Psychosocial Counsellor (CFS) Job Vacancies in Kakuma/Kalobeyei, Kenya

Finn Church Aid 

Position Title: Psychosocial Counsellor (CFS)

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest development co-operation organisation and the second biggest organisation in Finland working in humanitarian aid. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, ACT Alliance. FCA seeks positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialize in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education.

In Kenya, FCA has been working since 2014 in all three thematic areas, supporting local communities and governments to resolve and prevent conflicts in five counties of northern Kenya; providing access to primary education in Turkana, Garissa, Marsabit, West Pokot and Samburu, Kenya’s poorest counties; and improving access to quality education for children, youth and their families with holistic support mechanisms.

Finn Church Aid Kenya is looking for a

Psychosocial Counsellor (CFS) – 1 Position

Availability - Immediately

Primary purpose of the position

Child counsellor at the Child Friendly Space (CFS) will typically provide short-term care to children who reside at the reception centre mostly meeting with individual children or a group of children. Regardless of how many children they meet with, he/she will be responsible for creating a safe, welcoming environment that encourages children to trust him/her and feel comfortable talking with him/her.He/She will focus on treating specific symptoms among children, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Stress

Child counsellor specifically will work with young children and teenagers, creating individualised plans for each child. This may involve employing different strategies that adult counsellors may use and rely on using observational skills more than conversational skills. For example, a child counsellor may encourage young children to play with toys while they monitor their behaviour or habits.


  • Build a trusting relationship with children
  • Create age-appropriate strategies to work with children and teenagers
  • Encourage children to talk about issues they may feel uncomfortable discussing with others
  • Observe children's behaviours as they play
  • Accept children issues with understanding and without bias
  • Listen to children actively when they share their feelings
  • Provide insights to children based on what they share
  • Help children better understand themselves
  • Challenge children to think about their concerns in new ways
  • Communicate with other care providers or professionals to discuss care plans
  • Maintain records of sessions
  • Use reporting tools to track children progress
  • Meet with parents or other guardians to provide essential updates
  • Develop care agreements with parents and guardians
  • Recommend additional treatment options for the child to parents and guardians
  • Participate in training to maintain skills and stay current with developments


  • A diploma/degree in Counselling, Social work/Community development, Psychology or a higher diploma in Counselling with a minimum of 2 years in related work experience
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Empathy
  • Observation skills
  • Time management
  • Active listening skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships
  • A positive demeanour and sense of optimism
  • Ability to distinguish your feelings from those of a child
  • Non-judgmental perspective
  • Understanding of and respect for others
  • Comfortable working with children
  • Ability to work well with other
  • Ability to work independently

How to apply

All qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a completed Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae to: stating the vacancy job title in the subject line.

Deadline for receiving applications is 6th February, 2024

FCA will only contact short- listed applicants.

FCA is an equal opportunity employer, Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.

FCA practices zero tolerance against child abuse. FCA’s Child Safeguarding Policy applies to all FCA staff. FCA has zero tolerance concerning aid diversion and illegal actions and may screen applicants against international lists to ensure due diligence and compliance with Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism requirements.

FCA is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).