Psychosocial Counselor - Nationals
POSITION GENERAL INFORMATION
Ø Position: Psychosocial Counselor
Ø Based in: Russaifa with regular travel on the field.
Ø Probable starting date: As soon as possible
Ø Under the direct supervision of: Project officer
Ø Supervision of : Not applicable
Ø Works in direct cooperation with: the Programme Team, the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) department, administrative and logistics teams and the national Partners’ teams.
ABOUT PREMIERE URGENCE- AIDE MEDICALE INTERNATIONALE (PU-AMI)
Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental international aid organization operating in more than 20 countries and relying on more than 30 years of experience in responding to the fundamental needs of crisis affected populations. Present in the Middle East since 1996, PU-AMI conducts multi-sectoral humanitarian and resilience programming in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen. PU-AMI provides relief assistance (health and nutrition, water and sanitation, rehabilitation, food security and non-food item distribution, protection) and supports early recovery.
PU-AMI's actions are guided by principles of humanity, impartiality, independence, accountability, adaptability, transparency, cooperation and partnership, involvement, dialogue, initiative, and trust.
In Jordan, PU-AMI has been responding since 2013 to the needs of most vulnerable populations affected by the Syria crisis in host communities.
Under the direct supervision of the Project Officer, the Psychosocial Counselor will assist individuals, groups, and communities to recover from the effects of war trauma and displacement. She/he will contribute to improve the social and psychosocial well-being of children and their families, helping to rebuild their lives within their communities. She/he will assess needs of children, women, and men referred by the Programme team, define required support and appropriate activities, and advise if needed within the scope of PU-AMI’s case management process. She/he will also organize the internal training of the programme staff and external training of key stakeholders in the community on psychological first aid and identification of needs for psychosocial support. She/he operates in line with PU-AMI code of conduct, internal policies and specific guidelines.
Responsibilities and tasks
1. To provide psychosocial support, counseling, and organize support activities.
2. To strengthen referral pathways between actors in the community and linkage between PSS and MHPSS service providers.
3. To provide internal and external training on psychological first aid and ensure community sensitization on psychosocial distress identification in the community.
4. To report accurately to the Programme Manager and the Project Officer on Psychosocial Support activities, participate in the Monitoring of the project, and produce relevant information about the project activities and achievements.
Objective 1: To provide psychosocial support, counseling, and organize support activities.**
Under the supervision of the Project Officer, she/he will assess the needs of persons and families referred by the Social workers in order to confirm the need for psychosocial support.
She/he will define appropriate activities according to the needs identified (individual or group counseling, the number of sessions, and the type of activity planned) and will follow up those persons.
She/he will organize individual sessions and group sessions, including music, theater, sport, visual art and indoor/outdoor activities as appropriate.
Objective 2: To strengthen referral pathways between actors in the community and linkage between PSS and MHPSS service providers.**
Under the supervision of the Project Officer, she/he will represent PU-AMI during external bilateral and multilateral meetings and coordinate regularly with mental health and psychosocial support actors, stakeholders, and Partners.
She/he will strengthen field coordination and referral pathways between mental health and psychosocial support actors in the community by sharing accurate information on the services provided.
She/he will make sure to provide minutes to the Programme Manager of all the meetings attended and raise any issue that is of PU-AMI interest.
In coordination with the case management team, she/he will advise for external referral to psychologist, psychiatrist, and/or other Mental Health services if needed
Objective 3: To provide internal and external training on psychological first aid and ensure community sensitization on psychosocial distress identification in the community.**
Under the supervision of the Project Officer, she/he will build the capacity of the Programme Staff and external stakeholders (such as teachers and primary health care centers staff) by providing relevant training sessions on psychological first aid and psychosocial support needs identification.
Under the supervision of the Project Officer and in taking into consideration guidelines and tools developed in coordination by other mental health actors, she/he will participate in the creation and update of supportive materials to ensure the high quality of community messages delivered on services available.
Objective 4: To report accurately to the Programme Manager and the Project Officer on Psychosocial Support activities, participate in the Monitoring of the project, and produce relevant information about the project activities and achievements.**
She/he will write monthly reports on all the activities implemented as requested by the Programme Manager according to the project and management indicators.
She/he will regularly provide reports to the Programme Manager on staff capacity building and external training regarding psychosocial aspects.
She/he will assist the Programme Manager in providing sufficient and detailed information for program reporting to donors and PU-AMI Senior Management Team.
Based on the on-going monitoring of the activities, she/he will ensure lessons learnt and success stories from the project are documented and reported to her/his manager.
The tasks and responsibilities defined in this job description are not exhaustive and can evolve depending on the project needs.
Required Background, knowledge & Skills:
Master’s degree or equivalent in psychology
At least 2 years’ experience as clinical psychologist. An experience in similar role in humanitarian assistance/with other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is an asset.
Mandatory Experience in psychological first aid and in providing trainings, organizing group counseling’s
Previous experience in humanitarian work would be an added advantage.
Fluent in English and Arabic, oral and written.
Excellent command of Microsoft Office
Required interpersonal skills:
Personal qualities as diplomacy, patient confidentiality, multi-cultural flexibility, stress management and a strong sense of integrity
To be receptive, sensitive and an excellent listener
Outstanding communication and presentation skills with the ability to articulate an idea clearly and concisely in public, with good understanding of at stakes.
Strong planning and organizational skills and good ability to make proactive suggestions.
Able to manage priorities, take initiatives and work without constant supervision
Ability to establish strong connections with other stakeholder.
Ability to work under pressure and handle stressful situation.
Good command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel Outlook)
All employees are expected to abide by the humanitarian principles, the Code of Conduct, PU-AMI Charter and PU-AMI above mentioned values.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter both in English with at least 2 reference contacts to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please state the job title “Psychosocial Counselor” and your name in the email subject line (applications that don’t have this reference will not be considered).
Deadline for applications is 28th of March 2017
Applications that do not meet the specified minimum requirements, or received after the closing date will not be considered.
Please kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
PU-AMI strives to be an equal opportunities employer. PU-AMI is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.