Mental Health and Psychosocial Officer NGO Jobs – IsraAID

Job Title:    Mental Health and Psychosocial Officer

Organisation: IsraAID

Duty Station:  Uganda


About US:

ISRAAID is an Israeli non-governmental development and humanitarian aid organization operating in 12 countries across the globe. ISRAAIDs work in Uganda and Kenya is focused mainly on refugee relief, protection, and development, addressing the dire protection and psychosocial needs of refugees in Palorinya refugee settlement, and Kakuma and Kalobeyi settlement in Kenya. ISRAAID envisions to see that: Refugees and host communities in protracted displacement and emergency-related contexts live in a safe environment where they can reach self-reliance.

Job Summary:  ISRAAID Uganda and Kenya is looking for a mental health and psychosocial support specialist with experience in developing MHPSS modules and programs, and facilitating trainings and workshops in related topics. This position offers a unique opportunity to create and collaborate with key national stakeholders, UNHCR and institutions to develop a sustainable MHPSS mechanism.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  


  • Working together with the Program Manager in the field, ISRAAID’s Child Protection Technical Advisor, Country Director, and National partners to structure a comprehensive training module and accompanying supportive activities and materials as it pertains to local connect and identified needs.
  • Liaise with relevant partners in Palorinya for the development of the MHPSS project in schools
  • Create a work plan for training workshops for the community patrons and schools on Child protection and MHPSS

Training and Program Development:

  • Identifying training and workshops needs in schools,
  • Planning and facilitating training workshops and capacity building activities in accordance to programmatic objectives.
  • Prepare work plans in English and document the activities and their process into a manual for future reference.
  • Development of Training module and manual for MHPSS program
  • Possibility of creating and piloting supportive materials which address MHPSS gaps in current syllabus and curriculum for schools – primary level
  • Possibility of developing training module for ToT for the Teachers
  • Additional workshops and support for stakeholders as identified


  • Collecting information and data from the field and activities and report on a regular basis; weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Mid year and Annually– using the appropriate reporting tools.


  • Build relationships with key stakeholders and seek out opportunities for growing MHPSS programing in schools. Representing ISRAAID in meetings at all levels in meetings pertaining MHPSS, through workshops, meeting, etc.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Psychology, Psychology, Social Worker and Social Administration or equivalent from a recognized institution
  • A Masters in the same fields is an added advantage
  • A minimum of four years’ experience in MHPSS response in humanitarian context ( Must possession).
  • Solid experience in networking and capacity building
  • Proven knowledge and experience in implementing education related projects
  • Experience with curriculum development and group facilitation
  • Proven ability to work independently, and adapt quickly to a changing and challenging environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relationships with members of sectors,, culturally-sensitive, , and possesses patience in a changing environment and needs
  • IT literate (Microsoft, Power Point, and finance packages).
  • Willing to work and function in rough field conditions with limited resources
  • Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in spoken Madi and Swahili is highly desirable


How to Apply:

All candidates should submit an updated CV and cover letter giving a day time telephone contact and email addresses of 3(three) work related referees at the link below.


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