Psychologist NGO Job Opportunities – Handicap International

Job Title:        Psychologist
Organisation: Handicap
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Reports to: MHPSS and Protection
Project Manager

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 Psychologist
will actively participate to the implementation and development of a
qualitative, inclusive mental health and psychosocial support strategy. The intervention
will be 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. This will be done through direct support to beneficiaries
along with technical support to the HI teams and partners.

Key Duties and
  • The Psychologist will actively conntribute 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
  • Take part in the identification of
    barriers to equal access to services, especially MHPSS ones
  • Actively contribute to the development of
    a referral system, especially regarding the MHPSS-related cases
  • Actively participate in 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 Psychologist will also contribute to
    the identification and assessment of Person with Specific Needs and
    individuals at risk of being victims of violence
  • Provide one to one psychological interventions.
  • Provide training and contribute to capacity building activities. 
  • Ensure internal and external referral and
    follow up of these referrals of beneficiaries of the MHPSS intervention
    according to their needs
  • Participate to the conception and
    development of tailored and inclusive MHPSS Information Education
    Communication (IEC) material and to ensure its contextualization
  • Actively facilitate with the psychosocial
    workers to MHPSS awareness raising activities and support the activities
    of information dissemination run by the protection team
  • Support the protection team in the
    organization of community-based events and the collaboration with local
    partners to ensure these activities are in line with the MHPSS needs and
    issues of the beneficiaries
  • Technically supervise the creation and
    implementation of psychosocial support group sessions among the
    communities targeted by HI and facilitate some of them
  • 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
  • Show professional ethics, respect and
    promote Handicap International mandate at any time, respecting all HI
    protection policies
  • Participating to the weekly team meetings;
  • Ensure the strict application of the
  • Report any incident in which s/he’s
    involved/witnessed immediately;

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Handicap
    International (HI) Psychologist job opportunity must possess an MHPSS-related
    degree (psychologist, psychiatrist, sociologist, social worker, etc.) with
  • Professional experience in accompaniment
    of vulnerable people/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
  • Prior experience in MHPSS community-based
    approach is desired
  • Previous exposure and experience in
    protection is an added advantage
  • Good computer skills with proficiency in MS
    Office (Word, Excel) and internet
  • Strong sense of neutrality and
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural 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
  • Languages: Spoken and written
    English. Proficiency local languages is an asset (Arua)
NB: Local residents from
Arua are particularly encouraged to Apply.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates who wish to join Handicap
International are encouraged to send their updated CVs (3 pages max, including
three professional references) with cover letters to HR Coordinator at 
with the subject:  Application to HI Psychologist or submit a sealed envelope with your application to Handicap International office in Arua – Plot 3, Ahmed Awongo close, Arua Town

Deadline: 3rd December 2017

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