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Volunteer Psychosocial Counselor

Kenya (Kenya)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kenya (Kenya)
  • Grade: Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Volunteerism
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7366

Job Title: Volunteer Psychosocial Counselor

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Volunteer

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Hagadera, Kenya

Job Description

Working under the guidance and supervision of the Mental health Officer, the Volunteer Psychosocial Counselor is directly responsible for the provision of Psychosocial services and assist individuals, groups, and communities in Hagadera refugee camp suffering from the effects of mental disorders, torture and war trauma in order to reduce their suffering, rehabilitate and enable them to rebuilt their lives and communities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Overall co-ordination and supervision of the Hagadera refugee camp integrated community based mental health department charged with the assessment of, appropriate interventions, and referrals of individuals with mental health needs in the camp/local community for other services.
  • Develop, plan and facilitate trainings for the refugee mental health dept. staff, community leaders, CHW’s, religious leaders, support groups, Teachers, paraprofessional counselors, other stake holders and community awareness campaigns.
  • Preparation and compiling of department psychosocial work plans and monthly HIS reports.
  • Plan and coordinate psychotherapy groups at the two Health posts and main hospital.
  • Create an appropriate networking system with other and or relevant implementing partners, line ministries, hospital departments and community stake holders through referrals and advocacy.
  • Oversee and conduct psychosocial assessments & plan individual case management of all patients on follow up at the mental health department.
  • Design and initiate appropriate psychosocial treatment plans for war trauma and torture survivors suffering from PTSD through individual or small group psychotherapeutic sessions and supervise as necessary.
  • Provide mentorship of the mental health assistants working in the MH department through continuous education, guidance, supervision and support.
  • Design mental health trainings for the mental health workers and other stake holders.
  • Take charge of the mental health department when the mental health officer is away from office.
  • Do any other duties that the mental health officer deems necessary.

Key result areas

  • Improvement in overall quality of MHPSS care for all the patients/ Clients in Hagadera refugee camp.


  • Diploma in Counselling from a recognized Institution
  • Licensed with the Professional counsellors association
  • Previous experience working in a refugee camp is an added advantage.
  • At least 2 years work experience in a busy set up
  • Please make sure to include copy of Certificate of Good Conduct in your application.

Application deadline is 15th December, 2019.

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.

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