The Amani Orphans Home Mbigili was founded in the light to improve the standard of living of AIDS orphans and destitute children and to provide them access to all basic human rights.
The underlying guiding principles for the care of orphans are to
- Reproduce family and clan structures to convey social behavior and interaction
- Respect and emphasize the origin of the children to avoid them being uprooted
- Accompany each child to the end of its school and job education and help to integrate into adulthood
- Protect the children from being stigmatized as AIDS-orphans, avoid them being discriminated and deprived of their basic rights
- Aspire to the highest possible level of self-sufficiency in the care center, in order to convey a wide range of economic and maintenance abilities, as well as assisting in keeping running costs low
- Connect the care centers in many aspects with the local community
- Strengthen family ties and clan structures
To support children and their families through difficult times and ensure that vulnerable children under the support of AOHM are safeguarded from harm. This role is to help in improving outcomes in children's lives.
As a social worker, you will work in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and procedures, supporting children, families, and groups within the local communities under
- The Home-Based Care program and
- At the orphanage.
You may work in homes or schools, hospitals and most of the time at Amani Orphans Home Mbigili.
Key Relationships With:
- Children under AOHM Care program
- Central and Local Government authorities
- Schools, Hospitals, Neema Reha, Community leaders
- Police Children and Gender Desk
- The project manager
- Other Non-Government Organizations in the region dealing with children
- AOHM Management team
- Sponsors, teachers, and volunteers
Key Tasks / Responsibilities:
This position will require you to work with Children at the orphanage and their families. You might also work with the following groups:
- The elderly
- people with health conditions
- school dropouts and non-attenders
- Children in need of Psychological support
These tasks typically involve:
- conducting and documenting interviews with individual children and families to assess and review their situation
- Identify the needs of the most vulnerable children in Iringa and means for support
- Provide counseling to the children and suggest the measure to address their situation
- Undertaking and writing up individual assessment reports which meet specified standards provided by the organization
- Mobilize the children living alone to encourage and accept fostering
- Offering information and conducting awareness training to the children and housemothers
- organizing and managing packages of support to enable children make position choices in their career to lead the fullest lives possible
- Ensure and support child participation at all stages of programming
- Recommending and sometimes making decisions about the best course of action for a particular child or family to the German Board
- Preparing work plans, monthly/weekly/quarterly and semiannual as requested by the project manager and the German Board
- Communicating with matron and project manager in making referrals to other agencies
- Participating in multidisciplinary teams and meetings regarding child protection or health
- Organizing and designing children clubs, music and sports activities that are tailored towards removing stress and other emotional situations to children
- Maintaining accurate records and preparing reports for child elopement (?)
- Work with Matron to develop the care plan for every individual child and make follow-ups about the implementation.
- Participating in training, supervision, and team meetings.
Position Core Competencies:
You will need to show evidence of the following:
- Patience and the ability to remain calm in a crisis
- Flexibility to adapt to new roles, tasks, and situations
- Strong observation, analytical and listening skills
- Pedagogical and psychological skills
- The capacity to absorb legal and procedural information
- The ability to negotiate, mediate and interpret on behalf of service users
- Good organizational skills to work autonomously and plan meetings for a caseload of clients.
- Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Counselling or relevant social science with at least a year of relevant working experience in social work and protection.
- Experience working with children and youth, and especially vulnerable children desirable.
- Counseling skills are highly required and an added advantage
- Basic IT skills: knowledge of MS Word; Excel and Outlook required.
- Swahili and English skills in speaking and writing required.
- Familiar with core principles of Children Rights, Participation, Do No Harm, Community and Family Support
- Ability to cope and work under pressure
- Excellent facilitation skills
- Excellent organization and communication skills.
- This position is for a social worker with the age limit 22 – 35.
Women are highly encouraged to apply
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