Counsellor Jobs – International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Job Title:  Counsellor
Organisation: International Organization for Migration
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About IOM:
The International Organization for
Migration (IOM), established in 1951, is the leading international
intergovernmental organization dealing with migration.  Its objective is to ensure the orderly
migration of persons in need of migration assistance throughout the world. IOM
Uganda has been registered and operational since 1988, when the field mission
was established. Throughout the past 20 years, IOM Uganda has processed
movements and facilitated information gathering and support towards refugees,
internally displaced persons, demobilized child soldiers, trafficked women and
other migrants and their specific needs, both on individual and large scale
population movement. In addition to operational matters and research, IOM has
an important role in enhancing and building national capacity in migration
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC) has experienced civil conflict for more than a decade due to warfare
between Congolese rebels, local Mai Mai militia, government soldiers, and
Rwandan rebel forces. Though most of the country has been marginally pacified
since peace accords in 2003, the Kivu province in the east of the country is
currently enduring conflict and grave human rights violations. Due to the lack
of government infrastructure, control, corruption, and interference by foreign
governments, ethnic conflicts have persisted in the eastern region of DRC.
About US Refugee Resettlement Program:
The US Resettlement Program (USRP) is a
complex multi-step process involving UNHCR and the Bureau of Population,
Migration, and Refugees (PRM) of the United States Department of State (DOS).
After refugees are referred by UNHCR to the USRP they are interviewed and
undergo a security assessment by Department of Homeland Security staff, who
will determine the refugees’ eligibility and formally approve their application
for resettlement.
USRP refugee applicants are required to
undergo a medical assessment which is performed by IOM physicians under the technical
guidance and authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Requirements for this medical exam are determined by CDC and are provided in
the Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians. The overseas medical exam
primarily involves screening for medical conditions of public health
significance, including active tuberculosis disease, physical or mental
disorders, and substance abuse with associated harmful behavior.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
counselling to Congolese refugees
psychological assessments, counselling to refugees in need of mental health
services; determine need for further specialized treatments and referrals.
out a complete mental health evaluation of each referred applicant and document
finding in the record-matrix accordingly. Ensure that the records are duly
complete and kept confidentially.
medical referrals, prescription and counseling according to the medical
conditions of each patient as needed. Report to the Project Psychologist
consultant results of psychological counselling and referrals/interventions
feedback to the consultant psychologist on issues that might affect the smooth
implementation of the project. Maintain quality standard and confidentiality of
individual health information.
data in the data collection tool.
monthly narrative and statistical reports to the Project psychologist
Consultant. Maintain collaborative relationships with Primary Health Care NGO
in settlements.
present during project implementation in the field to provide counseling and
referrals to refugees.
Study close-out:
required support to the project psychologist consultant on final health
services satisfaction assessment for IOM staff, refugees and Partners.
participate in final project report writing.
Qualifications, Skills and
applicant should preferably hold a Diploma or Degree in clinical psychology,
counselling or social studies.
training and/or specialization in mental health is mandatory
least two to three years’ experience working with refugee populations in the
same area will be an added advantage.
technical knowledge and skill of counselling.
communication skills
interpersonal relationship skills
training skills
literacy skills
data skills
collaborative, cooperative and coordination skills.
the ability to work with minimum supervision and under pressure.
Language Proficiency: Full proficiency in
Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required, good knowledge of Kiswahili,
Kinyarwanda, Lingala is an advantage.
How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the
International Organisation for Migration (IOM) should send a cover letter and
CV with detailed relevant work experience to IOM HR department via E-mail to
Deadline: 8th May 2015
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