Terre des hommes (Tdh)

Job Title: Psychosocial Senior Officer

Location: Dadaab, Garissa

Categories: Collaboration

Function: Senior Officer

Working time in %: 100%

Reports to

(Functionally): Child Protection Project Manager

Number of subordinates: 2 PSS Officers, 3 PSS Assistant counsellor and 30 community workers (Animators, Centre supervisors and Lay counselors)

Context: Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched its activities in Kenya in January 2011.

Tdh provides support to children in the three Dadaab Refugee Camps and in Korogocho slums.

General description of the position: Reporting to his/her immediate supervisor,the Psychosocial Senior Officer provides psychosocial support to the Refugee children and families in Dadaab Refugee Camps and eight host community villages, monitor the activities in the three child friendly centers and girls safe play areas and provide technical support to the PSS Officers, PSS Assistants/Counselors, Center supervisors, Animators and Lay Counselors.

He/She is responsible in the technical support and management of all Tdh Psychosocial interventions in Dadaab Refugee operations.

Specific Job Descriptions:

Responsibility: Psychosocial support
Aim: To ensure all psychosocial activites are done in Dadaab Refugee Camps.

  • 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 eight 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.
  • Take lead in MHPSS intervention and developing of MHPSS strategies for Dadaab. Focal person for MHPSS Coordination meetings and Save haven panels.
  • 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, implementation of psychosocial assessment, Basic Counseling and Psychosocial First Aid (PFA).
  • Under the supervision of the Child Protection Project Manager, coordinate with the Child Protection BID/Case Management and Social-Empowerment Senior Officers 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 CFSs.

  • Ensure monthly mobile CFSs are conducted in the camps and host community villages.
  • Train and monitors the PSS Officers and Assistants, animators on the Lay Counselors.
  • Ensure children who can’t access the centres are reached through the monthly mobile CFSs.
  • Ensure the centre activities are conducted.
  • Provide technical support to the centre supervisors.
  • Monitor the two girl safe play areas.
  • Plan the leave schedule for the PSS Officers, PSS Assistants and CFSs Center supervisors.
  • Ensure that children living with disabilities are incorporated into centre activities.

Responsibility: Ensure that the Child Friendly Spaces are well maintained and safe for play by children.
Aim: Conduct situational anaylsis on what the centers requires.

  • Conduct regular assessment with the logistics officer of the three CFSs and play areas to ensure they are safe and all centre needs are available.
  • Train the community members who are willing to volunteer on basic counselling skills and PFA.
  • Ensure all the activities including individual, group and play therapy session are carried out in the center.

Responsibility: Provide psychosocial support to the eight villages in Dadaab Operations (Alinjugur,Welmarer,Yumbis, Borehole five, Welhar, Bulla Nyanya, Bulla Kheir and Labasigale).
Aim: Ensure chidren in the eight 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, collaboration and partnership

  • Develop unit reports in collaboration with MEAL Officer.
  • Work closesly with the Senior Officers 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.

Abuse Prevention Policy – Operational Risk Management

  • 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.
  • He/she will conduct his or her duties in respect of the Charter of Terre des hommes and Commit to respect and implement Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Tdh Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy, Code of Conduct, Whistle Blowing Policy.
  • Commit to inform supervisors and to deal with any cases, allegations, or possibility of transgression, even potential, of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.

Competencies – 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, Clinical Psychology, Counseling 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 and Kiswahili. knowledge of Somali language, culture and traditions is a plus.


  • Knowledge of Garissa and Dedaab Refugee Camps context.

Application Modalities:

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their applications letter and detailed CVs to KEN.recruitment@tdh.ch

Candidates are required to indicate the position title on the subject line of the email when applying.

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Locals and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

This recruitment will be done on a rolling bases until the position is filled.

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