Monday, April 08, 2013

Save the Children Pediatric Counselor Job in Dadaab Kenya

CP – Pediatric Counselor  – Kenya Country Office
Team / Programme: Programmes    
Location: Dadaab
Grade: TBC     
Post Type: National
Save the Children Pediatric Counselor Job in Dadaab Kenya: Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose:
The Padiatric counselor is responsible for field level implementation, inter-camp coordination and monitoring and evaluation of activities as well as providing leadership and guidance to Child Protection community workers. 
Provides direct counseling services for children indentified/refered by BID and/or other partners, deliver capacity building training for incentive workers and programme staff and staff from partner agencies.

Scope of Role:

Reports to:
Child Protection Coordinator

Dimensions: Save the Children has supported children in Kenya since before it’s Independence in 1963 and has had a consistent operational presence in the country since 1984. 
We provide support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 
Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 
Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Eldoret, Habaswein, Mandera, Meru and Wajir and has a liaison post in Garissa. 
Currently, we have a staff complement of approximately 350 staff and a confirmed budget of approximately US$15 million this year.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  Community workers & Lay counselors

Key Areas of Accountability:
  • The Child protection Peadiatric Counselor will assist the Child Protection Programme Manager in the overall management of the UNHCR/PEPFAR project for orphaned and vulnerable children in the field offices and refugee camps and the immediate host communities.
  • Facilitate and coordinate direct professional counseling services for orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) including children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Support the development and implementation of a programme of training and capacity building for Child Protection Community workers (CPWs) and CPOs, ensuring that training needs are proactively assessed and built with-in ongoing design.
  • Provide relevant inputs for the development of pediatric HIV/AIDS programme strategy and operational plans in close collaboration with the Child Protection Manager.
  • Document programme learning, ensuring it contributes to organisational advocacy.
  • Participate in the development of emergency strategies for the wider child protection programme in Kenya.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
  • Preparation and submission of monthly, quarterly and annual reports in relation to peadiatric HIV/AIDS counseling services, community based psychosocial support and capacity building initiatives.
  • Conduct debriefing sessions in the occurrence of a critical incidence
  • Conduct/ensure regular follow-up visits to monitor the rehabilitation and reintegration of clients, and document changes identified.
  • Conduct community sensitization campaigns on services available at the Child Friendly spaces and the general refugee operations.
  • Maintain an up to date database on counseling clients.
  • Ensure timely implementation of budgeted activities in addition to budget tracking and control.
  • Ensure strong links with the overall child protection work that SC is undertaking in the refugee camps.
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Good communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Graduate degree in Psychology, social work  / social sciences or equivalent with preferably 1 year work experience in  counseling, social work or with development-related organisations
  • Knowledge of community based child protection approaches, preferably including experience in participatory approaches (PRA/PLA) and child participation methodologies.
  • Good IT skills including the use of Word and database software
  • Demonstrable ability to adapt to changing programme priorities and emergency priorities that may arise
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities
  • Positive attitude towards community work with emphasis on the ability to learn from communities and support innovative approaches to problem solving
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.
  • Knowledge of Somali
  • Experience and skills in management of staff
  • Experience in designing and facilitating training sessions
  • Understanding of the East Africa and the dynamics of the conflict
  • Experience in working in an insecure environment
How to apply

The application period is now open and will close on 22nd April 2013. 
To apply for open position, please send a short cover letter and CV to  indicating the position applied for in the subject line.
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