Fresher Psychosocial Officer UNHCR Project Jobs – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Job Title:        Psychosocial Officer
Organisation: Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Camp
About US:
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international
African humanitarian and development organization that positively contributes
towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely
affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by
implementing WASH, Health, Education, Livelihoods, Community service &
development and Protection programs in the region for a period of more than 20
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the UNHCR
in Uganda is implementing a multi-Sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga
settlement (Isingiro district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro district) and
Matanda Transit Center (Kanungu district).
Job Summary: The Psychosocial
Officer is mainly responsible for providing psychosocial counseling and support
services, providing professional and confidential services to survivors of GBV,
children at risk, PSNs and all persons of concern with various challenges,
establish case follow ups through conducting home visits to referred families,
Plan and implement the delivery of counseling services to the GBV survivors in
a non-discriminatory manner in line with HIJRA/UNHCR guidelines in Nakivale
Refugee Settlement, conducting prison monitoring visits for psychosocial
support and counseling.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Providing
    professional and confidential services to survivors of GBV both new and
    old cases
  • Lead
    the raising sensitization and carryout monthly outreaches to the
    communities with community social workers, RWC leaders and Protection
    Committees basing on case trend on going needs of women and girls with
    special needs
  • Establish
    case follow ups through conducting home visits to referred families so
    that client are fully supported with Psychosocial Support and Counseling
  • Provide
    support in the development and provision of psychosocial services to HIJRA
    office based on participatory community assessment.
  • Strength
    and maintain community network with community leaders
  • Liaise
    fully range of professionals services in social work, health and voluntary
    agencies in order to raise awareness of GBV
  • Conducting
    monthly prison monitoring visit to provide Psychosocial support to all
    Refugee inmates and provide them with Non Food Items in line with
    UNHCR/HIJRA guidelines
  • Plan
    and implement the delivery of counseling services to the SGBV survivors in
    a non-discriminatory manner in line with HIJRA/UNHCR guidelines
  • Conducting
    peer to peer group counseling sessions
  • Conducting
    career and guidance session with pupils in Refugee Schools
  • Conducting
    Individual Case Management Coordination meetings with the UNHCR and other
    partners to discuss on the cases being handled by the psychosocial
    counsellor and the team
  • Liaise
    with the psychiatric doctors to carryout psychiatric assessment to all
    persons of concern with mental illnesses and helping them on taking their
    medicine on daily basis.
  • Perform
    any other duties assigned by the Camp Manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the HIJRA Psychosocial Officer job
    placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other related field.
  • At
    least two years of relevant professional experience
  • Previous
    experience working with vulnerable people including survivors of GBV and
    victims of child abuse.
  • Excellent
    knowledge of Child Friendly interview techniques and communicating with
  • Familiarity
    with guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in emergency
  • Strong
    organizational and supervisory skills with excellent reporting &
    writing skills.
  • Strong
    interpersonal skill and communication skills.
  • An
    excellent command of verbal and written English.
  • Working
    Knowledge of Kiswahili/Kinyabwisha.
  • Good
    knowledge word and excel.
  • The
    counselor should have a compassionate, caring, and non-judgmental
    personality. The counselor should be a person who keeps sensitive
    information to him/herself.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an
application letter and Curriculum Vitae including telephone and email contacts
of three referees including your current/most recent employer.
Application should be addressed to the:
Country Program Manager,
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703, Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: The subject line should read: “Psychosocial Officer.”
Deadline: 29th January 2018

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