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Job for Female Psychosocial Support Counsellor at Medecins Du Monde


For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organization committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organization do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations.
MdM currently works in 46 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, combating HIV and reducing the harm and risks associated with drug use, crises and conflicts.

Job Title: Female Psychosocial Support Counsellor

Line Manager: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Supervisor
Line reports: N/ALength of contract: 6 months Possibility for extension: YES


Under the supervision of Mental Health Supervisor, the Mental health Psychosocial Support Counsellor will be responsible for the following main activities in order to ensure the quality of care in the mobile clinics:
Contribute to the implementation of the overall mental health and psychosocial support strategies, activities and resources in Maiduguri.
Facilitate the delivery of a quality mental health & psychosocial support (MHPSS) for individuals and their communities as well as to improve Communities mental health and psychosocial well-being.Contribute to the integration of MHPSS component into existing and new programs according to HQ Mental Health Strategy
Supervise and provide technical follow-up to MdM MHPSS staff in Maiduguri
Deliver one-on-one (Individual) and group counselling sessions to identified clients through MDM Clinics, and in line with MDM integrated approach
Develop psychosocial activities; community mobilization, awareness raising, creation of family support group, working on family links etc.
Support MH Coord in delivering training, workshops etc as outlined in the project.
Support in the creation of materials including publicity documents, workshops contents.
Engage with the community to deliver and promote MDM MHPSS project activities in the designated locations.
Assist in writing monthly, quarterly, annual reports, monitoring and evaluation activity and progress reports of project activities including monthly reporting to the MHPSS Coordinator.
On request support MH Coord in specific tasks
Maintain a positive image of MDM at all times and in all circumstances.

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Contribute to weekly / monthly activities reports to line manager (Mental Health Supervisor)
Report to the direct supervisor monthly (mental health activities report to be sent in the first week of the month).
Apply and respect MDM security rules in the mission.
Maintain good socio-professional relationships with national and international partners.
Attend team meetings and to give qualitative input.
If necessary, contribute in preparing emergency plans with the MDM-F team to adjust MDM-F activities and medical resources to the needs.
Take part in advocacy and communication activities under the supervision of his/her supervisor.
Perform other additional duties on request of the Mental Health Supervisor and Mental Health Coordinator.


Be flexible in performing his/her duties
Perform other additional duties on request of the Supervisor
Inform immediately the security focal point in case of any security problem


Be educated to Degree level in Psychology, Counselling, Social Sciences, Community Development or related field from a recognized institution
Minimum 2 years post-qualification experience in related work within an INGO or organization similar setting.
Experience in MHPSS project implementation within an INGO setting
Good knowledge of counseling and community mobilization methods and tools
Good spoken and written English
Good spoken and written Kanuri , with at least one other local language: Hausa and Marghi,
Good communicator with proven organizational skills
Previous experience in TOT
Ability to work harmoniously in a team setting
Willingness to work long hours and weekends when necessary
Good computer skills (Microsoft word, Power Point and Excel)

Method of Application

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To apply, please submit: a two page curriculum vitae; three work-related references; a one page cover letter explaining how your skills and experience match the job requirements stated above. If possible, please send all the above in one document – MS Word or PDF. Also, write the job title and your name in the subject line. Send to recruitment.nigeria@medecinsdumonde.net Deadline for submission: 2 Feb 2018Only applications by email will be considered
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
We are unable to accept phone calls.
Starting date: 02 Feb 2018
Place of office: Maiduguri
We’ll pay attention only to the complete files in English.
Our process of selection include some written tests and oral interviews.
Please notice that if you have not heard from MdM within 2 weeks, you should presume you were not short listed for this position. However, MdM thanks you for your interest and encourages you to apply for other openings where your skills and experience match.MdM stands up for the integration of people living with disabilities and fights against discrimination.


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