HRTK Counseling Psychologist Job in Uganda

HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya ( HRTK) – Uganda Office

Job title: Counseling Psychologist (Two Positions)

Country : Uganda – Duty Station Kampala

Job Description and required qualifications

(Important Note – Position open to East Africans)

Under the supervision of the Psychosocial Program Manager, the incumbent will perform the following functions:
  • Direct the operations of a HRTK field site with regard to psychosocial assistance and supervise a field team of social workers and incentive workers;
  • Facilitate the establishment of a coordinated multisectoral psychosocial field office and psychosocial response strategy;
  • Provide counseling services and other short term therapeutic services to refugees referred to the office in individual and group settings;
  • Conduct psychosocial/mental status assessments and prepare related reports; assess refugees in need of psychiatric care, refer those in need to a psychiatrist and monitor progress;
  • Conduct home visits to assess individual psychosocial needs;
  • Assist in the development of training materials and facilitate internal and external capacity building activities on a variety of topics, including SGBV and child protection
  • Identify and assess the individual needs of refugees at heightened risk.;
  • Ensure up to date record keeping including case preparation, keeping continuous counseling notes and daily records;
  • Provide support to social workers and incentive workers in the tracking of individual cases, updating status, and maintaining client database etc.;
  • Prepare periodic reports and collect, analyze and compile psychosocial services data for their field site;
  • Follow-up and monitor general case status and processing of refugee cases and prepare field site’s weekly casework plans;
  • Work with partner agencies in the provision of and referral for services and attend stakeholder meetings; and
  • Ensure services are offered in a professional and ethical manner and perform other duties as required.
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling psychology or its equivalent from a recognized university. 
  • Master’s degree in counseling psychology preferred.
Skills and competencies
  • Computer literacy a must with strong knowledge of ACCESS, EXCEL and WORD;
  • Ideal candidate should have a keen awareness and a good knowledge of psychosocial issues and the complexities of working on these issues with a refugee population;
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills and proven ability to conduct psychological assessments;
  • Must have at a least 3 years experience in providing counseling services to traumatized individuals (groups) in a multi-cultural environment. Experience with refugees a plus;
  • Experience in planning and implementing psychosocial project activities including facilitating individual and group therapy and training;
  • Experience working with children and child therapy, with good knowledge of child rights and protection;
  • Group facilitation skills and experience
  • At least one year of training experience;
  • Good team player with excellent cross-cultural interpersonal skills; proactive and able to work under minimal supervision while exercising diplomacy, flexibility and assertiveness;
  • Ability to confront and discuss sensitive issues with respect and confidentiality
Experience: No less than three years job experience in trauma counselling, preferably in the NGO sector.
Knowledge of refugee protection and assistance a plus.

Proficiency in English and Swahili. Working knowledge of French and other languages an added advantage

Closing date: 11th July 2012

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Indicate Vacancy Notice No HRTK/UG/CP/06/12 in the subject line.

Important: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to immediate disqualification. Late applications will not be considered

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