SPIR II Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer

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World Vision

World Vision is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of SPIR II Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer in  Daro Lebu, Habro or Boke woreda, Ethiopia.

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Job Overview

  • Job Title: SPIR II Social and Behavior Change Specialist
  • Job Location:  Daro Lebu, Habro or Boke woreda
  • Job Type: Health
  • Experience: 2+ years
  • Organization :   World Vision
  • Closing date: 17 Oct 2021

Job Description

Number of Position: Three

Duty station:  SPIR II World Vision Woreda Office (Daro Lebu, Habro or Boke woreda)

Strengthen PSNP Institutions and Resilience II (SPIR II) is a 5-year USAID/BHA funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) led by World Vision and including consortium partners CARE, ORDA and IFPRI. World Vision and its partners will create a strong, shock responsive ecosystem of public, private, and community level actors to support PSNP households to graduate from poverty and sustain income and food security gains in 17 targeted woredas in Amhara and Oromia regions. Building from key formative and research studies during an initial refinement period, SPIR II will use continuous learning to drive program level reflection, analysis, and adaptation.

Purpose of the position:

The SPIR II MHPSS Officer will supervise, monitor, and closely support community level facilitators in their role of facilitating group based psychological interventions such as interpersonal psychotherapy for groups (IPT-G) and Group problem management plus (G-PM+) at the community level. Moreover, the MHPSS Officer will be responsible to support, monitor and ensure the quality of this interventions in their assigned operation areas.

Major Responsibilities:

  •  Provide close supervision and monitoring of the implementation of MHPSS activities.
  • Identify skill gaps of the IPT-G & G-PM+ community level facilitators in regular basis and provide technical support accordingly.
  • Ensure the proper identification and recruitment of depressed women and men to participate in the IPT-G sessions based on the established screening criteria
  • Assist and support in the process of pilot Group Problem Management Plus (G-PM+) to address the MHPSS needs of communities affected by adversity.
  • Ensure the proper identification, referral, and case management of critical mental health cases based on established referral protocols.
  • Advocate for and Ensure people in acute distress are assisted to alleviate their stress, by ensuring that staffs are trained on PFA and stress management.
  • Participate on all required technical or management meetings and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Provide supervision to community level MHPSS facilitators and create field level peer supervisory network.
  • Identify skill gaps of the IPT-G & G-PM+ community level facilitators in regular basis and provide technical support accordingly.
  • Regularly monitor the skills and competency of community level MHPSS facilitators based on standard supervision checklists and providing feedbacks accordingly.
  • Orient and facilitate cascaded training and capacity building for government and other stakeholders at Woreda level
  • Follow-up and track client attendance, participation and document client progress to assess MHPSS activity efficacy.
  • Ensure the proper documentation of MHPSS clients file and maintain confidentiality at all levels consistent with organizational protocols.
  • Collect key MHPSS client data and prepare reports on progress made, together with observations, challenges faced, and lessons learned.
  • Analyze woreda based SPIR-II MHPSS data and extract evidence and share in review meeting to support informed decision by respective woreda offices (SPIR field mangers & Woreda food security task force members (FSTFM) and woreda health office)
  • Documentation of best practices and share to respective technical team for review

Job Requirements

Qualifications:  Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

Required Professional Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in MHPSS intervention.
  • Experience in facilitating group counseling.
  • A person who has completed an IPT-G and G-PM+ training course is an asset.
  • Working as a Psychiatric Nurse, or a Health Officer or Social worker with mental health experience.
  • Experience of working with people affected by adversity.
  • Broad and in-depth understanding of issues relating to common mental health and psychological problems.

Qualification required:

  • B.A/ B.sc degree in Psychology, Public health, Psychiatric Nursing, or social work
  • Passionate about helping people affected by mental health and psychosocial problems.

Preferred Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Understanding of self-help approaches and empowerment in MHPSS
  • Understanding of general MHPSS client evaluation approaches.
  • Excellent group facilitation skills, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate and write clearly in English and local language of the operation area (Amharic and Afan Oromo) is a must.
  • Ability to develop, inform and sustain professional relationships, partnerships and networks
  • Ability to work in collaboration with people affected by depression, stress, anxiety and other common mental health conditions

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Frequent travel to the designated kebeles for co-facilitation, monitoring or supportive supervision of Community level MHPSS facilitators at PSNP kebeles within assigned woreda.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to Write Position Title on the subject line and attach Current CV with three references & fill employment application form which can be found  http://docs.wve-jaf.pdf  and email before the closing date of this announcement to  Recruitment_ethiopia@wvi.org

World vision has zero tolerance towards abuse and exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. Every prospective employee, volunteer, and intern is obliged to comply by world vision’s child and adult safeguarding policy.”


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