Fresher Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer USAID Project Jobs – Makerere Joint AIDS Program (MJAP)

Job Title:   Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer     

Organisation: Makerere Joint AIDS Program (MJAP)

Project Name: USAID Local Partner Health Service Project East & Central (LPHS-EC)

Duty Station:  Busia, Uganda

Reports to: Technical Advisor HIV Prevention


About US:

The USAID Local Partner Health Service Project East & Central (LPHS-EC) is a project of Makerere Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) funded by USAID. MJAP’s Mission is to build partnerships and strengthen Health Systems to optimally respond to HIV/AIDS, TB and other diseases of public health importance in Africa. MJAP has Integrity, Excellence, Team Spirit, Compassion, and Respect as Core Values. Our Vision is Universal and equitable access to quality health care for healthier populations. At MJAP, we believe that our performance is directly influenced by the set of values and principles by which we live and carry out our daily work. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible.


Job Summary:  The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer will diagnose, treat, and prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among People living with, affected and at high risk of HIV infection. Provide screening for mental health illness and offer appropriate counselling.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support facilities and communities to integrate Mental health assessment and management.
  • Popularize a web-based depression self-assessment tool (avid18) among clients and health workers.
  • Provide technical assistance to project teams and the district health workers/Community structures to strengthen mental health integration into HIV programming.
  • She/he will offer tele-health counselling to clients outside the area of placement to reach more in need.
  • Coordinate and conduct periodic stakeholder/DIC HIV prevention meetings aimed at promoting collaboration, learning and adaptation (CLA) among stakeholders on mental health integration.
  • S/he will support facilities and communities to assess mental health among the clients and get appropriate support.
  • Take lead on mentorship and implementation of The Akena’s Visual Depression Inventory (AVIDI-18) both audio/video versions for KPs, PLHIVs at DIC and facilities.
  • Analyze the filled forms and offer appropriate support.

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold a diploma in Psychiatric medicine, Psychiatric Nursing or Clinical Psychology.
  • Training in public health, or related field will be of added advantage.
  • At least three years of relevant working experience in health settings providing psychosocial support services.
  • Experience of working with MOH, District and Community Health structures in HIV.
  • Excellent communication skills to manage a wide range of relationships with colleagues, and patients and their families.
  • Emotional resilience, a calm temperament, and the ability to work well under pressure.
  • Teamwork and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Problem-solving and diagnostic skills
  • Non-Judgmental of gender orientation.


How to Apply:

All qualified and interested candidates should apply via the email below and submit their cover letters, a detailed curriculum vita and copies of relevant academic documents to: addressed to; The Human Resource Manager, Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP), Kampala. Uganda


The Application letter, CV and certificates be attached as one document; and should not exceed 5 MB.


NB: MJAP does not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process. MJAP is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We value and seek diversity in our workforce.


Deadline: 16th June 2023 by 5:00pm.


For more of the latest jobs, please visit or find us on our facebook page


Related Jobs