Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer at Save the Children

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Save the Children is the main unbiased organization for youngsters in want, with applications in over 120 international locations. We save youngsters’s lives. We combat for his or her rights. We assist them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria as a result of one in 5 youngsters in Nigeria dies earlier than their fifth birthday. About 40% of youngsters miss out on college and must work to outlive whereas almost 2 million youngsters have misplaced one or each dad and mom to an AIDS-related illness.

We are recruiting to fill the place of:

Job Title: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer

Refence ID: 210002I4
Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Grade: 4
Contract Length: 9 Months

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3.  The tasks of this submit could require the submit holder to have common contact with youngsters and younger people. In the abroad context all posts are thought-about to be stage 3.
  • As a part of these tasks the submit holder will assist the institution of kid safeguarding techniques, promote a tradition of conserving youngsters protected, and be certain that potential hurt to youngsters (by our personal employees and/or on account of how we do our work) is recognized and addressed on an ongoing foundation.  The submit holder should report and reply to interventions as decided by place associated tasks recognized in the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Role Purpose

  • Save the Children is an International Organization with a twin mandate of humanitarian and growth 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 capability to offer lifesaving help to people affected by the battle. Its humanitarian response presently delivers built-in programmes to boost meals security, restore livelihoods, scale back malnutrition, enhance psychosocial wellbeing, shield youngsters, and enhance entry to numerous companies corresponding to schooling and water, sanitation and hygiene companies. SC presently works in seven LGAs in Yobe, Damaturu, Bade, Gujba, Fika, Fune, Jakusko, and Potiskum and plans to develop to different areas
  • The function of this place is two-fold: 1) to assist the MHPSS unit to supervise high quality enhancements in Save the Children’s psychological well being and psychosocial assist interventions for youngsters affected by the battle in NE Nigeria; and 2) to asssit the MHPSS unit in offering scientific intervention to youngsters in distresss.
  • The MHPSS Officer is required to journey to area websites often.
  • In the occasion of a significant humanitarian emergency, the function holder can be anticipated to work outdoors the regular function profile and have the ability to fluctuate working hours accordingly.

Scope Of Role:

  • Reports to: CPiE Coordinator
  • Staff reporting to this submit: None
  • Budget accountability: none

Key Areas Of Accountability
Support to MHPSS programming actions to with CP:

Provide assist, in the MHPSS Programming which embrace:

  • Ensuring help is offered to youngsters affected by the battle in a dignified, respectful, equitable and inclusive method that helps their resilience
  • Assisting youngsters in acute misery and assuaging their stress, for example making certain that every one employees / companions are skilled on PFA and really feel assured to make use of it
  • Support structured MHPSS actions for teams of boys and women of various age teams, with specific consideration to survivors of SGBV, unaccompanied youngsters and different youngsters who current with indicators of poor psychological well being and misery
  • Identify MHPSS service suppliers and agree referral pathways for youngsters with extreme psychological issues
  • In collaboration with program supervisor and the little one safety crew, perform common supervision to make sure that actions are related and are consistent with SCI targets
  • The mainstreaming of inter-agency tips (e.g. IASC MHPSS tips) and requirements (e.g. CPMS) throughout the totally different sectors of programme actions delivered by SC and its companions
  • The use of structured and manualised MHPSS strategies
  • The participation of oldsters and caregivers in MHPSS actions

Proposed Outputs:

  • Individual counselling periods with youngsters and beneficiaries the place required to debate complicated circumstances.  
  • Conduct month-to-month and quarterly exercise evaluate periods with beneficiaries to establish actions which can be working and people who want enchancment primarily based on suggestions from beneficaires.
  • Support present MHPSS practices, reflecting on a cross-sectoral strategy.   
  • Structured MHPSS actions for boys and women, organised in age acceptable teams with a transparent methodology or curriculum to advertise psychological well-being. Such actions should align with donor commitments in already-funded initiatives.
  • Support in integration of Gender Based Violance surviors into psychosocial assist.  
  • Be out there on name/skype if any pressing issues come up {that a} employees wish to share relating to their casework or his/her private effectively being
  • Bi -monthly progress reports to the CPiE Coordinator to spotlight wants and gaps.
  • Development of peer/reflective practises with groups

Behaviours (Values In Practice)

  • holds self accountable for making choices, managing sources effectively, attaining and function modelling Save the Children values


  • Sets bold and difficult targets for him or herself and their crew, takes accountability for their very own private growth and encourages their crew to do the similar
  • Widely shares their private imaginative and prescient for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a worldwide scale.


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  • Builds and maintains efficient relationships, with their crew, colleagues, Members and exterior companions and supporters
  • Values variety, sees it as a source of aggressive power
  • Approachable, good listener, straightforward to speak to.


  • Develops and encourages new and progressive options
  • Willing to take disciplined dangers.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest ranges of integrity

Qualifications  And Experience

  • Minimum of B.Sc in Psychology, Psychiatriic Nurse, and Medical social employee.
  • Minimum 4 years submit NYSC  cognant expertise in scientific setting, NGO and INGO
  • Fluent in English and Hausa is fascinating
  • Working information of native languages in north-east nigeria corresponding to Kanuri, Fulani, Kare-kare, Bolowe, Ngizim and so forth
  • Excellent consideration to element, organisational abilities and discretion with confidential info
  • Ability to work independently and proactively
  • Experience in Psychological First Aid, and different psychosocial assist (MHPSS) actions
  • Experience working in Child Protection applications, together with these with MHPSS part
  • Experience working in north east Nigeria


  • Experience in humanitarian emergencies and/or a refugee/displacement-setting

The duties and tasks as set out above aren’t exhaustive and the function holder could also be required to hold out further duties inside reasonableness of their stage of abilities and expertise.

Equal Opportunities

  • The function holder is required to hold out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity insurance policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

  • We have to maintain youngsters protected so our choice course of, which incorporates rigorous background checks, displays our dedication to the safety of youngsters from abuse.

Health and Safety:

  • The function holder is required to hold out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety insurance policies and procedures.

How to Apply
Interested and certified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline  twenty third April, 2021.

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