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Activation Date: 24 May, 2021   Announced Date: 23 May, 2021   Expire Date: 05 Jun, 2021

Job Location: Badakhshan
Nationality: National
Category: Health Care
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: As per company salary scale
Vacancy Number: AAH/AFG-2021-050
No. Of Jobs: 2
City: Wakhan District
Organization: Action against Hunger
Years of Experience: 2 Years
Contract Duration: 10 Months with possibility of extension
Gender: Female
Education: Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field
Close date: 05 Jun, 2021

About Action against Hunger :

Action Against Hunger (AAH) is a Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) that was create in France in 1979. Action Against Hunger has been active in Afghanistan in the medical, nutrition, food security, and water and sanitation fields since 1995.

Job Description:

Objective 1: Implement psychosocial support, care practices, protection services to beneficiaries

Assessment of needs of clients, developing an action plan with clients and supporting them to carry out
Respond quickly and effectively to clients who need urgent support ensuring their safety
Follow MHCP-GP guidelines, tools, protocols during counselling services for beneficiaries
Register clients and fill in the logbook, MHCP-GP register, and carry out initial assessments & screenings using validated tools, and fill out client intake forms / tools during and after sessions
Conduct psychoeducation (mental health) awareness sessions for beneficiaries
Provide psychological first aid (PFA) for one-off support for those in need
Provide 1:1 and group psychosocial support (counselling) sessions for beneficiaries in need
Identify appropriate IEC materials and ensure the use of it during the each sessions
Conduct group awareness sessions on child care practices, IYCF-E & COVID-19
Improve and facilitate mother and child interactions, attachments and relationships by organizing group care practices stimulation sessions (baby bathing, baby massage, child-caregiver play)

Objective 2: Support the integration of MHCP-GP within nutrition and health intervention

Assess the capacity or potential of psychosocial services within health and nutrition services and contribute to improving these psychosocial services in the MHNT services with on and off site orientation

Provide on the job training session to health/nutrition staff on MHCP-GP topics, where possible 
Assist teamwork and provide better team working environment with the health and nutrition staff

Identify the opportunities for lessons learned and evidence based adaption of programs

Objective 3: Referral of vulnerable cases to the pre-identified protection actors

Identify & refer those cases who need specialised attention to related actors via regularly updated service provider mapping
Support supervisor, D/PM to update service provider mapping bi-monthly
Inform the supervisor on weekly basis, the cases identified and provide follow-up of the cases
Ensure all forms are completed for input into the integrated referral database



Objective 4: Prepare all the material /reporting and documentation

Ensure all materials are ready (relevant equipment/toys, registers, forms etc.) before going to field
Keep all items in the field very well, after the field visit, clean, and prepare the using in coming day
Ensure good understanding and correct use of the client intake form, intake tools, and register
Update all reporting tools on daily basis and share with supervisor
Proactivity on proposing different possible solution to adapt and improve the activities
Ensure confidentiality is maintained and all sensitive information is managed securely, and shared only with relevant personnel
Keep and maintain a good filing system for all documents, for continued use (e.g. client intake forms, that you will continue to use for each session with this client)
Prepare daily / weekly / monthly reports as per guidance from supervisor and/or D/PM
Any other position related activities requested by supervisor and/or D/PM

Job Requirements:


Educational / Professional Background :

Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field
At least 2 years’ experience in and familiarity in the field mental health and psychosocial support in emergency setting


Required Competences & Skills :

Previous experiences working in mental health / gender / protection
Good team interaction and positive attitude
Autonomy and flexibility
Good clinical judgement and understanding of your responsibilities regarding confidentiality
Good organization, planning and reporting skills are necessary
Ability to manage working environment according to local culture
Fluent in local languages (Dari & Pashto) and English
High flexibility in deployment, possible with Mahram
Knowledge of intervention areas is a plus
Strong interpersonal and communication skill
Capacity to manage communications via phone
Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to multi-task when needed
Strong empathy and listening skills
Good coordination, networking, inter-personal and relationship building skills, and diplomacy
Experience with Microsoft Office (excel, word)

Submission Guideline:

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV (with three Referees) indicating the vacancy announcement reference to the address: Human Resources Department office or can also be emailed to:

[email protected] no later 5 of June-2021.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a full CV (maximum four pages) with a cover letter explaining their motivation in applying for the job and highlighting their relevant skills and experience.

In the e-mail subject line, please put job title & vacancy number of the position you are applying for, otherwise your applications will not be screened.

Do not submit academic certificates with the application. These can be requested if the candidate is selected.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the written test/interview.

Action Against Hunger is an equal opportunity employer.


Action against Hunger is committed to the prevention of risks related to abuse, sexual exploitation and the promotion of gender equality and its diversity. The mission Afghanistan encourages the application of the women / men / disabled workers / Senior / others>. Action against Hunger’s recruitment process is free of charge, no compensation of any form shall be requested from a candidate. It reflects the major policies and its charter through its professionalism and impartiality. If you observe behavior in opposition to these values during this process, please report it to the appropriate teams.

Submission Email:

[email protected]

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