Caseworker

Reports to: Regional Field Team Supervisor
Team: Field Team
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Grade: 1
Starting salary: $27,720
Status: Exempt

RSC Africa
The Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Africa operates a US refugee resettlement program in sub-Saharan Africa through a Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.  RSC Africa is responsible for the preparation of refugee case files for adjudication by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers, as well as the out-processing and cultural orientation of all approved cases.  RSC Africa is administered by the Church World Service Immigration Refugee Program (CWS/IRP) and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Benefits
CWS Global and RSC Africa offer a total compensation package.  The total compensation package includes a housing stipend, company life insurance, comprehensive health insurance, vision coverage, a non-participatory 5% retirement contribution, 22 vacation days a year, 3 personal days per calendar year, 1 day of sick leave per month, AD&D insurance, Bereavement leave, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and optional dental coverage.

EEOC
Church World Service does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or veteran status in employment or the provision of services.

Due to the volume of applications that we receive, only those individuals shortlisted will be contacted.

To Apply:
Please click the below link to apply directly online to this position.
http://rscafrica.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2d9enfbybds

This position is open to international applicants.

Please note RSC Africa does not accept resumes for positions that are not posted.  All applicants are required to submit their resume using the on-line applicant tracking system.

Eligibility List
The eligibility list established as a result of this job posting will be used for a minimum of six months or until the list is exhausted. This list will be used to fill any current and immediate future vacancies.  Individuals who are interested in Caseworker position should submit their applications materials now.

Communications
HR will use the e-mail you provided in ApplicantStack as the official means of communications for this recruitment process. 

Application Materials
Your application materials should clearly indicate how you meet the requirements of the position.  Be sure your resume is in an easy to read format.  Dates of employment on your resume should be in mm/yy format.

Primary Purpose:

This position is primarily responsible for assisting eligible refugee applicants prepare the best possible case file for an interview with an Officer of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for final adjudication.

Supervision:

This position reports to the Regional Field Team Supervisor and/or the Family Reunification Specialist.

Essential Duties:

1. Applies established Resettlement Support Centre (RSC), Church World Service (CWS), Department of State (DOS), USCIS and Refugee Processing Centre (RPC) policies and procedures in order to determine refugee eligibility criteria and establish a refugee claim.
2. Travels throughout Kenya and/or Sub-Saharan Africa as assigned to conduct resettlement interviews with refugee applicants in a dignified and professional manner.
3. Analyzes, evaluates, and accesses the eligibility of refugee applicants for final adjudication by USCIS officers.
4. Establishes the validity of an applicant’s identity through verification of all demographic and biographic information including but not limited to: names, nationalities, birth dates, and locations of all immediate family members in order to complete the refugee case history as required.
5. Determines case composition and ensures all refugee cases are cross-referenced according to established standard operating procedures.
6. Conducts personal interviews with refugee applicants to complete AOR screening/case history/persecution claims.
7. Completes and updates all case files all database records.
8. Conducts file reviews in accordance with RSC and USCIS guidelines, paying close attention to detail.
9. Assists in various administrative tasks including but not limited to: research, locating files, data entry, and case analysis.
10. Analyzes complex cases in consultation with Supervisors in accordance with established policies and procedures, while remaining open to supervisory direction.
11. Contributes to the development of Field Team training procedures and their implementation.
12. Contributes to the development and updating of standard operating procedures for the Field Team in coordination with Regional Field Team Supervisors, Pre-Screening Manager and Field Team Coordinator.
13. Performs additional duties and special assignments as needed to facilitate the efficient processing and operation of the United States Refugee Admissions Program in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Qualifications:

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study is required.

Experience:
Previous experience living and/or working in a developing country is preferred.  Previous experience living and/or working in Africa preferred. Casework or previous resettlement experience is preferred.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • A thorough understanding of current refugee country conditions is required to maintain a high performance standard.
  • Second language an advantage; French, Portuguese or Arabic preferred. 
  • Demonstrated computer skills, especially Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Access. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills. 
  • Strong verbal and written English language skills.

Abilities:

The Caseworker must have the ability to:

  • travel extensively throughout the regions, sometimes on short notice and under difficult conditions;
  • accurately type 40 w.p.m.
  • communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • follow instructions from the Supervisor with a positive and receptive attitude;
  • deal effectively and courteously with a large number of associates, outside agencies, refugees and members of the general public;
  • conduct oneself in a professional and courteous manner to represent the best interests of RSC Africa and CWS/IRP;
  • maintain a high performance standard with attention to detail;
  • carry out all of the duties of the position efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision;
  • work independently and contribute to overall operations of RSC Africa;
  • take initiative in the development and completion of projects;
  • lead others and address issues as they arise;
  • maintain strict confidentiality with RSC Africa administrative and operational information;
  • manage a large and diverse workload under pressure with competing priorities;
  • analyze and solve complex problems;
  • work well as a team in a multi-cultural environment while maintaining a high level of motivation;
  • effectively manage RSC Africa’s resources;
  • actively participate in the implementation of the U.S. Government Operational Refugee Processing Program in Africa

Working Conditions:

Physical:
This position requires bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, pushing/pulling, handling objects (manual dexterity), reaching above shoulder level, using fine finger movements and lifting/carrying heavy loads.

Environmental:
Incumbents in this position will be exposed to excessive noise, marked changes in temperature and/or humidity, dust and infectious diseases, harsh weather climates, long work hours, bumpy roads, extended travel, excessive sun exposure, and non-ventilated spaces.

Special Requirements:
Background check which includes references and an educational criminal check is required before the start of employment. A valid passport and the ability to maintain a valid passport throughout the entire appointment is required, which includes having enough passport pages for travel. The candidate should be of good health, willing and able to travel extensively in often difficult conditions, and have a high degree of flexibility.  Must be legally eligible to work and obtain a work permit in Kenya.  Must have proof of Yellow Fever vaccination before traveling for RSC Africa. Employee will be entrusted with the receipt, custody and payment of money.

Licensing/Certification:
None required.

Competencies:

Communication: Listen carefully to assure clear understanding of instructions and requests. Communicate detailed and/or technical information clearly, in writing and orally. Ask appropriate questions in seeking explanations needed to perform job. Promote “transparency of information” by sharing relevant information with staff and other stakeholders. Understand staff roles and procedures and prepare standard reports to track job progress or activities. Anticipate needs and interests and take proactive steps to respond to them. Understand and is able to use appropriate technology to communicate with others inside and outside CWS and RSC Africa. Respect and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information within parameters defined by supervisor and/or CWS and RSC Africa policy.

Relationships: Understand who stakeholders, partners and internal/external customers are and be responsive to their needs. Facilitate interactions and serve as a resource in relations with stakeholders, partners and internal/ external customers. Recognize and be sensitive to issues of concern. Recognize and be sensitive to cultural and ethnic issues. Manage relationships with stakeholders and work within their structure to identify programmatic linkages, plan and implement services and activities, and coordinate resolutions to problems.  Identify potential constituents with whom to build relationships and flesh out details of those relationships within the context of CWS’s mission, values and policies.  Participate in developing recommendations and implementing policies governing relations with stakeholders.  Resolve issues of concern to maintain effective constituent relationships.

Job Knowledge: Understand the mission and values of CWS and RSC Africa and how they apply to their work and relationships with others. Understand the work performed and how it supports CWS and RSC Africa in achieving goals. Understand how to work multiculturally with sensitivity and integrity. Knows a broad range of information regarding specific program or department and use that knowledge to perform effectively and independently. Applies a depth of knowledge within area of responsibility to implement assigned activities. Able to use and willing to expand learning of applications or technology to perform job duties. Maintain and improve the skills and knowledge needed to be effective in performing job responsibilities. Apply CWS and RSC Africa policies and procedures for staff and stakeholders.

Teamwork: Understand what a team is and what it does. Demonstrate a willingness to work on a team.Understand own role on the team and how it fits in to the overall results to be produced. Promote effective interactions among team members and facilitate group discussion. Participates in identifying and establishing work needs and time lines for completion. Keep team leader and members informed of work status. Demonstrate awareness of what other teams do and how their work affects own team. Recognize and respect the importance of work performed by colleagues. Understand organizational priorities and is willing to set aside own tasks to assist others to complete high priority tasks.

Problem Solving: Identify problems in procedures that affect program work and recommend changes in systems or procedures to address them, then implement approved changes. Understand and apply knowledge of the context in which CWS and RSC Africa works, including global trends and issues. Resolving problems and trying new ways of doing things. Know how and when to apply technical solutions to problems. Share results of problem solving experiences with others. Remain flexible in responding to organizational priorities.


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