15 Sep 2021

Social Worker at SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda

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Job Description


 Position Title:        Social Worker

Vacant positions:    4 persons

Type of contract:     One-year renewable based on appraisal performance

Working location:     Gikongoro, Byumba, Kayonza, Kigali

Supervisor:               Heads of Location

Nationality:               Rwandese

Deadline:                  24th September 2021

The National Office of SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda located at Kigali/Kacyiru wishes to recruit 4 social workers to implement its new Re-integration support project which will be running in SOS CV Gikongoro, Byumba, Kigali and Kayonza Locations. The interested candidates in this position should send a detailed CV, application letter and other required documents by no later than 24th September 2021 to [email protected]

Context of the organization

Established in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages is a dynamic social development international organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of vulnerable children.  In Rwanda SOS Children’s Villages is an affiliate of SOS Children’s Villages International which is a federation of over 130 SOS Children’s Villages associations worldwide. We build families for neglected, abandoned or orphaned children, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities. In order to further satisfy this responsibility, we are seeking for our team in SOS CV Gikongoro Location a committed Social Worker.

Position Summary

The Social Workers will be working under Re-integration project and shall be responsible for ensuring that the procedures for child re-integration, placement, quality care in their new homes and post placement follow up and support are properly carried out. The Social Workers provide advice, guidance and support to SOS mothers, other Caregivers in the community and work closely with SOS CV partners in re-integration of children i.e NCDA and NRS and closely work with them to plan appropriate programmes for the development (Attachment building, coping with new environment, support the sustainability of the placement, etc…) of the re-integrated children and their new families. She/he reports to the Alternative Care Location Coordinator.

She/he ensures that all necessary steps and procedures of the case management process are followed and respected according to Child care reform strategy in Rwanda and SOS CV Policies and Guidelines.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Lead re-integration process of children into their biological or foster families and support them and their families to cope with new living conditions with SOS Partners ( NCDA,NRS, Disticts and other implementing partners).
  • Conducts comprehensive assessment of children and families in strong cooperation with the multidisciplinary team using different resources and social work techniques/methods to identify family needs and strengths and define the required services.
  •  Prepares family development plans, with the strong participation of caregivers, children and the multidisciplinary team.
  • Keeps regular contact with child and family before, during and after re-integration (implementation of child intervention plan and family development plan through regular phone calls, home visits and meetings).
  • Documents appropriately all activities conducted during the case management stages in the child/family case file by applying methods and tools for gathering information, as well as forms/templates, based on the requirements of national legislation and/or regional guidelines.
  • Reassesses periodically the child interventional plan/Care plan and family development plans as well their needs and progress in meeting the objectives defined in family Development Plan and provides suggestions to the case management team about case closure.
  • Enters and updates data regularly in SOS Programme Database (PDB), ensures the quality of data and uses regularly the reports and data stored in the database to track the individual progress of children and families.
  • Collects regularly information about different indicators as defined in the M&E plan of the programme unit and reports to Alternative Care Location Coordinator.
  •  Keeps regular contacts with service providers in his/her area of intervention to ensure that collaboration and partnership with other like-minded organisation operating in the same area is developed in the best interest of the children.
  • Advocates for the individual child and his/her family to have access to social entitlements or obtain needed services.
  • Contributes in community development undertaken by the Alternative Care programme, i.e. organise/participate in awareness raising activities, community mobilisation events and capacity building of the community partners.
  • Supports Alternative Care Location Coordinator and other SOS co-workers in documenting good practise and human touch stories.

 Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • A Bachelor degree in clinical psychology,nursing or social work from a recognised university. Additional qualifications or professional training in the fields related to child psychology, welfare, development, health or education is an added value.
  • Proven work experience of at least 2 years in the social and child welfare area. Demonstrable understanding of UNCRC, UN Guidelines on Alternative Care and domestic child related laws and policies.
  • Proven leadership skills and competences
  • Proven expertise in child protection, safeguarding, positive parental care and children management skills
  • Positive and professional approach. Ability to work independently, self-organisation, innovation and leadership abilities.
  • Very good report writting capacity
  • Proven, communication, facilitation and presentation skills


  • Knowledge of child protection matters, such as children’s rights, OVC and gender.
  • Strong skills in child and young psychology and development.
  • Having the ability to handle children and problems, attract their attention and being kind to children Proven enthusiasm to children and young problems solving
  • Proven skills in ICT
  • Clear understanding of project cycle

Method of Application

If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed application to [email protected] by  24th September 2021  at the latest by 17h00.Late applications will not be accepted.

“SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda/ International holds strict child safeguarding principles and a zero-tolerance policy for conducts of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the workplace and other places where the organization’s activities are rendered. Parallel to technical competence, recruitment, selection and hiring decisions will give due emphasise to assessing candidates value congruence and thorough background checks, police clearance reference check processes”.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

 Jean Bosco KWIZERA

National Director   

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