Kenya: Professional Guidance Counselor

Organization: Heshima Kenya
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 17 Jan 2018

Job Title: Professional Guidance Counselor

Department: Girls’ Empowerment Project (GEP)

Reports to : GEP Associate Program Director

Terms: 10 months, Consultancy

Position Overview

Heshima Kenya is a non-profit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya dedicated to identifying, protecting, and empowering unaccompanied refugee children and youth, especially adolescent girls, through our specialized shelter, education, and advocacy programs. The Girls’ Empowerment Project (GEP) is our alternative education program that allows participants to access education and livelihood opportunities, learn about their human rights and to cultivate leadership skills. Consisting of 4 Levels, the GEP focuses on basic education, life-skills development, vocational training, and income generation through our social enterprise, the Maisha Collective. In 2018, we intend to expand the current GEP vocational curriculum so students can learn new skills that will help create new economic streams and improve their livelihoods.

The Professional Guidance Counselor is responsible for identifying sustainable livelihoods opportunities for Heshima Kenya beneficiaries. The position will report directly to the GEP Associate Program Director and will work in collaboration with the Business Education Teacher and Market Research Consultant.

Core Responsibilities

· Identify sustainable livelihoods opportunities for program beneficiaries

· Advise GEP students and Maisha Collective members on market opportunities they can pursue after graduating from Heshima Kenya programs

· Establish community partnerships that will support the sustainable livelihoods opportunities

· Support Market Research Consultant with pre-and post-testing of GEP students and Maisha Collective members to understand attitudes and knowledge of business and financial literacy

· Collaborate with Business Trainer business and financial literacy curricula as needed

· Work with the Business Trainer and SGBV Outreach Leads to create a new Business Ambassador Group (BAG) amongst GEP students and Maisha Collective members

· Work with Business Trainer to create opportunities for BAG to interface with the Women’s Ambassador Groups to share best practices and learn from the community

· Collaborate with Business Trainer to conduct two site visits with BAG members to see local businesses and applications of vocational training skills

· Prepare weekly and monthly project progress reports

· Prepare monthly and quarterly reports to HK Management and Donor

· Ensure all engaged refugee girls are developing transferrable business and leadership skills that will support their livelihoods after leaving Heshima Kenya programs

· Serve as a mentor for the young refugee women of Heshima Kenya


· First degree in education with 3+ years of experience developing and managing educational programs for youth

· Skilled in program implementation and execution

Over three years of practical experience in a simile assignment

· Ability to work cross-culturally with Kenya and US team to ensure clear communication and deliverables across all parties

· Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills

· Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel and Skype

· Passion for and understanding of the unique needs of vulnerable refugee populations

· Must be a Kenyan citizen and have a Certificate of Good Conduct

How to apply:


Your application should be send to the address below indicating the position applied in the email subject by close of business Friday 17th January 2018. It should include a cover letter & a detailed CV (as one document in PDF format) with your contact details, details of current and expected remuneration, names and contacts of three referees, one of which should be your current supervisor.

Please note that Heshima Kenya does not charge any fees for receiving or processing job applications. Heshima Kenya is an equal opportunity employer.

NB. All applications should only be send through the email.

Heshima Kenya

P.O Box 63192 – 00619 Nairobi Kenya


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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