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Assistant Counselling Coordinator (Re-advertisement, Kenyan nationals only)

Organisational Context

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.  The organisation was founded in November 1980 and has a presence in over 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term wellbeing of refugees and displaced persons, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. JRS offers opportunities to a wide variety of staff, local and international, while maintaining a realistic and localised scheme of salary, insurance, etc.

Operational Context/Role

This is a position based in Kakuma. The Assistant Programme Coordinator is responsible for the JRS Counselling Department in Kakuma, under the direction and supervision of the Kakuma Project Director and Program Coordinator. 

Kakuma Refugee Camp – Kenya

Report to
Counselling Coordinator


·         Be actively involved in planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the Counselling Programme to refugees and individuals in Kakuma Camp.

·         Organize for individual, group, and family counselling as well as PFA (Psychological First Aid) debriefing among refugees in the refugee community.  

·         Work in conjunction with the Counselling Coordinator and Community Counsellors to further develop and implementation of the psychological programme for refugees in Kakuma.

·         Offer counselling services as required and make referrals or home visits and follow-ups as necessary.

·         Carry out weekly monitoring and evaluation of the programme and produce weekly/monthly/quarterly statistics and reports with the assistance of the centre supervisors.

·         Have in-depth knowledge of needs of victims, especially victims of gender crimes and children, and of methodologies to address these needs with a multidisciplinary approach

·         Recruit & train incentive staff to assist in the implementation of program services.

·         Develop/update training modules.

·         Conduct trainings for incentive staff on various counselling topics

·         Oversee Centres morning meetings/supervision when possible

·         Assist in in-service trainings

·         Assist in overseeing the alternative healing program

·         Contribute to project proposals and reports and provide weekly/monthly/quarterly reporting on activities.

·         Ensure services are offered in a professional and ethical manner.

·         Ensure that proper client’s records are kept and exercise discretion, tact and accuracy in handling confidential information.

·         Be actively involved in advocacy on behalf of refugees.

·         Participate in any other programme activity as agreed with the Counselling Coordinator or the Project Director.

Leadership Behaviours

·         Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills.

·         Ability to positively influence others and successfully reconcile differences.

·         A self-starter with a strong results orientation and with high levels of integrity, credibility and dependability.

·         An energetic team player who can effectively collaborate, and who can stand alone when necessary.

·         Ability to work in international settings and with various departments to implement successful approaches to psychosocial matters.

·         Demonstrated ability to work and deliver under pressure and tight deadlines.

Core values

·      Commitment to JRS mission, vision and values, and the ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and in advocating for their right to protection and a life in dignity;

·         High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with situations, people and information;

·         Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value.

·         Willingness to work in flexible, sub-optimal, stressful and unstable environment. 




·         Diploma in Counselling Psychology or equivalent in Social Work, Psychology or related field.



·         Experience of at least 2 years, working experience delivery of social services and/or counselling in emergencies and protracted crisis.

·         Experience and knowledge of community based delivery of Counselling services.

·         Experience of cross-cultural delivery of social services, particularly in refugee/IDPs settings

·         Experience in managing people/teams and delivering training.

·         Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with marginalized communities.



·         Fluency in English (written and spoken) and excellent writing skills.

·         Fluency in Kiswahili.


Technical Skills

·         Strong analytical, reporting, strategic thinking and planning skills.

·         Strong monitoring and evaluation skills/experience

·         Knowledge of project cycle management.

·         Good knowledge of MS word, Excel/Office

·         Knowledge in Alternative Healing a benefit


Contract is for one year, renewable with an initial probationary period of three months. The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and degree of responsibility of the role. Details will be discussed with short-listed candidates.

Contact information

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

1) Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English including three (3) professional references with their contact information, phone and email address. 

2) A cover letter describing the candidate's desire and motivation to work for JRS and how your qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.


Applications should be sent to and


The position is opened for Kenyans only. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Friday 24th February, 2017

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