Programme Manager – Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing Job Placement – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Organization: Refugee
Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director
About US:
The Refugee Law Project (RLP)
is an outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere University. Our Mission
is to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host communities to
enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives. Refugee Law Project’s work
is currently structured in five thematic areas: Access to Justice; Conflict,
Transitional Justice & Governance (CTJ&G), Gender & Sexuality;
Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing; and Media for Social Change.
Job Summary: The Programme
Manager – Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing is familiar with current and
emerging thinking, policy and practice in the fields of mental health and
psychosocial wellbeing, is actively engaged in debates in the field as a
practitioner and/or academic, is able to contribute to the further development
of these fields, actively inputs into the strategic direction of the programme,
and is in-charge of overseeing and managing the daily activities and duties of
the MHPWB Programme and ensuring the quality of all work done through the
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
 Client Support:
  • Review
    testimonies for refugees with common mental and psychosocial challenges
  • Carry
    out psycho-education in refugee communities to promote knowledge on
    identifying, preventing and managing common and severe mental disorders
  • Build
    and establish relationships between the clients’ communities with the RLP
    and engage in building and establishing relationships and partnerships
    between, government, non-government agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct
    community outreach to create and enrich linkages with communities and
    agencies within refugee communities and work closely with them to develop
    and deliver information and support services in user-friendly language.
  • Participate
    in, lead, and/or coordinate training sessions and workshops to enhance
    psychosocial skills of staff and/or client groups and/or other
    stakeholders (e.g. Police, UPDF, Prisons, Immigration etc.)
  • Consult
    with other therapists and related professional and paraprofessional staff,
    as appropriate, in the performance of therapeutic and/or casework; refer
    clients to appropriate service agencies as required.
  • Provide
    counselling and psychosocial support to clients, including ensuring that
    those whose needs do not necessarily fall within the RLP mandate are
    nonetheless given appropriate guidance and referral.
  • Prepare
    timely intervention reports, including maintaining and updating the data
    base of all managed clients Ensure that counselling sessions with
    organization counsellors are conducted well and devise means of handling
    clients so as to avoid relapse after treatment.
  • Oversee
    conduct of home visits held for counselling and home based support to
    refugees with common psychological and psychosocial challenges
  • Ensure
    that refugees with common psychological and psychosocial issues are
    accompanied to hospitals and other places of referral
  • Oversee
    the development and mentoring of client support groups
Leadership Role:
  • Provide
    leadership and ensure efficient and effective management of staff and
    resources in the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing Programme
  • Provide
    continuous leadership, supervision, training and development of programme
    staff ensuring an effective and motivated team
  • Represent
    the MHPWP on the RLP Management Team
Research and Advocacy around
mental health issues
  • Identify
    issues for advocacy and play a leadership role in policy advocacy
  • Write
    research report and proposals on psychosocial challenges faced by refugee
    in refugee settlement
  • Coordinate
    and promote awareness of the psychological and psychosocial issues and
    services available to a diverse range of clients.
  • Support
    the programme staff in conceptualizing research themes and appropriate
  • Provide
    lead researcher support to research teams and individuals
  • Mentor
    junior staff in research and policy advocacy
  • Represent
    RLP and the MHPWP in external functions including presentations of RLP
Administrative Duties:
  • Lead
    the programme staff in preparation of quarterly work plans (Programme and
  • Consolidate
    individual reports into monthly and quarterly reports for the programme
  • Ensure
    appropriate workload for programme staff
  • Work
    closely with the Monitoring Team to ensure that periodic programme reviews
    are executed
  • Ensure
    that programme staff account for funds advanced to them for activities.
  • Work
    closely with the HR unit in conducting performance appraisals and ensure
    competency and training gaps are addressed.
  • Identify
    funding opportunities and develop proposals in collaboration with the
    Grants Unit and Fund-raising Team
  • Represent
    the RLP in partner meetings and Fora
  • Review
    all Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing related presentations to be
    made by staff representing the organisation.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Refugee Law Project (RLP) Programme Manager –
    Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing job opportunity must hold a
    Degree in Psychology, counsell
    ing or any human services related discipline
  • A minimum of five years’ experience working
    with vulnerable groups with psychological and psychosocial challenges
  • Membership of Uganda Counselling Association or
    any other related body
  • Previous experience in administering donor funded projects
  • Demonstrated people management experience
    (especially in managing teams)
  • Solidly reliable with strong attention to
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Keen attention to detail and be truly organized
  • Strong sense of personal initiative and able to
    work independently in a fast-paced office.
  • Keen interest in international, refugee, social
    justice and humanitarian issues
  • Knowledge of project management and work with a
    not-for-profit and NGO
  • Able and willing to travel and work in remote
    areas in challenging circumstance
  • Self-motivated, versatile and adaptable to
    different cultures and people
  • Knowledge of one or more languages spoken in forced migrant communities (e.g. Swahili,
    French, Lingala, Somali, Juba Arabic, Kirundi etc.)
How to Apply:
All candidates who wish to join
the Refugee Law Project (RLP) in this capacity are encouraged to send a
motivation letter and curriculum vitae electronically
NB: The
position applied for MUST be indicated in the subject line of the email. Copies
of certificates should not be attached, but will be requested for from short-listed
candidates only.
Deadline: 21st February 2018
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