20 April 2016

Project Officer- Psychosocial Support NGO Job Careers - Alliance Forum for Development (AFOD)

Organisation: Alliance Forum for Development (AFOD)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
Vacancy Number: AFOD-U-VA13/2016

About US:
Alliance Forum for Development (AFOD)-Uganda is a national NGO, registered with Uganda national NGO board and is mandated to support the government of Uganda in delivery of adolescent sexual reproductive health (ASRH), maternal and child nutrition (MCN), child protection, creating community resilience in food security, and research both in humanitarian and development programmes. AFOD Uganda with a fully-fledged office in Kampala and field office in Adjumani district is now starting programme implementation in Adjumani district to strengthen adolescent sexual reproductive health activities among refugees and host populations in Mungula I, II and Mireyi settlements in collaboration with district health office and other health partners.

Job Summary:  The Project Officer- Psychosocial Support will be responsible programme/project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme/project activities, including data analysis and reporting, with a major focus on providing technical support to ensure achievement of project objectives.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The jobholder will plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the project activities.
  • Identify psychosocial needs of affected vulnerable individuals (youths, persons with disability, injury, chronic disease, women, and the elderly) and their families, particularly those affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Actively facilitate peer-to-peer networks among vulnerable persons in collaboration with local association to ensure long-term psychosocial support.
  • Develop, provide and coordinate appropriate psychosocial support interventions through individual and group based approaches.
  • The incumbent will facilitate group sessions focusing on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) with a specific focus on youths, women, children and elderly persons.
  • Offer specific psychosocial counseling support to vulnerable persons so that they can cope up and participate in rehabilitation service.
  • Organize individual trauma-counseling or referral for mental health support.
  • Provide training to beneficiaries, volunteers and community leaders to identify vulnerable individuals in need of psychosocial support.
  • Ensure inclusion of protection concerns within the project activities.
  • The incumbent will organize sensitization sessions for agencies, local authorities and camp management on specific concerns of vulnerable groups including Persons with Disabilities
  • Generate human interest stories and case studies (and support the project team to do the same) on beneficiaries and activities of the project.
  • Carry out assessments or studies to identify real needs of vulnerable groups and formulate concepts to address the gaps.
  • In charge of the preparation of reports, analysis and interpretation of project data and use it for planning and decision making.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor/Masters level (degree in social work, psychology, or related field is preferable).
  • Broad working knowledge and experience related to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programming in development and humanitarian context
  • Working knowledge and experience in developing and facilitating trainings, workshops, and meetings, including with MHPSS service providers and government officials (training experience in MHPSS preferable).
  • Previous experience of working in local and international projects (preferable).
  • Excellent organizational, writing and reporting skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with various groups of conflict – affected population; refugees and volunteers.
  • Honest, hardworking and a self-motivated person
  • Ability to work within a team structure in a remote location
  • Ability to engage with district, community leaders and partner organizations
  • Excellent English both verbal and written skills
  • Good computer skills in MS word, power point, excel etc
  • Language: Fluency in English and other common local languages and previous experience of working in non-governmental organizations or the private sector is an added advantage.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications accompanied with updated CVs in English and motivation letters; quoting the vacancy reference number (check top of advert) to the address below;

Human Resource Officer,
Alliance Forum for Development (AFOD), Uganda
Plot 17 Charles Lwanga Road, Minister’s Village, Ntinda,
P.O. BOX 11003 Kampala, Uganda.

Email to: info_u@afodi.org

Deadline: 29th April 2016

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