KMET is a local NGO based in Kisumu that has been responding to violence against women and girls especially Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), in Western Kenya. Due to limited safe spaces, as last resort, often survivors have no choice but to accept temporary solutions offered by their families or among relatives within the community, an arrangement which is yet to be safe and functional for both survivors and partners supporting them.
KMET has hence established a shelter known as the KMET Freedom House that addresses the safety and security of survivors at its premises in Tom Mboya Estate, Kisumu County. We offer protection to GBV survivors whose lives are in danger from the perpetrators and a safe space for referrals of GBV to all the actors along with the referral and response pathway in Kisumu and beyond.
The purpose of this position
Reporting to the Program Manager – Gender Livelihoods, the Social Worker will be based at KMET and will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Safehouse. They will be responsible for the provision of case management and psychosocial support to GBV survivors & persons at risk, enabling a conducive environment at the Freedom House while ensuring complete care and treatment of survivors including referrals to partner agencies for further management.
- Safe House Management
- Provide professional and confidential services to survivors of SGBV, grounded in the Freedom House’s survivor-centered case management approach.
- Document client data accurately in the intake forms and consent forms and ensure they are under lock and key.
- Provide assessment and counseling both at individual and group levels as the situation demands.
- Ensure all work with SGBV survivors is confidential and that ethical practices are observed.
- Ensure survivors grounded at the safe house are fed, and the house is clean.
- Define the services offered at Freedom House including referrals
- Manage, monitor, and supervise the shelter including the safety and security of survivors
- Define survivor/victim eligibility criteria
- Define minimum services to be offered at the shelter and related referral services available in the county
2. Coordination and Networking
- Strengthen and maintain networks with community leaders, women leaders, and 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)
- Work in collaboration with community volunteers to ensure ongoing needs of women and girls are being met through prevention-related activities.
3. Community engagement and outreach
- Conduct sensitization, dialogue, and mediation sessions with the wider population about GBV-related issues.
- Facilitate formation of groups for survivors of SGBV and other vulnerable groups at the women & girls’ safe space.
4. Monitoring and evaluation
- Draft and share quality weekly, monthly, quarterly situational reports and annual reports backed with photos while maintaining beneficiary data protection principles.
- Contribute to documentation of human-interest stories/best practices per quarter as part of the report
- Conduct any other related activities as deemed necessary
- Diploma Qualification in relevant field (Social Science, Social Work, Psychology, Gender, and Development) with a Certification in Counselling.
- Minimum 2 years of direct psychosocial/counseling experience; experience collaborating with survivors of violence preferred.
- A clear understanding of gender, abuse of power, and issues surrounding violence against women
- Preferably 35 years and above - a highly motivated, compassionate person who can respond to emergencies at any time and is able to work for long hours.
- Fluency in written and spoken English essential
- Must be able to use a computer and able to draft excellent reports.
If your qualification matches the requirements of this exciting opportunity, please send your CV and Cover letter with at least three referees as well as expected remuneration to:
The Operations Manager, KMET
Email: email@example.com with the title ‘Social Worker – GBV Centre on the subject line to reach by May 30, 2022, at 6 pm. Any application that does not comply with the above instructions will not be considered.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.