6 Counselor Job Opportunities – Mental Health Uganda (MHU)

Organization:  Mental
Health Uganda (MHU)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Reports to: Project
About US:
Mental Health Uganda
(MHU), is a local Non-Governmental Organization established by people with a
lived experience of mental health problems. It exists to create a unified voice
that influences the provision of required services and opportunities, in favour
of people with and survivors of mental health problems in Uganda.
About Project:
MHU, will soon start
the project “Amplifying the Voices of Young People with Mental Health Issues in
Uganda”. The project seeks to address the problem of accessibility to mental
health care in the districts of Uganda, particularly for youth by, among other
things, establishing a national help line where people with, or caretakers of,
people with mental health issues can receive counselling and/or guidance of where
to find appropriate help. The project will be implemented in 8 districts across
4 regions i.e. Northern region in Gulu district and Lira district; Central
region in Mpigi district and Kampala district; Eastern region in Soroti
district and Mbale district; Western region in Mbarara district and Rukungiri
Job Summary:   The Counsellor will serve as the point of
entry for people with challenges related to mental health to be able to get
information and counselling so as to access care and support. The counsellor
team will run the toll-free national phone counselling service for young
persons (15-35) with mental health issues and their potential caretakers.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
counseling and other short term therapeutic services for young persons (15-35)
with mental health issues
appropriate referral to all individuals who need extra and specialized care and
accurate information to all individuals, presenting all possible alternatives
within the spectrum of care and allow beneficiaries to make informed choices
and document risks to young people with mental health challenges and propose
strategies to mitigate them
proper and updated records (data) on all people accessing the phone call in
facility, using the given guidelines
services from MHU are offered in a professional and ethical manner
online support for the functionality of the peer to peer structures at the
district level, with a view to create and sustain awareness and functional
self-help groups and at the community level
in specific research exercises to inform the project from time to time
and maintain useful linkages and dialogue with relevant stakeholders including
partners, government and local structures to ensure collaboration, synergy and
sharing of experiences
Monitoring and
in organizing and facilitating project reviews with project key stakeholders
the best practices implemented and success stories for sharing and learning
Reporting, Resource
Management and Documentation
and submit timely monthly work plans and reports
preparation and dissemination of information related to mental health issues,
relevant to the project component
and adhere to the organizational policies and guidelines.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies,
Gender and Development Studies (GAD), Social Work and Social Administration,
Social Sciences, Community Psychology and or any other related studies
graduate counselling and guidance qualification will be an added advantage
or indirect experience of mental health problems and openness to people with
mental health issues
working on advocacy or rights for marginalized groups and empowerment issues.
ability to communicate (both speak and write) in English is required.
literacy skills
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send a motivation letter and CV as
one PDF document/file of maximum 5 pages via email to
mhu@mentalhealthuganda.org – subject line is the job title e.g. “Communications
NB: Do not send
academic documents – heavy files containing academic documents or submitted as
images and or late applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted. The Letter must also include the details of 2
suitable referees who can comment on the candidate’s ability. Women and Persons
with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply including those with a living
experience of mental health problems.
Deadline: 24th June 2020 by 4:00pm
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