MHPSS counsellor

Full Time

Plan International Ethiopia

MHPSS counsellor

Job Description:

The MHPSS Counsellor is responsible for support designing and implementation of all emergency and recovery Health related activities specially MHPSS at local level using participatory and community-based approaches. S/he is also responsible to provide surge technical support and guidance at local level to Woreda health office experts and other staff working in the area of MHPSS. S/he is also responsible for compiling progress reports and documentation and sharing of best practices and lessons learnt in MHPSS, SGBV and nutrition.

Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Planning and Implementation of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Activities (30%)

Ensure correct identification and recruitment of peoples with minor to sever mental problem to individual and group therapy based the established screening criteria
Ensure correct identification of cases with GBV and disability provide appropriate psychosocial support
Proved basic stress management and PFA to affected IDP and host community
Follow-up and track client attendance and participation and document client and project progress to asses MHPSS efficacy
Document and share learning from counseling, integration with other health/nutrition activity
Coordinator with MHNT and other MHPSS counselors
Implement and facilitate awareness-raising sessions at centres and community levels, based on a guidebook; particularly on child development, mothering practices, mother and child interactions and breastfeeding practices
Ensure IYCF and hygiene sanitation key messages are integrated in MHPSS activity
Use established protocols to refer clients in need of clinical treatment
Maintain confidentiality in all matters relating to group participants, consistent with organizational policies and laws
Collect key client data and prepare reports on progress made, together with observations, challenges faced, and lessons learned
Work closely with project technical staff in ensuring coordination and integration across all activities
Objective: – Technical Support and Capacity Building (30%)

Jointly develop monthly, weekly work plan with other MHNT staffs
Develop and maintain close working relationship with partners responsible for MNCH-N, DRM, MHPSS TWG in their designated area
Provides support for health and nutrition trainings, workshops, and meetings conducted at zonal/woreda/Kebele level
Conduct training need assessment to identify relevant community members (Women affair, CSW, HAD, HEW, HWs) knowledge gap and design appropriate training accordingly
Assist project staffs MHNT and others to include MHPSS key messages in their activity
Train staffs, CSW, volunteers on mental health impact on nutrition and child development
Ensure community level referral linkage and collaboration
Strengthen referral linkage of critical cases between PHCUs and Hospitals
Objective: – Monitoring and Supervision (20%)

Maintain up-to-date data related to nutrition and MHPSS activities and deliver to H &N coordinator
Ensure close working relationship with the MHNT and establish coordination and integration of the health and nutrition and the MHPSS activities.
Facilitate/Conduct joint, supportive supervision with MHNT and CO level health and nutrition thematic specialist on the activities.
Facilitates and encourages regular review meeting and review schedules at all woreda levels and help the different institutions have it institutionalized commitment;
Together with other health and nutrition team sets project quality standards and action steps and monitor the performance accordingly;
Prepare a monthly program and program support plan that helps to visit field activities and provide formal and informal feedback to the program staff in terms of recommendations for improved performance;
Conducts regular mentoring to community health workers and health extension workers and develop their group and individual counselling skills.

Objective: – Ensuring on time reporting, data quality and learning documentation (20%)

Prepare and submit weekly, monthly, quarterly high-quality reports
Establishes and maintains documentation system for all program activities including, minutes of technical meetings
Document project learning, success stories, case studies, and learning briefs
Ensure improved data collection and reporting systems during supportive supervision or monitoring field visits to each project operational areas
Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI)

Understand and put into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC).
Ensure that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in day to day work.
Ensure that Plan Ethiopia contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.
Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.

We strive for lasting impact

We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.

We work well together

We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.

We are inclusive and empowering

We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.

Job Requirements:

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Education BSc/BA degree or equivalent
3 (three) years of relevant professional experience in a similar position
Qualifications/Experience Desirable:

In depth knowledge and experience of mental health and psychosocial programming in the   humanitarian context essential.
Familiarity with IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
Training experience required on mhGAP & Proven counselling skill
Strong organizational and supervisory, Strong writing and reporting skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments and Cross-cultural Awareness
Ability to work within a team structure, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources
Languages Required

Excellent English verbal and written skills.
Knowledge of local language mandatory

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How To Apply:

The closing date for the application is May 31, 2023. Qualified candidates should submit their application with the links provided below.

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For external applicants:

This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.

Please note that:

·       Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

·       We are not accepting CVs that are not sent through the indicated links.

·       Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

·       Female candidates are highly encouraged to Apply

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Job Category:Health Care

Employment:Full time

Location:Metema, Amhara

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