Title: Social Worker

Job Location: Nanyuki, Kenya


Reporting to the Country Director and Executive Director, the Social Worker has primary responsibility for identifying, coordinating and providing social services to the beneficiaries of The Leo Project. We are looking For an individual who embodies The Leo Project and the impetus behind the organization.


  • Expertise identifying and delivering a wide spectrum of social services to vulnerable children and their families. This includes but is not limited to maintaining a thorough knowledge of child welfare regulations and procedures, and building trusted relationships with stakeholders, guardians, families and colleagues. The role further requires exceptional organizational and communication skills and a commitment to monitoring and evaluation.

  • Collaborate with US and Kenya-based leadership to establish a comprehensive program of social services that meets the mission of the program and the needs of all students.

  • Assess and document each student’s situation and identify needed interventions through personal interaction and analysis of medical, psychological, emotional, and social information.

  • Establish trusting and productive relationships with students, guardians and families.

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents and other stakeholders to develop plans and strategies to improve students’ academic performance, social development and general well-being.

  • Develop and implement a clear and consistent course of action for each student by exploring options, prioritizing needs, and setting measurable goals and benchmarks.

  • Foster a growth mindset with students by interpreting patterns of behavior and providing alternatives.

  • Identify, assess and employ credible tools, resources and partners -- including government agencies and NGOs --  to provide the most effective and impactful services for each student.

  • Develop proposals and pursue key partnerships that support the increased provision of services while decreasing the organization’s costs.

  • Serve as primary liaison between the organization and providers of social services, including vendors, partners, schools, and governmental agencies.

  • Comply with all relevant legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation and advising management on needed updates, policies and actions.

  • Develop and maintain accurate monitoring tools and prepare timely reports that track progress and demonstrate desired outcomes.

  • Identify and respond to crisis situations where child safety and welfare is at risk.

  • Serve as primary conduit of information to leadership on issues of concern and areas of risk.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and deliver requested reports in a timely manner.

  • Identify and respond to crisis situations where child safety and welfare is at risk.

  • Serve as primary conduit of information to leadership on issues of concern and areas of risk.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and deliver requested reports in a timely manner.

  • Regularly engage with students to assess ongoing needs and impact of social services.

  • Provide direct counseling and guidance to promote health and emotional well-being.

  • Serve as a trusted advisor and mentor, mitigating and resolving issues, maintaining professionalism, and serving as a role model at all times.


Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work or Psychology

  • 5+ years experience in Kenya for a child-centric CBO or NGO

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Candidate must be fluent (both written and verbal) in both in English and Swahili

  • Well-developed and mature professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with children, teenagers, donors, partners and colleagues at all organizational levels.

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Ability to think critically and manage change in support of strategic growth

  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills

  • Exceptional analytical skills to correctly maintain, assess, and communicate data.

  • Knowledge and high proficiency in computer applications

  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with appropriate discretion

  • Ability to respond quickly and maintain composure during situations that impact the safety and security of children

  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion when making independent decisions

Additional Requirements:

  • An incident-free Children’s Check and National Police Check (Certificate of Good Conduct) is a strict condition of employment and must be provided at time of hire and updated on request, consistent with the organization’s risk management procedures.

  • Consistent with the nature of this position, weekend and after-hours work is expected and required to meet organizational priorities.

Working Conditions:

  • All Kenya positions are based in the Nanyuki office and subject to occasional interruptions in power and/or Internet access

  • A significant (8 hour) time difference is acknowledged and generally accommodated for scheduled and unscheduled communications with US-based colleagues and leadership.

  • Please note that The Leo Project will be open from Monday to Friday from approximately 11am-7pm and Saturdays from 9am-5pm. Depending on the time of year and classroom schedules, these hours are subject to change so applicants must be flexible.

* The statements contained in this job description are not necessarily all-inclusive; additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary at the discretion of the organizational leader.

Please send cover letter and resume to Jess Danforth at jessica.danforth@gmail.com. Interviews will be conducted in August 2019.