Fresher Psychosocial Officer UNHCR Project Jobs – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

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Organisation: Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Funding Source: UNHCR

Duty Station: Uganda

Reports to: Project Manager

About US:

Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and development organization that positively contributes towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health, Education, Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection programs in the region for a period of more than 20 years.

About UNHCR Project:

HIJRA with funding from the UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a multi-sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro district), Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district) and Kyangwali Settlement (Hoima District).

Job Summary:  The Psychosocial Officer is responsible for leading the field PSS team in implementing psychosocial interventions including individual and group counselling sessions, initiatives to strengthen community based psychosocial support, and field level coordination for MHPSS. The position holder will work closely with the SGBV, child protection, legal and community based protection teams receiving referrals and ensuring confidential PSS case management and follow up.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Plan and implement PSS interventions for refugees and members of the host community identified with need.
  • Ensure adherence to the IASC MHPSS guidelines as well as the HIJRA and UNHCR protection guidelines.
  • Supervise and provide technical guidance to PSS assistants.
  • Build the capacity of the PSS team to foe effective service delivery.
  • Prepare sector reports on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis.
  • Provide timely professional and confidential counselling services to survivors of GBV both new and old cases, children at risks, persons with specific needs and others identified as in need.
  • Lead sectoral documentation to capture success stories, best practices for further advocacy and program development.
  • Lead community awareness creation through outreaches to the communities with community structures and partners on PSS.
  • Assist in development and provision of psychosocial services to HIJRA office based on participatory community assessment.
  • Build, maintain and strengthen networks with community leadership and relevant partner focal points for MHPSS.
  • Work closely with HIJRA protection officers to coordinate PSS within the organization.
  • Review cases for referral to the health partner for advanced psychiatric assessment and treatment.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Project Manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the HIJRA Psychosocial Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, counselling or other related field.
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience
  • Strong experience working with vulnerable people including survivors of GBV and child abuse.
  • Experience in child counselling
  • Familiarity with guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in emergency settings.
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills with excellent reporting & writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • An excellent command of verbal and written English.
  • Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in MS. Office, PowerPoint, Email)
  • Have a strong passion for PSS with compassion for serving persons in need and able to ensure a high level of confidentiality.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an application letter and Curriculum Vitae including telephone and email contacts of three referees including your current/most recent employer.

Application should be addressed to the:

Country Program Manager,

Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),

P.O. Box 37703, Kampala, Uganda.

Email to: vacancies.ug@hijra.or.ke. The subject line should read: “Position Title”

NB:  Please note that interviews will be done on a rolling basis given the urgency of the positions. Those who previously applied need not to re-apply.

Deadline: 12th June 2019


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