Lifeskills Promoters (LISP) is a Christian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that has been in operation since 1999. LISP empowers young people towards positive behaviour change through an integrated life skills approach. LISP is committed to the development of sustainable and transformational responses to challenges facing children and youth and the society at large. This is achieved through behaviour change and character formation among youth and community development programs. LISP works closely with churches, communities and government departments.
LISP together with her sub recipient St John Community Centre (SJCC) are mobilizing and scaling up community-based response to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) through a five year project dubbed “Wezesha” funded by USAID. TheWezesha project focuses on meeting the basic needs of OVC, regardless of faith, through sustainable community-based programs that aim to empower the individual OVC with skills that enhance their productivity and employability, improving OVC livelihoods through household economic strengthening initiatives, as well as improve child protection, health and Psycho Social Support systems and structures at the community level. The project is being implemented in Kisii, Migori and Homabay counties of south Nyanza and has been running for the last three (3) years.
LISP is advertising for suitable and qualified candidate for the position of a Project Officer-Psychosocial Social Support, to be based in Oyugis, Homa Bay County.
The Psychosocial/Life Skills Officer will primarily be responsible for implementing psychosocial and life skills (PSS) component of Wezesha Project in Migori, Kisii and Homabay counties. The goal of psychosocial/life skills is to help the OVCs deal with psycho-social trauma and other life challenges. PSS services will be provided to all OVCs through school clubs while at the same time encouraging the teaching of Life Skills Education lessons in the school curriculum; counseling services will be provided through guidance and counseling teachers in schools and CHWs at the community and household level. This is aimed at using life skills training to build confidence and resilience among the OVCs and their caregivers. The position is based in Oyugis and requires frequent travel to the project sites. This position will be under the supervision of Project Manager.
Tasks, Roles and Responsibilities
- ·Take lead in in providing life skills/psychosocial care and support and child protection.
- ·Ensure timely and successful implementation of the project activities at the community level.
- ·Assess psychosocial and protection needs and identify problems/gaps, risk and vulnerabilities, including those related to gender, class and age and coordinate and provide support.
- ·Train school teachers and Community Health Workers (CHWs) on psychosocial care and support.
- ·Initiate and or strengthen the guidance and counseling / life skills activities and health clubs in school where the OVCs attend.
- ·Provide counseling, guidance and other psychosocial activities where needed, in a scheduled manner, including specific educational activities addressing identified social-health issues.
- ·Work closely with local authorities and/or government departments, partner organizations, and other NGOs to inform and advocate for remedies and solutions to psychosocial and child protection issues affecting OVC's psychosocial wellbeing.
- ·Develop cross referral mechanisms among different related organization for referring OVCs with potential psychosocial health problems or any other general health issues in close partnership with appropriate health care service providers in the area.
- ·Provide detailed reports on the progress of the work at the required intervals putting into consideration the interests of the stakeholders in the project.
a) Bachelor degree in Sociology, Community development, and or Psychology and Counseling.
- At least 4 years of direct work experience in social work preferably with children specifically in the area of psychosocial/life skills and child protection issues.
c) Good knowledge of issues regarding psychosocial care and support to OVCs.
d) Advanced experience in dealing with the Ministry of Education structures at local and national levels.
e) Proficient organization and time management skills
f) Strong oral and written communication skills.
g) Excellent social, interpersonal and intercultural skills, ability to interact with culturally diverse staff and program participants with minimal supervision.
i) Advanced child counseling technics and a vast knowledge of tools used in child counseling.
h) Well-developed child appropriate facilitation methods that include experiential teaching methodologies.
i) A personal commitment to advancing the lives of children effectively and efficiently with great sensitivity and flexibility.
j) Good level of computer literacy.
k) Experience in development of age appropriate materials will be an added advantage.
l) Driving skills and other trainings are an added advantage.
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