Social Worker

Role: Social Worker
Employer: Sudu
Reporting to: Deputy Team Lead
Application Deadline: 7th June 2024
Work Location: Freetown Sierra Leone.

 

Application Instructions: Submit CV and Cover Letter to info@afriqia-solutions.com with “Social Worker” in Subject Line.

 

Overview

A message from Sudu:

At Sudu, we are driven by a single goal; to provide every orphan/displaced child in Sierra Leone, a home. We want to provide Sierra Leone with a quality model, and orphan care programs that address these children’s most critical, developmental, and social-emotional needs. Our organization, established in 2018, serves children and families in Sierra Leone by matching displaced children ages 3-6 years into loving homes with families whom we train and mobilize to support the children’s educational, health, and socio-emotional needs.

We’re on a mission to change the lives of these children. We know we can’t do it alone – and that’s why we need you! 

 

Key Purpose

The Social Worker will serve as a liaison between the family, school administrators, and SUDU staff. This key position will improve communication between the family and the organisation and promote parent engagement in their children’s development and education. The candidate is also responsible for coordinating family events/workshops, participating in School Committee meetings, and other appropriate committees and providing enrichment programming for families to form relationships with the children better. They will also recruit and enroll children and families, develop, and implement individualised Family Partnership agreements with parents and act as community liaison for SUDU.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct assessments of children and families to identify their needs, strengths, and resources.
  • Develop and implement individualised care plans for each child, considering their specific needs and circumstances.
  • Conducts at least one home visit a month to each enrolled family.
  • Assists parents in developing individualised short-and long-term goals and in accomplishing them.
  • Participates in community boards, councils, advisory groups, etc., representing SUDU.
  • Maintains organised records of activities related to Family Engagement, including but not limited to, family files.
  • Coordinates efforts to encourage community members and parents as volunteers.
  • Ensures the delivery of social services, emergency, and non-emergency services, directly or through referrals.
  • Maintain required documentation for individual child files and electronic database.
  • Maintain ongoing documentation of communication with families, referrals, and follow-up to referrals, and maintain records of volunteer activity.
  • Ensures absolute confidentiality for information records concerning families and children.
  • Performs ongoing recruitment of children and families, orients families to program services and documents accurately.
  • Conduct regular assessments and evaluations to monitor the progress and well-being of the children.
  • Collaborate with other professionals, such as social workers and educators, to provide comprehensive support and services to the children.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with parents and children by offering guidance, emotional support, and encouragement.
  • Work with direct service teams to provide and follow up on mental health education, resources, and referrals, and ensure that children are referred for special services.
  • Performs other duties as requested.

 

Education and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, Psychology, or any other related field.
  • At least 3 years relevant experience in nonprofit work, community-based organisation, outreach, or in a communications unit.
  • Must be able to operate Google Suite and Microsoft Suite.
  • Knowledge of child development and trauma-informed care approaches.

 

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong verbal communication, writing, proofreading, and editing skills.
  • Highly organised, a good listener, and a good ability to speak.
  • Must be respectful and possess an inclusive approach to diverse communities.
  • Detail oriented, self-starter with outstanding organisation skills, and the ability to work effectively, both independently, and on a team.