Polyvalent Social Worker

About the organisation:

TARA is an NGO offering a residential service with an emphasis on education for street children and abandoned children. We run 4 homes: TARA Boys (6-18 years old boys), TARA Girls (6-18 years old girls), TARA Tots (2-10 years old children) and TARA Big Birds (after care program for young adults). In our homes, we ensure quality education, security, complete health care and a real opportunity to carve a bright future. Our homes are not institutions! They are meant to host no more than 20 children, to ensure a violence-free, family-like environment. 

Prime Responsabilities:

The Polyvalent Social Worker is responsible for the daily welfare and wellbeing of the children, making sure they are safe, well taken care of, that their emotional and physical needs are met. This is done through the effective supervision of subordinates.

The polyvalent social worker works in all the homes, as per the needs. He/she supports the teams of the homes in case of work overload or vacancy. He/she notably replaces the Child Welfare Officers while they are on leave or the posts are vacant. Thus the PSW should be able to perform the below mentioned duties:


  • Implement the Operational Plans after discussion with PM (Program Managers)
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the homes
  • Conduct one to one meetings with direct reports
  • Maintain the proper documentation of all case files and CWC requirements
  • Deal with CWC and court matters
  • Ensure that Child Protection Policy and TARA Code of Conduct are implemented fully at all times
  • Ensure that every child is aware of the House Rules and Disciplinary Action Procedure and its consequences
  • Implement the House Rules and Disciplinary Action Procedure consistently
  • Ensure that each child has positive personal hygiene
  • Ensure that each child washes hands after each visit to the bathroom and before meals
  • Have sufficient personal hygiene products and to replace as required
  • Ensure that all staff and children practice the TARA Values and corrects any lapse immediately
  • Conduct or arrange training on Childs Rights or JJ Act
  • Be able and confident to administer first aid
  • Ensure that the TARA Homes schedule is adhered to
  • Attend operational staff meetings
  • Listen and respond with empathy during interaction with the children
  • Be consistent during interactions with the children
  • Observe the children and act if additional support is required
  • Inform the Program Manager of any ongoing concerns
  • Ensure that subordinates continually monitor the activities of the children to ensure their safety and wellbeing
  • Ensure that there is always one responsible adult in the project at all times
  • Report any faults with the premises to the AM and ensure that action is taken
  • Conduct spot checks to ensure compliance with Operating Guidelines and CPP
  • Leadership

  • Provide leadership to operational staff
  • Lead by example and be a role model for staff and children
  • Nurture a family like environment in the homes
  • To be available and approachable to the children and staff at all times
  • To foster effective team work between TARA Associates
  • Human ressources

  • Follow human resources policies, procedures and practices
  • Ensure a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Assist the PM to recruit, interview and select operational staff that have the right technical and personal abilities
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
  • Discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques and release staff when necessary using appropriate and legal procedures
  • Review training effectiveness within 2 weeks of completion of training
  • Complete Performance Reviews as per schedule set by PM
  • Assist PM to ensure that employee information is raised, distributed and signed as per schedule.
  • Training

  • To implement the training plan with the assistance of the managers
  • To review training effectiveness at each OSM
  • Financial

  • Ensure that accounting procedures are followed
  • Outside agencies

  • Represent TARA to other NGO’s and agencies at the request of the PM
  • Foster positive neighbourhood relations
  • Attend court, CWC and DWCD
  • Risk management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to homes associates, property, finances, goodwill, and image
  • Implement measures to control risks with the approval of PM
  • Location:
    South Delhi


    5 weeks a year

    Procedure to apply for the job:

    Send your CV to hasina@taraindia.org along with a letter answers to the following questions:

  • Why is TARA different than other children homes?
  • What are your qualities to fit in this position?