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Child Protection Case Worker

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VACANCY – CHILD PROTECTION - CASE WORKER  

ALIGHT (formerly American Refugee Committee) works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities – to better survive conflicts and crisis, and to rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency. ALIGHT presently works in and with partners in seventeen countries globally. ALIGHT has consistently operated in Rwanda since the year 1994, and today has a strong and committed team of over eight hundred personnel who include full time staff, community mobilizers and incentive workers– implementing programs in Primary Health Care, Reproductive Health, HIV and Nutrition; also Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Shelter and general Infrastructure, Livelihoods/Economic strengthening, and Sexual and Gender Based Violence Prevention/ Protection. Our work in Rwanda currently covers all the refugee locations and their kind Rwandan-host communities. And we are always looking to expand and, jointly with our partners, offer lasting impact with and for the communities we serve! ALIGHT is looking for a qualified, self-driven and committed individual to join its team as Child Protection case Workerto be based in any one of the field sites (refugee camps, transit and reception centers) where ALIGHT has active operations.

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

The primary responsibility of the Child protection (CP) Case Worker is community-based child protection through supporting individual children and families and handling child-related cases and conducting BIAs. The Child Protection Caseworker is responsible for providing psychosocial support to SGBV child survivors.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Work with residents at the ETM center/Camp and other agencies to promote communal led child protection mechanism;
  • Assess, identify and verify the children with special needs and work with relevant stakeholders/implementing partner to address the identified needs;
  • Provide case management services in line with the National Standard Operating Procedures for case management & Global Child Protection Case Management Guidelines;
  • Refer cases with specific needs to the competent service providers, follow up and document referred cases;
  • Provide and keep adequate documentation of all cases in child protection including initiating and update of the BIAs and BIDs as appropriate;
  • Liaise with the programs Sports Facilitator to engage children in recreation activities at their leisure;
  • Responsible for closely coordinating with relevant external agencies for service provision and referrals to national mechanisms to report cases of children at high risk of harm as per the agreed SoP and referral pathway in place to ensure the child’s best interests.
  • Be proactive in identifying opportunities to better support children through facilitating processes, systems, etc.
  • Support program volunteers and other community-based structures in their daily routine follow-ups and home visits to identify and support child protection cases;
  • Prepare required daily, weekly and monthly reports.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION, BEHAVIOURS & EXPERIENCE  

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Social work, Community Development, Psychology, human rights, or closely related field;
  • Minimum of three years’ previous experience implementing Child protection, preferably in social work or case management, in humanitarian or development settings;
  • Excellent report writing, communication and analytical skills;
  • Comfort residing full time working in any one on the field site (Gicumbi, kirehe, Huye, Gatsibo, Karongi, Gashora) and in other low resource-refugee settings in Rwanda;
  • Comfortable working with unaccompanied children from a multicultural background,;
  • Solution, service and support oriented attitude and work ethic; and a willingness to guide refugees towards exploring options and solutions, while assuring fidelity and confidentiality to expected policies and compliance;
  • Capable communicator in English and Kinyarwanda; including written; also, conversance with French, Tigrinya and/or Arabic is an added advantage;
  • Self-motivated and client-oriented with a strong sense of personal ethic, integrity and quality.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:  Interested and qualified candidates should submit 1page Cover letter, and updated CV (maximum three pages) and names, title and contacts of three professional referees, to include most recent or current employer/supervisor (all in/as one document) - via email only to: RWJobs@wearealight.org with the POSITION applied for clearly indicated in the subject line. The deadline for submission of applications is 7th May 2021 at 16:00hrs. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Alight is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.  ALIGHT complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.