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Latest NGO Job Vacancies at Danish Refugee Council Kakuma

DRC began operating in Kenya in 2005 with assistance to refugees and displacement-affected communities via implementation of protection and livelihoods activities. DRC works in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, as well as in Nairobi and Mombasa to assist urban-based refugees, and in Mandera County implementing a 3-year cross-border resilience programme. In Kakuma, DRC’s programme supports refugee youth and adolescents with life skills, resilience, training and scholarships alongside livelihood and vocational skills development.  DRC has recently acquired implementing partner status of UNHCR and will be implementing protection related activities in Kalobeyei camp – which is a new camp opened near the Kakuma refugee camp.

Protection Officer-Psychosocial Counselor

The purpose of this post is to support the successful Management, coordination & implementation of all psychosocial activities, and will be responsible for the provision of quality case management to survivors of GBV in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei settlement. S/he will be responsible for reporting on a monthly basis on all GBV protection activities undertaken by the Response team and representing DRC at meetings with donors and agencies. S/he will supervise the professional development of the Assistant Psychosocial Counselors and Para-Counselors by designing and delivering trainings as needed, providing guidance in the field and ensuring the quality of services provided. S/he will work and liaise closely with the Protection Officer-Prevention, and Protection Assistants on documentation of programme activities as per the donor requirements

Responsibilities 

Project (Case) Management: 

  • Support the maintenance of an effective and confidential case management system.
  • Ensure provision of professional and confidential psychosocial services to survivors of GBV and other beneficiaries through a survivor-centered case management approach.
  • Develop professional, effective and appropriate GBV psychosocial programming, including direct individual and group counseling support.
  • Develop and ensure implementation of psychosocial activities that are responsive to the needs of refugee women, girls men & boys.
  • Participate in maintaining and updating quality GBV Information Management System (IMS) database on a regular basis.
  • Take lead in preparing all relevant reports regarding the DRC’s psychosocial activities, beneficiary databases.
  • Take lead in design and development of project concept notes and proposals

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

Training and Capacity Development: 

  • Mentor and provide technical support to staff and para-counselors directly involved with the psychosocial and care for SGBV survivors.
  • Monitor and supervise case management, including capacity building through training and on-the-job training.
  • Provide guidance regarding psychosocial activities to all partners and community workers to ensure all programme activities meet best practice standards

Community Engagement and Outreach:

  • Strengthen and maintain networks with all partners including community leaders, women leaders, service providers to ensure that survivors receive compassionate support from the community and to encourage greater communication, collaboration and coordination among partners
  • Enhance & Conduct community mobilization on the uptake of counseling services and support other GBV staff in conducting GBV awareness sessions in the community

Coordination:

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, including community members and leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, and other DRC team members to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination on response activities.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with Health and other partners to support the provision of quality care to sexual assault survivors
  • Support the development and strengthening of an effective GBV referral system and coordination mechanisms for Kalobeyei.
  • Lead case conferences and support GBV coordination meetings with partners and community members

Staff Management and Development:

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

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and/or Psychology. Master’s degree in counseling psychology in the same fields is an added advantage.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Swahili.
  • At least 3 years’ hands on experience psychosocial support-counseling-to survivors of SGBV and trauma
  • Must have in depth technical expertise in case management and psychosocial support to survivors of SGBV
  • Must have experience with operationalising SGBV principles; Human Rights Law, MHPSS and other relevant international standards in a humanitarian aid setting; Well versed with Humanitarian Accountability Standards
  • Experience in providing trauma counseling
  • Experience in a refugee setting and knowledge of refugee issues
  • Excellent Analytical, Communication and Report writing skills; Excellent Negotiation and Conflict Resolution skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff, beneficiaries, duty bearers and other stakeholders
  • Able to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality
  • Ability to promote the values of equality, non-discrimination, and human rights for all
  • Motivated, innovative and possesses outstanding organizational and inter-personal skills and professional integrity

Protection Assistant – Psychosocial Counselor

The purpose of this post is to provide day to day management and psychosocial support and related activities in Kalobeyei.  In particular, the person is responsible for addressing mental health needs of SGBV survivors and Persons of Concern. In collaboration with the GBV Psychosocial Officer, S/he will be in charge of the provision of training and supervision of the GBV Para-Counselors, to respond to cases of GBV in the camp and ensure effective case management. S/he will work and liaise closely with the GBV Officer, GBV Assistant on documentation of program activities as per the donor requirements.

Responsibilities 

Case Management 

  • Provide comprehensive case management psychosocial counseling to SGBV survivors focused on the survivor centered approach.
  • Provide assessment and counseling both at individual and group level as the situation demands.
  • Ensure all work with SGBV survivors is confidential and that ethical practices are observed.
  • Document client data accurately in the intake forms and ensure they are under lock and key.
  • Ensure that the GBVIMS is accurately updated on a regular basis.
  • Participate in the interpretation of the analyzed data on trends and work with prevention team to disseminate information to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Participate in the development of the case management monitoring tools and systems and ensure that all staffs that are required to utilize it are trained on the correct way of handling the systems.
  • Participate in the preparation of accurate reports for all Psycho-social related activities.
  • Participate in design of case management and psychosocial projects

Coordination and Networking 

  • Maintain and strengthen existing networks through other service providers at the camp level, to ensure that survivors receive quality services and support both at the agency levels.
  • Actively participate in scheduled meetings such as the Case Conferences, safe haven inter-agency meetings and as assigned
  • Strengthen existing referral systems and identify new networks to work with to ensure holistic support to the clients.
  • Work in close collaboration with the prevention team to ensure ongoing needs of at-risk groups, women and girls are being met in the prevention related activities.
  • In collaboration with other partners, design psychosocial interventions within the refugee community focusing on the psychosocial needs of adults, youth and children.
  • Participate in conducting trainings for partners on relevant organizational development areas and support peer learning between DRC and other partner agencies.

Community Engagement and Outreach 

  • Conduct sensitization, dialogue and mediation sessions with the wider population about issues of trauma and SGBV.
  • Facilitate formation of support groups for survivors of SGBV and other vulnerable groups.
  • Identify and strengthen Community structures through engaging community leaders, camp management and other stakeholders to ensure that the survivors receive adequate support at the community level.
  • Support the GBV officer and GBV assistants, in dissemination of relevant information during the Community SGBV prevention forums and meetings.

Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Assist in preparing daily, monthly, quarterly and annual reports, progress notes, and treatment plans on time
  • Use appropriate data collection tools and submit assessments and reports in a timely and accurate manner
  • Work closely with the refugee staff to ensure quality reporting
  • Assist in the designing, planning, implementing and facilitating of external trainings for numerous target groups
  • Ensure Core Humanitarian Standards are mainstreamed in the day to day project implementation
  • Attend relevant training forums relevant to the job
  • Assist with any other related activities as deemed necessary by the supervisor

Staff Management and Development 

  • Provide supervision to the Para counsellors and ensure effective provision of Psycho-social services.
  • Conduct continuous performance/evaluation for the Para counsellors working under her/him.
  • Engage in quality self-care through supervision, debriefings, and other shared sessions.
  • Conduct regular formal and on-job training and mentorship to Para-Counsellors on areas related to Case Management, Counselling and other related topics to enhance professionalism.
  • Conduct regular case conference meetings with the Para-counsellors both at individual and group levels.
  • Organize for external capacity building forums on GBV Case Management and Therapeutic Counselling techniques.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work or other Social Science related field.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Swahili.
  • 2 years’ experience in providing psychosocial counseling to survivors of sexual and gender based violence
  • Good team player; able to take direction and work collaboratively with others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including empathic listening.
  • Ability to communicate in a highly professional manner with clients, community members and professional partners.
  • Able to complete required reporting and documentation within the set deadlines.
  • Highly motivated, creative, and compassionate person who is dedicated to ensuring that models of best practice are utilized.
  • Able to uphold high ethical and professional standards.
  • Able to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality.
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work in a challenging environment.
  • Ability to promote the values of equality, non-discrimination, and human rights for all.
  • Experience working in a refugee context is highly desirable

Protection Assistant – SGBV Prevention

The Protection Assistant will be responsible for day to day direct implementation of sexual and gender based violence prevention activities within Kalobeyei settlement and Kakuma camp. S/he will in collaboration with the Protection Officer will take lead in refugee and host community engagement in SGBV prevention and response activities, awareness raising campaigns within the refugee and host community, capacity building of incentive staff and community and writing of activity and project reports as per the donor requirements.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Mobilize community to participate in GBV prevention activities in the refugee camps.
  • Participate in meetings with community leaders, GBV support groups and other stakeholders.
  • Develop innovative and sustainable GBV implementation strategies closely monitoring behavior change and regularly appraise on existing strategies on SGBV.
  • Referring all SGBV related cases to the response team for management.
  • Conducting training sessions for identified community and agency staff on SGBV issues.
  • Organizing and facilitating workshops for incentive workers, support groups and agency workers.

Coordination and Networking 

  • Maintain and strengthen existing networks through other service providers at the camp level, to ensure that survivors receive quality services and support both at the agency levels.
  • Actively participate in scheduled meetings such as GBV inter-agency Coordination meetings.
  • Identify new networks to work with to ensure GBV is prevented.
  • Work in close collaboration with the response team to ensure ongoing needs of at-risk groups, women and girls are being met in the prevention related activities.
  • Strengthen existing referral systems and networks of psychosocial service providers
  • In collaboration with other partners, design prevention activities/interventions within the refugee and host community.
  • Participate in conducting trainings for partners on relevant organizational development areas and support peer learning between DRC and other partner agencies.

Community Engagement and Outreach 

  • Conduct sensitization, dialogue sessions with the wider population on ways to prevent & stop SGBV.
  • Facilitate formation of support groups to enhance community engagement & ownership on GBV Prevention work.
  • Identify and strengthen Community structures through engaging community leaders, camp management and other stakeholders to ensure that the survivors receive adequate support at the community level.
  • Disseminate relevant information during Community SGBV prevention forums and meetings.

Monitoring And Evaluation  

  • Draft and share weekly, monthly, quarterly Sitrep and annual reports.
  • Use appropriate data collection tools and submit assessments and reports in a timely and accurate manner
  • Work closely with the refugee staff to ensure quality reporting
  • Ensure Core Humanitarian Standards are mainstreamed in the day to day project implementation
  • Attend relevant training forums relevant to the job
  • Conduct any other related activities as deemed necessary by the supervisor

Staff Management And Development 

  • Provide supervision to the Community workers-prevention to ensure effective implementation.
  • Conduct continuous performance/evaluation for community workers
  • Engage in quality self-care through supervision, debriefings, and other shared sessions.
  • Conduct regular formal and on-job training and mentorship to the team with other related topics to enhance professionalism.

About you: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (Social Science, Social Work, Psychology, sociology, law, Gender and Development)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential
  • Training on GBViE (Desirable) will be an added advantage
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience within the field of protection, sexual and gender based violence programming, social work;
  • Experience working diverse communities within the refugee camp set up.
  • Experience in implementing behavior change communication and community mobilization strategies such as SASA! EMAP, Community Based Protection and others
  • Experience in working with people from diverse background and cultures;
  • Clear understanding of Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS);
  • Experience with capacity building of staff, and in convening and facilitating trainings and workshops
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills (English)

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 www.drc.ngo under Vacancies. Applications should be sent no later than: 14th December 2018. 

Danish Refugee Council does not charge any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents.

 
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