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Mental Health Psycho-social Support Counsellor

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Activation Date: 09 Jun, 2021   Announced Date: 09 Oct, 2021   Expire Date: 15 Jun, 2021

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Category: Health Care
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: AFN 35,805
Vacancy Number: 2021-158
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Kabul
Organization: Children in Crisis (CiC)
Years of Experience: 2-3 Years
Contract Duration: 09-Nov-2021 (Subject to Donor Approval)
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Bachelors
Close date: 15 Jun, 2021

About Children in Crisis (CiC) :

Children in Crisis began working in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1997 and since then has worked consistently within Kabul and across Afghanistan’s provinces to improve access to quality education for the most marginalised children, to guarantee that children in conflict with the law have their legal rights protected and afforded to them, to increase the participation of women and girls in all areas of public and private life, and to remove disability as a barrier to inclusion in all areas of child’s life.

Job Description:

The MHPSS counselor is a position under child protection cluster that is built to provide mental health and psychosocial support services for children under protection concerns, traumatized children and caregivers under psychological distress, working for well-being promotion and building the resiliency of affected children.

Roles & Responsibilities:

Generic Duties:

  • Ensure adherence with CiC – Street Child policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement

Specific Duties:

  • Conduct a variety of structured and unstructured activities (recreational psycho-social and informal skills training) for beneficiaries catering to the various psycho-social needs and interests of different beneficiary groups (adults adolescents children).
  • Works with beneficiaries to provide recreational and supportive activities including theatre performance etc. Reports to the Project Coordinator/ supervisor on a weekly basis.
  • Working with traumatized children by considering all ethical principles and child protection policies.
  • Creating support groups for mourning adults and strengthening group participation.
  • Holding educational and psychological trainings for teachers and volunteer members of  the community.
  • Prepare for structured psycho-social support activities by carefully reading the PSS and Curriculum Manuals and preparing all required material and equipment in advance.
  • Facilitate the participation of all segments of the target population in the planned activities ensuring the inclusion of the most vulnerable children groups.
  • Ensure that during all activities proper attention is paid to specific emotional and physical needs.
  • Monitor beneficiaries’ progress during psychosocial support activities and identify persons with unusual changes in behavior or other signs of psychosocial distress for a referral to MPSS specialist.
  • Carry out all tasks respecting key protection principles including but not limited to do no harm non-discrimination confidentiality and accountability.
  • Conduct focus group discussions and other related psychosocial activities in person or via mobile to engage community members and children in protection activities and to better understand their needs and interests.
  • Maintain a daily filing system for each activity conducted.
  • Ensure a safe friendly and non-discriminatory environment is upheld during all activities.
  • Complete additional tasks assigned by the project manager.

Job Requirements:

Professional Competencies:

  • University Degree in a related field (Clinical psychology, General Psychology, counseling, clinical social work).
  • 2-3 years’ experience in psychological counseling, clinical social work or relevant activities.
  • Fluency in local languages Dari/ Pashto and understanding English language.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently when required.
  • Responsible, reliable, punctual and ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of using the tools, data entry and filing
  • Ability to work under pressure

Behavioral competencies:

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Handling insecure environment

Submission Guideline:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV (03 pages maximum) and Cover Letter (01 page maximum) to the following email address [email protected] not later than 15-06-2021. Please indicate the position title and Vacancy Number in the e-mail subject line.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted whose education and experiences correspond to the above criteria will be contacted for further consideration.


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