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17 Apr 2019

Social Worker (2) at Selamta Family Project

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Job Description

Selamta Family Project, Inc. (SFP) is a non-profit organization registered as foreign charitable organization with the Charities and Societies Agency of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

SFP runs a project based in Bethel/Alem Bank and serves hundred and twenty Ethiopian children whose parents have died or are incapacitated by poverty. HIV/AIDS, and other disabilities. Selamta’s mission is creating Forever Families for orphaned and abandoned children in Ethiopia. Selamta’s goal is to prepare each child for the successful transition to adulthood, for a satisfying and productive career, and for a contributing and responsible citizenship. For further information, visit

SFP is in the process of replicating the Forever Families Model so that more children will be admitted into the program. To this end, the organization would like to invite qualified and competent applicants for the following vacant position:

Position Summary:

The Social Worker is responsible for utilizing Selamta resources for the overall psychological, social, and intellectual wellbeing of children and families in a trauma-informed care.

Priority Tasks by Responsibility:

Psychological Support

  • Develop relationships with children/youths and Mothers by establishing trust and open lines of communication.
  • Build and maintain healthy relationships with upcoming families by establishing trust and open lines of communication
  • Provide counseling and guidance services to individuals, families, and groups (in age-appropriate fashions)
  • Evaluate mental and emotional health, and overall wellbeing of each Selamta child/youth and caregivers on regular, documented intervals throughout each calendar year
  • Visit Forever Families regularly to assess beneficiaries’ mental and physical health, living conditions, educational progress and overall well-being
  • Collaborate with relevant Selamta departments to meet the needs of Forever Families; that includes providing training and workshops
  • Collaborate with other departments in developing pathways to independence with Forever Families including next steps and specific timelines
  • Document all interactions, findings and update them on relevant technological platforms (i.e.,, google drive)
  • Assess, seek counsel and treat psychological issues – develop and facilitate treatment plans
  • Collaborate with all Selamta staff to ensure the mental health needs of families are met appropriately
  • Seek external support for psychological treatment, counsel and advice not available through our internal resources
  • Encourage and educate about self-care across all sectors of Selamta Family Project

Children/Youth and Family Development

  • Prepare and facilitate developmental and life-skills training for Children/Youth
  • Encourage the bonds of family within each home by providing resources that will develop healthy communication and problem solving in the home
  • Develop and implement training, guidance and counseling programs preparing youth for independence
  • Develop and implement empowerment and psychological training for Selamta children/youth, caregivers
  • Consult with Head Mother and caregivers on conflict resolution within family homes
  • Recognize and reward positive life choices among Selamta children/youths


  • Work with government agencies, other NGO’s and local professionals to provide Selamta Families with the resources they need to thrive
  • Leverage university and professional connections to improve knowledge and access to necessary resources for the holistic care of all Selamta Families

Professional Development

  • Share dinner in a family home at least twice a month
  • Consistently demonstrate the mission, vision and values of Selamta Family Project
  • Participate in professional development conferences, workshops and trainings
  • Leverage online tools for professional development and research around psychosocial best practices

Budget and Cash Management

  • Work with the budget guidelines established and approved by
  • Prepare budget recommendation for designated areas of influence during annual budget development process

Job Requirements


  • BA Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or related social sciences + 1 year of experience in related areas of work
  • Background in special needs and psychology are advantageous
  • Understanding of trauma-informed care TBRI are advantageous
  • Willingness to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in computer including Word, Excel, internet – ability to learn new platforms
  • Strong work ethic, Energetic
  • Excellent communication skills, both in written and speech [English & Amharic]
  • Passionate about children and youth development
  • Willing to work outside of the normal working hours, if needed

Salary and Benefits

5290 Birr Basic Salary + 1090 Transportation + 300 for Cell Phone Allowance

50% Medical coverage (not exceeding a month’s basic salary amount)

How to Apply

Interested applicants who fulfill the aforementioned requirements can send non-returnable application letter and CV within 5 working days from the date of announcement via [email protected] or submit in person (Alem Bank-Anfo area).

Qualified and competent women are highly encouraged to apply.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted

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