Social Worker Job in Kenya

Social Worker

date: September 22, 2021

HIAS Refugee Trust
of Kenya (HRTK) – Kenya Office Vacancy Advertisement- Kenyan Nationals

Job title: Social Worker (2 Positions)

Program: Legal Protection

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Grade: 5

Reporting to: Best Interest Determination (BID) Specialist

Duration: 1 year contract with possibility of
renewal subject to availability of funding and performance


HIAS is an international non-profit organization that stands for a world in
which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. HIAS’ operation in Kenya
was established in 2002 with the mission to serve the most vulnerable refugees
through community-based protection including psychosocial support, resilience
building and the provision of durable solutions.

Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its Refugee Rights Framework. This
rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and
refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on
refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures
forcibly displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to
society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and
civil rights and social and economic rights including through 1) the right to
protection from harm, violence and discrimination, 2) the right to recovery
from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency
and inclusion.

HIAS seeks to recruit a Social Worker who will assist in the provision of
social interventions and assistance to the most at risk and vulnerable refugee
clients and children. The Social Worker will be required to conduct through
assessments and case management including follow up to ensure clients and
children are receiving appropriate services. The Social Worker will be expected
to track the impact of the assistance provided to clients and children.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

· Identify refugee children who are unaccompanied and separated children,
survivors of sexual and gender based violence or any other form of trauma

· Identification of refugee children in need of social support such as
financial assistance, medical assistance, birth registration, legal protection
and family tracing.

· Carry out social assessments and keep track of socio-environmental risks
faced by refugee children to ensure mitigation of risks.

· Prepare Best Interest Determination and Best Interest Assessments reports
for refugee children.

· Identify children who require psychosocial support and link them with the
counsellors for timely support.

· Make regular home visits to assess the needs and progress of children
under the UNHCR Child Protection Project within Nairobi.

· Assist in outreach and community dialogue activities on issues related to
child abuse and children with special needs.

· Make referrals to partner agencies on behalf of vulnerable refugee
children and follow up with clients to facilitate access to external services.

· Prepare summaries for presentations in the internal HIAS Psychosocial
Panel, enter data into the case management data base and give feedback to

· Monitor impacts of social assistance for vulnerable refugees and

· Open files for all clients (soft and hard) and ensure that case
management is in line with HIAS SOPs and other sector standards.

· Mobilize and organize target communities in the respective site office
coverage area to form community structures that will be responsible for
spearheading child protection activities in line with the approved project
description and work plan.

· Organize and train established community structures on all child
protection acts, covenants and charters/agreements, local, national and

· Carry out weekly and monthly identification of potential foster parents,
assess and train those who meet the criteria in readiness for assigning of
foster children.

· In liaison with Child Protection Monitors and Community Outreach workers;
conduct awareness and sensitization campaigns in the communities.

· Conduct support groups, committee meetings and participate in community

· Establish and maintain networks with existing community structures and
other partners for referral and networking purposes.

· Conduct a mapping exercise for all sector agencies and link with them for
collaboration and support in provision of child protection services – these
will include Area Advisory Councils.

· Provide weekly and monthly reports to the Child Protection Officer and
other technical officers highlighting individual performance, progress against
targets and client needs as instructed by the Child Protection Officer.

· Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

· A University Degree in Social Work, Community Development, Gender and
Development Studies or another related area of study.

· At least 1-2 years working experience in the field of Social Work.
Experience working with an NGO that deals with refugees is an added advantage.

Skills and Competencies

· Excellent writing skills

· Fluency in English is Mandatory

· Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the
Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (PSEA)

· Experience in capacity building including facilitation of community based
training and awareness raising

· Good knowledge of Nairobi and its environs

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills

· Knowledge of computer applications

· Working experience with refugees an added advantage.

· Ability to work in a demanding and high pressure environment

· Knowledge of accountability to affected populations

How to Apply

The applications (CV and
Cover letter) should be submitted through the link quoting the
Position Title: Social

Closing Date: 22nd September

Important: Only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted.

HRTK is an equal
opportunity employer, does not charge candidates for recruitment and
dissociates itself from any entity defrauding candidates.


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