MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) Officer

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Job Description

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) Officer

Job ID: 1900016O

Location: Damaturu, Yobe

Employee Status: Permanent 

Role Purpose

The purpose of this position is two-fold:

  • To support the MHPSS unit to oversee quality improvements in Save the Children’s mental health and psychosocial support interventions for children affected by the conflict in NE Nigeria; and
  • To asssit the MHPSS unit in providing clinical intervention to children in distresss.
  • The MHPSS Officer is required to travel to field sites regularly.
  • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Key Areas of Accountability

Proposed Outputs:

  • Individual counselling sessions with children and beneficiaries where required to discuss complex cases. 
  • Be available on call/skype if any urgent matters arise that a staff would like to share regarding their casework or his/her personal well being
  • Bi -monthly progress reports to the MHPSS Coordinator to highlight needs and gaps.
  • Development of peer/reflective practises with teams
  • Support current MHPSS practices, reflecting on a cross-sectoral approach.  
  • Structured MHPSS activities for boys and girls, organised in age appropriate groups with a clear methodology or curriculum to promote mental well-being. Such activities must align with donor commitments in already-funded projects.

Behaviours (Values in Practice)Accountability:

  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for him or herself and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

Collaboration:

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

 

Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience

4

Qualifications
B.Sc
Desired Course
Psychology
Other Requirements

Qualifications and ExperienceEssential:

  • Minimum of B.Sc. in Psychology, Psychiatriic Nurse, and Medical social worker.
  • Minimum 4 years post NYSC  cognant experience in clinical setting, NGO and INGO
  • Experience in Psychological First Aid, and other psychosocial support (MHPSS) activities
  • Experience working in Child Protection programs, including those with MHPSS component
  • Fluent in English and Hausa is desirable
  • Working knowledge of Kanuri and Shuwa is an advantage
  • Excellent attention to detail, organisational skills and discretion with confidential information
  • Ability to work independently and proactively

Desirable:

  • Experience in humanitarian emergencies and/or a refugee/displacement-setting

Application Closing Date16th December, 2019.

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About Save the Children
Save the Children works in 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.Save the Children has had a permanent presence in Nigeria since 2001, and is today a strong, rec...
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Job Summary
Published
November 21, 2019
Offer Type
Full time
Experience
Minimum of 4years
Location
Yobe
Deadline
December 16, 2019
Specialization
Medical/ Health /NGO / Community Services
Industries
NGO / Non-Profit / International Agencies
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