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

Job Title:       Psychosocial
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project
About US:
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), Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district) and Kyangwali Settlement
(Hoima 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 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.
  • 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
  • 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
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703,
Kampala, Uganda.
Email to:
The subject line should read: “Psychosocial Officer.”
NB: Please
note that interviews will be done on a rolling basis given the urgency of the
Deadline: 23rd March 2018
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