Job Title: Psychologist/Team Leader
Organization: Humanity & Inclusion (Handicap International Federation)
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Basic Salary: UGX 3,601,199 /=
Reports to: Project Manager
Handicap International Federation (operating under the name Humanity & Inclusion) 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.
HI Uganda Mission with funding from Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD), is going to implement the BAHIA project (Agile response by the Belgian Alliance for Humanitarian International Action to control the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its multi-dimensional effects on humanitarian crisis) in West-Nile settlements of Imvepi and omugo extension. BAHIA is a consortia project comprising of 7 organisations of OXFAM which is the lead, PLAN, Belgian Red Cross/Flanders RC, MDM, Caritas, HI BAHIA will contribute to the preparedness and response to the primary and secondary impacts of COVID-19 by promoting public health and supporting the protection of vulnerable populations from contamination to COVID-19 as well as increased protection risks while restoring their dignity and capacity to meet their basic needs
NB: The project is planned to be implemented up to December 2021.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Project Manager and in direct coordination with MHPSS Team, the Psychologist/Team Leader will;
Ensure planning and field coordination of project activities with internal and external stakeholders
· Participate in the monthly HI activity planning meetings
· Develop monthly and weekly field activity plans
· Participate in the development of project activity tools
· Coordinate field activities of PSS workers, Physiotherapist and Occupational therapist
· Coordinate field activities with consortium partners
· Ensure human resources management of the staff directly under management
· Ensure regular coordination meeting with MHPSS, Health and Protection Actors
Implement, facilitate and follow-up, on a daily basis, the project activities in accordance with the project implementation plans
Assess needs of mental health patients identified in coordination with MHPSS workers, health services and families and/or caretakers;
· Participate in identification of persons in need Mental Health and Psychosocial support
· Conduct advanced psychological assessments and derive an appropriate treatment plan for beneficiaries.
· Contribute to identification and assessment of Person with Specific Needs and individuals at risk of being victims of violence.
· Contribute to the development of a referral network and pathway especially regarding the MH specialised services and protection in close collaboration with MHPSS Technical manager and other services under the supervision of the PM.
· Participate in identification of barriers to equal access of MHPSS services.
Offer secure and appropriate psychological support
· Provide psychological services based on the informed consent of the beneficiary and adapted to her/his needs, taking into account the limitations of the emergency responses;
· Actively involve the beneficiaries and their caregivers at all stages of the assessment and response, in order to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the intervention;
· Detect any evolution of the cases and will modify the action plan accordingly or refer to relevant colleague, superior or stakeholders;
· Use secure and respectful methods when working with beneficiaries
· Implement follow up for individual with mental conditions or psychological distress through therapeutic individual, and group sessions
· Ensure the responsibility of the service provided to the beneficiary;
· Use various communication means (written, spoken, etc.) during activities to ensure the self-expressio
n of the beneficiaries
· Identify his/her own limits and ask for support before any acts that could cause harm to beneficiary.
· Conduct monthly case conferencing meetings to ensure quality service delivery and mentorship of staff.
Refer beneficiary to other services when needed:
· Identify needs for referrals to other relevant stakeholders and monitor referrals conducted in relationship with ,the program manager and the relevant Technical Advisor (MHPSS, Rehabilitation and/or other);
· Refer persons to appropriate services through adequate referral system in place. Referrals can be discussed in team meetings and in close collaboration with others colleagues;
· Recognize emergency situation or situations that need immediate medical care or protection measure and react in consequence making efforts to ensure that beneficiary get the appropriate services.
Act as team leader at settlement level for HI team
· Support the team with technical support and guidance through field visits, facilitation of team meetings and comprehensive case reviews, provision of trainings under the supervision of technical unit members;
· Ensure regular feedback to PM and technical unit on the challenges faced by the team on the field; Ensure weekly and monthly activity reporting.
· Facilitate peer support to HI settlement team through weekly technical meeting on MHPSS and on the comprehensive approach;
· Ensure HI representation to coordination meetings and partner’s or stakeholders activities at settlement level by delegation of the Project Manager.
Participate in the data collection and MEAL activities of the project
· Work in close collaboration with the MEAL team:
· Maintain complete individual files for each beneficiary, including detailed descriptions of services provided and evolution of the case;
· Ensure that complete beneficiary pack is properly filled and signed;
· Respect all guidelines and documentation within the project;
· Produce weekly activity reports and contribute in the development of project reports using HI Uganda MEAL templates
· Maintain complete documentation for each activity following the recommendations and template of the project manager
· Contribute to the development of the Program Managers activity reports
· Participate in project review workshops
· Participate in assessments and facilitate project evaluations at field level
· Facilitate participation of stakeholders and beneficiaries in monitoring and evaluation of activities
· Ensure that field data collection is charged with the MEAL team
· Coordinate the reporting system at settlement level from MHPSS workers, PT and OT
· Participate in the development of the technical reports and contribute to providing specific information when required
· Ensure information sharing to and from internal coordination for MHPSS sector
· Provide MHPSS technical inputs and collaborate with surveys, assessments and monitoring reports conducted by the HI project manager and MEAL department
Respect of HI identity, rules and policies
· Know, understand, ap
ply and respect HI code of conduct and ethics, HI mandate and values, HI rules and operating procedure, HI policies (child protection policy, policy and mechanism for the prevention of and fight against bribery, the protection of beneficiaries from sexual exploitation and abuse policy) and make sure they are known, understood, applied and respected by its team
· Know, understand, apply and respect HI security rules and make sure they are known, understood and applied by her/his team
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The ideal candidate for the Humanity & Inclusion Psychologist/Team Leader job should hold a Master’s degree in Humanities (Clinical or counselling Psychology).
· Degree in clinical or Counselling Psychology
· At least two years of professional experience in an NGO at officer level
· At least 4 years of professional experience in psychology related work
· At least 2 years’ experience in team management
· At least 2 years’ experience in representation roles
· Experience in consortia lead projects
· Experience in the fields of inclusion / accessibility of services / services to persons with disabilities
· Experience working in refugee context is an asset
· Strong comprehension of the psychosocial issues of people with disabilities
· Proven project activity implementation skills in collaboration with stakeholders
· Capacity building, training and coaching skills
· Perfect fluency in written and oral English and strong report writing skills;
Familiar with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet
· Fluently written and spoken local languages
· Knowledge of project cycle and related tools and methodologies;
· Knowledge of the MHPSS and Disability Sectors in Uganda
· Ability to work under high pressure;
· Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
· Strong communication and networking skills
· Strong interest in the fields related to HI mandate
· Strong team player and ability to work independently
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Length of contract: 9 months
Basic Salary: 3,601,199
· Humanity and Inclusion is an Equal Opportunity Employer, we encourage females and persons with disabilities to apply to become a part of our organization.
· HI staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the Code of Conduct. HI operates and enforces policies on beneficiary protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-fraud, bribery, and corruption.
· HI does not solicit funds in exchange for employment opportunities.
How to Apply:
If you feel you meet the requirements, please send an updated CV (3 pages max, including three professional referees current and/or past line managers) with a cover letter as One Document (DO NOT ATTACH CERTIFICATES) to HR department at [email protected] indicating the position applied for.
Any efforts to influence the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification.
Deadline: Monday, 5th April 2021 by 5:00pm
Disclaimer: Due to the urgency of this recruitment, HI reserves the right to fill the position before the closing date.