Psychosocial Officer

at Humanity & Inclusion (new brand name of Handicap International)
Location Gambela, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 28, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Base Salary 21641
Currency ETB


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Required number :  5 (one for each location)        

Location                   :  Jigjiga, Dire Dawa, Gambella, Liben and Kamashi Zones)

Duration                  :  Until December 31, 2020

Adversity allowance applicable: Gambela 40%, Assosa & Liben Zone 30%

1.      Mission

The Psycho-social support officer (PSS officer) will provide psychological and social support to IDPs, returnees, host communities and people in quarantine centers s/he assigned and design, implement and conduct inclusive PSS activities targeted to women, adolescent’s girls and children especially.

Additionally, the Psychosocial support officer will be responsible to provide group and individual counseling sessions to identified individuals by the community mobilizer to Persons with Specific Needs identified and their caregivers on specific topics (protection and PSS oriented) and is responsible for the provision of HI activities including protection and psychosocial services to IDPs, returnees, host communities and people in the quarantine centers for COVID 19 Response.

2.      Roles and Responsibilities

·         Ensure quality and inclusive services are provided every day especially to women, adolescents girls and children;

·         Ensure community mobilization and involvement of Persons with Specific Needs, especially persons with disabilities (including women and girls with disabilities) to attend small psychosocial events/activities;

·         Support the design and implementation of inclusive PSS activities within IDPs and host communities to contribute strengthening social, emotional well-being and increase skills, knowledge and participation (coping mechanisms, conflict management, self-confidence, resilience and empowerment);

·         Contribute to organize specific inclusive activities between mother and their children to strengthen positive parenting skills and mother-to-mother group discussions including mothers of children with disabilities and conduct the sessions;

·         Contribute to the design, planning and implementation of Community PSS events in sites to raise awareness about Rights of Persons with disabilities and ensure participation of persons with disabilities, other community members, actors and representatives of the government;

·         Report on a regular basis to your line-manager about the PSS activities implemented through weekly reports and activities planning;

·         Ensure data are collected in a qualitative and effective way with the consent of the beneficiary and that appropriate tools and formats are filled properly;

·         Ensure on a daily basis safe documentation and storage of the cases identified (identification forms, assessment forms, referrals forms,…) in line with internal standard operating procedures, guidelines and protection principles;

·         Ensure cases are well recorded through the database and other data collection methodologies (beneficiary’s files, …), updated every week and shared to the Senior Protection Team-Leader when required and data are disaggregated by age, gender and disability when collecting and recording data in accordance of HI’s data protection and confidentiality protocols;

·         Identify and network with external service providers to reinforce referral mechanisms;

·         Support the Senior Protection Team-Leader in continuous mapping of services available in HI’s areas of intervention;

·         Work in cooperation and partnership with local government stakeholders to realize the project objectives such as  Zone and Woreda Women & Children Affairs, DPPO, Health, Justice, Education Offices and Coordinate regular activities with IDP committees, Kebele authorities, and other partner teams if required;

·         Set-up and maintain effective communication system with partners and stakeholders;

·         Ensure respect and compliance of HI’s policies including Child Protection and Child Safeguarding Policy, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse [PSEA] policy, Anti-fraud and anti-corruption policy, Code of Conduct;

·         Ensures that beneficiaries, IDPs and community members are informed about HI’s safeguarding policies;

·         Disseminate information among community and partners about HI’s policies, Code of Conduct and PSEA’s messages and promote reporting of any concerns related to SEA and Child Safeguarding;

·         Report immediately to the Project Manager and Operational coordinator any concern, incident related to child protection, safeguarding and PSEA;

Job Requirements

Education & Qualification

-       Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, counseling, or Sociology, Social Work;

Knowledge and Professional Experience required

-          Minimum of 2 years of experience as psychologist or social worker;

-          Experience in Community-based protection and awareness raising in humanitarian settings;

-          Good knowledge of data collection, analysis and reporting;


-          Computer literacy (Word, Excel and Power Point).

-          High degree of confidentiality.

-          Good interpersonal and communication skills.

-          Ability to work with teams and develop team spirit.

-          Diligence and attention to detail.

-          Never been convicted, free from khat, smoking, alcohol and substance abuse addictions.

  • Knowledge of local working area language is a Must.


Applying Instructions

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should fill in the attached application form Job application form updated.docx and submit it with a 1 page motivation letter through ethiojobs or email it at on or before the above mentioned deadline.

Please clearly state the position you apply in the subject of your email.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted for exam/interview no phone calls please.

We’re committed to safeguarding and promoting child protection and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position involves working with beneficiaries and is subject to strict safer recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be required to complete a police check and sign self-declaration form to help us verify your suitability to work with children including checks with past employers.

Humanity & Inclusion is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes women and persons with disabilities to apply.

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