Heshima Kenya Psychosocial Counselor Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Program: Outreach

Term: Contract

Position Overview:

Heshima Kenya is a nonprofit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya dedicated to identifying, protecting refugee children and empowering unaccompanied and separated refugee children, especially adolescent girls, through our specialized shelter, education and advocacy programs.

The Psychosocial Counselor (Psychologist) will provide technical support and leadership required for the successful implementation of all psychosocial support activities of the Heshima Kenya programs.

She/ he will provide one on one counseling and group counseling sessions for vulnerable children, children at risk to reduce the past trauma experienced and undertake staff debriefing.

The Counselor will work closely with the Social/Case workers on providing psychological support and report to the relevant Program Managers.

  • Participate in the development of professional, effective and appropriate psychosocial programming, including direct individual and group counseling support.
  • Provide professional and confidential services to SGBV and trauma survivors.
  • Assist in the development and provision of psychosocial activities within Heshima Kenya’s project areas within the Urban Refugee Program.
  • Supervise and provide counseling training and technical counseling support to social workers directly involved with the psychosocial component of Heshima Kenya program.
  • Assist with preparing all relevant reports regarding Heshima Kenya’s psychosocial activities.
  • Ensure timely implementation of psychosocial program activities.
  • Lead awareness-raising and/or sensitization campaigns on the Heshima Kenya’s psychosocial activities and other SGBV related services in collaboration with the Social Workers.
  • Lead the team of Social Workers in the development of monthly outreach plans based on case trends and children’s needs.
  • Provide one on one counselling services (6-8 sessions per person) to Safe House residents with personal and social challenges such as conflict, parenting, SGBV issues, death/grief, and dealing with post- traumatic stress disorder and other.
  • Provide group therapy sessions for the residents on weekly basis
  • Secondary referrals to other psychosocial providers
  • Provide extensive and comprehensive programmes and assessments for stress management, depression, anxiety, bipolar management and other mental illnesses
  • Analyse the behavioral trends, patterns of the referred cases.
  • Develop and monitor a case management system for monitoring of referred cases
  • Compile counselling monthly and quarterly reports on the referred cases and provide best solutions to cases.
  • Perform any other professional duty assigned the supervisor.

    Required Qualifications:
  • Must be a Kenyan Citizen
  • Degree in counseling or psychology, from a reputable University recognized in Kenya.
  • Minimum 5 years experience of direct psychosocial/counseling experience and with a passion of helping vulnerable children; experience working with survivors of violence and trauma specifically refugee children will be an added advantage
  • Clear understanding of gender-based violence and issues regarding violence against children.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality, counseling ethics and respect for survivors.
  • Training skills are desirable .
  • Positive, highly motivated, innovative, with strong organizational and inter-personal skills.
  • Able to coordinate multiple tasks while maintaining attention to quality and detail.
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Strong knowledge of computer applications, including MS Word and Excel.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili. Understanding of French language is valuable
  • Experience working in the field of Gender-based Violence.
  • A flexible team player able to work in a diverse cultural working environment.

    How to apply:
    Your application should be send to the address below indication the position applied for in the email subject by close of business Friday 20th October 2016.

    It should include a cover letter & a detailed CV (as one PDF document) with your contact details, details of current and expected remuneration, names and contacts of three professional and work referees.

    Please note that we do not charge fees for receiving or processing job applications. Heshima Kenya is an equal opportunity employer.

    NB. All applications should only be send through the email.

    Heshima Kenya
    P.O Box 63192 – 00619
    Nairobi, Kenya.

    Email: hr2016@heshimakenya.org

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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