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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Supervisor - Handicap International

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support  Supervisor - Handicap International
Deadline Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Required Number: 1

Duty Description

About Handicap International:

It is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Handicap International is outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:   

  • Actively contribute to the actor and service mapping in HI area of intervention
  • Contribute to the analysis of the mental health and psychosocial issues / needs, sources of distress, coping mechanisms, community-based dynamics and mechanisms, leaderships, representation of the beneficiaries and communities targeted by HI intervention
  • Actively participate to the identification of barriers to equal access to services
  • Actively contribute to the development of a referral system
  • Ensure the training of HI’s and other organizations’ team in Psychological First Aid
  • Significantly contribute to the identification and assessment of Person with Specific Needs and individuals at risk of being victim of violence
  • Ensure internal and external referral and follow up of these referrals of beneficiaries of the MHPSS intervention according to their needs
  • Ensure the conception and development of tailored and inclusive MHPSS Information, Education, Communication (IEC) material
  • Ensure the implementation of MHPSS awareness raising activities and support the activities of awareness on information dissemination
  • Actively participate to the support to the community-based mechanisms, community mobilisation and social-cohesion (ensuring inclusion, non-discrimination through multidimensional support) through the organization of community-based events and through the support to local organizations
  • Ensure the creation and implementation of psychosocial support group sessions among the communities targeted by HI
  • Ensure regular review and propose relevant adaptations to ongoing activities and tools
  • Provide weekly reporting on the activities implemented to the line manager
  • Actively participate in coordination meetings and represent the organisation at field level
  • Take part in the recruitment and ensure the management and supervision of the MHPSS team
  • Ensure regular field visits on outreach intervention areas to ensure on the job support to his/her team
  • Show professional ethics, respect and promote Handicap International mandate at any time, respecting all HI protection policies


  • Participating in the weekly team meetings;
  • Ensure the strict application of the rules;
  • Report any incident in which s/he's involved/witnessed immediately;


Required Qualifications

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the Handicap International Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Supervisor job opportunity must hold an MHPSS-related degree (psychologist, psychiatrist, sociologist, social worker, etc.) with experience
  • Professional experience in accompaniment of vulnerable people/refugees or in the humanitarian field, preferably in the field of vulnerability and/or disability and/or outreach community-based approach
  • Previous exposure and experience in social cohesion and/or community mobilization and/or conflict management
  • Prior experience in MHPSS community-based approach is desirable
  • Previous protection experience is an added advantage
  • Previous experience in Monitoring and evaluation and Survey is desired
  • Strong sense of neutrality and confidentiality
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Open and interested in disability and vulnerability issues
  • High diplomacy, cultural sensitivity and security awareness
  • Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision
  • Good Computer Skills i.e. proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel) and internet
  • Languages: Spoken and written English. Proficiency local languages is an asset (Arua)

NB: Local residents are particularly encouraged to Apply.


How to Apply:

all suitably qualified candidates who wish to join Handicap International are encouraged to send their updated CVs (3 pages max, including three professional references) with cover letters to HR Coordinator at with the subject line as “Application to HI MHPSS supervisor Arua.”