Saturday, 1 September 2018

Job Opportunity At Handicap International-Psycho-social Workers (6 Entry-level Job Opportunities)


About Us:
Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Handicap International is outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Job Summary: The Psycho-social Worker will work in close collaboration with the other members of the MHPSS team, he/she will participate to the implementation and development of a qualitative, inclusive mental health and psychosocial support strategy of intervention in the refugee camps of Omugo and Imvepi. This will be done through direct support to beneficiaries along with technical support to the HI teams and partners.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Implementation of MHPSS activities
  • To actively participate in identification of the mental health and psychosocial issues / needs and coping mechanisms;
  • To participate in identification of barriers to equal access to mental health services;
  • To be able to internally refer MHPSS-related cases for other services;
  • To participate to the design and the facilitation of training of HI’s and other organizations’ team on MHPSS activities and approaches, including Psychological First Aid, identification and referral of complex cases, etc.;
  • To identify and assess Persons with Specific Needs and individuals at risk of being victims of violence, especially persons in need of MHPSS services;
  • To facilitate with the psychologist MHPSS awareness raising activities and support the activities of information dissemination run by the protection team;
  • To support the protection team participating to the organization of community-based events and collaborating with local partners ;
  • To identify participants and facilitate psychosocial support group sessions, according to HI guidelines of MHPSS intervention in emergency/post emergency;
  • To participate in the technical MHPSS supervision meetings;
  • To propose review relevant adaptations to ongoing activities and tools to the line manager in order to cope with the challenges faced in the field and the MHPSS needs and issues of the beneficiaries;
  • To document each activity implemented in the field instantly ;
  • To provide daily reporting on the activities implemented to the line manager;
  • To collaborate with surveys, assessments and monitoring reports conducted by the HI project manager and MEAL department
Participation to Coordination and representation
  • To maintain a productive and positive relationship with HI partners in the field at local level, under the supervision of line manager;
  • To contribute to a strong and productive internal collaboration and coordination with the other sectors of intervention of HI mission to ensure the implementation of an integrated approach
Demonstration of an ethics, safe, secure and professional practices
  • To show professional ethics, respect and promote HI  mandate and humanitarian principles at all times;
  • To respect beneficiary’s privacy and confidentiality (among others, he/she only share medical information with medical related staff/persons directly involved in beneficiary’s care and same for protection matters);
  • To demonstrate a non-judgment and respectful position;
  • To actively involve beneficiaries at all stages of the assessment and response;
  • To respect the HI protection of children policy, the protection of beneficiaries from sexual exploitation and abuse policy, the anti-fraud bribery and corruption policy and report to your line manager any non-respect of HI’s policies amongst the teams or partners;
  • To report any incident or act that causes any harm to beneficiary or to others;
  • To observe at all times strict commitment to HI Security & Safety regulations as per procedures in place at mission level

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for Psycho-social Worker must hold a humanity science degree with experience with strong psychological background (bachelor in community psychology, bachelor in counselling and guidance and other relating fields
  • Professional experience within an NGO, preferably in the field of vulnerability and/or disability and/or outreach community-based approach;
  • Experience in MHPSS Community-based approach is an asset;
  • Experience in MHPSS support groups is an asset;
  • Experience in protection is an asset;
  • Computer Skills: Familiar with MS Office (Word, Excel) and internet
  • Mandatory: Spoken and written English
  • Desirable: Proficiency local languages is an asset

Personal Qualities
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Strong sense of neutrality and confidentiality;
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills;
  • Open and interested in disability and vulnerability issues;
  • High diplomacy, cultural sensitivity and security awareness;
  • Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision;
  • Flexibility and adaptability

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates who wish to join Handicap International are encouraged to send their updated CVs (3 pages max, including three professional references) with cover letters to HR Coordinator at with the subject:  Application to HI PSS Worker. 

NB: Applicants from West Nile region are strongly encouraged to apply. Any efforts to influence the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification.

Deadline: 14th September 2018 by 5:00pm
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