Entry Level US Non-profit Careers – Psychosocial Counselor at Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)

Organisation: Center for
Victims of Torture (CVT)
Duty Station: Gulu,
Reports to:
Psychotherapist Project Officer
About US:
The Center for Victims of
Torture (CVT) is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and is a
humanitarian non-governmental organization that provides mental health
rehabilitation to refugees around the world. In Uganda, CVT provides mental
health rehabilitation services to survivors of LRA-inflicted torture and
violent trauma; provides on-site mental health clinical mentoring and
supervision to counselors in partner NGOs; and works to build a network of
mental health service providers in northern Uganda.
Job Summary: The Psychosocial
Counselor will support individuals, groups, and communities to recover from the
effects of torture and war trauma, and enable them to rebuild their lives and
their communities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Counseling: Works to provide psycho-social services to
individuals, groups, and communities to assist them to recover from the effects
of torture and war trauma by:
  • Completing
    an initial screening and intake assessment; individual and group treatment
    plans; case management including timely referral, follow-up, and advocacy
    if necessary; home visits; and follow-up assessments.
  • Conducts
    individual or family counseling sessions with clients affected by war
    trauma or torture.
  • Actively
    facilitating of group counseling processes, including selection of group
    members, planning the group process, and group facilitation.
  • Providing
    interpretation between clients and other CVT staff members when needed.
  • Ensuring
    that all clinical documentation is competed in a timely and professional
  • Ensuring
    that all work with clients is confidential and that ethical practices are
    observed at all times.
2. Community Sensitization,
Collaboration and External Training: 
  • Support
    in the planning and implementing community’s awareness, sensitization,
    education campaigns, understanding and engagement with the issues relating
    to mental health, war trauma, and torture.
  • Ensure
    that the CVT services known and accessible to people whose psycho-social
    functioning has been impaired by their experiences of torture and war
  • Representative
    of CVT
    Good knowledge
    of CVTs policy, program objectives and interventions to be able to
    introduce to others.
  • Identification
    of potential clients, identification of potential external training
    participants, facilitating access to CVT services, development of referral
    systems and encourage collaboration between local groups and leaders,
    CBOs, local and international NGOs, and government ministries.
  • Attend
    interagency meetings to improve service delivery to our client groups and
    access opportunities to forward CVT’s work.
  • Support
    in designing, planning, implementing, and facilitating external and
    community training programs in order to develop a more supportive
    environment for people whose psycho-social functioning has been affected
    by experiences of torture and war trauma.
  • Make
    sure that the reporting and documentation of community activities and
    external trainings are completed in a timely manner.
3. Reporting: 
support in the gathering of information and writing of regular reports
regarding clinical and training activities.
4. Liaise with Admin and
Logistics as needed to ensure:
Planned coordination and
requisition of needed counselling and office supplies in good time, and to
ensure stewardship and care of materials and supplies.
5. Promote Self-care through
Support and Supervision:
  • Attend
    regular support, debriefing, case conferences, and/or supervision meetings
    to ensure information and skill-sharing.
  • Organize
    trainings provided by CVT and other agencies as directed by
    Psychotherapist Project Officer.
  • Request
    support and provide feedback to Psychotherapist Project Officer on
    training and supervision as needed.
  • Send
    files to Psychotherapist Project Officer for regular review and support.
  • Set
    objectives for each week and month which contributes to achieving the objectives
    of the site. Plan the activities required to achieve these objectives.
  • Send
    weekly and monthly M&E forms and reports.
  • Set
    and follow through on a personal self-care schedule to avoid burnout and
    vicarious traumatization.
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned by the Psychotherapist Project Officer.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) job should
    hold a diploma or above in Counseling, Social Work, or related field.
  • At
    least one year’s experience working as counselor, Social worker, or in a
    similar position with LRA survivors.
  • Demonstrated
    flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements and client needs.
  • Skilled
    at working as a member of a team.
  • The
    applicant must also maintain neutrality regarding any sensitive issues
    such as religion, minority or political affiliation;
  • Exhibit
    strong commitment to serving beneficiaries of CVT’s project regardless of
    their religion, gender, minority affiliation or political background.
  • Fluency
    (spoken and written) in English and Luo (Northern Uganda).
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested
candidates should send a cover letter, updated CV, and 3 professional
references to UgandaAdmin@cvt.org, including the job title in the subject line
of your email. Priority consideration will be given to applicants from northern
Deadline: 10th January, 2016
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