International NGO Jobs – Counseling Psychologist at Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS)

Job Title:      Counseling Psychologist  
Organisation: Hebrew
Immigration Aid Society (HIAS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Psychosocial
Program Manager
About US:
Hebrew Immigration Aid Society
(HIAS) Africa was established in 2002 as HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya (HRTK) as
a partnership between local NGOs and HIAS Inc. This was in response to a
critical gap in resettlement case identification for refugees out of Nairobi.
HIAS Africa is registered in accordance with Kenyan, Ugandan and Chad laws and
operates both as a humanitarian service provider and an advocacy voice. Their
major goal is to address the assistance, protection and durable solutions needs
for refugees at heightened risk in Africa, through the provision of direct
psychosocial, social and resettlement services (Kenya and Uganda), as well as
through community outreach and capacity building for partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Manage the operation of a HRTK field site with
regard to Psychosocial assistance and supervise a field team of social workers
and incentive workers;
Actively facilitate the establishment of a
coordinated multi-sectoral psychosocial field office and psychosocial response
Work closely with the Children Protection Officer in
the design and implementation of a comprehensive child protection strategy
ensuring participation and best interests of the child, care & protection
and realization of child rights;
Offer counseling services and other short term
therapeutic services to refugees referred to the office in individual and group
Carry out psychosocial/mental status assessments and
prepare related reports; assess refugees in need of a psychiatric care, refer
those in need to a Psychiatrist and monitor progress;
Work in consultation with the SGBV Officer in the
monitoring, documentation and intervention in cases of SGBV;
Support in the development of training materials and
facilitate internal and external capacity building activities on a variety of
topics, include SGBV, Child protection
Identity and assess the individual needs of refugees
at heightened risk and in need of food, transport and clothing and report to
the psychosocial panel;
Manage the provision of food, transport, clothes and
material assistance as needed;
Ensure up to date record keeping including case
preparation, keeping continuous counseling notes and daily records;
Offer timely support to social workers and incentive
workers in the tracking of individual cases, updating status, and maintaining
client database etc;
In charge of preparing and submitting periodic
reports and collect, analyze and compile psychosocial services data for their
field site;
Follow-up and monitor general case status and
processing of refugee cases and prepare field site’s weekly casework plans;
Work closely with partner agencies in the provision
of and referral for services and attend stakeholder meetings;
Ensure services are offered in a professional and
ethical manner and perform other duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant should preferably hold a bachelor’s
degree in psychology, counseling psychology or its equivalent from a recognized
university. Possession of a Master’s degree is an added advantage
A minimum of three years’ experience in providing
trauma counselling, preferably in the NGO sector. Prior experience with
refugees will be an added advantage;
At least one year of training experience;
Past exposure and experience in planning and
implementing psychosocial project activities including facilitating individual
and group therapy training;
Significant experience working with children and
child therapy, with good knowledge of child rights and protection;
Detailed working knowledge of psychosocial issues
and the complexities of working on these issues with a refugee population;
Excellent analytical and report writing skills and demonstrated
ability to carry out psychological assessments;
Group facilitation skills and experience
Computer literacy skills with working knowledge of
Access, Excel and Word;
Good team player with excellent cross-cultural
international skills, proactive and able to work under minimal supervision
while exercising diplomacy, flexibility and assertiveness;
Ability to confront and discuss sensitive issues
with respect and confidentiality
Language: Proficiency in
English and Swahili. Working knowledge of French and other languages as an
added advantage.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their cover letters
and updated resumes to the Email address below or hand deliver to HIAS Uganda
Central Office:
Address: Church
Road, Off Ggaba Road, Kansanga
P.O. Box 7626, Kampala.
Email to:
Please clearly
indicate Vacancy Notice No: HIAS/UG/CP/08/15
Deadline: 14th August 2015
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