Somalia: Interim Care Centre Manager

Position: Interim Care Centre Manager

Job site: Baidoa, Bay region, Somalia

Report to: CAAC Field Coordinator and CAAC Project Manager

Status: Fulltime

Starting date: Immediate, 1st June 2016

Duration: 8 months

INTERSOS is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that works to bring assistance to people affected by natural disasters and conflicts. Established in 1992 with support from the Italian Federation of Trade Unions, its actions are based on the values of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equal rights and opportunities for all people and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying particular attention to the most vulnerable and the unprotected. In Somalia INTERSOS is active since 1992 responding to emergencies that involve IDPs and returnees populations as well as the host community. INTERSOS currently operates in Banadir, Bay, Middle Shabelle and Mudug regions of Somalia.

Position overview

The Interim Care Centre Manager will provide direction and assistance to children, parents and child care specialists. This position will provide leadership for staff to enhance the delivery of a child centred, family oriented and community based program. You will be trusted with a wide range of tasks that will be essential to the smooth running of the Centre as well as to the educational development of the children

Duties and responsibilities

Protect children from maltreatment including but not limited to traffickers who are ready to take advantage of them; staff or other children living in the same shelter or residential facility; journalists or others who may violate their right to privacy by revealing their names or other personal details publicly; and members of the public, who attack, criticize or discriminate against children because of stigma and blame attached to CAAC children and the activities in which they may have engaged.

1. Assessing, and initiating interventions to address the interim, medium and long term care needs of admitted beneficiaries

· Responsible for day-to-day operations at the Interim Care Centre

· Create periodic program budgets in collaboration with the CAAC filed coordinator and Project Manager for required items at the centre

a. Prepare and control operational budgets; control inventory;

b. Recommend effective strategies for the financial well-being at the centre.

c. Ensuring contact is maintained / restored between beneficiaries with family (customary care provider)

d. Together with case worker; prepare beneficiaries for reintegration back to the community as per time bound case plan

2. Ensuring that quality care and protection to children at the centre and working in community based multi-sector response to child protection

· Establish work schedules. Supervise staff. Monitor and evaluate performance in partnership with the Field coordinator; Coordinate, manage and monitor the child care specialists; prepare for them a weekly plan and structure their engagements;

a. Ensure the personnel follow processes and policies in support of organizational goals.

b. Advise on suitable care alternatives with foster families (Kalfala) through clan by advocating for foster care families plan to complement programme for longer term community-based care options for children in need of care.

c. Support children re-enrolled in the formal education system in adjusting to curriculum schedule

d. Design recreational activities (tailored to the age group and sex of children, and appropriate to the context) and basic numeracy / literacy support sessions on group and individual basis

e. Ensure participatory discussions in a safe space to discuss trauma and reactions to trauma which may result in negative coping strategies and start to enable children to reflect on issues emerging during armed conflict and aggressive behaviour

· Monitor adherence to internal policies, rules, regulations and procedures. Especially the minimum interim care standards

· Ensure a safe and clean environment for the children

· Facilitate coordination and communication between teams in the programme and beneficiaries and with the case workers ensure emergency family tracing intervention (referral – IDTR) to ensure the primary focus of children in care remains on family tracing and reunification

· Ensure health, psychosocial support, lifesaving material assistance, social services, education and safety concerns are addressed and as tasks assigned per case planning.

a. Ensure case workers conduct an individual needs assessment for each child

b. Appropriate assistance should be provided to children with special needs, particularly in cases of disabilities, psychosocial distress or illnesses.

· Working with the management team, the position also contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices.

· Report capacity development (both formal and attitude) and emotional support for the beneficiaries

3. Project staff supervision, coordination and reporting

· Work with project field coordinator to maintain regular contact with local working partners and ensure data entry of all beneficiaries’ information into the CPIMS and use of the IMS in case management;

· Supervise the Security and Logistics issues as well as daily security follow-up and provide security-related feedback and systematically report in writing any security incident involving the teams;

· Brief, supervise and perform evaluations of local staff when needed/requested;

· Together with field coordinator contribute to communication/advocacy initiatives when requested through among others; writing of reports / articles including assessment / research;

· Compile activities and submit contribution to monthly activities report;

· Write activities interim and final reports;

· Research and analyse information about changes in the situation, violations of the right of access, general context and security issues as well as obstacles preventing the effective running of centre; at both the VTC and ICC;

· Ensure the collection and consistency of qualitative and quantitative data;

· Write weekly and monthly reports describing activities, indicators and lessons learned;

Any other duty assigned by the CAAC PM

Person specification

Ø Degree in Psychology, Social Science, or other relevant discipline or previous relevant experience with other organization working in Somalia.

Ø Be trusted adults from the community that they are working in

Ø Must have taken Early Childhood Education and/or child care-related course units

Ø Must have previous experience working with children and adolescents

Ø Demonstrated leadership ability

Ø Commitment to child protection, social justice and the mission

Ø Good computer skills and proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access

Ø Excellent communication skills both verbal and written (English, and Local dialect)

Ø Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.

Ø Budget development and oversight experience

Ø A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards in a diverse workplace

Ø Ability to challenge and debate issues of importance to the programme/beneficiaries

Ø Ability to look at situations from several points of view

Ø Persuasive with details and facts

Ø Delegate responsibilities effectively

Ø Non-standard hours of work

Ø This position requires work outside the office environment.

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