Job Title: Psychosocial Counselor-Peer to Peer (Child Protection) (Fresher Job Opportunities)
Duty Station: Uganda
Salary Scale: UGX 1,900,000 – 2,000,000 (Gross P/Month)
ALIGHT, formerly the American Refugee Committee (ARC), is an international non-profit, non-sectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 40 years. In 2011, Alight helped nearly 2.5 million people get essential services to regain their health and take back control of their lives. Alight works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to communities of refugees and internally displaced persons in seven countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, including Iraq, Kosovo, and in the Darfur region of Sudan and is currently providing for emergency relief and recovery in Haiti. Alight provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection to help survivors of war and natural disasters to rebuild their lives with dignity, health care, security and self-sufficiency.
Job Summary: Reporting to the Clinical Psychologist, the PSS/CP Counselor will be responsible for promoting psychological distress and mental order recovery with refugee and host community children and young people in line with Inter-Agency Standard Committee guidelines. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for conducting assessment, planning for activity implementation and monitoring, capacity building of staff and community based structures on Psychosocial support (PSS) and coordination with other MHPSS partners and colleagues within in provision of quality PSS services for the children, young people and their families while ensuring proper documentation and reporting. Also, he/she will work closely with other sub-sectors like SGBV, legal, community based services and the community based structures including Child Friendly Space Facilitators, school clubs and peer to peer support groups’ leaders at the community level to ensure comprehensive and quality PSS is provided to children experiencing psychological distress and mental disorders like depression, stress, trauma, etc.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Day to day Responsibilities:
- Provide comprehensive psychosocial counseling to children, young people and their families with MHSPSS issues like depression using the IPT-G sessions and other approaches.
- Develop activity based work plan to guide effective and efficient implementation of planned PSS activities.
- Support in capacity building of staff and community based structures on PSS including PFA to promote quality provision of PSS services.
- Monitor regular PSS activities being conducted by community based structures like CFS facilitators, peer to peer support groups and school clubs and provide additional technical support.
- Collaborate closely with other MHPSS partners and other sub-sector lead within to strengthen referral and timely response.
- Ensure PSS services is mainstream across child protection strategic interventions like case management, alternative care, etc, and also across other sub-sectors.
- Provide psycho-education sessions for clients, their families and community members on a regular basis and as deemed necessary using evidence based information.
- Efficiently and effectively conduct family assessments and home and school visits to persons of concern as a way of follow up.
- Carry out awareness raising activities on PSS issues with children, young people and other community members for timely reporting of a child experiencing PSS issues.
- Provide oversight to client feedback processes to assess quality of care and service access issues.
- Ensure timely and proper documentation (filing, case studies, etc.), information management and reporting on PSS activities is done.
- Participate in assessment activities and coordination meeting to share information on Alight’s PSS intervention with children and young people.
- Ensure Alight’s Child Protection Policy and others are observe and demonstrated by the community based structures working with children in PSS activities like in the Child Friendly Space.
- Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social work, Social Sciences, Community Psychology, Adult and Community Education and Development studies.
- At least two years’ experience in working on Child Protection issues with an INGO.
- Fluency in Swahili and ability to ride a motorcycle with a valid license (Class A) is an added advantage.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested applicants should apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 22nd August 2022 at 5:00pm