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Psychosocial Officer (National Contract)

Afghanistan (Afghanistan)

Who are we?


Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading global displacement agency working in 40 countries, in conjunction with our specialist mine action unit, Danish Demining Group (DDG), which has been working in Afghanistan since 1999. DRC commenced operations in Afghanistan in 2011 and is today a leading actor in humanitarian response with membership of the Humanitarian Country Team and recent high-level representation at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. DRC-DDG Afghanistan is part of DRC’s Central & South-West Asia (CASWA) region covering Afghanistan, Iran and Paki-stan. Within an overall strategic framework of responding to emergencies, seeking solutions to pro-tracted displacement; and tackling root causes, DRC-DDG Afghanistan’s current programming encompasses: mine action, emergency response, protection, armed violence reduction, and livelihoods. With more than 500 fulltime national and international staff members, offices in Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif and a portfolio in 2016 of USD 13 million, DRC-DDG Afghanistan is one of the largest INGOs operating in Afghanistan.


About the job:


The Psychosocial Support Officer, under the direct supervision of hub manager in Nangarhar, is primarily responsible for providing psychosocial counselling to the project beneficiaries and targeted communities, case management, referrals and follow-up, awareness raising, liaising with government and other key stakeholders and conducting trainings.




  • Provide individual and group psychosocial counselling to the project beneficiaries in Nangarhar target communities and/or at the urban Hub (community center);
  • Ensure professional psychological assessment and support for all beneficiary cases, and closely monitor and document the psychological recovery of cases.
  • Produce and maintain accurate records of the beneficiaries cases, keep all case documents locked/protected and confidential.
  • Provide referral of beneficiaries for additional assistance, as needed, to internal and external service providers;
  • Conduct psychosocial information awareness raising sessions in the targeted communities;
  • Engage the men and women of the community in discussions around women’s rights and gender based violence;
  • Identify problems with GBV and access to services and provide recommendation to mitigate them;
  • Set up a monitoring system to evaluate the effectiveness and the impact of the planned individual and group psychological support on the beneficiaries.
  • Support/give training to DRC-DDG staff on how to identify signs of possible abuse affecting the beneficiaries at the center and encountered through outreach and awareness raising activities
  • Support/give training to other local actors and community members on psychological first aid (PFA), identification and referral of persons in need of psychosocial support, including principles of working with children and survivors.
  • Provide support in needs assessment surveys for future protection programming;
  • Submit weekly progress reports of the activities to line manager;
  • Perform other relevant duties, as needed or requested.


About you


To be successful in this role you must have:


Education and Qualification:


  • University degree in Psychology or Social Work, and a valid certificate from the Ministry of Health certifying as professional psychosocial counsellor.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of humanitarian work, human rights, protection, and the needs of internally displaced persons and refugees in Afghanistan.
  • Interest in humanitarian work and human rights, ability and willingness to learn.
  • Ability to clearly express one’s thoughts, to analyze and present information clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to set priorities and show initiative, to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.



  • At least 2-3 years of work experience in psychological/psychosocial counseling, preferably with IDPs/refugees/returnees.
  • Demonstrated strong experience working with vulnerable clients, including survivors of SGBV and victims of child abuse.
  • Strong knowledge of child-friendly interviewing techniques and communicating with children.
  • Familiarity with IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support In Emergency Settings.
  • Understanding the psychosocial support needs of IDPs/refugees in Afghanistan.




  • Good knowledge of English
  • Fluency in Pashto and good knowledge of Dari 


Key competencies:


Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process

Collaboration: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC-DDG vision and values.




  • Availability: As Soon as Possible
  •  Duty station: Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  •  Gender: One male and one female


We offer:


  • DRC will offer the successful applicant a contract till the end of 2017, renewable dependent on both funding and performance.
  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for national staff. This position will be placed at salary Grade D, level 1, basic 745 USD.


Application process:


Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on Apply button.  All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

Applications close 12 November 2017. However, please note due to the urgency of this position, shortlisting process will be ongoing. Should we find qualified candidates prior to expiry of this advert, interviews will be held immediately.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Afghanistan (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-12

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