at Center for Victims of Torture
Location Gambela, Ethiopia
Date Posted September 8, 2020
Category Social Sciences
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB


General Description of Role

The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) is a US based non-governmental and non-profit organization engaged in mental health programs in Ethiopia to support the South Sudanese refugees in Nguenyyiel refugee camp.

Currently, CVT is looking for qualified Counselors for its Ethiopia program. This is a full-time position based in Gambella town with daily travel to the Nguenyyiel camp.  The position holders will report to the Expert Psychotherapist/Trainers (PT) and Zonal Manager (ZM) in Gambella.


  • Expert Psychotherapist/Trainer


  • Through 31 August 2021

Number of Individuals Recruited: 

  • One (1).

Terms of employment: 

  • Initial contract from October 1, 2020 (or sooner) through August 31, 2021 starting with a 60-day probationary period, and with a possibility of extension.  The position is dependent upon project approval.

Counselors will have the following major duties and responsibilities among others:

  • Attend, participate in, and utilize material covered in intensive initial and ongoing trainings.
  • Provide comprehensive psychosocial counseling to clients who have experienced trauma, torture and/or SGBV.
  • Provide assessment, individual and group counseling sessions as assigned by the PT and CS.
  • Complete quarterly reports, case studies, progress notes, and treatment plans on time.
  • Sensitize, solve problems, dialogue and mediate with the wider population about issues of war, torture, trauma and SGBV.
  • Provide psychoeducation to community members and key stakeholders.
  • Provide crisis support to high-risk clients.
  • Expected to become proficient with CVT’s data collection tools, conduct and submit assessments and reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Work closely with the database staff to ensure quality reporting.
  • Act as cultural and linguistic interpreters.
  • Ensure all work with clients is confidential and that ethical practices are observed and local cultural context and beliefs are respected.
  • Assist in designing, planning, implementing and facilitating of external trainings for numerous target groups.
  • Develop new and strengthen existing referral systems with other organizations.
  • Liaise with other stakeholders and partner organizations as deemed necessary.
  • Engage in quality self-care through supervision, debriefings, and other shared sessions.
  • Assist with any other related activities as deemed necessary by the PT and CS.
  • This profile can be modified to adapt it to the project context in light of evolving project needs 

Job Requirements


  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, or other related fields.  Higher degree in psychology is preferred.
  • Must have two years and above experience in similar settings in an international NGO.
  • Must be fluent in English, Nuer, Amharic, written and spoken. Other languages spoken by South Sudanese such as Arabic highly desirable.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including empathic listening.
  • Ability to communicate in a highly professional manner with clients, community members, colleagues, and professional partners
  • Able to work independently, self-motivated
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Good team player: able to take direction and work collaboratively with others
  • Results oriented
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change
  • Ability to promote the values of equality, non-discrimination, and human rights for all
  • Computer skills highly desirable


Applying Instructions

Please write an English letter of application stating clearly what motivates you to apply for the above position and how your qualifications and experience are relevant to the post. Include a copy of your CV, copies of any other relevant documents, and the names and contact information of three references. Do not send original documents as these will not be returned to you.  Submitting false information will result in your application being disqualified.

Please e-mail applications to RGach@CVT.ORG before September 11, 2020 5:00pm, with the subject title “Counselor Position Application [Your Name]”. E-mails with attachments should not exceed a total of 1MB.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The written exam is scheduled to take place soon after, and selected candidates will be invited back for an interview, Gambella. Please make sure that you are available.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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