Center for Victims of Torture Psychotherapist / Trainer Job in Nairobi Kenya

External Vacancy Announcement

Position: Psychotherapist / Trainer

Location: Nairobi
Report To: Clinical Advisor for Mental Health and Country Director

Summary: The Center for Victims of Torture is seeking a Psychotherapist / Trainer to work with a program in Kenya addressing the mental health needs of urban refugees.  

As part of an interdisciplinary team, the Psychotherapist / Trainer will oversee psychological interventions, including individual and group therapy with adults and children who are survivors of torture.  
This position also will provide training and supervision to a team of psychosocial counselors and provide education and support to help other organizations better meet the needs of torture survivors.  
The position has a one-year renewable agreement and will begin immediately. 
Job Responsibilities:
  • Clinical supervision and training:  Conduct on-going clinical supervision, mentoring, and modeling to psychosocial counselors. Design and carryout training programs for psychosocial counselors. Continually assess development needs of counselors and adapt training and coaching accordingly.
  • Clinical Management: Manage performance of supervisees, manage day-to-day operations of the program, including managing a counseling team that provides services in multiple locations. Track and ensure program objectives are met.  Promote collaboration between disciplines of counseling and physiotherapy.
  • Psychotherapy:  Provide psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups impacted by torture and survivors of war, in order to model methods and build capacity of psychosocial counselors.  Collaborate with other interdisciplinary providers as part of an integrated care model. 
  • Community Assessment:  Carry out need assessments in local communities to determine appropriate mental health interventions for people who have been tortured and/or traumatized by war, to include identification of target population and program sites.
  • Reporting:  Write and submit regular reports regarding clinical and training activities.
  • Program Evaluation:  Participate in the design and implementation of program evaluation.
  • Community Collaboration and Capacity-building:  Provide training and coordination with other organizations to better address the needs of torture and war survivors.
  • Other Duties: Participate in other program activities, meetings, and trainings. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.
Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations
  • Advanced degree in Clinical Psychology or Counseling.  Masters degree or equivalent required.
  • Extensive experience providing psychotherapy to children, adults, families, and groups.
  • Understanding of and experience implementing culturally appropriate mental health interventions, including individual, group and community-based approaches for people who have suffered torture and trauma. 
  • Understanding of and experience developing curriculum and providing training for mental health professionals using interactive methodologies.  Experience providing training and sensitization on the effects of trauma and war. 
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team desirable.
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of other relevant languages spoken in East Africa, such as French, Somali, and Swahili, preferred.
  • International experience required.  Experience working in Africa strongly preferred.
  • Experience supervising staff required.  Experience supervising mental health counselors preferred.
  • Skilled at carrying out needs assessment and program evaluations. 
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements, client needs, and political climate. 
  • Skilled at working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)
  • Interest in or commitment to human rights
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Supervises Psychosocial Counselors (PSCs) and Counseling Supervisor(s)
Work Environment:
  • Urban work environment
  • Ability to travel around the metropolitan area of Nairobi
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, of 10 to 15 pounds.

Travel: Ability to travel to a variety of locations within Nairobi, including the slums.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions   

Interested candidates are requested to email their applications attaching their updated CVs, including contact email and telephone contacts of 3 referees to not later than 9th August, 2016 

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. 

Only Kenya nationals are allowed to apply

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