Muscular Dystrophy Foundation: Junior Social Worker

Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Gauteng
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 21 April, 2017
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The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa is a nonprofit organisation that supports people affected by Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular disorders and endeavours to improve the quality of lifestyle of its members.

The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation seeks to appoint a Junior Social Worker, based in Ekurhuleni.

Reporting to: The Roodepoort Office

The Social Worker will be responsible for providing intake, assessments, case management, education, advocacy, referral and counselling services to members of the Foundation and their families. In addition, he/she is responsible for upholding the organisation’s vision and mission statement as well as funder requirements. The Social Worker advocates on behalf of clients and implements services to all people affected with the disease and accountable to the General Manager for achievement of targets in this area.


Service Provision

  • Complete assessments of newly diagnosed people who approach the Foundation for assistance (or referred) and document all client interactions
  • During intake assessment or while conducting follow-up interactions with returning clients, assist members to determine what assistance would be most beneficial to the client. In addition, ensure that all documentation required to process the request is present
  • Provide casework, case management and community development services
  • Where necessary, refer clients who might need placement in residential institutions
  • Provide basic counselling and human rights counselling
  • Initiate and facilitate educational, supportive and informative groups in schools and community
  • Conduct home visits, and complete appropriate paperwork including recommendations
  • Participate in case review discussions with other Social Workers in the organisation
  • Attend and actively participate in program and staff meetings when scheduled
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Social Worker

Administrative Duties

  • Provide written and verbal reports as required for the completion of documentation pertaining to clients and the organisation
  • Answer emails and phone enquires, as directed, by General Manager or Senior Social Worker
  • Provide feedback to appropriate individuals and report back thoroughly at staff meetings on all external and internal meetings and workshops attended
  • Regular weekly feedback sessions with Senior Social Worker
  • Schedule and adequately document external and internal referral appointments, if necessary, for clients

Advocacy Efforts

  • Where appropriate and as required, lead panel discussions, workshops, training, etc. concerning the education, development and improvement of services to people with disabilities
  • Be conversant and know networking partners for external referrals. This includes regular attendance to Social Workers Forum and similar organisations to ensure a strong network of referral
  • Where services are not being provided to our members, act as an advocate for inclusion in service delivery. Meet with SASSA, DSD-funded partners, and others to develop a strong referral network in the area

Governance and Reporting

  • Liaise and maintain networking relationships with relevant statutory, private, independent and implementing partner’s organisations
  • Attendance to relevant in-house and community meetings; disseminating relevant information to MDF staff as scheduled
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of the organisation’s governance framework, quality of and service improvements agenda. This includes contributing to the development of work plans, annual plans, strategic plan and organisational assessments
  • Contribute to reviews of the organisation’s policies and procedures relating to services to clients
  • Narrative report writing, contribute to funding proposals, etc., as assigned and requested
  • Contribute to needs assessments and service development

Record Keeping

  • Responsible for service delivery and reporting in the Ekurhuleni region, accountable to the General Manager and Senior Social Worker
  • Capture all relevant statistics, including those for support groups facilitated, and submit on or before due date to the Senior Social Worker
  • All employees at MDF are legally responsible for all records held, created or used as part of their business within the organisation, whether paper-based or electronic (including emails)
  • All employees are required to be conversant with policies and procedures pertaining to their work and to seek advice if in doubt


  • Honours degree in Social Work
  • Registered with South African Council for Social Service Professions
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Excellent written and oral communications skills, a second language would be advantageous
  • Computer literacy with basic proficiency with the Microsoft Suite, include Excel
  • Valid code 08 driver’s license
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and has great attention to detail
  • Ability to complete complex assignments and tasks, as assigned, meeting prescribed deadlines
  • Able to work constructively in a stressful environment and plenty of resilience
  • Ability to work independently as well as a team player
  • Observational skills
  • Fast-learner

To apply, submit a CV and three reference quoting MDF Gauteng Social Worker Ekurhuleni.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

If not contacted within two weeks after closing date, consider your application as unsuccessful.

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