Psychosocial Worker (4 Job Opportunities) at Handicap International

Psychosocial Worker (4 Job Opportunities)

  • Psychosocial Worker (4 Job Opportunities)
  • Organisation: Handicap International
  • Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
  • Reports to: Mental Health Psychosocial Support Supervisor

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 Psychosocial Worker will work closely with the Handicap International  Mental Health Psychosocial Support Supervisor, other peer psychosocial workers, the MEAL department, the protection supervisor, the inclusion officer and HI partners to participate in the implementation and development of a qualitative, inclusive mental health and psychosocial support strategy of intervention according to the principles of the MHPSS community-based approach and integrated with the response to the basic needs of HI beneficiaries provided by HI and other actors.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:   


 Actively participate to the actor and service mapping in HI area of intervention, especially the MHPSS specialized and non-specialized services;

    Actively participate to the analysis of the mental health and psychosocial issues / needs, sources of distress, coping mechanisms, community-based dynamics and mechanisms, leaderships, representation of the beneficiaries and communities targeted by HI intervention;

    Take part in the identification of barriers to equal access to services, especially MHPSS ones;

    Actively participate to the development of a referral system, especially regarding the MHPSS-related cases;

    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.;

    The incumbent will identify and assess Persons with Specific Needs and individuals at risk of being victims of violence, especially persons in need of MHPSS services;

    Refer internally and externally follow up of these referrals for the beneficiaries of the MHPSS intervention according to their needs;

    Actively participate to the conception and development of tailored and inclusive MHPSS IEC material and to ensure its contextualization;

    Facilitate with the psychologist MHPSS awareness raising activities and support the activities of information dissemination run by the protection team;

    Provide support to the protection team participating to the organization of community-based events and collaborating with local partners;

    Identify participant ad facilitate psychosocial support group sessions, according to HI guidelines of MHPSS intervention in emergency;

    Actively participate to the technical MHPSS supervision meetings facilitated by the psychologists or the line manager;

    Ensure regular technical review and propose 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;

    Maintain complete documentation for each activity following the recommendations and template of the MHPSS supervisor;

    Show professional ethics, respect and promote Handicap International mandate at any time, respecting all HI protection policies;

Others:

    Participating to the weekly team meetings;

    Ensure the strict application of the rules;

    Report any incident in which s/he's involved/witnessed immediately;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:


    The ideal candidate for the Handicap International Psychosocial Worker job opportunity must hold a human science degree with experience (psychologist, psychiatrist, sociologist, social worker, etc.) with experience;

    Professional experience in MHPSS services to vulnerable persons and/or refugees or in the humanitarian field, preferably in the field ofvulnerability and/or disability and/or outreach community-based approach;

    Previous experience in social cohesion and/or community mobilization and/or conflict management;

    Candidates with experience in MHPSS community-based approach have an added advantage

    Prior experience in adult training is desired

    Previous exposure and experience in protection and case management is desired

    Previous exposure and experience in GBV and/or child protection is an added advantage

    Strong sense of neutrality and confidentiality;

    Strong interpersonal and inter-cultural 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;

    Good computer skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel) and internet;

    Languages: Spoken and written English; Proficiency local languages are an asset (Arua)


How to Apply:

Handicap International invites only local residents from the operational area – Arua (attach evidence that you stay in Arua) to send an updated CV (3 pages max, including three professional references) with cover letter and prove of local residence (Arua) to HR Coordinator at job.uganda@handicap-international-ug.org with the subject line as “Application to HI Psychosocial worker.”


Deadline: 17th September 2017 (due to the urgency of the situation, Handicap International reserves the right to fill this position before the end of the closing date).


NB: Any efforts to influence the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification.