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Mental Health And Psychosocial Support Officer Damaturu

2021-05-29 19:45:33
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer Damaturu
Job Details Reference ID: 210002I4Location: Damaturu, YobeEmployee Status: Fixed TermGrade: 4Contract Length: 9 MonthsChild SafeguardingLevel 3. The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis. The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.Role PurposeSave the Children is an International Organization with a dual mandate of humanitarian and development work. It has been working for the rights of Children globally for over 90 years. Save the... Children has been working in Nigeria since 2001 and has presence in 20 states. Save the Children launched the humanitarian response in the North East Nigeria in 2014 and since then has drastically expanded its capacity to provide lifesaving assistance to people affected by the conflict. Its humanitarian response currently delivers integrated programmes to enhance food security, restore livelihoods, reduce malnutrition, improve psychosocial wellbeing, protect children, and improve access to various services such as education and water, sanitation and hygiene services. SC currently works in seven LGAs in Yobe, Damaturu, Bade, Gujba, Fika, Fune, Jakusko, and Potiskum and plans to expand to other locationsThe purpose of this position is two-fold: 1) 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 2) 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.Scope of Role:Reports to: CPiE CoordinatorStaff reporting to this post: NoneBudget responsibility: noneKey Areas of AccountabilitySupport to MHPSS programming activities to with CP:Provide support, in the MHPSS Programming which includes:Ensuring assistance is provided to children affected by the conflict in a dignified, respectful, equitable and inclusive manner that supports their resilienceAssisting children in acute distress and alleviating their stress, for instance ensuring that all staff / partners are trained on PFA and feel confident to use itThe mainstreaming of inter-agency guidelines (e.g. IASC MHPSS guidelines) and standards (e.g. CPMS) across the different sectors of programme activities delivered by SC and its partnersThe use of structured and manualised MHPSS techniquesThe participation of parents and caregivers in MHPSS activitiesSupport structured MHPSS activities for groups of boys and girls of different age groups, with particular attention to survivors of SGBV, unaccompanied children and other children who present with signs of poor mental health and distressIdentify MHPSS service providers and agree referral pathways for children with severe mental disordersIn collaboration with program manager and the child protection team, carry out regular supervision to ensure that activities are relevant and are in line with SCI objectivesProposed Outputs:Individual counselling sessions with children and beneficiaries where required to discuss complex cases. Conduct monthly and quarterly activity review sessions with beneficiaries to identify activities that are working and those that need improvement based on feedback from beneficaires.Support in integration of Gender Based Violance surviors into psychosocial support. 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 beingBi -monthly progress reports to the CPiE Coordinator to highlight needs and gaps.Development of peer/reflective practises with teamsSupport 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 valuesAmbition: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 sameWidely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates othersFuture orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.Collaboration:Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supportersValues diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strengthApproachable, good listener, easy to talk to.Creativity:Develops and encourages new and innovative solutionsWilling to take disciplined risks.Integrity:Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrityQualifications 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 INGOExperience in Psychological First Aid, and other psychosocial support (MHPSS) activitiesExperience working in Child Protection programs, including those with MHPSS componentExperience working in north east NigeriaFluent in English and Hausa is desirableWorking knowledge of local languages in north-east nigeria such as Kanuri, Fulani, Kare-kare, Bolowe, Ngizim etcExcellent attention to detail, organisational skills and discretion with confidential informationAbility to work independently and proactivelyDesirable:Experience in humanitarian emergencies and/or a refugee/displacement-settingAdditional Job Responsibilities:The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.Equal OpportunitiesThe role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.Child Safeguarding:We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.Health and Safety:The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures
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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer Damaturu Save The Children Damaturu
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