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Gender Based Violence Psychosocial Counselor

Sector: Women's Protection and Empowerment         
Location: Kenya           
Employee Type:Regular           
Employee Category:  Full Time        

The Gender Based Violence(GBV) Psychosocial Counselor will support the successful implementation of all psychosocial activities, and will be responsible for the provision of quality case management including direct counseling to GBV survivors. 

In addition, the GBV Psychosocial Counselor will support training of partners and community health workers to respond to cases of GBV across Turkana West and Central and ensure effective referral for survivors of GBV. 

This includes providing ongoing training and utilizing monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure high quality services are available and utilized.  

The Psychosocial Counselor will provide the technical guidance and leadership required for the successful implementation of all psychosocial activities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Case management
  • Support the maintenance of an effective and confidential case management system.
  • Provide professional and confidential services to survivors of GBV, grounded in the IRC’s holistic, survivor-centered case management approach.
  • Develop professional, effective and appropriate GBV psychosocial programming, including direct individual and group counseling support
  • Assist in the development and implementation of psychosocial activities that are responsive to the needs of women and girls
  • Maintain and update quality GBV Information Management System (IMS) database on a regular basis
  • Collecting data about GBV trends and work with partners to disseminate information to all relevant stakeholders to develop responses
  • Assist with preparing all relevant reports regarding the IRC’s psychosocial activities.
  • Ensure timely implementation of psychosocial programme activities.
Training and capacity development
  • Mentor and provide technical support to health staff and community workers directly involved with the psychosocial and clinical care for GBV survivors
  • Monitor and supervise case management, including capacity building through training and on-the-job training. Training topics should include active listening and effective communication, action and safety planning, GBV guiding principles, GBV basic concepts, and other related topics.
  • Provide guidance regarding psychosocial activities to all partners and community workers to ensure all programme activities meet best practice standards
Community engagement and outreach
  • Strengthen and maintain networks with governmental, ministry of health, ministry of education, ministry of gender, children and social welfare, community leaders, women leaders, service providers to ensure that survivors receive compassionate support from the community and to encourage greater communication, collaboration and coordination among partners (protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectors)
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, including community members and leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, and other IRC team members to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with Ministry of Health  and other partners  to support the provision of quality care to sexual assault survivors
  • Support the development and strengthening of an effective GBV referral system and coordination mechanisms in
  • Lead on bi-monthly case conferences and support GBV coordination meetings with partners and community members
  • Fulfill any other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
  • Social Science degree in counseling and/or psychology; a Master degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of direct psychosocial/counseling experience with a reputable agency; experience working with survivors of violence preferred.
  • Clear understanding of gender, abuse of power, and issues surrounding violence against women.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality, medical ethics and respect for clients at all times.
  • Able to lead, train, supervise, facilitate and motivate other GBV staff in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful and supportive manner.
  • Positive, highly motivated, innovative, with strong organizational and inter-personal skills.
  • Able to coordinate multiple tasks while maintaining attention to quality and detail.
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Strong knowledge of computer applications, including MS Word and Excel.
  • Willing to work in a hardship area.
  • Fluency in English, including writing clear and concise reports. Knowledge of Turkana language will be an added advantage
  • Experience with organizing, facilitating or conducting any of the following community activities: community discussions, surveys, group activities
Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

Please apply on or before 31st October 2012

International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

IRC leading the way from harm to home

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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