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Psychosocial Counsellor Job at LWF

Job title: Psychosocial Counsellor:

Organisation: Lutheran World Federation

Location: Adjumani, Northern Region, Uganda

Job Summary:  Under the guidance of the project officer and manager, the project assistant is responsible for the day to day psychological support of beneficiaries as well as providing specialized counselling, support to child protection and GBV cases.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Project Implementation:
  • Liaising with and working in cooperation with the relevant local authorities, community leaders, and nongovernmental organizations, collaborating/implementing partners and other stakeholders where appropriate in order to achieve the project objectives and facilitate project implementation.
  • Collects and tabulates on a regular basis field data on project activities carried out
  • conducts other assessments using participatory approaches for all beneficiaries to determine the relevance and impacts of the project.
  • Regularly visits all the beneficiary sites where all project activities are undertaken, checks on the progress, offers support as directed by the project officer in line with the project objectives.
  • The psychosocial counsellor will be responsible for supporting the various psychosocial support activities in the settlement.
  • Conducts a daily visual assessment of persons of concern (POC) and ensure a variety of structured psychosocial interventions within the settlement, catering to the needs of POC of different ages, genders, and abilities.
  • Promotes case management for persons with psychosocial problems, refers and follows up on the reception services, coordinates, consults and collaborates with other service providers.
  • Lead on outreach activities and assists in the organizing and implementation of trainings and workshops.
  • Liaises with household members and other community leaders regularly to keep them informed of any development or problems within the settlements and surrounding areas.
  • Supervises and supports community participation in refugee settlements and at all the sub county level for the effective implementations and coordination of psychosocial activities.
  • Promotes active community participation in specified project activities through involving beneficiaries, intermediaries and local leaders in the planning and implementation process.
  1. Project Planning;
  • Train and mentor LWF community-based facilitators and community counsellors in organizational policies, recreational and psychosocial activities implemented within the refugee settlement.
  • Assists the project officer in preparing periodical work plans, case follow-ups and reports on psychosocial activities and achievements in line with the requirements stipulated in the project documents.
  1. Staff Management:
  • Promotes active and meaningful participation of the other field staffs, beneficiaries and other intermediaries in planning, implementation and evaluation of project activities as required.
  • Train and mentor LWF community-based facilitators and community counsellors in organizational policies, recreational and psychosocial activities implemented within the refugee settlement.
  • Supervises and supports community participation in refugee settlements and at all the sub county level for the effective implementations and coordination of psychosocial activities.
  1. Financial management / Budget Monitoring & Control:
  • PAs are to ensure proper supporting documents (attendance lists (with all the necessary information filled.) end of activity reports.
  • Ensures timely accountability and closely follow up with field payments
  1. Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
  • Work closely with M&E team to monitor project performance and ensure an appropriate level of accountability;
  • Ensure that proper mapping of right beneficiaries is done & information shared on time

Other:

  • Undertake other related duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Supervisor
  • Ensures strict adherence to the principles of child protection/psychosocial support at all times including respect for confidentiality and a child centred approach, and act in the best interests of the persons of concern.
  • Commitments to and understanding of LWF aims, values and principles including rights-based approach.
  • The Psychosocial counsellor must ensure that organization assets are maintained and taken good care.

Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • University Degree in community psychology, guidance and counselling and any other health psychology related studies.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in Project Management/Community Development programming;
  • Proven knowledge and experience in developing and implementing community mobilization projects.

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

  • Problem Solving and Decision-Making skills;
  • Ability to inspire and build capacity of community-based facilitators/community structures
  • Good interpersonal skills and excellent negotiation skills;
  • Excellent English Language (both written and spoken);
  • Information Technology (MS Office, Internet);
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
  • Good team worker with good communication skills;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, to remain flexible to a changing environment, and to make decisions independently.

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