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

Job Title:       Psychosocial Officer
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project
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 years.
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 Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro 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 Kyangwali 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
  • Assist in development and provision of
    psychosocial services to HIJRA office based on participatory community
  • 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
  • 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 opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s
    in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other related
  • At least two years of relevant
    professional experience
  • Previous experience working with
    vulnerable people including survivors of GBV and victims of child abuse.
  • Strong knowledge of Child Friendly
    interview techniques and communicating with children
  • Familiarity with guidelines on Mental
    Health and Psychosocial Support in emergency settings.
  • Strong organizational and supervisory
    skills with excellent reporting & writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skill and
    communication skills.
  • Excellent command of verbal and written
  • Good working knowledge of word and excel.
  • The candidate should have a compassionate,
    caring, and non-judgmental personality and 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,
Email to:
The subject line should read: “
Psychosocial Officer.”
Please note that interviews will be done on a rolling basis given the urgency
of the positions.
Deadline: 3rd March 2018
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