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Job Title: Assistant Counselling Programme Coordinator

Location: Kakuma, Kenya

This is an unaccompanied post with regular Rest and Recuperation (every 10 weeks)

Organizational Context:

Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organization, with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

JRS has a priority to work wherever the needs of displaced people are urgent and unattended by others, and offers a human service to refugees and the communities through a wide range of rehabilitation and relief activities, many of which center around formal and informal education needs.

Key Responsibilities

  • In close collaboration with Counselling Coordinator, be actively involved in planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the Counselling Programme including Community Counselling, Alternative Healing Therapy.
  • Organize and monitor individual and group counselling among refugees in the refugee community.
  • Work in conjunction with the Counselling Coordinator to develop and implement training programmes in counselling and alternative healing therapy for refugees in Kakuma.
  • Offer counselling services as required and make referrals or home visits and follow-ups as necessary.
  • Carry out weekly and monthly monitoring and evaluation of the programme and produce monthly statistics and reports and submit them to the Counselling Coordinator.
  • Upon consultation with Counselling Coordinator, recruit, train and monitor incentive staff to assist in the implementation of program services.
  • Recruit and actively engage in training participants in Basic Skills in Counselling and Alternative Healing Therapy trainings as well as any other training offered within the department.
  • Represent JRS in interagency meetings and relevant public functions when requested.
  • In collaboration with Counselling Coordinator, develop/update training modules.
  • Contribute to project proposals, reports, needs assessments, newsletter articles and other project documents as needed.
  • Ensure services are offered in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Ensure that proper client’s records are updated regularly and exercise discretion, tact and accuracy in handling confidential information.
  • Be actively involved in advocacy on behalf of refugees.
  • Participate in any other programme activity as agreed with the Counselling Coordinator or the Project Director.


  • Higher diploma qualification in a related field e.g. psychology, counselling, or related field and at least two years practical working experience preferably in project management, together with relevant professional experience.
  • Ability to build effective partnership and collaborate with other team members.
  • Experience in working in the field of mental health.
  • Experience in managing people/teams
  • Ability to work sensitively with refugee population of different ethnic background and/or demonstrated experience and commitment to working with marginalized communities.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral) and Good knowledge of MS word/Office.
  • Flexibility, resilience to stress and ability to adapt to working in remote area with adverse climatic and environmental conditions.
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and planning skills and monitoring and evaluation skills/experience.
  • Patience, perseverance, proactive, self motivated and ability to work in stressful environment.

    How to apply:

    Please send your Cover Letter and CV that should include contacts for three referees to kenya.director [at]

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