Counselor at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

By | January 23, 2020

Mission Statement of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village:
Through healing, education, and love, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village empowers
orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth to build lives of dignity and contribute to a better
Core Values: Our core values inspire all our work, focusing our staff on the best interests
of the child and helping our students to create a community dedicated to building
empowered and self-reliant lives. They are:
Commitment: Embrace the mission and go the extra-mile
Respect: Be considerate and mindful of others and the environment
Role model: Live and lead by example in a positive way
Interest of Child: Base every decision on how it impacts the child
Support: Help and encourage one another
Integrity: Always be honest with yourself and others and act accordingly
Learning Community: Seek and maximize opportunity for growth and development
Emotional Support
⮚ Conduct the initial and annual psycho-social assessments and create a plan on the
agreed issues to work on with the youth.
⮚ Record professional assessments, identified problems using specific guidelines and
assessment tools and progress notes.
⮚ Meet and provide counselling sessions to the youth who express emotional distress
and/or any other mental health issues; on a needed basis collaborate with the clinic
for referrals.
⮚ Implement/run different support groups for both the youth and family mother,
when and as needed.
Health promotion and Safety
⮚ Collaborate with other members of the health care team (clinic and public health) to
facilitate quality children’s medical care.
⮚ Provide psycho-education and professional counselling.
⮚ Ensure the family environment meets the appropriate health & safety standards in
the Village, according to the ASYV philosophy.
Youth Development
⮚ Proactively receive updates on each child’s personal background, progress, analyse
and anticipate challenges


⮚ Coordinate individual evaluation with other concerned educators in regard to
children’s progress and also oversee the implementation of its action plan.
⮚ Through periodic advisory meetings, work with children to prepare them for a
resilient future, in line with the educational philosophy of The ASYV, with emphasis
on personal growth and psycho-social aspects.
Family functionality
⮚ Work closely with the family mothers to prepare and organise educative family
times, define roles and responsibilities of family members to promote family
⮚ Work with family mothers to stay up to date on every child’s relationship with their
relatives, address issues that may arise within this relationship, and provide
professional follow up in the best interest of the child
⮚ Collaborate with family mothers to initiate visits with children’s relatives.
⮚ Regularly enjoy breakfast with kids
Parental Coaching
⮚ Work closely with the Learning & Development coordinator (L&DC) to Identify and
assess the skills gap among the family-based educators, support the designing of a
professional development plan and participate in its implementation.
⮚ Develop curriculum for parental wholeness programs
⮚ Develop and provide parenting and counseling workshops for family-based
⮚ Advise and provide guidance to family-based educators on addressing different
disciplinary issues using the DNA approach.
⮚ Provide emotional support to family mothers
⮚ Organize and conduct a weekly grade parenting support group
⮚ Organize and conduct one on one parental coaching session with a family mother
per month.
Participate in work organization and capacity building activities
⮚ Submits reports, statistical documentation of work performed in conformity with
departmental and M&E requirements where applicable.
⮚ Participate in service and education related meetings
Perform other related duties as required by superiors
✓ Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Counselling, Mental health
Practices or any other related profession
✓ At least five years of professional experience with children and youth.
✓ Able to communicate in English, Kinyarwanda and French.
✓ Knowledge of using the computer i.e. word and Excel


✓ A strong sense of responsibility and integrity.
✓ Relevant personal skills including excellent oral and written communication skills,
team work abilities, and administrational proficiency.
✓ A charismatic, pedagogical and caring approach to children and youth
✓ Must be willing to live in the village and be available outside working hours.

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