Psychosocial Assistant

Function: Counseling and Psychosocial support

Ref: 20210403

Category: Collaboration

Reports to

(Hierarchically): Project Manager
(Functionally): Psychosocial Officer
Location: Korogocho

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 the 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 the socio-economic impact of Covid 19.

General description of the position:

The Psychosocial Assistant works with the Psychosocial Officer in the direct provision of quality child protection services to children and families in Korogocho, Nairobi County. He/she supports in achieving desired activity objectives in the provision of psychosocial support as well as capacity building of children and their families.
He/she supports the Psychosocial Officer to organize and monitor psychosocial support activities for children and their parents in Korogocho.
He/she participates in the organization and implementation of training and awareness sessions for children, communities, families, and stakeholders as in a close working relationship with Psychosocial Officer.
He/she will direct his or her activities and engagements without preoccupation with political, racial, or religious affiliation.
Responsibility: Provides psychosocial support to children and their families

Activities:

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 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 documentation of ongoing 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 a 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 counseling 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.
Other:

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 the possibility of transgression, even potential, of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.

Competencies:

Minimum Diploma in counseling, psychology, or any social science-related field.
2 years experience in the use of community-based approaches for the management of psychosocial issues
Experience in case management
Basic computer skills: MS Word and Excel.
Skills:

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.recruitment@tdh.ch .

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.

The closing date for the application for 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

 

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