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Danish Refugee Council (DRC) – Protection Officer-Pediatric Counselor (Kakuma).

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Overall purpose of the role:

The holder of this position will manage a team of child protection staff to effectively implement child protection activities in Kalobeyei Settlement. The incumbent will lead the implementation of refugee and host community child protection activities ensuring compliance with relevant child protection standards including case management, children’s participation among others. He/she will directly supervise 3 protection assistant  and will work under direct supervision of Protection Team Leader.

Responsibilities: 

R1. Project Management and Implementation:

  • Develop and implement a holistic pediatric counselling program for children at risk within and around the settlement
  • Facilitate and coordinate direct professional counselling services for UAMs, separated children and other vulnerable children identified and/or referred by child protection social workers and partners
  • Support planning and implementation of activities, develop necessary tools to support the child protection implementation including BIA/BID, and alternative care arrangements
  • Organize counseling activities following the BID process for unaccompanied and separated children and attending BID panel meetings review of decisions.
  • Ensure that all psychosocial support to children are implemented in compliance with the internal and sector quality standards and within time and budget parameters;
  • Ensure proper management of the child friendly spaces within the settlement and develop tools to identify children in need of counselling through play therapy 
  • Develop, design & implement child protection related information education and communication materials for use and ensure full participation of children and other protection partners.
  • Draft quality concept notes, proposals, strategies, and monitoring and evaluation plans and ensure appropriate and timely implementation of these plans.
  • Submit timely weekly, monthly, quarterly & annual reports to the Protection Team Leader

R2.Training & Capacity development:

  • Mentor and provide ongoing technical support to staff directly involved with the case management and child protection intervention through training and on-the-job training.
  • Prepare a capacity building plan for the staff on the basis of identified needs and opportunities. Lead or contribute to the design of appropriate training packages on psychosocial support for children
  • Facilitate training for key stakeholders on child protection standards, children rights, case management and psychosocial support.

R3. Budget Management:

  • Regularly update the projects budget tracker for all project expenditure and participate in monthly BFU reviews with the finance team
  • Actively support in grant monitoring through development of detailed/activity implementation work-plan, phased budget, procurement plans, and conduct budget tracking and narrative/financial reporting on outputs 

R4. Coordination & Partnership:

  • Ensure effective representation and active participation by DRC in the CP Working Group, MHPSS and BID panel Monthly Coordination Meetings and ensure follow up on action points internally and with other partners
  • Promote coordination and integration with other sectors within DRC Kakuma and ensure full coordination with communities and community-leaders
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders including the Government Children Officer, County government, UN agencies and other humanitarian agencies working on CP.

R5. Staff Management and Development: 

  • Provide supervision to Assistant Paediatric Counsellor(s) to ensure effective provision of counselling services to identified children at risk
  • Take lead in ensuring that all protection staff participate in debriefing and professional supervision and lead peer debriefing sessions with Assistant Psychosocial Officers and Para-counsellors.
  • Conduct continuous performance monitoring/evaluation for national staff working under him/her and provide feedback
  • Provide leadership and technical guidance on the counselling program. 

Experience and technical competencies: 

  • At least 4 years’ hands on experience in providing psychosocial support and counseling to children survivors of trauma, SGBV and other children at risk
  • Must have in depth technical expertise in case management and psychosocial support -pediatric counseling to children at risk including Unaccompanied children and separated children (UASCs)
  • Experience with conducting and review of best interest assessments (BIA) and Best interest determination (BID)
  • Experience in providing trauma counseling 
  • Experience in providing psychological first aid (PFA)
  • Experience and technical knowledge in establishing community-based child protection networks including foster careers, committees etc.
  • Knowledge of international and national child protection standards and instruments 
  • Experience and proven ability to work as part of a team and lead teams to strive for result
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills; cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with local partners and other stakeholders
  • Experience and willingness to work in the field and proficient in the use of computer/email/internet  

Education: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in (Counselling psychology, clinical psychology, any other relevant Social Sciences)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Swahili.

DRC’s Core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: you focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: you take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: you act in line with our vision and values

Conditions:  
Contract duration: 5 months. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council terms of employment for National staff.
Availability: August 2022
Duty station: Kakuma (not qualified for RnR and accommodation if un-relocated)
Key stakeholders:                                                                                   
Internal: Kakuma Protection and Livelihoods implementation teams, Support Services team, and AVR team.
External: Local government authorities, Other NGOs, Donors – UNHCR, UNUCEF, UNFPA, UN Women, ECHO, etc., Implementing partners

General
Commitments: 

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)

Application Process:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications, which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation, and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.  
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on http://www.drc.ngo under Vacancies.

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Applications should be sent no later than: 18th July 2022.

Gender Equality: 
DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, female candidates and those from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 
 

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

Providing equal opportunities
We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

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