Job Title: Project Officer - Positive Parenting (PP) and Life-skills (LS) (REF: 2019/044)
Reports To: Technically, Positive Parenting manager and administratively to County Team Lead
Length of Contract: Fixed up to September 30, 2021.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture livelihoods.
CRS, with partners Lumos and Maestral International, will work closely with Department of Children Services (DCS) and other care reform actors to implement programming and interventions to support care reform in Kenya. Kenya has been selected as one of three countries, together with the Republic of Moldova and Guatemala, to implement the initial phase of Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC) initiative. CTWWC is an initiative that aims to leverage existing strengths and efforts of key stakeholders as well as address identified gaps to move Kenya away from reliance on residential care facilities and towards stronger family-based care
Reporting to the County Team Leader, the Project Officer – PP &LL will monitor and report on all CTWWC county-level activities related to positive parenting and life-skills in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. S/he will provide leadership, training, and technical support to local implementing partners/institutions/CCIs, caregivers and young people to ensure roll-out of the positive parenting and life-skills sessions at community level. S/he is expected to utilize a service oriented, participatory and strengths-based approach and ensure CTWWC consistently applies recognized and evidence-based practices, regularly reviews and gathers lessons on emerging innovations on PP/LS to ensure the target groups receive critical skills and information resulting in sustainable positive parenting and life-skills practices.
The position will work closely with the Project Officer -Case Management and to ensure that aspects of positive parenting and life-skills are central to the case management process, care plans, service referrals/delivery and monitoring of care plans – and all social work with families, young people and children.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Knowledge
Skills and Abilities
Supervisory Responsibilities (none):
Required/Desired Foreign Language: Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English and Kiswahili; sign language is added advantage.
Travel Required: Some travel is expected within the County of operation
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: CTWWC staff, Health, Education and Social Services Unit, CRS Kenya MEAL Unit, Management Quality Unit, CRS Kenya Head of Programs.
External: Local implementing partners, GOK, UNICEF, faith-based organizations, Kenya Society of Careleavers, relevant private sector entities, local communities, beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Friday, August 16, 2019.
Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya/Somalia Program
Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment
CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
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