HRTK Social Worker/Counselor Job in Uganda

HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya ( HRTK) – Kenya Office

Job title: Social Worker/Counselor

Two (2) positions
Country : Uganda

Job Description and required qualifications

(Important Note – Position open to Ugandan nationals only)

Under the direct supervision of a Counseling Psychologist, the incumbent will provide social services including the following functions:
  • Conduct home visits for refugees at heightened risk in coordination with other HRTK-Uganda staff and keeps track of socio-environmental risks.;
  • Implement and monitor merit based social assistance informed by socio-environmental assessment in individual cases in accordance with HRTK SOPs with timely updates to the Case Management panel;
  • Supervise provision of social assistance as necessary;
  • Interview separated children, unaccompanied minors and other children-at-risk for the purpose of preparing Best Interest Assessment (BIA) reports;
  • Draft BIA reports for submission to the Case Management Panel, effect subsequent BIA panel decisions and enter data into database;
  • Provide basic counseling to less complex cases and facilitate external services or appointments;
  • Assist in the organization and facilitation of capacity building activities e.g. workshops, trainings or information dissemination;
  • In coordination with the supervisor, liaise with and foster a collaborative networking relationship with other entities to facilitate social assistance to HRTK Uganda refugee clients;
  • Prepare periodic reports on social services;
  • Collect and make regular updates for data required for Sexual Based Violence Information Management  system.
  • Conduct community awareness sessions of GBV issues through drama, community dialogues, peer to peer discussions and visits to primary schools.
  • Develop and distribute materials in relation to GBV issues for refugees.
  • Perform other duties as required.

  • University degree in Social work or related field with a strong bias in counseling. 
  • Or Advanced college diploma along with extensive field experience working in the refugee assistance sector
Skills and competencies:
  • Computer literacy a must: excellent working knowledge with WORD, ACCESS and EXCEL;
  • Good knowledge of human rights doctrine and working experience in counseling;
  • Experience in capacity building including facilitation of community-based training and awareness raising;
  • Good knowledge of child rights and prevention and response to SGBV issues;
  • Good knowledge of Kampala and its environs;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Must possess a valid driving license ( Class A ) with 3 years driving experience
  • No less than 2 years previous work experience, including at least 1 year in counselling or social work preferably in an NGO setting. 
  • Experience working with refugees a plus.
Proficiency in English and Swahili, basic French a plus.

Closing date:11th July 2012. 
Positions will be filled on a rolling basis based on identification of suitable candidates.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Indicate Vacancy Notice No HRTK/UG/SW/06/12 in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
Canvassing will lead to immediate disqualification.
Late applications will not be considered

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