SOS Children’s Villages Somalia
Social Worker (Family Foster Care) – Mogadishu (Heliwa), Somalia
SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organization to which all SOS Children’s Villages including SOS Children’s Villages Somalia Association is affiliated. SOS Children’s Villages Somalia has officially been working in Somalia since 1985. SOS is currently working in 134 countries worldwide. We are committed to the welfare of children – often throughout the whole of their childhood, and to strengthening families and communities as a preventive measure in the fight against abandonment and social neglect. We also run education and health facilities. With the SOS Children’s Village concept, the organization pioneered a family approach to the long-term care of orphaned and abandoned children. SOS Children’s Villages upholds child protection policy and our selection processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children and youth from abuse. SOS Children’s Villages Somalia currently works in five regions; Banadir Regions (almost all districts), Bay, Bakol and Lower Shabelle in Southwest State, Middle Shabelle in HirShabelle State.
SOS Children’s Villages invites applications from suitably qualified and interested candidates who fulfill the eligibility criterion for the below position.
Job Title: Social Worker (Family Foster Care)
Report to: Alternative Care Coordinator
Location: Mogadishu (Heliwa)
Under the overall supervision of the AC Coordinator, the Social Worker is responsible to work on social, educational, sponsorship and emotional development of the children/youth at SOS Children’s village Mogadishu in Banadir location and to follow-up, the welfare matters of the children in foster family care. The program will expand each year thereafter to reach more children in the community and children of this program unit will be registered in Sponsorship. The social worker will Support in the provision of counseling services to children and their foster /kinship caregivers and to assist in the coordination and implementation of the foster family care essential services in the program.
Key Areas of accountabilities:
- Leads and participates in the recruitment process of beneficiaries and foster families in our FFC program and their assessment
- Provide short trainings on parenting, child rights and psychosocial support for the care-givers
- To help all children/youth develop skills in the areas of personal/social growth, educational planning, and career and vocational development.
Cooperation and Reporting Relationships
- Cooperates and works closely with parents/caregivers, Principal, teachers, youth leaders and with the children and youths
- Formulates updates and/or recommends policies and procedures governing the development of social service programs, in an effort to properly guide children and prepare them for better adult life and to become responsible members of the society.
- Conduct informational workshops and trainings for foster parents and caregivers based on their needs (e.g., parenting skills, teenage behavior management, child protection and child rights, MHPSS…).
- Reports child abuse cases, provides support services, participates in investigations of abuse (i.e. conduct interviews and facilitate medical or psychological examinations) based on the exiting procedures.
- Participate and prepares child and youth Development plans together with the individual child/youth with their parents.
- Enhance children and youth participation in the decision making process of their future.
- Keeps regular contacts with child and family during the implementation of Child and youth development plan through home visits and meetings.
- Follows-up, evaluates and recommends measures to be taken in order to improve services to children and youth.
- Provides guidance and counseling services to children and youth in FFC Program, in close cooperation with educators and families.
- Collaborates with different external offices on matters of common concern for the provision of better services for the children, attends workshops and meetings as assigned by the AC Coordinator.
- Conduct monitoring and supervision to make sure that children are attending schools and collect relevant records.
- Provide need based educational support (scholastic materials& school fee) for school going children
- Advises foster parents to take care of children nutrition and hygiene conditions of each household.
- Prepares health related educational packages like HIV/AIDS, sex education, etc. and teaches the children and youth by making stratification on age, sex, etc.
- Prepares individual development plans, with the strong participation of children and caregivers
- Enters data and update regularly in the Database, ensures quality of data and uses regularly the reports and data stored in the database to track individual progress of children.
- Produces, prepares and submits result based monthly, quarterly, biannually and/or annually reports of the section.
- Attends management meetings as a part of the AC management team, and assists with general managerial duties as required.
- Performs other similar duties as assigned by the AC Coordinator.
Gathers information and follow the progress of the FFC children which are appropriate for the sponsors’ consumption.
- Based on the sponsorship report guideline and manual, prepares the progress reports on all sponsored children in the FFC and submits to programme sponsorship department.
- By referring the SOS photography guideline, takes proper pictures of children when needed and send to the sponsorship department.
- Compose bi-annual human touch stories or success stories.
- Closely work with sponsorship officer in producing multi-media content (take pictures, capture videos, edit pictures and videos, write captions) on different themes for the Digital Lab project.
- Ensures that the legal documents for newly admitted children are signed by concerned persons.
- Prepare satisfactory reports, case studies and examples of best practices and ensure that up-to-date records for all report
Data Protection and Child Protection
At all times ensures that personal data of donors, sponsors, SOS CV beneficiaries and their families as well as SOS co-workers is handled confidentially and in accordance with prevailing SOS-Kinderdorf International data protection laws.
SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a caring and protective environment which promotes its core values, and prevents and addresses child abuse and exploitation. We strongly condemn all forms of child abuse and exploitation, be it within or outside of our organisation, and always respond to any case of proven, alleged or attempted abuse within our sphere of inﬂuence according to its nature. Eﬀorts ensure that mechanisms are in place to raise awareness, aid prevention, encourage reporting and ease response. They range from human resource development actions such as training and counselling to measures such as suspension, dismissal, and legal action
Child Safeguarding (CS)
- Responsible to raise awareness of the SOS Child Protection Policy principles and to prevent and protect children and young people from all forms of abuse, abandonment, exploitation, violence and discrimination
- Ensures strong focus on CS prevention by organising informal and formal discussions, workshops and other capacity buildings activities for children and young people to make them understand the CS risks and protection mechanisms
- Responsible to report any CS suspicion, concern, allegation or incident immediately, following Child Safeguarding reporting procedures. CS reports should be made to the CS team at program level and/or to the respective line manager
Qualifications and Experiences
- First degree in social work, social science, Sociology, psychology, community development and related field of studies
- Minimum of at least 3 year of demonstrable experience in a related field working with vulnerable children, youth & families within Alternative care, Family strengthen protection, education or community development sector within an NGO, INGO or similar.
Competencies – knowledge, skills, abilities:
- Proven knowledge/experience in facilitating trainings, counselling, coaching and mentoring
- Experience in awareness raising as well as working with children and families.
- Proficiency in computer knowledge
- Fluency in English (working& desirable) and Somali (essential).
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills
- Active listener, team builder and a great motivator
Child Safeguarding Policy: SOS Children’s Villages organization is committed to safeguarding the rights of the children and therefore, is expected that every individual who joins with SOS Children’s Villages Somalia understand his/her responsibility in protecting and keeping children always safe
Interested applicants should send their applications with a CV and scanned copies of your academic and professional certificates indicating telephone numbers and three referees to this email email@example.com
Indicating with the subject line of the position.
The closing date is 6th June 2021.
Competent Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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