JRS Psychosocial Support Officer - Safe Shelters Jobs in Kenya

JRS Psychosocial Support Officer - Safe Shelters Jobs in Kenya

  • JRS Kenya is seeking to recruit a suitable candidate for the position of Psychosocial Support Officer – Safe Shelter. As part of the JRS Protection team in Kakuma, this position will create and support recreational activities for children, youth and women living within the JRS managed safe shelter in Kakuma refugee camp.

  • The incumbent will report to Safe shelter coordinator and work in collaboration with other Safe Shelter staff

    Roles and Responsibilities

  • Design, plan and implement structured recreative and support programs that promotes cohesiveness among the Safe Shelter residents

  • Works with sunshine teachers and vocational trainers to provide academic, recreational and social skills programming to the school age children/young adults and women in the Shelter.

  • Creates a group environment that promotes and expects positive behavioral norms. Helps create a safe-haven for children, youth and women living within the safe shelter setting.

  • Develops and implements age appropriate activities and programs.

  • Ensure that women at the safe shelter engage in meaningful activities during their stay at the shelter

  • Documents monthly participation and outcomes; analyzes results and prepares recommendations.

  • Participates in initial training, ongoing staff development and supervision.

  • Maintains proper safety standards in regards to the health of participants in all programs.

  • Ensures that the recreational spaces in the shelters are clean and well maintained.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Relevant qualification

  • Undergraduate degree/Diploma in any related field e.g. social work, psychology, counselling, or related field

  • Experience of community-based or community mobilization work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage.

  • Strong experience in providing recreational activities to children and youth.

  • Excellent creativity and communication skills especially with children.

  • Strong computer skills.

  • High professional ethics.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Dynamic personality and ability to work under pressure.

  • Commitment to the values, vision and mission of JRS, and respect of the JRS code of conduct.

  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others.

    Work experience

  • At least 4 years’ experience in working in the field of social work;

  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to
    working with marginalized communities;

  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking and planning skills;

  • Strong monitoring and evaluation skills/experience;

  • Good knowledge of MS word Office;

  • Excellent oral and written English;

  • Ability to work in environment of relief emergency operation;

  • Ability to build effective partnership and collaborate with other team members.

    Personal Attributes

  • Patience, perseverance and ability to work in stressful environment;

  • Proactive and self-motivated;

  • Be able to endure basic living and working conditions for a duration of time;

  • Be able to take initiatives and work without supervision;

  • Be open minded, have self-respect, respect the people served and the community with whom JRS works;

  • Adhere to the internal rules especially time for work, JRS Staff Code of Conduct and security rules;

  • Ability to work sensitively with refugee population of different ethnic background.

    How to Apply

  • Please send your CV and a cover letter that indicates what skills , experience you have that meets the criteria ,your availability and expected salary. The CV (maximum 3 pages) should include contacts (phone and email) for three professional referees. Please note that only official email addresses for referees will be accept. Interested and qualified candidates should submit their application to

  • hrkenya@jrs.net on or before 3rd January 2021 with Subject line Psychosocial Support Officer – Safe Shelter**

    PLEASE NOTE: due to urgent need to fill this vacant position, we will be reviewing the application as we receive. Only candidates who apply by the deadline and who can demonstrate technical experience in inclusive education should apply. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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