Counsellors (2 Positions)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 15 August 2020

About GROOTS Kenya

GROOTS is a national movement of grassroots women-led community-based groups (CBOs) and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in Kenya. GROOTS Kenya has invested in nearly 2,500 women-led groups across 14 counties out of the 47 where we have a direct presence. Founded in 1995 after the fourth UN Conference on Women in Beijing, China, GROOTS Kenya began as a response to the lack of visibility of grassroots women in development processes and decision-making forums that affect them and their communities.

The efforts of GROOTS Kenya have resulted in the recognition of many grassroots women as change agents at the local, national, regional and international levels winning the confidence of various partners and key stakeholders. The organization has remained committed to the bottom-up and human rights-based approach to development. GROOTS Kenya works closely with communities and the administrative authorities to directly influence development processes at the county, national, regional and international levels.

About the program

GROOTS Kenya (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood in Kenya) is implementing a COVID recovery and resilience (RRR) program in Kakamega, Kiambu, and Tana-river with support from Master Card Foundation. The project expects to achieve four result areas (1) Gender-Based Violence (GBV) service providers have the capacity to effectively and efficiently respond to reported GBV cases using the survivor friendly systems/hotlines, (2) Public awareness on ending GBV promoted among youth, men and women to change behavior, attitude and practice, (3) Evidence and data on GBV generated and used to influence and inform an institutional response to GBV, (4) Effective coordination of multi-sectoral agencies in response to GBV.

Broad Tasks

โˆ™ Provide psychosocial support and counseling to young and adult women, girls and PWDs survivors of GBV. These services include trauma counseling, individual and group therapyโ€ฆ

โˆ™ Develop and disseminate targeted messages and information on psychosocial wellbeing

โˆ™ Work closely with GROOTS Kenya grassroots champions in the provision of psychosocial support and counseling.

โˆ™ Promote the formation of peer support groups among the survivors

โˆ™ Support transfer of GBV survivors to temporary shelters/safe houses provided under the project

โˆ™ Submit records of all cases handled to the M&E officer

โˆ™ Submit monthly progress reports to the program manager


Mandatory requirement

  1. Degree in psychology and counseling or related field/training

  2. Thorough understanding of the current GBV context in Kenya.

  3. Experience working in the not for profit sector preferably women right organizations.

Other attributes

โˆ™ Ability to manage multiple demands

โˆ™ Cooperation and Teamwork

โˆ™ Self-driven Leader and a strategic and critical thinker

โˆ™ Exceptional Time Management skills with a high sense of agency

โˆ™ Highly Innovative

โˆ™ High Planning and Organization skills

โˆ™ Great Interpersonal Skills (Internal and External stakeholders)

โˆ™ Problem Solving and Decision Making

โˆ™ High performing and result-oriented person

โˆ™ Oral and written fluency in English

Other information

Reports to: Programme Manager

Type of contract: Consultancy (National)

Contract period: One year

Start Date: Immediately

Location: Nairobi with frequent field travels to Tana River, Kakamega

This vacancy is archived.

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