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Social Worker (Job Ref: SOS/22/2/22/1) - SOS Children's Villages Zimbabwe

Location: Harare
Alert: Application Deadline Expired

Job Summary

Under the overall supervision of the Alternative Child Care Coordinator the Social Worker is responsible for social, psychological and emotional development of the children under family basic care and to follow-up the health matters of the children.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Identify and enrol of programme beneficiaries who meet the criteria.
  • Prepares and submits for approval long- and short-term plans for social services.
  • Formulate, updates and/or recommends policies and procedures governing the development of social service programs, internal regulations of Village disciplinary issues, etc. in an effort to properly raise children and prepare them for better adult life and to become responsible members of the society.
  • Directs, coordinates, supervises and performs social welfare programs that are being implemented by the Village.
  • Follows-up, evaluates and recommends measures to be taken in order to improve services to children.
  • Develops and recommends child admission criteria.
  • Initiates, coordinates and provides guidance and counselling services to children and youth at OFFBC, in close cooperation with caregivers.
  • Participates in any child-mother related trainings organized by the National Office.
  • Guides the youth and develops programs to help them easily integrate with the communities.
  • Ensures and encourages the participation of the children and youth in developing programs especially in need assessment undertakings.
  • 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 Alternative child care program coordinator.
  • Advises mothers to take care of hygiene conditions of each family house and the compound at large.
  • Prepares health related educational packages like HIV/AIDS, sex education, etc. and teaches the children and youth by making stratification on age, sex, etc.
  • Advises and assists caregivers in implementing primary health care principles.
  • Ensures that children receive medical attention/ first-aid services if they are ill, injured and need medical treatment, refers serious cases to clinics and follows-up referral cases to hospitals.
  • Keeps staff informed regarding health care issues, particularly those issues affecting mothers and children such as family planning, vaccination, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and hygiene.
  • Performs other similar duties as assigned by the Alternative child care program coordinator.
  • Ensures the holistic development of children and youths including physical and behavioural.
  • Ensure the empowerment of families in child care and protection.

Qualifications And Experience

  • Degree in Social Work and a member of National Association of Social Workers and Council of Social Workers in Zimbabwe.
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in implementing Social work Support programmes
  • Demonstrable commitment to working with children and youth & knowledge in child rights.
  • Strong knowledge of social work theories, practices and procedures and understanding of all pertinent legislation and policies.
  • Strong knowledge in the areas of needs assessment, family dynamics, the impact of trauma, psycho-social functioning theories and practices and child protection theories, models and practices.
  • Extensive experience handling case management, case conferencing and investigation and intervention theories and practices.
  • Good interpersonal, mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • knowledge of child rights
  • Organizational, verbal and written communications skills, analytical skills and good computer skills.
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to work effectively in a variety of settings and in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong Planning and organizing skills

How To Apply

Applications supported by a detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of certified academic certificates should be submitted electronically indicating the position you are applying for in the subject line and the vacancy reference number. All applications should be submitted not later than 7 March 2022.Please note the applications will reviewed as they come in.

Applications that are late do not have a CV or certified certificates attached will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

E-mail: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to: Resourcing.SOS@sos-zimbabwe.org 

SOS Children’s Villages Zimbabwe holds strict child safeguarding principles and a zero-tolerance policy for conducts of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the workplace and other places where the organization’s activities are rendered. Parallel to technical competence, recruitment, selection and hiring decisions will give due emphasize to assessing candidates value congruence and thorough background checks, police clearance reference check processes.

Alert: Application Deadline Expired

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