Position Identification

Position Title: Child Care Worker

Organisation: Islamic Relief South Africa

Location: Republic of South Africa – Johannesburg, CT and Durban

Contract: Six months

Reports to: Orphans Programme Officer

Purpose of Position

  • To respond holistically to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children, youth and families who are vulnerable and at-risk and sponsored by Islamic Relief South Africa
  • Candidates are screened, selected, trained and deployed as child and youth care workers servicing families in their own communities.
  • To provide feedback of home visits and needs within the community to the line manager
  • To play an active role in terms of home based care as and where the need arises
  • To network and engage with stakeholders in the community in which the OVC’s reside


Key Responsibilities

  • Act as point of reference for inquiries from guardians and orphans
  • Provide reports and case studies, as required by Orphans Officers, and provide guidance on case management best practices
  • Meet with Orphans Coordinator to complete field placement site visits, as needed
  • Coordinate with relevant staff to complete necessary field placement paperwork, including all placement evaluations required by the orphans section and Al-Yateem system
  • Preparing field reports for projects and assisting in editing
  • Prepare, maintain and keep registers on the status of the project at formulation,implementation and operational stages
  • Any other duties assigned by line manager


Educational Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree/ diploma
  • Must have a proficient command of the English / Afrikaans or Xhosa language
  • Proven track record of working with children or the demonstrated ability to work with children
  • Proven social work qualifications

Skills & Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of the community in which OVC’s reside
  • Basic counseling skills for intake
  • Enthusiastic and motivated individual
  • Passion for community development and working with less fortunate children
  • Basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS and child-headed households
  • Must be a good writer. Must have a knack for writing in English and be good with grammar. Also, be sure of your spellings, punctuation, and online readability expectations. It also helps to be able to write fast and accurately.
  • Be prepared to produce fresh and quality content daily. This means having a good source of ideas, knowledge, and research resources at hand
  • Time management skills required.
  • Maintain accurate records and reports on OVC status
  • Must be proficient with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proficient with Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, Calendar)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team both at the office and remotely on the field
  • Candidate must be very organized and detail oriented
  • Creative problem solver and highly adaptable to OVC needs
  • Creative and innovative approach to online and offline media
  • Willing to work after hours, when required to do so.


Other Job Related Conditions

  • To assist with program related tasks and activities as and when the need arises
  • To report any legal matter relating to OVC’s expeditiously to the line manager
  • To ensure the holistic well-being of each OVC entrusted to IRSA

Key Islamic Relief Qualities Required

  • It is essential that the post holder shows a good understanding and sympathy with Islamic values and principles as well as commitment to IR’s vision and mission as per below:

 Our actions in tackling poverty are marked by excellence in our operations and conduct which are deserving of the people we serve.

 In responding to poverty and suffering our efforts are driven by sincerity to God and the need to fulfil our obligations to humanity

 Our work is founded on enabling people and institutions to fulfil the rights of the poor and vulnerable. We work to empower the dispossessed towards realising their God-given human potential and developing their capabilities and resources.

 We believe the protection and well-being of every life is of paramount importance and we shall join with other humanitarian actors to act as one in responding to suffering brought on by disasters, poverty and injustice.

 We uphold our duty of custodianship over the earth, itsresources and the trust people place in us as humanitarian and development practitioners to be transparent and accountable.

Closing date: COB 17th September 2021

Please forward a copy of the completed application form(Download form), 1 page motivational letter and your CV along with a certified copy of your ID to [email protected] before the 17th September 2021.

Dearest applicant, kindly consider the following:

If the requirements of the application as above, is not met, we will consider the application as incomplete and this will therefore not be accepted.

Over and above operational requirements Islamic Relief South Africa will take into account the country’s and organisational employment equity imperatives.

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