Terre des hommes Psychosocial Officers Jobs in Kakuma, Kenya

Terre des hommes (Tdh)

Job Vacancy: Psychosocial Officer (Kakuma)

Categories: Collaboration

Reports to: Psychosocial Senior Officer

Location: Kakuma and Kalobeyei, Turkana

No of Vacancies: Three

Number of subordinates: Child Protection Volunteers

Context: Tdh has been working in Dadaab within the socio-ecology model of child protection system with a strong emphasis on children safety and well-being.

Case management remains a central intervention to ensure children exposed to at-risk environments are identified/protected, and those who experience abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence receive immediate life-saving services in line with their needs.

Tailor-made mental health and psychosocial services are provided to individual/group of boys and girls together with their parents in a safe place.

Outreach services aiming at community-led advocacy and empowerment increased information and knowledge on child protection issues.

Revitalizing community intergenerational dialogues promoted open engagement on delicate social issues and possible reversal of some retrogressive practices.

General description of the position: Reporting to his/her immediate supervisor,the Psychosocial Officer provides psychosocial support to the refugee children and families in Kalobeyei and Kakuma Refugee Camps and six surrounding host community villages, monitor the activities in the three child friendly centers and girls safe play areas and provide technical support to Child protection volunteers.

Specific Job Descriptions:

Responsibility: Psychosocial support
Aim: To ensure all psychosocial activites are done in Kakuma camps and Kalobeyei.
Activities:

  • To provide psychosocial support to selected cases of high risk or cases in need of specialized psychosocial support or mental health interventions.
  • Participate in need assessments and project evaluations aiming at contributing to the development of the child protection programme strategy for the refugee community project in Kakuma Refugee Complex and in six villages of Kalobeyei, Kakuma refugee camps and host communities.
  • To support in the development of intervention criteria for the psychosocial cases and design appropriate technical responses to psychosocial and mental health cases.
  • Provide training and supervising the CP team and community based structures on the management of children and families with basic psychosocial and mental concerns.
  • Train CP team members on the child friendly interviews techniques and implementation of psychosocial assessment.
  • Under the supervision of the Psychosocial Senior Officer, coordinate with the Case Management and Empowerment Senior Officers on assistance response to cases of children in need of psychosocial interventions.

Responsibility: Conduct Mobile monthly CFS and monitor the CFS and Mobile CFSs in Kakuma and Kalobeyei
Aim: Conduct mobile monthly CFS. Ensure effective and efficient implementation of CFS activities in Kakuma and Kalobeyei in collaboration with Child protection partners.
Activities:

  • Ensure monthly mobile CFSs are conducted in the three camps and host villages.
  • Train and monitors lay counselors and CFSs Child protection volunteers on the mobile CFSs activities.
  • Ensure children who can’t access the centres are reached through various PSS interventions.
  • Ensure the centre activities are conducted appropriately and they are safe and child friendly.
  • Provide technical support to the centre supervisors.
  • Monitor children activities in the safe play spaces.
  • Plan the leave schedule for the center supervisors, lay counselors and CFSs Child Protection
    Volunteers.
  • Ensure that children living with disabilities are incorporated into centre activities.

Responsibility: Activities at the Child Friendly Spaces.
Aim: Conduct situational anaylsis on what the center requires.
Activities:

  • Conduct and assessment on host community and refugee camps CFSs and Girls safe play areas while ensuring the CFSs are safe and well equipt with play materials.
  • Plan with the logistic team on what the centre needs.
  • Train the community members who are willing to volunteer on basic counselling skills and
    Psychosocial First Aid (PFA).
  • Ensure all the activities are carried out in the center and they are safe for children.

Responsibility: Provide psychosocial support to the eight neighnbouring villages of Kakuma nd Kalobeyei in Turkana.
Aim: Ensure chidren in the eight villages receive psychosocial services.
Activities:

  • Provide group and individual therapy.
  • Identify and screen children with psychosocial distress.
  • Work in close collaboration with other departments.
  • Provide mobile CFSs in collaboration with the Child Protection Volunteers.
  • Liaise with the Sub-County Children’s Officer to support high risk cases that need protection
    interventions.

Responsibilty: Report writing
Activities:

  • Develop unit reports.
  • Work closesly with the MEAL Officer and Assistants for efficient documentation of psychosocial
    work.
  • Develop referrals for high risk cases and ensure regular follow up of the cases.
  • Participate and represent Tdh in relevant working group meeting at the camp level.
  • He/she will conduct his or her duties in respect of the Charter of Terre des hommes and the Tdh
    Child Protection Safeguarding Policy.
  • Terre des hommes expects that its staff professional conduct reflects proper behaviour in
    accordance with local culture and traditions. He/she assures the moral protection of the name of
    Terre des hommes and defends in all circumstances the interests of the movement.
  • Tdh intervenes without any affiliation for politics, religion or financial profit. He/she will direct his
    or her activities and engagements without preoccupation of political, racial or religious affiliation.

Abuse Prevention Policy – Operational Risk Management

  • Commit to respect Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and
    Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy, Code of Conduct, Whistle Blowing Policy.
  • Commit to ensure the best implementation possible of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.
  • Commit to inform supervisors and to deal with any cases, allegations, or possibility of transgression, even potential, of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.

Competencies – This position requires personal, social and leadership competencies, technical and
methodological competency.

Skills:

  • Good facilitation skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Competency in computer applications and packages.
  • Skills in involving children in various PSS activities.

Requirements

  • Minimum bachelor Degree in Psychology. Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology from a
    recognized university, clinical experience is a plus.
  • Experience in use of community based approaches for the management of psychosocial and mental health issues.
  • Experience in application of innovative/creative and evidence based psychosocial and mental health issues.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience with prominence in psychosocial and mental health assignments.
  • Experience in case management including management of case conferences.
  • A good understanding of MHPSS framework and guidelines.
  • Project reporting and evaluation experience.
  • Staff supervision experience.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of Turkana culture, language and traditions is a plus.

Languages:

  • Fluent in English and Swahili.

Other:

  • Knowledge of Kakuma Refugee Camps or similar context.

Application Modalities:

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their applications letter and detailed CVs to KEN.recruitment@tdh.ch.

Candidates are required to indicate the position title and location on the subject line of the email when applying.

Kindly note only applications sent to this email address will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Closing date for the application of this position is 16th August 2022.

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Updated: August 2, 2022 — 2:29 pm