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  • First Step Cambodia

Senior Social Worker - Siem Reap

Updated: Mar 3

As Senior Social Worker, you will join a team of skilled social workers who conduct prevention activities (such as poster workshops at schools and NGOs) and provide long-term therapeutic and social work services to children affected by sexual abuse and their families. With your experience, you are the liaison between the team and our Project Manager. You support the Project Manager in all project-related tasks, provide supervision to our Social Workers and support the team in the execution of their daily activities. This is a full-time position in our Siem Reap office and comes with a competitive salary and full benefits package.

Key Responsibilities

Upon joining, you will receive on the job training and mentoring from the Project Manager (PM) for a minimum of three months.

Working closely with the PM, you will be responsible for:

1. Supporting the Project Manager:

o Support and facilitate accurate and effective communication between PM and the social work team

o Contribute to the development, monitoring and evaluation of project policies and guidelines

o Work closely with the Financial and Administration Manager where the post requires

o Work closely with the PM on all project related matters and act as Officer In Charge in his absence

2. Programmatic related tasks:

o Coordinate, support and report on all prevention activities, including our prevention workshops and the distribution of educational and informative materials

o Coordination of the delivery and reporting on capacity building events

o Taking the lead in the production of new educational and informative materials

o Coordination of and reporting on our networking and partnership meetings

3. Supervision, training and support tasks:

o Prepare and propose the annual development plan for the social work team

o Provide and facilitate individual support to colleagues within the FSC team

o Take part in internal and external training events related to supervision skills development

o Ensure that important issues raised in supervision that relate to the work and efficiency of FSC are effectively communicated to the senior management team (For example, additional and urgent training needs, concerns related to performance in the social work team, etc.)

o (pro)actively participate in individual supervision meetings provided by your line manager (PM)

4. Administrative tasks:

o Ensure the timely completion of the monthly timesheet and provide the Admin and Finance Manager with all supporting documentation in relation to salary payments.

o Ensure that all leave requests and activities outside working hours are managed in accordance with the FSC personnel policy.

o All supporting documents in relation to finances must be submitted in a timely manner in accordance with the FSC Finance Policy and Procedures.

o Take part in the Annual Appraisal, leading to the development of the Senior Social Worker role

o Attend and share the facilitation of all staff meetings.

5. Other tasks:

o Play a meaningful and active role in staff meetings and overall FSC development activities

o With FSC colleagues, play an active role in implementing strategic planning activities and the overall development of FSC

o With FSC colleagues, contribute to the continued development of social work, training and advocacy tools and resources

o Write reports and provide information upon request, in relation to project activities

o Meet and liaise with donors and supporters where appropriate

o Work as a positive member of the team, demonstrating a genuine commitment to supportive teamwork and the ethos, vision and mission of First Step Cambodia

o Any additional responsibilities as they arise


o Bachelor's degree in social work or related field (psychology, sociology, health, education or community/international development) is preferable though not essential;

o A minimum of four years working in a social service, NGO, or governmental organisation that includes supporting victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, including those with mental health difficulties, is essential;

o Experience in providing counselling or social work services in relation to working with boys and young men is an advantage;

o Minimum three years experience developing, delivering and evaluating advocacy work is highly desirable;

o Strong organisational skills, including those related to prioritizing, planning and management of case work and advocacy related activities;

o Able to demonstrate clear critical thinking and analytical skills;

o Possess a strong commitment to social justice and the development of services within the field of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence. Must be able to demonstrate genuine compassion and empathy;

o Self awareness and an openness to learn and improve;

o Good communication skills, both written and verbal, in Khmer and English;

o Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;

o Must be willing to travel to other provinces from time to time to carry out project activities;

o Willingness to travel is required;

o Strong computer skills (MS Office, especially Excel) are desirable.


This is a full-time position based at our Siem Reap office and comes with a competitive salary and full benefits package. Salary is based on experience and qualifications. First Step Cambodia has a strong commitment towards individual and personal development and will provide regular, high quality support, supervision and learning opportunities for its staff.

How To Apply:

1. Please send your application via email to office@first-step-cambodia.org with 'Application: Social Worker’ in the subject of your email

2. Include a copy of your CV with TWO REFEREES

3. Include a cover letter with a SUMMARY of (a) how you meet the qualifications described and (b) why you are applying for the post

4. Please give an indication of your expected salary

Deadline: March 13, 2020

Please note: Shortlisted candidates will be asked to bring copies of their qualifications to the interview. Please do not submit copies of your qualifications with your application.

Interviews are expected to take place within two weeks after the application closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Who are we, First Step Cambodia?

First Step Cambodia is a local non-governmental organization with the primary goal to ensure that all children are protected from sexual abuse and that all those affected by abuse are supported and enabled to reach their potential. Applying the socio-ecological model, we pursue this goal by addressing the issues on the individual, relationship, community and societal level: counseling and social services to child survivors and children at risk of sexual abuse, close collaboration with and support to family and community, prevention and awareness raising activities in schools, NGOs and communities, capacity building of professionals working with children, strengthening of reporting mechanisms, and influencing policy and societal change supported by our own research. Today, FSC is identified by local and regional organizations as an expert in the provision of direct services to both boys and girls, while it remains the only organization in Cambodia specialized in giving support to boys.

To learn more about the work of our social workers, please visit https://www.first-step-cambodia.org/support-program

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