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

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

Job Title:       Psychosocial Officer

Organisation: Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)





Funding Source: UNHCR

Duty Station: Uganda

Reports to: Project Manager

About US:

Humanitarian 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) and Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro 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.

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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 assessment.
  • 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 sessions
  • 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.
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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 English.
  • Good working knowledge of word and excel.
  • 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.





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Application should be addressed to the:

Country Program Manager,

Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),

P.O. Box 37703, Kampala, Uganda.

Email to: vacancies.ug@hijra.or.ke. The subject line should read: “Psychosocial Officer.”

NB: Please note that interviews will be done on a rolling basis given the urgency of the positions.

Deadline: 3rd March 2018

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