Website URJA Trust
About URJA Trust
URJA Trust is a Mumbai based grassroots non-profit NGO working with homeless young women (and in certain cases their children), between the ages of 18-30 years, who have been forced to leave their houses, or have chosen to leave their houses due to a variety of reasons including a desire to improve their circumstances and lead a life of their own choice, to escape poverty, violence (mental, physical, emotional, sexual), dysfunctional families, discrimination faced by them or their community.
URJA works to provide safe and empowering spaces to these women, where they can not only heal from the violence they have faced but also be empowered enough to move ahead to lead their lives with dignity and free of violence. Our interventions are aimed at their holistic
development, focussing on their health and wellbeing (physical, mental, emotional and sexual), education and livelihood options, and ensuring their access to civil and political rights, and other social entitlements as the citizens of the country. In order to achieve this we believe that the transformation cannot be limited to individuals but needs to pervade into the system as well for a just, equitable and compassionate society where young women pursue their lives with freedom and dignity.
Purpose of this Position
The role of the Social Worker is to provide holistic and comprehensive case management services to participants, develop programs and resources and formulate case plans that promote moving towards self- sufficiency.
Reporting: Program Manager
Job Role and Responsibilities
1. Case Work
● To complete an initial needs assessment and act upon critical needs appropriately and immediately with remote and shelter participants.
● To orient participants and follow up interventions with livelihood, health care, legal and civil assistance, education and vocational training as per the Case management SOP.
● Gather relevant information on the participants and trace back their families.
● Prepare the participants and their families for restoration.
● Escort the participants back home when necessary.
● Follow up with necessary support to alumni women and provide necessary services in case of emergency.
● Attend medical check ups when necessary.
● Ensure follow up of physical, mental and sexual health issues are being addressed.
- Legal and civil documents
● Oversee legal cases by conducting meetings and following up with advocates and ensuring court attendance.
● Handle legal actions regarding the participants.
● Initiate process of procuring civil documents such as Adhar card, PAN card etc.
● Manage individual identity and important documents of participants.
- Family and community interventions
● To connect the participants with needed and available community resources.
● To complete home visits to assess if participants may return home safely.
- Education and livelihood
● Create a personal plan for development on a case-by-case basis including education. (formal/informal) or occupational training.
● Work closely with existing service providers, including schools, training facilities and employers to engage girls in education, training and employment
2. Case Work
- Follow up with the participants based on their needs bi-weekly or as needed.
- Assist the participants in goal setting.
- Create long-term development case plans as well as weekly development case plans.
- Plan group sessions and pair discussions.
- Coordinate with Shelter Coordinator when there are issues.
- Work on cases involving domestic violence and women’s sexuality.
3. Reporting & Documentation
- Fill out intake sheets for the participants and other case related documents online and offline
- Maintain an inventory of the girls’ belongings and documents when necessary.
- Document and update girls’ medical information, mental health and family restoration plans.
- Attend case management meetings to present cases and give suggestions for other cases.
- Monitor needs fulfillment and needs development.
- Write a monthly report of activities to the Case Management Manager
- Documentation of care narrations, yearly planning and reporting of visit and meetings.
4. Advocacy & Networking
- To inform, guide and educate participants towards their advancement and growth wherever possible
- Initiate steps to ensure the responsiveness and relevance of policies, procedures, programs or practices on local and external level
- To engage in research and documenting data pertaining to participants and wider issues.
- To build network with external stakeholders from governmental and non-governmental organisations.
- To attend meetings, workshops and transfer the learning with peers.
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