CVT Psychosocial Counselor Job in Kakuma, Kenya

The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)

Vacancy Announcement: Psychosocial Counselor – Kakuma

Location: Kakuma, Kenya

Reports to: Psychotherapist / Trainer

Number of positions: 1

Organization: The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life.

We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture.

We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture.

We are headquartered in Minnesota with offices in Africa and the Middle East.

In Kenya we have offices and clinics in Nairobi, Dadaab and Kakuma.

Position Summary: The position will assess and provide comprehensive psychological treatment including individual and group therapy with adults and children who are survivors of torture. The Psychosocial Counselor to work with refugee population who have suffered torture and war trauma.

Essential functions include [but are not limited to]:

  • Provide comprehensive psychosocial counseling and PFA (Psychological First Aid) to address the mental health needs of refugees and host community.
  • Provide assessment, individual and group counseling
  • Sensitize, problem solve, dialogue and mediate with the wider population about issues of war, torture, trauma and SGBV
  • Become proficient with CVT’s data collection tools and conduct and submit assessments and reports in a timely and accurate matter
  • Work closely with the database staff to ensure quality reporting
  • Ensure all work with clients is confidential and that ethical practices are observed
  • Assist in the designing, planning, implementing and facilitating of external trainings for numerous target groups
  • Develop new and strengthen existing referral systems with other organizations
  • Liaise with other stakeholders and partner organizations
  • Engage in self-care through supervision, debriefings, and other shared sessions
  • Attend all PSC trainings given by CVT
  • Assist with any other related activities as deemed necessary by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Diploma/ Degree in Psychology, Counselling or a related field.
  • At least 2-3 years in field experience within a Humanitarian NGO/Agency in the same or similar position.
  • Extensive experience providing psychotherapy to individuals 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.
  • Experience with gender-based violence highly desirable.
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary team desirable.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing requirements and needs.
  • Skilled at working as a member of a team.
  • Working knowledge of English and Swahili
  • Knowledge of local dialect is desirable.
  • Experience in working as a counsellor or ability to be an empathic counsellor.
  • Experience working in local and regional contexts and knowledge of the local area and community structures desirable.
  • Able to work in a stressful environment refugee camp environment
  • 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

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter indicating three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to cvtkenyajobs@gmail.com

The subject line of your application should be ‘Psychosocial Counselor – Kakuma’

Closing Date: 25th September 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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Updated: September 11, 2019 — 9:22 am