Social Work Supervisor


The Mpumalanga Association of and for Persons with Disabilities is a Provincial NPO whose objective is a diverse South African Society built on equality, equity, inclusion, and free from discrimination, in which persons with disabilities are recognized as an integral part of society. We serve as a pro-active forum for the advancement of persons with disabilities so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community, and to prevent the occurrence of disablement.

The Mpumalanga Association of and for Persons with Disabilities seeks to appoint a Social Work Supervisor to be based in The Provincial office situated in Silver Oak street, Mbombela.

The purpose of this position is to supervise (capacitate, support and monitor) social workers and social auxiliary workers employed by MAPD in order to ensure the provision of quality, professional social work services to persons with disabilities and their families through services to individuals, groups, communities and MAPD affiliates.

1. To ensure that a high quality social work service with regard to the care, support, protection and development of vulnerable individuals, groups, families and communities is rendered through the relevant programmes. Supervise employees engaged in these functions. This would include the following actions:
Assist with assessments that are problematic for supervisees.  Assessments should be aimed at identifying conditions in individuals, groups, families and communities that requires interventions.
Ensure that the appropriate recommendations and interventions required to address the conditions are identified.
Ensure the development and planning of programmes to render the recommended interventions efficiently, effectively and economically.
Ensure that the recommended interventions are implemented by supervisees by providing continuous support, counselling, guidance and advice to supervisees.
Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the recommended interventions, ensure reporting on progress and identify further/amended interventions to address the identified conditions.
Study, interpret, apply and give guidance on legislation and policies in the identified work fields to supervisees and other role players/stakeholders.
Ensure that if statutory functions are indicated that the matter is officially referred to DSD or any other service provider and followed up accordingly.
Ensure that records of social work interventions, processes and outcomes are produced and maintained.
Supervise all the administrative functions required in the department and undertake the higher level administrative functions.
Ensure timeous reporting, feedback and monitoring as per funder and organisational requirements.
2. Supervise (support) and advise social workers, social auxiliary workers and volunteers to ensure an effective social work service. This would include the following actions
Debrief and support supervisees to manage occupational stress and related issues to promote a sound and effective social work service.
Advise supervisees with regard to all aspects of the work.
3. Supervise (monitor) social workers, social auxiliary workers and volunteers to ensure an effective social work service.  This would include the following actions.
Quality control of the work delivered by supervisees.
Professional and general supervision of the relevant staff.
Manage performance, conduct and discipline of supervisees.
Ensure compliance to social work ethics and professional standards
Ensure that social work is performed in compliance with applicable laws, internal and external policies and regulations
Receive client complaints and act in consultation with the Social Work Manager
Oversee and manage caseload of Social Workers and Social Auxiliary Workers
4. Supervise (capacitate) social workers, social auxiliary workers and volunteers to ensure an effective social work service.  This would include the following actions:
Develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with each social workers and social auxiliary workers
Identify team training from the IDP’s that is relevant to the goals of the organisation
Ensure that all supervisees are trained and developed to be able to deliver work of the required standard efficiently and effectively.
Ensure that social workers and social auxiliary workers engage in accredited CPD activities by assisting them in the identification of accredited training workshops or by providing it where delegated to do so.
Monitor that each individual staff member keep an up to date portfolio of evidence as per SACSSP requirements.
5. Engage in Personal Professional development activities such as
Keep up to date with new developments in the fields of social work and disability
Study professional journals and publications to ensure that cognisance is taken of new developments.
Monitor and study the social services legal and policy framework continuously.
Liaise /attend meetings with other departments and non-government institutions and relevant stakeholders to take cognisance of the latest developments in the relevant fields.
Apply and model reflective practice skills in terms of your practice
6. Undertake social work research and development and contribute to the development of policies and procedures that are sensitive to the needs of our clients.

  1. Market and promote the organisation, its services and the best interests of persons with disabilities.   This would include actions like
    Participating and facilitating National and Regional Fundraising and Awareness events
    Facilitate and co-ordinate requests from the media in collaboration with the social work manager.
    Facilitate the building of relationships with local and community newspapers and radio stations in all the areas we serve.
    Network with other relevant service providers, action groups and government departments
    Advocate for the equality and enablement of Persons with Disabilities
  2. Manage the Human and other Resource allocated to deliver social services.  This includes the following Human Resource management:
    Notify the social work manager if any posts become vacant
    Participate in interviewing candidates
    Orient new staff to their work environment and expectations of the position
    Monitor and evaluate staff performance
  3. Financial and organisational Resource management
    Facilitate and oversee the maintenance of resources required to render services for each office including furniture, equipment and information technology supplies
    Facilitate the maintenance of a resource register
    Identify and report resources required to deliver services as per organisational procedures including monthly requisitions for allowances, travel and stationary
    Monitor the use of all resources with the relevant registers and records e.g. logbooks for vehicles, to ensure that utilisation is in line with the organisations objectives.
    B. Social Work (honours) and current Registration with SACSSP
    10 years’ experience as qualified Social Worker
    A proven track record of successfully supervising a team of SSP’s
    A minimum of 5 years ‘ experience in writing funding proposals for Social Programmes
    Sound Communication skills, with extensive written and verbal skills in English in order to produce Reports, handle grants and proposals.
    Strong planning and organizing skills
    Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships and enduring organizational support
    A team player who also works well independently
    Competent use of Microsoft Office
    Valid Drivers’ licence and proven ability to drive
    Remuneration will be negotiated with the successful candidate, applicants who do not meet the requirements will not be considered. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    The successful candidate will be based at the provincial office in Nelspruit. Interested persons may submit their Applications to: The Director, 2 Silver Oak Street, Mbombela or Email: [email protected]  fax number 086 540 8393.

    MAPD does not have Statutory Powers in terms of the Child Care Act, but social workers are still bound by law to report any issue identified as potentially threatening to children.

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