HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya Child Protection Associate Jobs in Kenya

HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya Child Protection Associate Jobs in Kenya

Position Summary:

The Child protection associate will assist in providing social interventions and assistance to the most at-risk and vulnerable refugee clients and children. The Associate will be required to conduct assessments and case management, including follow-up to ensure clients and children are receiving appropriate services. The associate will be expected to track the impact of the assistance provided to clients and children.

Essential Functions:

  • Identify refugee children who are unaccompanied and separated children, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, or any other form of trauma.

  • Identify refugee children in need of social support, such as financial assistance, medical assistance, birth registration, legal protection, and family tracing.

  • Carry out social assessments and monitor socio-environmental risks faced by refugee children to ensure risk mitigation.

  • Prepare Best Interest Determination and Best Interest Assessment reports for refugee children.

  • Identify children who require psychosocial support and link them with counselors for timely support.

  • Make regular home visits to assess children's needs and progress under the UNHCR Child Protection Project within Nairobi.

  • Assist in outreach and community dialogue activities on issues related to child abuse and children with special needs.

  • Make referrals to partner agencies for vulnerable refugee children and follow up with clients to facilitate access to external services.

  • Prepare summaries for presentations in the internal HIAS Psychosocial Panel, enter data into the case management database, and give feedback to refugees.

  • Monitor impacts of social assistance for vulnerable refugees and children.

  • Open files for all clients (soft and hard) and ensure that case management complies with HIAS SOPs and other sector standards.

  • Mobilize and organize target communities in the respective site office coverage area to form community structures responsible for spearheading child protection activities in accordance with the approved project description and work plan.

  • Organize and train established community structures on all child protection acts, covenants and charters/agreements, local, national and international.

  • Carry out weekly and monthly identification of potential foster parents, assess and train those who meet the criteria in
    readiness for assigning of foster children.

  • In liaison with Child Protection Monitors and Community Outreach workers; conduct awareness and sensitization campaigns in the communities.

  • Conduct support groups, committee meetings and participate in community forums/trainings.

  • Establish and maintain networks with existing community structures and other partners for referral and networking purposes.

  • Conduct a mapping exercise for all sector agencies and link with them for collaboration and support in provision of child protection services – these will include Area Advisory Councils.

  • Provide weekly and monthly reports to the Child Protection Officer and other technical officers highlighting individual performance, progress against targets and client needs as instructed by the Child Protection Officer.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Qualifications & Requirements:

  • A University Degree in Social Work, Community Development, Gender and Development Studies or another related area of study.

  • At least 1-2 years of working experience in the field of Social Work. Experience working with an NGO that deals with refugees is an added advantage.

  • Experience in providing children's activities and supervising a Child-Friendly Space (CFS) will be an added advantage.

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Fluency in English is Mandatory

  • Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (PSEA)

  • Experience in capacity building, including facilitation of community-based training and awareness raising.

  • Good knowledge of Nairobi and its environs

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Knowledge of accountability to affected populations.

  • Knowledge in PSEA and Anti-Fraud.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya Child Protection Associate Jobs in Kenya

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