Position: Psychosocial Assistant
Number of position: 2                                   
Location:  1 for Hargeisa and 1 for Burao (with regular travel to the field)
Duration of contract: 19 months
Closing date: 12/05/2019
Created in 1982, Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our actions are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. HI was the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and was recently awarded (October 2016) a prize by the Office of the Presidency in Somaliland for services to Persons with Disabilities.
Handicap International started in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation center in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland is to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and to engage development actors to promote inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities  and other vulnerable people  at local and national level.
Handicap International (HI) is currently implementing 21 months  humanitarian aid project ; “Emergency response for most at risk displaced and host population with a focus on elderly, people with injuries, chronic illness, physical disabilities and/or psychological distress and their family members affected by the crisis” in Togdheer and Woqoooyi region of Somaliland.
Position will be based in Hargeisa and Burao, under the direct line-management of Project Manager and functional management of project Psychologist. She/hewill be responsible to:

Work as mobile/outreach psychosocial team to identify, register and analyse specific needs as well as  needs of psychosocial supports of project targeted beneficiaries (such as persons with disabilities, persons with injuries, chronic illness, persons with psychosocial distress, elderly people etc)
Develop a community approach to ensure a confidence in HI process and project.
Provide counsellingsessions (individual and group) to identified person with psycholgical distress.
According to the needs identified and the internal referral received, organize; different group psychosocial and recreational  sessions according to the integrated approach through mobile safe space(women and children)
With the support and advices of Project Psychologist, define the objectives of the group sessions and the relevant participants.
Conduct the different psycho-social group activities, adapted and appropriate to each one’s specific needs and capacities.
Prepare the referral list of all identified cases on psychosocial and mental health issue and shared with Project Psychologist on timely manner.


Ensure a qualitative follow up of the beneficiaries and document the follow up according to the monitoring plan
Ensure a daily quantitative and qualitative reporting through the tools (assessment form, follow up form, discharger and monitoring form, donation certificate, groups report) and system in place.
Organization of the weekly plan within the Mobile Psychosocial and protection team, with the support of Project Psychologist and Protection Officers
Any other reports to be made upon line manager request.

OTHERS (To demonstrate an ethic and professional practice):

Respect beneficiary confidentiality and accountability.
Treat them with respect and dignities.
Respect, promote and implement all HI’sSafe Guarding Policies and report to your line manager any non-respect of HI’s policies amongst the teams or partners.
Address needs and requests in a professional way.
Report any incident or act that causes any harm to beneficiary or to others.
Always interact with children with the presence of their parents or caregivers.
Always respect a refusal of treatment.

Education and Competency

Bachelor University degree in social work or  sociology  or psychology
At least 2 years of field experience in direct community psychosocial services (identification , carry out group sessions, different result based group activities/recreational activities etc session)
Good Knowledge on basic group facilitation skills.
Good knowledge of child and adult development and learning.
Good knowledge of safe identification and referral principles.
Strong communication and reporting skills,
Strong organizational skills,
Ability to work under high pressure,
English mandatory (oral and written),


Status: Service contract with salary according to experience
Start: 1st June 2019
Duration: 19 months (possible extension, linked to final confirmation on funding)

Condition of application:
If you feel you are the right candidate for this position, kindly send your application along with an up-to-date CV + a cover letter (including 3 referees with their current official contacts) by email to:

The email subject line should be marked: “Application for Psychologist Assistant – Hargeisa or Psychologist Assistant – Burao”
Please do not send your academic and other testimonials they will be requested at a later stage.

If one of the mandatory topics above isn’t respected, the candidate will be disqualified
Only short listed candidates with the above qualifications and skills will be contacted.
Humanity & Inclusion is 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 qualified and competent women and persons with disability applicants are highly encouraged to apply.


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