Peer Mentors at HIAS

HIAS is the global Jewish nonprofit organization that protects refugees-including women and children, and ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities-whose lives are in danger for being who they are.

Reports to: Gender and GBV Officer

Liaises with: Gender and GBV Program Manager

Duration: 1 year contract

HIAS uses a survivor-centered, community-based approach. Our programs consider the voices and needs of survivors and prioritize their leadership in program design and implementation. HIAS works with communities’ natural systems in order to optimize support for survivors, building partnerships to promote and protect the rights of survivors, women, men, girls, sexual and gender minorities. This approach enables HIAS to meet the safety, psychosocial, economic, and justice needs of survivors; facilitate their access to appropriate care; and empower communities to lead efforts that challenge beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate or condone violence against women, girls, sexual and gender minorities in the community.

HIAS Kenya seeks to recruit 20 peer mentors to assist in provision of protection interventions for survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the community.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist in the mobilization of community members for community forums and sensitization campaigns in the communities like international Women’s Day and 16 Days of Gender Activism.
  2. Support in sharing of information to the community on Gender-Based Violence in various project forums.
  3. Assist with translation for refugees in the community during activities as may be required.
  4. Accompany refugees who are survivors of GBV to access medical services at the hospital, legal or security services at the police station.
  5. Provide sensitization to the refugee community on GBV prevention, risk reduction and where to access response services.
  6. Identify and refer survivors of GBV for appropriate response services and provide regular follow-up on each case.
  7. Monitor and document GBV trends in the community and report on the same to designated HIAS staff.
  8. Attend regular supervision meetings and other meetings as required.

Skills & Competencies

  1. Demonstrated experience on working with survivors of GBV.
  2. Should have an understanding of the minimum services required for a survivor of GBV.
  3. Should have skills in Psychological First Aid.
  4. Basic literacy and numeracy skills.
  5. Good working knowledge of the community needs and gaps.
  6. Ability to work with members of the community with little or no supervision.
  7. Computer literacy.
  8. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  9. Strong training skills in community development and working with survivors of GBV will be an added advantage.


No less than three months’ work experience, preferably with an NGO. Experience in the field of refugee protection and assistance a distinct advantage.


Proficiency in English or Kiswahili. Proficiency in English is MANDATORY and will be an added advantage.


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