Friday, June 10, 2011


Ref No: JRS Mental Health
Job Title: Program Coordinator Mental Health
Location: Kakuma, Kenya
Closing Date: June 10th 2011
Incorporation date: July 15th 2011
Position open to
• Kenyan nationals
• Candidates available for 1-year commitment with the possibility to renew
• This is unaccompanied post with regular Rest and Recuperation leaves every 10 weeks.

Organizational Context:
Jesuit Refugee Service is an international humanitarian organization, with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of
refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS has a priority to work wherever the needs of displaced people are urgent and unattended
by others, and offers a human service to refugees and the communities through a wide range of rehabilitation and relief activities most
of which centre around formal and informal education needs.

The mental health department’s aims at improving the psychosocial well-being of intellectually and developmentally challenged
persons and their families through increasing insight, creating awareness and improving effectiveness of the care givers by providing
psychosocial services, special needs education, rehabilitation and habilitation, services, trainings and outreach programs.

Key Responsibilities
• Under the supervision of the Project Director, takes responsibility for the overall leadership, administration and management of
the day-care centres.
• Is actively involved in the planning, monitoring, implementation, evaluation, proposal and report writing for
the JRS Kakuma
• Is actively involved in people management of the day-care program staff and inspire and encourage them to work with and
maintain the JRS mission and vision. Areas of staff involvement include; recruitment, supervision, reviewing job descriptions and
contracts, prepare work plans, leave controls, discipline and performance appraisals.
• Keeps abreast of all financial aspects of the program, ensuring accuracy, transparency and accountability.
• Ensures adequate, ongoing support and rehabilitation of the mentally challenged in the camp through day-care and community
• Carries out regular assessments of the day care clients and advises on the care needed for each client.
• Carries out training and in-service training for the day-care support staff, parents, community leaders and client’s carers.
• In collaboration with the other agencies, works towards the integration of clients into mainstream primary, secondary or
vocational schools in the camp or into the work place.
• Works closely with families by designing and overseeing the implementation of capacity building programs that will help them
easily integrated the challenged person or child.
• Offers support to the project in the other areas, as needed depending qualification and gifts

• Bachelors required in Special Education with a major or minor in community rehabilitation or related field
• 2 years of professional experience in the field of special education, working with persons living with learning and
developmental challenges
• Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with marginalized communities.
• Experience in managing people/team
• Experience in program management
• Ability to work sensitively with refugee population of different ethnic background
• Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral)
• Flexibility, resilience to stress and ability to adapt to working in remote area with adverse climatic and environmental conditions

How to apply:
Please send your Cover Letter and CV that should include contacts for three referees to