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Psychosocial Worker

Mission Statement of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village: 

Through healing, education, and love, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village empowers orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth to build lives of dignity and contribute to a better world. 

 

Core Values: Our core values inspire all our work, focusing our staff on the child’s best interests and helping our students create a community dedicated to building empowered and self-reliant lives. They are: 

 

Commitment: Embrace the mission and go the extra mile

Respect: Be considerate and mindful of others and the environment

Role model: Live and lead by example in a positive way 

Interest of Child: Base every decision on how it impacts the child 

Support: Help and encourage one another 

Integrity: Always be honest with yourself and others and act accordingly 

Learning Community: Seek and maximize the opportunity for growth and development

 

Key Responsibilities 

The Psychosocial Worker will work in the Parental Wholeness Department, report to the Program Manager, and spearhead activities and programs for the social wellbeing of the students at the Village. The key responsibilities include: 

 

Emotional Support   

  • Conduct the initial and annual psychosocial assessments and create a plan to address issues faced by the students
  • Record professional assessments, identified problems, and progress notes using specific guidelines and assessment tools
  • Meet with students who express emotional distress or anxiety, counsel them, and collaborate with the clinic

 

Health promotion and Safety

  • Collaborate with other healthcare/clinic team members to facilitate quality medical care for the students
  • Provide health education and professional mental health counseling
  • Ensure the family environment meets the appropriate health & safety standards in the Village

 

Youth Development

  • Proactively receive and analyze updates on each student’s background and progress and anticipate challenges they may face
  • Coordinate individual evaluations with other team members of student wellness on students’ progress and oversee the implementation of action plans
  • Through periodic counseling sessions, work with students to prepare them for the future in line with the educational philosophy of ASYV, emphasizing psychosocial and personal growth
  • Identify students’ strengths, abilities, and interests and match them with the appropriate resources to help them grow
  • Identify students struggling academically and socially and draw up a plan with relevant team members to ensure the students remain on track to meet their goals

 

Family functionality

  • Work closely with the family mothers to design and host educational family time and define roles and responsibilities of family members to promote family dynamism
  • Work with family mothers to stay up-to-date on every student’s relationship with their relatives, address issues that may arise, and follow up with students if they need counseling to address these issues
  • Collaborate with family mothers to initiate visits with students’ relatives
  • Regularly share meals with students and participate in students’ activities to get to know them better

 

Parental Coaching

  • Work closely with the Learning & Development Coordinator (L&DC) to identify and assess the skills gap among the family-based educators and design and implement the professional development plan
  • Develop the curriculum for parental wholeness programs
  • Advise and guide family-based educators on addressing different disciplinary issues using the DNA approach
  • Provide emotional support to Family mothers
  • Organize and conduct a grade weekly parenting support group
  • Organize and perform one-on-one parental coaching sessions with a family mother per month

 

Participate in the organization and capacity building activities

  • Submits reports and statistical documentation of work performed in line with departmental and M&E requirements
  • Participate in service and education-related meetings

 

Skills, Qualifications, and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, mental health counseling, or any related field
  • At least five years of professional experience, three years working with children and youth
  • Ability to communicate in English, Kinyarwanda, and French
  • Working proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • A strong sense of responsibility and integrity
  • Relevant personal skills, including excellent oral and written communication skills, teamwork abilities, and administrational proficiency
  • A charismatic, pedagogical and caring approach to children and youth
  • Must be willing to live in the village and be available to work outside work hours

 

Reporting to:  Program Manager

LOCATION: RWAMAGANA

 

 

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