Social Welfare Facilitator x4

Website Social Workers' Association of Zambia

SWAZ is a membership based professional body of Social Workers

Social Welfare Facilitators (SWFs) will be seconded to the department of social welfare at the District level in the 4 pilot districts to support the implementation of the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) Nutrition 1000 Days initiative, under the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS). The initiative focuses on providing cash-transfer assistance to vulnerable women who are pregnant or have children aged below two years and SWFs will support MCDSS to implement a “cash plus care” approach so that material deprivation is addressed together with other deprivations that the most vulnerable families face.

The professional practice of social work (the science of supporting the most vulnerable) points to the importance of supporting vulnerable mothers in a holistic manner – as a key part of any infant-focused-nutrition-based intervention. This project will contribute to the “care” element of the SCT Nutrition 1000 Days initiative.

Among the many tasks, SWFs will

  • Support implementation of community-case management to recipients of the SCT nutrition 1000-days
  • Support district social welfare officers to build the capacity of CDAs and CWAC members in community case management.
  • Work in collaboration with other MCDSS district-level staff to implement SCT 1000 days project.
  • Support district level MCDSS staff to ensure data quality.
  • Support DSWOs to provide regular mentorship and supportive supervision to CDAs.
  • Support CDAs to provide regular mentorship and coaching to CWACs
  • Support MCDSS district-level staff during District Level Planning and budgeting processes
  • Support the DSWO in putting in place logistical arrangements for District and Community level capacity building activities.
  • Support the DSWO and CDAs to hold regular coordination meetings.

Essential skills, qualifications, and experience

  • University Degree in Social Work.
  • At least 3 years of working experience in social work, preferably at the sub-national level, with experience in case management essential
  • Strong technical background in the areas of planning, monitoring, and research
  • Proven understanding of the local development context as it relates to Vulnerable Children and adolescents
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills Self-starter with strong problem-solving skills
  • High degree of cultural competency
  • Strong computer skills (PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential
  • Paid up member of the Social Workers’ Association of Zambia (SWAZ) is an added advantage

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