Vacancy for the Position of Speech Therapist for Children

Vacancy for the Position of Speech Therapist for Children

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a speech therapist for children as detailed below;

Reporting line: Project manager.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to;

  1. Facilitate quality beneficiary assessment sessions in line with their rehabilitation care plans. This involves facilitation of programs in mentorship and education
  2. Coordinate and plan with the other staff members on internal control systems, work schedules and follow ups such as community, home, hospital and school visits
  3. planning and providing appropriate interventions on Articulation and Phonological Delay (Sound Errors), Language Delays (Expressive and/or Receptive), Social Skills, Auditory Processing, Language Deficits, Apraxia of Speech, Fluency/Stuttering and resonance among others to children with special needs
  4. Promote team work in the facilitation of beneficiary activities with other members of staff and volunteers.
  5. Giving advice and support to patients, family members and teachers
  6. maintain records, case notes and write report
  7. liaising with doctors, physiotherapists, teachers, family members and carers
  8. Performing controlled therapy sessions with individuals, groups and/or families.
  9. Plan and conduct monthly meetings with the parents and the community
  10. Ensure effective communication, mobilization and networking with other relevant organizations for referrals and support in the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of beneficiaries.
  11. Compile beneficiary related training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with other members of staff, donors and all other stakeholders.
  12. Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Manager

 

Minimum Requirements and experience

  • Qualification in speech therapy for children or related field.
  • Skills in counseling and special needs education will be an added advantage
  • Computer literacy a must: working knowledge of MS office required;
  • Good knowledge of human rights and especially the rights of children living with disabilities
  • Experience in capacity building which includes facilitation of community-based training and awareness
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • No less than 2 years previous work experience,

 

Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract on part-time basis
  • Probation period for the first 3 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- hr@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Speech therapist for children Job Application, handwritten applications can be deposited at the reception of Shalom House, St. Daniel Comboni Rd, (off Ngong’ road) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae, certificate of good conduct and copies of both academic and professional certificates stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be the 4th of May 2018. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Nairobi Carnival – A first in Kenya

Nairobi Carnival – A first in Kenya

Kenya News

Flying matatu. Puppets. Pomp and color. Aspects that characterized the Nairobi Carnival. The first of its kind in Nairobi, Kenya held on the 14th April, 2018 at the Riruta stadium. It was aimed at creating awareness on the rights of children living in the streets.

It was a collaborative effort from the governmental, non- governmental organizations, members of the community and the VIP’s of the day youth and children from the different areas- Mutindwa, Kawangware and Ngong were present.

The day was aimed at giving millions of street children a voice. The procession kicked off at Riruta stadium traversing through Carwash area to Kivuli then to Satelite and finally culminating at the stadium.  This was an opportunity for members of the community to get to learn on the rights of street children who also got to showcase their talents.

Children and the youth living in the streets are vulnerable, marginalized and at risk. This year’s theme is driven on the four steps of equality; Commit to equality-recognize street children have the same rights as everyone else and reflect that in the law.

Protect every child –protect street children from violence and abuse and ensure children have access to justice when they are harmed.

Provide access to services-enable access to essential services as every other child, such as hospitals and schools so they can reach their full potential

Create new solutions-deliver specialized services and opportunities that tune into the unique needs, talents and challenges of life for street children.

Children following the proceedings of the carnival

This is aimed at sending a message to governments and non-governmental institutions to see the issue of street children is included in policy making. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has previously held discussions on the issue of children living in the streets from which certain actions need to be implemented such as listening to street children and adopting integrated approaches.

As the world marked international Day for Street Children the real change agents are each and every one of us who ensures that we upheld their rights and work towards making their lives better.

Peer Educators Advert 2018

Peer Educators Advert 2018

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the positions of project assistants (Peer educators) as detailed below;

NB: THIS OPPORTUNITY IS FOR CURRENT AND FORMER KOINONIA BENEFICIARIES – ONLY.

Reporting line: Head of Department.
Maintains safe and secure environment for children by acting as a role model and participating in planning and monitoring activities.
Job Duties and responsibilities:
1. Monitor and authorize the entrance and departure of children and other persons in the children department.
2. Act as a teacher in the after school study sessions by helping the children with their homework, revision and creative learning activities.
3. Facilitate the creation of children groups for discussions, talent development and club-based activities. He/she will participate in child-based training programs and weekly meetings for the formation of the children.
4. Give daily feedback reports to the supervisors about what’s going on with the children and clarify to the children about expectations from teachers, family and the community.
5. Use personal life experiences as a role model to mentor the children on life choices relating to behavior, personal hygiene, school, study skills, career as well as life skills.
6. To plan and implement children activities which promote healthy, safe, and responsible living.
7. Participate in staff meetings, trainings, and workshops for personal and professional growth as you proceed with your studies.
8. Write reports of all daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
9. Maintains organization’s stability and reputation by complying with legal requirements.
10. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
11. Carry out farming activities within the project
12. Do any other duties as assigned by the project manager
Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:
1. He/she must be a holder of a K.C.S.E certificate (Grade C- and above) or vocational training completion certificate
2. Having been a member of a school club will be an added advantage
3. He/ She must have strong interpersonal skills together with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Able to approach and speak to children
4. Produce a recommendation letter from your former school
5. Demonstrated good behavior & a good role-model
6. Willing to work in a collaborative and a child friendly environment

Terms of Employment:
• I year Contract
• Probation period for the first 3 Months

Application:
Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- personnel@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Peer educator position Application, handwritten application can be deposited at the reception of Shalom House,St.Daniel Comboni Rd,off Ngong’ road ) along with a national identity card, detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of academic certificates (WITH ALL YOUR SCHOOL REPORT FORMS) stating three (3) referees of which two must be from outside Koinonia community and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager
The Closing date for receiving applications will be on 6th April 2018. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Vacancy for a Primary School Teacher

Vacancy for a Primary School Teacher

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a teacher as detailed below;

 Job title: Primary school Teacher

Reporting line: Project Manager.

 

Purpose

To ensure efficient and effective day to day running of education activities in the project and the welfare of all beneficiaries (direct and indirect) are well observed. This should be done in line with Koinonia community policies on beneficiary protection and care within the delegated authority of a results based management framework.

 Responsibilities include, but not limited to;

  1. Develop schemes of work and lesson plans in line with the new curriculum.
  2. Promote team work in the facilitation of beneficiary activities with other members of staff and volunteers.
  3. Facilitate quality beneficiary sessions in line with their rehabilitation care plans. This involves facilitation of programs in psychosocial support, mentorship and education
  4. Facilitate learning by establishing a relationship with all beneficiaries
  5. Enforce personal development by supporting students to utilize and develop their capabilities
  6. Liaise with the project manager on plans affecting beneficiary’s education and interventions.
  7. Ensure effective communication, mobilization and networking with other relevant organizations for referrals and support in the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of beneficiaries.
  8. Enhance project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation of follow-up activities with various stakeholders, including monitoring of Koinonia inputs, local conditions and resources
  9. Responsible for monitoring learning progress of all beneficiaries and their families
  10. Motivate beneficiaries with enthusiasm and imaginative presentations
  11. Compile beneficiary related training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with other members of staff, donors and all other stakeholders.
  12. Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Manager

 

 Minimum Requirements and experience

  •  Diploma in Education with at least 2 years’ experience in primary school or related field with a strong bias in counseling or social work.
  • Computer literacy a must: working knowledge of MS office required;
  • Experience in capacity building which includes facilitation of community-based training and awareness
  • Good knowledge of children rights and abuse prevention
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • No less than 2 years previous work experience,

 

Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract
  • Probation period for the first 3 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- hr@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Primary school teacher Job Application, handwritten applications can be deposited at the reception of Shalom House, St. Daniel Comboni Rd, off Ngong’ road) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae, certificate of good conduct and copies of both academic and professional certificates stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be 6th April 2018. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability

Let’s Go Fishing

Let’s Go Fishing

Events

It’s another year and the team of Koinonia social workers are out to begin a crucial mission that forms part of our 3R’s approach – Rescue, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate. Between the months of February and April, our social workers are touring different parts of Nairobi and its environs in search of vulnerable boys and girls living in the streets. These places where the vulnerable children live are commonly known as “Bases”.

During the three months, social workers have dedicated their time to carry out various activities including:

  • Visit new bases and familiarize themselves with boys and girls in that particular area.
  • Identify children between 5-11 years who can be rehabilitated and reintegrated back to their family as well as aid in their school placement process.
  • Street youth formation. This is where social workers empower the youth, thus giving them a platforms that enables them to utilize their skills with the ultimate goal of making these youth economically stable and live a meaningful lives.

To be able to achieve the above objectives, social workers have to create a rapport with the children so that they can open up to them easily, and trust them in their joint mission of creating a better society. This rapport is created through engaging with the children in different activities such as playing street soccer together. Just like the Koinonia Community’s slogan “We care we share”, the team is sharing their time and skills to ensure they make our communities and the world in general a better place.

Some of the bases targeted by the Koinonia team include, but not limited to Kenyatta market, Kawangware, Vernvouver, Mlango Kubwa, Mutindwa, Riverside, Grogon, Gikomba, Roysambu, Central Park, Dagoretti, Mutuini and Mtaro

Influencing the Community through Music

Influencing the Community through Music

Kenya News

“Poverty, corruption, terrorist attacks, each and every day, no matter what people say they run to the savior, saved by the savior, Young Prince representing ’’  lyrics to the song Poverty by Humble, playing on a local radio station Mtaani Radio.

18 year old Evans Mutwiri alias Humble Prince is a young and upcoming artist from a small village, Katharaka in Meru County, Kenya.  In the recent past his music has been getting a lot of air play in the local media. His song “Poverty” talks about social ills that human beings go through every day and that the only way out is to seek help from the Almighty God.

Having lived in the cold streets of Nairobi for one year, he knows too well how challenging life can get. Nairobi is normally viewed as the land of opportunities by many villagers, travelling to Nairobi is a trip that is viewed as one that that will actualize ones dreams to reality similar to attaining the American dreams. Prince was aware of the good life in Nairobi at a young age and when his aunt visited the village one December holiday he knew this was his golden opportunity to travel to the big city, which he sure did. On arriving in Nairobi reality hit home. Even at his tender age of 5 years he knew this was not what he had anticipated.

His aunt lived in Kibera –the largest slum in Kenya. Life here was not as peaceful as that of the village and as time went by it turned to be more difficult. At the age of 6 he was roaming through the streets of Nairobi trying to fend for himself after life with his aunt became unbearable.

Being so young and alone in the streets made him prone to being bullied by the other big boys, luckily for him Koinonia Community came to his rescue. In 2004, the Koinonia Community social workers were up and about in their street work where they strive to reduce the number of children in the streets below 15 years. It was during that time when they noticed Prince, who expressed his desire to get a good life and education.   

He was among the boys that got rescued to join Ndugu Mdogo that year. During his stay at the center he was able to discover his talents –singing and dancing, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life which is music.

In 2017 he got to travel to Tanzania, where he got to perfect his vocal and song writing skills at the High Table sounds owned and managed by  Barnaba Classic a renowned Tanzanian artist. To date Prince has managed to release 5 audio singles and one video to his latest track Poverty.

He looks forward to making great music that will be able to transform lives positively.

His music can be found online under the name-Humble Prince.

World Radio Day 2018

World Radio Day 2018

Kenya News

“Radio reaches the widest audience in the world!”

In an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform and inspire.’’ The words of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his message to the world as it celebrates World Radio Day.

This is the 7th edition since its inception in 2012 following its declaration by UNESCO General Conference, thereafter it was adopted as the international day by the United Nations General Assembly.

Radio was first discovered in 1902 and since then has served as a main source when listening to news and music.  Radio stood witness to some of the greatest events in history and brocasted live events. For instance on July 31st 1982 during the attempted coup that saw legendary radio personality Leonard Mambo Mbotela inform Kenyans on the events that were unfolding. This was 36 years ago and up to date radio still remains relevant even with the emergence of new technologies in television, film, among others.

As the world marks World Radio Day under the theme; Radio and sports for peace and uniting communities, Kenya Community Media Network- KCOMNET organized celebrations held at Kivuli Center home to Mtaani Radio a community radio based in Dagoretti sub-county, Nairobi County.

Present at the event were different stakeholders representing various organizations, sporting entities and various representatives from community radios in the country to discuss matter sports and peace building and the importance in the development of the community.

According to Anthony Ngare, the deputy Director of Expression and Media Development Information and Communication Programme at the UNESCO, he indicated that one of the attributes that makes radio effective is the fact that it has the ability to reach different people regardless of their social status and also been a key component in spreading peace in different communities. Alfred Kibunja a team building professional in addition added that sports is key in a community as it promotes teamwork, essential values that unit us towards a better Kenya.

Through the incorporation of sporting activities communities have been united and empowered as well as giving voice to the marginalized communities.

What makes radio cool is the element of surprise and its uniqueness to enable one create mental pictures in addition to its ability to communicate to one person.

Education of Re-integrated Beneficiaries

Education of Re-integrated Beneficiaries

Kenya News

January is normally characterized by children heading back to school for the first term of the year in Kenya.

It is no different at Koinonia Community Rescue Centers who this year have successfully ensured that 58 boys and girls they have  joined school with the youngest joining pre-unit while the oldest joined standard seven, one joined high school while two others have joined technical institutions.

The two rescue centers; Mother House and Ndugu Mdogo have this year recorded a 95% successful reintegration process of 48 boys and girls.

The rescues are managed by six social workers who have ensured the children, who were rescued from the streets and vulnerable situations early 2017, are successfully rehabilitated and get to resume their education. The rehabilitation process is not an easy as it requires a lot of patience in dealing with the children and other elements so as to attain the desired outcome.

Social workers have taken the children through various activities and counselling sessions to successfully rehabilitate them effectively. The process has been successful due to the involvement of parents in their children lives as well as having frequent home visits.

As 2018 kicks in social workers will be hitting the streets once again to rescue more children who will be rehabilitated and reintegrated back to their families.

Children are a blessing to the universe and it the role of adults to ensure they get a good life so as to become better citizens and make the world a better place.

Vacancy for Physiotherapist

Vacancy for Physiotherapist

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a Physiotherapist as detailed below;

Job title: Physiotherapist

Reporting line: Project Manager.

Job purpose:

The physiotherapist will provide physiotherapy services to children with physical difficulties resulting from illness, injury or disabilities.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assess and treat children with developmental, congenital and neuromuscular disorders
  • Do qualitative and quantitative assessment to analyze and diagnose the nature and extent of impairments
  • Perform in depth client evaluation, develop treatment plans and manage individualized treatment focused on the client’s individual goals
  • Implement treatment plan by using exercises that stimulate and activate different parts of the body including play therapy
  • Keep records of initial evaluation, progress and discharge of clients
  • Work with family members to recognize and change behavior patterns that impede progress and train techniques for home program
  • Collaborate with other therapists to develop and implement individual and group program for the client’s progress
  • To periodically review and evaluate therapy approach and client’s progress and make recommendation and implementation as need be   
  • Conduct domiciliary visits for physiotherapy services and identify new cases of disabilities.
  • Ensure continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing and instructing families and caregivers in home exercise programs.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Diploma in physiotherapy from a recognized institution with valid license from the physiotherapist board (KSP).
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience; working with children with special needs is an added advantage.
  • He/she must have strong interpersonal skills together with excellent written and verbal communication skills, self driven and motivated.
  • Experience and competence in use of Basic Computer applications.
  • Good team working skills.

 Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract
  • Probation period for the first 4 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- personnel@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Physiotherapy Job Application, handwritten application can be deposited at the reception of Shalom House,St.Daniel Comboni Rd,off Ngong’ road ) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of both academic and professional certificates, stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current, and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be 20th January 2018. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Vacancy for Social Economic Empowerment Officer

Vacancy for Social Economic Empowerment Officer

Opportunities

Koinonia Community is seeking to fill the position of a Social economic empowerment officer as detailed below;

JOB TITTLE:  Social Economic Empowerment Officer

Reporting line: Project manager

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. In charge of all matters relating to the day-to-day empowerment of beneficiaries
  2. Promote team work in the facilitation of beneficiary activities with other members of staff and volunteers.
  3. Facilitate quality beneficiary sessions in line with their empowerment plans. Enhance the development of business plans with individual and groups of youth and families
  4. Coordinate and plan with the other staff members on work schedules to assist families and youth at risk in order to improve their social and economic situations
  5. Coordinate the establishment of empowerment initiatives. Prepare annual and monthly work plans as well as progressive and final annual reports
  6. Prepare accounting records, inventory, asset register, periodic financial reports and budget for all the beneficiaries
  7. Conduct needs assessments and case studies of beneficiaries in the project as well as update their files and database.
  8. Develop a marketing strategy and secure markets for each initiative. Plan and conduct meetings with the youth and families to monitor and evaluate progress
  9. Ensure effective communication, marketing and networking with other relevant stakeholders to improve the referral, production and sales from the empowerment initiatives.
  10. Enhance project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation of follow-up activities with various stakeholders, including monitoring of Koinonia inputs, local conditions and resources
  11. Facilitate beneficiary related training and orientation materials to promote establishment of income generating activities, knowledge building and sharing with other stakeholders.
  12. Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Manager

Minimum Requirements and experience

  • Diploma Business Administration, entrepreneurship, social work or related field.
  • Managed successful businesses for at least three years
  • Strong interpersonal & training skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously or in a team with a high attention to detail.
  • Excellent work ethic, proactive, and flexibile to work long hours when required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and general computer & technology literacy.
  • Due to the nature of the work, fluency in Swahili will be a strong advantage.

Terms of Employment:

  • I year Renewable Contract
  • Probation period for the first 3 Months

 Application:

Interested candidates WHO FULLY MEET the above criteria should send their applications to Human Resources Manager (via E-mail- personnel@koinoniakenya.org with Subject. Social Economic Empowerment Officer Job Application, handwritten application can be deposited at the reception of Kivuli centre or Shalom House,St.Daniel Comboni Rd,off Ngong’ road ) along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of academic certificates stating their current position, three (3) professional referees, current, and expected salary and their daytime contacts addressed to: Human Resource Manager

The Closing date for receiving applications will be 16th February 2018. Koinonia Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.