Requisition ID: req8175
Job Title: Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Officer
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 30 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC has been present in Tanzania for 25 years, supporting refugees and Tanzanians with health, education and protection. With a National Office in Dar es Salaam and field offices in Kasulu and Kibondo the IRC serves over 200,000 people each year.
The IRC currently has over 200 staff and employs a further 2,000 refugee workers to enable the frontline delivery of its programmes. Together, we aim to provide the best possible impact for some of the most vulnerable children, women and men. In all that we do, IRC strives to deliver through IRC’s core values of Integrity, Accountability, Service and Equality.
Scope of work
The MHPSS Officer will be responsible for delivering psychotherapeutic counseling to Burundian refugees and providing guidance and supervision to MHPSS incentive staff on the delivery of MHPSS services. He/she will be involved in constant participation, facilitation and organization of MHPSS services and activities delivered in the camp. He/she will also liaise with sectors and other partners on mental wellbeing concerns. The position is located in one of the following camps; Nyarugusu, Nduta or Mtendeli it is more of community outreach based.
- Plan, develop and implement MHPSS activities in the MHPSS Wellness center in a participatory manner.
- Plan and facilitate psychosocial Individual and support group Therapeutic sessions and activities.
- Plan and facilitate group interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-G) for clients struggling with depression symptoms.
- Conduct intake and post-session assessments for all MHPSS beneficiaries.
- Ensure timely referral and follow up of cases in need of further support.
- Conduct group meetings and brainstorming sessions with beneficiaries for MHPSS related activities
- Regularly monitor activities and provide feedback to staff to ensure high quality implementation of program activities
- Build the capacities of volunteers, including trainings to MHPSS incentive staff, other partners and community members to facilitate participatory and inclusive activities.
- Weekly and monthly reports on progress against targets.
- Contribute to data entry and analysis of gathered information.
- Prepare order requests to use funds for psychosocial support activities in line with IRC policies and procedures.
- Supervise and develop detailed work plans for incentive staff for proper implementation of psychosocial services.
- Collaborate with the Supervisor to prepare an individual work plan based on the annual plan.
- Facilitate activities that raise awareness about mental health and psychosocial wellness and resiliency.
- Conduct Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) with community members, community leaders, religious leaders, school teachers, adolescents, children and youth.
- Contribute to quarterly, semi-annual, and annual donor reports.
- Attend meetings, trainings, as advised by supervisor and share feedback.
- Bachelor or diploma in counseling psychology/clinical psychology/psychiatric nurse or other related field.
- Experience working with emotionally distressed people and people with mental disorders.
- Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required and meet deadlines.
- Computer skills: knowledge of MS Word; Excel and Outlook required.
- Swahili and good English written and oral skills required. French and Kirundi is a plus.
- Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.