Psychosocial Counsellor Job in Dadaab, Kenya – Terre des hommes (Tdh)

Terre des hommes (Tdh)

Job title: Psychosocial Counsellor

Categories: Collaboration

Function: Officer

Location: Dadaab, Garissa

Reports to (Functionally): Child Protection Senior Officer

Number of subordinates: 2 assistant counsellor and 28 community workers

Position Grade: E

Working time in % : 100%

Job Description – Psychosocial Officer – Dadaab

Starting date: 1st September, 2018

Length: 4 Months

Context: Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched its activities in Kenya in January 2011. Tdh provides support to children in Dadaab Refugee Camp and in Korogocho slums. Tdh also implements WASH, Child Protection, health and nutrition projects in Garissa County.

General description of the position: Reporting to his/her immediate supervisor,the Psychosocial Counselor provides psychosocial support to the refgee children and families in Hagadera, monitor the activities in the two child friendly centers and girls screened areas and provide technical support to the center supervisors, Animators and Assistant counsellors.

Specific Job Descriptions:

Responsibility: Psychosocial support

Aim: To ensure all psychosocial activites are done in Hagadera camp.



  • To provide psychosocial support to selected cases of high risk or cases in need of specialized psychosocial support or mental health interventions.
  • Participate in need assessments and project evaluations aiming at contributing to the development of the child protection programme strategy for the refugee community project in Dadaab refugee complex and in four villages of the host communities.
  • To support in the development of intervention criteria for the psychosocial cases and design appropriate technical responses to psychosocial and mental health cases.
  • Provide training and supervising the CP team and community based structures on the management of children and families with basic psychosocial and mental concerns.
  • Train CP team members on the child friendly interviews techniques and implementation of psychosocial assessment.
  • Under the supervision of the Child Protection Senior Officer, coordinate with the Child Protection BID/ Case Management Officer on assistance response to cases of children in need of psychosocial interventions.

Responsibility: Conduct Mobile monthly CFS and monitor the two CFS in Hagadera and one CFS in Alinjugur.

Aim: Conduct mobile monthly CFS.


  • Ensure monthly mobile Cfs are conducted in the camp.
  • Train and monitors the animators on the mobile Cfs.
  • Ensure children who can’t access the centres are reached through the monthly mobile Cfs.
  • Ensure the centre activities are conducted.
  • Provide technical support to the centre supervisors.
  • Monitor the two girl screened areas.
  • Plan the leave schedule for the center supervisors.
  • Ensure that children living with disabilities are incorporated into centre activities.

Responsibility: Renovation of the CFS in Alinjugur.

Aim: Conduct situational anaylsis on what the center requires.


  • Conduct and assessment on the Cfs .
  • Plan with the logistic team on what the centre needs.
  • Train the community members who are willing to volunteer on basic counselling skills.
  • Ensure all the activities are carried out in the center.

Responsibility: Provide psychosocial support to the 4 villages.(Alinjugur,Welmarer,Yumbis and Borehole)

Aim: Ensure chidren in the four villages receive psychosocial services.


  • Provide group and individual therapy.
  • Identify and screen children with psychosocial distress.
  • Work in close collaboration with other departments.

Responsibility: Report writing


  • Develop unit reports.
  • Work closesly with the data officer for efficient documentation of psychosocial work.
  • Develop referrals for high risk cases and ensure regular follow up of the cases.
  • Participate and represent Tdh in relevant working group meeting at the camp level.
  • He/she will conduct his or her duties in respect of the Charter of Terre des hommes and the Tdh Child Protection Safeguarding Policy.

Terre des hommes expects that its staff professional conduct reflects proper behaviour in accordance with local culture and traditions. He/she assures the moral protection of the name of Terre des hommes and defends in all circumstances the interests of the movement.

Tdh intervenes without any affiliation for politics, religion or financial profit. He/she will direct his or her activities and engagements without preoccupation of political, racial or religious affiliation.

Abuse Prevention Policy – Operational Risk Management

  • Commit to respect Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy, Code of Conduct, Whistle Blowing Policy.
  • Commit to ensure the best implementation possible of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.
  • Commit to inform supervisors and to deal with any cases, allegations, or possibility of transgression, even potential, of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.


This position requires personal, social and leadership competencies, technical and methodological competency.


  • Good facilitation skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Competency in computer applications and packages.


  • Minimum bachelor degree in psychology or related field from a recognized university, clinical experience is a plus.
  • Experience in use of community based approaches for the management of psychosocial and mental health issues.
  • Experience in application of innovative/creative and evidence based psychosocial and mental health issues.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience with prominence in psychosocial and mental health assignments.
  • Experience in case management including management of case conferences.
  • Project reporting and evaluation experience.
  • Staff supervision experience.
  • Fluency in English, Kiswahili and Somali Language, and knowledge of Somali culture and traditions is a plus.

Languages: Fluent in English, Swahili and Somali

Other: Knowledge of Garissa and Dedaab Refugee camp context.

Application modalities:

Only candidates that fit the requirements above are invited to submit a covering letter, CV, references, and copies of academic and professional certificates, (if requirements are not met or application is incomplete, the application will not be considered).

The Application should be emailed

Kindly indicate the position on the subject line of the e-mail – only applications which will have complied with this request will be shortlisted.

Kindly note only applications sent to this email address will be considered.

Closing date for the application of this position is 22nd August, 2018

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a written test and oral interview.

Tdh’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protect children’s rights, which includes the prevention of all forms of child abuse.

Tdh is an equal opportunity employer.

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Dadaab, Kenya

Garissa County

Health and Medical, NGO and UN
Updated: August 14, 2018 — 7:29 pm