Clinic Social Worker at Shining Hope for Communities

On Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Shining Hope for Communities has developed an innovative, community-driven model to combat inter-generational cycles of poverty and gender inequality in Nairobi’s Kibera slum. 

We link free schools for girls to accessible social services for all. 
In August 2009, we founded The Kibera School for Girls, the first entirely free school for girls in Kibera. 
The second step of our model provides the community-at-large with tangible benefits through a community center adjacent to the school. 

The unique services we offer include sanitary eco-toilets, a library and cyber café, gender violence support, microenterprise for HIV positive women, a youth center, access to water, business and literacy training, and hundreds of jobs. 

We also operate the Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic, which specializes in primary care and maternal health. 
By investing in health and economic success through a school for girls, we demonstrate that benefitting women benefits the whole community, cultivating a community ethos that makes women respected members of society.

Shining Hope for Communities invites applications from suitably qualified applicants to fill the following vacant position:-
Position: Clinic Social Worker
Location: Kibera
Reports to: Health Services Program Officer
Hours: Monday- Friday, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays
  • Provide mental health screenings and initial assessments to clients.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the primary care providers to improve health outcomes.
  • Facilitate referrals to other services (e.g. substance abuse treatment, specialty care and community resources) as and when needed.
  • Use knowledge and understanding of the reciprocal influences of home, and community to intervene for client’s success via such practices as assessment, crisis intervention and response, home visits, conflict resolution, individual and group counseling, consultation, program development, and coordination of home and community services.
  • Conduct intake and annual psychosocial assessments of every client.
  • Use client and family assessment results to identify needs that affect the client’s well-being.
  • Provide crisis intervention when needed.
  • Use assessment and evaluation results to develop appropriate interventions for clients and their families.
  • Develop long-term and short-term intervention plans consistent with the client’s needs, strengths, diversity and life experiences; and social and emotional factors.
  • Use a variety of appropriate formal and informal tools and techniques including observations and interviews to evaluate the progress and performance of clients and families.
  • Assists clients and their families in gaining access to formal and informal community resources.
  • Counsel the client’s family, relatives and others on matters relating to the client’s well-being.
  • Participate in mobilizing resources in the community, maintaining positive working relationships with the community stakeholders.
  • Participate in workshops, meetings and conferences.
  • Maintain client accurate and timely records of activities, case management notes and prepare verbal and written reports related to the clients.
  • Preparing of socio-psychiatric history information, psychosocial assessment, and social work treatment plans for use in pre-admission screening and diagnosis.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology, Social Work or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years experience working as a counselor or social worker specifically with families with a history of trauma.
  • Ability to establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to foster and maintain positive public relations with the community.
  • Experience in the following areas:-
  1. Psychosocial assessment
  2. Individual therapy
  3. Group therapy
  4. Short-term, evidence based counseling
  5. Crisis Intervention
  • Be comfortable working with families in informal settlements
  • Have experience working in a Clinic setting.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send their applications together with a detailed CV to the HR Manager, [email protected]

So as to reach us no later than 31st January 2014.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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