Mental Health Counselor at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare.Job Title:Mental Health CounselorMission Country:NIGERIA,   Project Location:GWOZA / PULKA (BORNO STATE)Working Place:GWOZA / PULKA (BORNO STATE),Travel Destination(s):GWOZA / PULKA (BORNO STATE)Referents:HierarchicalPSYCHOLOGIST & and MENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITY MANAGER,TechnicalMENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITY MANAGERGrade Level:5Working Hours:Offices hoursMon – Fri 8am to 5.30pm Salary:AS PER MSF SALARY SCALE (NATIONAL CONTRACT)Scope of ResponsibilitiesPsychosocial and psycho-educative:counsellor will be responsible for the well running of the psycho-social and psycho-educative activities with beneficiaries presenting moderate symptomatology, as well as for promptly referring complex cases to other psychologist  upon supervisory guidance by Psychologist or MHAMHe/she works in cooperation with the psychologist and under the supervision of the MHAM to define activity plans to assist patients (children, adults, elders) in achieving more effective personal, social educational and vocational development and adjustment.Plans, organizes and participates in activities to facilitate the physical, mental or emotional rehabilitation or health of patients based on their abilities and acquired competencies (knowledge, skills, proper attitudes for MH work) for patient care.Operational / Technical Responsibilities:Activities CoordinationIdentify among the affected population people with psychological difficulties and difficult coping processCollaboration with the community health workers on a daily basis.Patient Care:Psychosocial assessment and support of victims of the affected populationProvide daily counselling sessions in the location agreed (PHC’s or other location identified)Visit beneficiaries at home/tent/shelter in order to follow up evolution when requiredProvide individual and/or group counseling for population at risk (autonomously): support healthy coping process of the population and explore their inner resources forprocessing traumatic experiences and finding new life perspectiveProvide individual and/or group counseling for population at risk (with close follow-up and monitoring by MHS): assess difficult or severe symptomatology and explore acounseling intervention plan to mobilize inner resources for processing traumatic experiences and finding new life perspectiveRefer patients to other health professionals whenever necessary, with the supervision of the MHSMeetings/ Training:Provide on-going feedback to the CHW about the quality of the referrals of patientsParticipate in weekly and monthly staff meetings and regular supervision sessionsParticipates in trainings, and supervision sessions as required, including regular on-the-job training and supervision by the team supervisor, and occasional external trainings.Communication / Collaboration:Consults with other professionals to discuss counselling resources or techniques, to share occupational information.Material / Equipment:Responsible for the material needed for activities and storageReporting:Provide ongoing monitoring of beneficiaries’ status and maintain clinical files accuratelyCollect & submit data about sessions and counseling activities on daily basisKeeps written records:(1) of individual patient assessment and care, including a brief final summary(2) of group (i.e., family) activities.Keeps statistics on all activities, as required by the MHAM, and provides these on the appropriate forms at the end of each monthRecruitment criteria:Education:University degreeExperience:Experience in counseling, community and/or social work preferablyPrevious  experience as a Psychosocial Counselor is an ass  Previous experience working  in the medical field, and with vulnerable population, all valuable but not essentialLanguages:R – English   R- Hausa  R – KanuriF – Fluent  |  B – Basic  |  R – Required  |  A – An assetPersonal Qualities:List of personal qualities required for the position, such as (not exhaustive):Good communication, listening and interpersonal skillsGood understanding of what confidentiality entails and willingness to conform to confidentiality normsCapacity to swiftly adjust to changesAbility to work autonomouslyCapacity to activate as a team-member and support peersRigorous, organized, disciplined 

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