Requisition ID : req28054
Job Title : Caretaker
Sector : Child Protection
Employment Category : Regular
Employment Type : Full-Time
Open to Expatriates : No
Location : Athens, Greece
SCOPE OF WORK : Under the guidance and supervision of the SIL Unit Coordinator, the caretaker will be responsible for implementing daily independent living care plans, supervision and monitoring of adolescents / young adults residing in the SIL apartments.
S / he will be responsible for ensuring the adolescents / young adults are safe and participating in daily education activities, as well as in extracurricular, recreational and integration activities.
S / he will be responsible for the implementation of activities related to the daily house management and housekeeping and the life / soft skills building of the adolescents / young adults, in cooperation with the social worker.
The caretaker will further ensure the adolescents / young adults are safe during night hours.
Position objectives :
Support and coordinate individual daily care plans for adolescents / young adults;
Provide daily supervision in ensuring the health and safety and security of adolescents / young adults consistent with IRC’s security procedures / policies and according to the SIL Standard Operating Procedures;
Coordinate and facilitate adolescents / young adults’ involvement in community-based educational, social, health, recreational, integration programs / activities;
Directly work with the rest team members for the efficient and effective delivery of adolescents / young adults’ case-plans and all the related activities.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES :
Establish positive relationships with the adolescents / young adults to facilitate the provision of daily psychosocial support, socialization and mentoring activities by specialized staff;
Assist the adolescents / young adults in the operation of daily care routines / chores and thorough upkeep of the apartments;
Ensure that adolescents / young adults follow all daily care routines including daily waking / hygiene, dressing and showering, meal and dietary requirements including group dining and attending appointments;
Ensure that adolescents / young adults understand, agree on and follow safety / cohabitation rules as described in Internal Rules of Procedure;
Consistently monitor / assess the safety and security of adolescents / young adults, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to the social worker and the SIL Unit Coordinator;
Consistently monitor and identify any accessibility challenges that adolescents / young adults with disabilities may encounter;
promptly report arising issues to the social worker and SIL Unit Coordinator and cooperate in solutions;
Proactively identify any behavioral changes or issues the adolescents / young adults might have and immediately report them to the social worker;
Communicate regularly with the social workers and the SIL Unit Coordinator on critical incidents, adolescents / young adults’ achievements and challenges;
Whenever needed, participate in the formulation of adolescents / young adults case plan reviews, case-plans and case consultations / conferences;
In coordination with the social worker, coordinate with medical personnel to ensure the physical / health needs of the adolescents / young adults are met;
Foster an inclusive attitude that will establish the engagement of all adolescents / young adults residing in the apartments;
Facilitate bi-weekly residents’ meetings with the adolescents / young adults living in all 5 apartments;
Assist in any other task, as per each shift’s needs;
Perform safety and security checks as needed;
Whenever needed, undertake along with the participation of the adolescents / young adults any house reparations and assist in fixing any damages;
Provide input for weekly and monthly activity reports;
Update the daily reports and records, with respect to the confidentiality principle;
Directly communicate effectively with the rest team members on the quality and effectiveness of individual adolescents / young adults case plans;
Regularly attend team meetings and other internal and external meetings;
Create and maintain effective working relationships with other IRC departments and external services, including other CP actors, UN agencies ;
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to protect and support the adolescents / young adults and enable and develop the programme.
High School Diploma or relevant diploma / certificate, nursing, pedagogical or educational studies preferred;
A minimum of 1 year experience in working with adolescents / young adults and / or persons with disabilities;
Experience implementing group activities with adolescents / young adults is highly desirable;
Experience in institution / safe zone / shelter / SIL for children / young adults and persons with disabilities is an asset;
Possession of creative, fine arts or technical skills, such as wood-working, electronics, painting, music is an asset;
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with adolescents / young adults;
Demonstrated empathy and understanding of vulnerable adolescents / young adults;
Previous experience in supporting dependents in obtaining independent living skills and enacting daily routines & self-care plans;
Personal qualities : Team player, responsive, flexible, able to handle stress and high-pressure work environments effectively & work in culturally diverse work settings;
Understanding and sensitivity to the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures;
Strong sense of personal integrity;
Strong negotiation and coordination skills;
Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task while working in a fast-paced environment;
Fluency in Greek and good working knowledge in English is required;
Computer skills : Knowledge of MS Office, Internet, Outlook and competency with new technologies required.
Must possess a valid Greek driver’s license with no record of criminal driving offense;
Must be able to work flexible hours, including afternoons, evenings, nights and weekends;
Must successfully complete criminal background check;
Able to participate in physical activities with adolescents / young adults that may include running, bending, stooping and moderate lifting.