I.e. conduct assessment (screening and identification, eligibility and diagnosis, IEP development and school placement)

2.         Strengthen working relationships between the EARC team and that in MoE Turkana West (CSO-SNE) & teachers to champion the agenda of inclusion in education

3.         In a multi-disciplinary team oversee instructional planning, evaluation of EARC activities, keeping updated data bases while ensuring data protection and documenting of best practices and lessons learned

4.         Possess guidance and counselling skills to support parents/ caregivers during and after assessment of learners

5.         Conduct in service training to EARC incentive staff and community mobilizers on UNICEF WG-CFM to ensure sustainability

6.         Foresee the production of local adaptive and accessible materials that support inclusion in collaboration with teachers, caregivers, OPDs etc in line with CBC

7.         Provide support services to schools after assessments and for EARC outreach activities so that children with disabilities receiving school placement have sufficient resources to participate in learning

8.         Together with the support of the IE lead team, address the need for policy guidelines on the development and implementation of IEPs for learners with disability in support of inclusive education

9.         Support teachers to develop IEP guidelines for various disabilities to support inclusion in all learning institutions

5.  Supervisory Responsibilities:

1.       Advise community mobilizers and CSOs on how to offer psycho-social support for parents/ caregivers of children with disabilities.

2.       Pass knowledge to both community mobilizers and parents/ care givers on evidence-based intervention strategies

3.       Devise strategies for monitoring by community mobilizers to account for all children with disabilities screened and assessed through the EARC and consequently ensure their enrolment into regular schools

4.         Organize for EARC community outreach activities with the IE and EARC team in the schools

5.         Develop EARC capacity building courses to enable teachers, IE team and parent embrace inclusion

6. Education/Professional Designations/Experience:

Ø  Must possess a Degree in Bachelor of Education (Special Needs Education)

Ø  Certified in Functional Assessment Skills

Ø   Possess knowledge in Inclusive education

7. Other Specific Skill Requirements:

Ø  Experience with using Excel and/or SPSS

Ø  Report writing skills

Ø  Excellent communication and networking skills

8.   Success Factors:

l  Play a crucial role supporting inclusive practices to make schools ready for meaningful inclusion

l  Adequate assessment of learners considering diversity

l  Form and train an EARC assessment team to assess learners with various and diverse needs

l  Involve other professionals in the multidisciplinary assessment team of children with disabilities including teachers

l  Sufficiently get involved in the development of IEPs

9. Covering responsibilities:

Ø  Early identification and early intervention of learners with disabilities

Ø  Conducting audio metric tests, visual acuity tests and screening for learning and hidden disabilities

Ø  School placement and follow-up of learners with disabilities assessed at the EARC

Ø  Training and mentor ship of community mobilizers

Ø  Provision of psycho-social support to learners and parents/ caregivers of disabilities accessing EARC services

10.  Further guidance

LWF World Service is an equal opportunity employer, irrespective of gender, race or religious affiliation. Qualified persons with disability and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

LWF World Service adheres to Child protection standards and to internal Child protection Policy. LWF World Service is 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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The closing date for this application is 14 th July 2022.

Open to Kenya Nationals only.

Disclosure: The LWF participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme developed by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response, which requires LWF to conduct reference checks with prior employers including questions about employee misconduct. By proceeding with this job application, you consent to LWF requesting a Statement of Conduct from previous employers. This Statement of Conduct is requested from previous employers for all candidates for employment and provided to all employers that request it from LWF.

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