Professional internship at SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda




Established in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages International is a dynamic social development organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children.

SOS Children’s Villages International is an umbrella organization that provides support and guidance to SOS member associations in 137 countries worldwide.
Our Vision: Every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect, and security.
Our Mission: We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities. For more details, visit our website: Website:


SOS Children’s Villages started working in Rwanda in 1979. Its interventions aim at ensuring that children at risk and those who have lost parental care are cared for in a loving and safe home. Different SOS CV Rwanda programmes such as alternative care, family strengthening programmes, Education ensure that the interests and rights of children are taken into consideration not only within SOS CV settings but also in the communities as well.

In order to fulfil its mission, SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda is implementing a “KURA UMENYE Project” targeting caregivers, young people and children and will be implemented in 8 districts namely: Gasabo, Bugesera, Gicumbi, Musanze, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Huye and Nyamagabe for 4 years starting in October 2021.

The overall objective of the project is to ensure that Children grow in caring families, learn in child-centered schools and thrive in responsive communities. This will be achieved through a set of interventions articulated under three components which are: Family strengthening and Reintegration, Education and remedial learning and Mental Health, psychosocial support and Adolescent sexual reproductive health.

To achieve its goals related on psychosocial well-being of children and caregivers, the project includes professional internship aspect of clinical psychologists who will conduct counseling, therapies and interpreting children’s behaviors and practices. Brief, the interns will contribute in ensuring the psychological rehabilitation process for children enrolled in the project with a special focus of children who experienced life-street and subsequent consequences

In this perspective, the SOS Children’s Villages via Kura Umenye project needs to recruit 8 volunteers (University students in clinical psychologists) who are in the last year (year IV) who will provide mental Health and psychosocial care professionally. Their role will be to conduct psychosocial support groups for children/youth and community counselling for caregivers gathered in VSLAs working with Family Strengthening Program (FSP).

The Kura Umenye Volunteer at location will be responsible of providing the effective psychosocial support care to identified vulnerable children/young people living in and around (Public schools) SOS CV locations across all 8 districts of intervention as highlighted above.

With the overall coordination of project coordinator, the clinical psychologist/volunteer will fulfill the following tasks:

Identifying/ screening children and young people who will be enrolled in psychosocial support groups,
Ensure the organization of Drop-in/Creativity and psycho-social conversation group sessions with children using games and other child friendly narrative practices,
Organize and conduct community counselling/ psycho-education sessions for community parents/ caregivers in VSLAs working with Family Strengthening Program (FSP) at location level.
Assist trained school-based counsellors from targeted schools regarding the provision of school counselling
Ensure the documentation of all project interventions within their respective working area
Required Competencies:

Psychological assessment ability to identify and assess health and social care needs of a range of children and young people
Demonstrate skills in managing challenging relationships and situations
Knowledge of child protection matters, such as children’s rights, OVC and gender.
Strong skills in child and young psychology and development.
Having the ability to handle challenges faced by children, attract their attention and being kind to children, Proven enthusiasm to children.
Good oral and written communication skills.
The Applicant should be a 4th year student in Clinical Psychology
If you are interested in this internship position, please send your detailed application and recommendation letter from your university to by 22 March 2022 at the latest by 17h00. Late applications will not be accepted.

?SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda/ International holds strict child safeguarding principles and a zero-tolerance policy for conducts of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the workplace and other places where the organization’s activities are rendered. Parallel to technical competence, recruitment, selection and hiring decisions will give due emphasis to assessing candidates value congruence and thorough background checks, police clearance reference check processes?


Jean Bosco KWIZERA

National Director

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