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Monday, 3 August 2015

Social Worker

Posted By on Monday, August 03, 2015

Job TItle: Social Worker
Location: Based at Rwinkwavu, Rwanda

The Komera Project is a registered local NGO in Rwanda that develops self-confident young women through education, community and sport. We created the Komera Project to assist girls in rural Rwanda who have the courage and desire to pursue secondary education, but who lack the resources to do so.

Komera builds a local community of support around the scholars because we believe in the power it has towards the scholars’ success. While at school each student will meet with a Komera mentor and fellow scholars once a week. These mentoring sessions follow a curriculum that addresses health, leadership, human rights and local development. At home her parents are part of the Komera Parent Co-operative where they receive training on how to launch their own small businesses to help support their families and subsidize some modest materials for the scholar. In addition to entrepreneurship training, each young woman also attends conferences with her Komera Scholar family. During school breaks, they learn about leadership skills, career goals, computer skills and health related issues.

The Komera Project sponsors one Run for Rwanda fun run every year to continue to promote girls’ empowerment and education through sport. It is a girls-only event that not only empowers the girls but also encourages the local boys to encourage and support the girls as they complete the run. Following the fun run, the Komera Project hosts the Komera scholars for an afternoon of empowerment, education and camaraderie. Building community and trust among the scholars is an important aspect of our program.

Purpose of the position:

The Komera Project is seeking a compassionate, driven and charismatic social worker who believes in the power of supporting young women to become leaders. The Social Worker will manage, organize and timely execute Komera Project activities as stipulated bellow plus any other duty that will be delegated by her/his supervisor. The job description is an estimation of what we believe this position will entail. The Komera Project is a small organization and the Social Worker must be open to changes and additional tasks as they arise.

Major Responsibilities:

Komera Scholars
Ensure that all current scholars are in school on time. Call mentors and visit schools at the beginning of each term
Weekly school visits - each school should be visited at least 2/3 times per term and conducts home visits for all KOMERA scholars.
Ensure regular review of Komera Scholar Grades - who is failing and why and advise how can the organization help them succeed
Ensure scholars have access to English course during their school breaks – books, computers, partner engagement
Maintain positive relationships with Scholar parents around their students attending school on time and sharing issues at home.
Evaluate Komera Scholar success at schools with regard to grades, health and social emotional development. Report back to Program Director weekly on issues and solutions.
Work with Program Director on selection of new Komera scholars. Expand on best practices for Komera Scholar selection
Maintain Komera Scholar database on a weekly basis – always seeking ways to improve it
Curriculum Development and Holiday Activities

Identify training needs of the KOMERA scholars during the school year and follow them up to ensure effective implementation.
Follow up and document the stories of Komera Scholars and their families
Develop budgets for holiday activities and submit them annually to Program Director. Review budgets on a monthly basis.
Komera Global Run

Work with Program Director to develop Komera Global Run event in Rwinkwavu
Prepare students to work on Empowerment Summit
Prepare annual budget Komera Global Run

Develop budgets for programmatic responsibilities
Transportation to and from school
Meet with Program Director on a weekly basis to discuss work plan
Attend weekly staff meetings
Submit monthly program management reports.
Prepare and submit weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual program progress report
Bi-weekly stories submitted for social media and website
Other Competencies/Attributes:

Demonstrated ability to work with local government, scholars and professionals in an educational context.

Demonstrate a positive behavior and good working relationships

Demonstrate the respect of national and international human rights

Qualifications:  Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training.

Must have a University degree in social work or related field.

Must have at least 2 years’ experience in rural development work.

Must have good analytical and problem solving skills.

Should have excellent command of English language, both written and spoken.

Should have knowledge of financial management

Should be computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel and other software packages

Must be able to communicate in a cross-cultural environment

Should have ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels of staff and other stakeholders

Working Environment / Conditions:

Travel:  Domestic travel is required.

How To Apply:
Applicants must submit their Cover Letter and CV in an email to The Title of the email must say: Komera Social Worker  Application - (NAME)

NB, Only women are recommended to apply.

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