WPE / GBV Psychosocial Officer Job Kenya-August 2015


Vacancy: WPE / GBV Psychosocial Officer

Sector: Gender
Location: Kenya
Employee Type: Regular
Employee Category: Full Time

Job Purpose: Under the direct supervision of the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Manager, the GBV Psychosocial officer will support the successful implementation of all psychosocial activities, and will be responsible for the provision of quality case management including direct counseling to GBV survivors.
In collaboration with the WPE manager and other WPE / GBV officers will support provision of training and supervising for GBV Community Workers to respond to cases of GBV in the camp and ensure effective case management.

The officer will supervise the case management and support provided to GBV survivors.
S/he will train and supervise refugee social workers to respond to cases of GBV in the camp and ensure effective case management.
This includes providing ongoing training and mentorship for social workers and utilizing monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure high quality services.
As survivors of gender-based violence tend to have multiple needs, the GBV Psychosocial officer will encourage smooth communication, collaboration and coordination among partners from the protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectors committed to reducing the incidence of violence against women.
This includes participating in GBV coordination meetings and case conferences.Key Responsibilities:

Case management

  • Monitor & supervise case management, including capacity building through training, mentorship and on the job training of social workers to provide case management
  • Provide professional and confidential services to survivors of GBV, grounded in the IRC’s holistic, survivor-centered case management approach.
  • Ethically document client information through accurate filling of intake forms and ensure confidential and safe storage
  • Support the maintenance of the IRC’s case management system by maintaining client confidentiality
  • Ensure the GBVIMS is accurately updated on a regular basis
  • Participate in interpretation of the analyzed data on trends and work with other WPE Officers to disseminate information to all relevant stakeholders and advise the WPE Manager
  • Participate in the development of case management monitoring systems and help to ensure that GBV community workers utilize these systems correctly and consistently.
  • Participate in preparation of all relevant reports regarding the IRC’s psychosocial activities.
  • Oversee support groups in offering group psychosocial support in the women’s wellness centre.

Training, Mentorship and couching

  • Provide response related trainings for the legal, health, protection and psychosocial sectors and on-job training for volunteer community works in collaboration with other WPE Officers.
  • Supervise and provide training, mentorship, and other technical support to community workers directly involved with the psychosocial component of the IRC’s GBV program.
  • Provide leadership and guidance regarding psychosocial activities to all community workers to ensure all program activities meet best practice standards

Coordination and networking

  • Set the strategy and agenda for the coordination meetings and ensure minutes are shared with all members of the coordination meetings in a timely manner.
  • Strengthen and maintain networks through other service providers, community leaders, women leaders, service providers and camp management to ensure that survivors receive compassionate support from the community and to encourage greater communication, collaboration and coordination among partners (protection, health, legal,
  • Advice the GBV outreach officer on programming areas that require targeted interventions and campaigns based on trend analysis
  • Monitor monthly community outreach plan with community workers, based on case trends and ongoing needs of women and girls.
  • Work with stakeholders to develop and implement standard operating procedures and monitor referral pathway to ensure easy access to all GBV services.


  • Compile monthly reports and submit to WPE Manager, in collaboration with WPE Outreach Officer.
  • Gather information about what partners have done and are doing; and monitor how partner organizations are implementing the IASC guidelines.
  • Submit incident recorder every month to the WPE Manager. Utilize statistics and ongoing trends to determine program needs.
  • Respect the code of conduct and policies of the IRC and the standards of the GBV team
  • Adhere and uphold the IRC Way (integrity, accountability and service) at the respective areas of work.
  • Perform any other task designated by the WPE Manager, Deputy Field Coordinator and field coordinator.

Required Qualifications:

  • Diploma in counseling and/or psychology. A Social Science or related degree is preferred
  • 4 years of direct psychosocial/counseling experience with a reputable agency; experience working with survivors of violence preferred.
  • NGO experience is a plus.
  • Having worked in a hardship zone /environment

Required Experience & Competencies:

  • A trained counselor from a reputable organization, experience on counseling of GBV survivors or VCT.
  • Clear understanding of gender, human rights, and issues surrounding violence against women.
  • Able to maintain medical ethics, confidentiality and respect for client at all times
  • Experience in participatory techniques and community mobilization
  • Ability to lead, train, facilitate and motivate other GBV field workers in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful and supportive manner.
  • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work under pressure, able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team is essential
  • Ability to communicate well in English as well as write clear and concise reports in English
  • Possess interest and commitment to human rights and gender equality.
  • Must be computer literate

How to Apply

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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability