Public Mental Health Psychologist At ALIMA


The story of ALIMA began in 2009 in Niger. While the entire medical profession witnessed an alarming peak of acute malnutrition and increasing infant mortality rates, the health structures for managing malnutrition were becoming increasingly rare. The year before, many international NGOs had been expelled from the country.

Mission Location: Public Mental Health Psychologist – MMC
Project: MMC – BORNO STATE
Management lines: LINE MANAGER:
Medref. LINE MANAGEMENT

MISSION AND MAIN ACTIVITIES

Provide specialized services and individual psychological support for people with moderate to severe mental and/or emotional disorders in the different areas of intervention. Provide technical support to Health staff to implement sound psychosocial support (PSS) activities for children and adults. The Psychologist is responsible for providing psychotherapy services to beneficiaries in need of MHPSS services to ensure quality of mental health and psycho-social services (MHPSS) in the fields,

MAIN TASK

  • Assist cases (GBV, depression, anxiety, stress…) with identified mental or emotional disorders referred internally or externally
  • Conduct case-by-case needs assessments for the diagnosis of psychological disorders and identification of treatment and therapy
  • Carry out evaluation of mental health needs of patients/beneficiaries and establishing a diagnosis and a plan of treatment following WHO MHGAP approach and ALIMA case management protocols. Referring cases to other health professionals whenever necessary, in order to provide the most appropriate treatment and improve the patient’s condition
  • Providing psychological support and psychotherapy sessions (individual, family, group) to beneficiaries in need according to ALIMA, MHGAP and other standards protocols in order to improve their psycho-social and mental health conditions
  • Document progress on cases, maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and consent, and ensure that data protection protocols are respected
  •  Assisting and training staff members (Nutrition and health) and resourceful people whenever necessary in order to enhance the scope of MHPSS activities. Facilitate trainings for internal staffs and communities on psychosocial first aid (PFA)
  • Strengthen community based psychosocial support and peer support group activities standard protocols and procedures set in order to provide the most appropriate management.
  • Provide coaching and support to the field staff in the implementation of structured MHPSS activities
  • Carry out all tasks respecting key protection principles, including but not limited to: do no harm, non-discrimination, confidentiality, accountability and need-to-know principles
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relations with relevant partners and other project stakeholders working in the project areas
  • Proactively participate in relevant coordination meetings, as requested by the coordination
  • Implementation of prevention measures against abuse of power, gender-based and sexual violence:
  • Ensures that his/her team, partners and community members are aware of ALIMA’s policy and have access to information (complaint escalation mechanism, focal point…).
  • Facilitates the organization of training and awareness sessions
  • Implements standards related to the prevention of abuse of power, gender-based violence and sexual violence.
  • Ensures that team members and partners involved in the project (Ministry of Health, national partners, etc.) follow training and awareness sessions and apply the rules for preventing abuse.
  • Contributes to creating and maintaining a nurturing and protective environment for his/her team, community members and project partners.

Requirement

  • University Master’s degree in clinical psychology in Psychology
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience, including at least one year in NGO providing psychotherapy services
  • High degree of skill in psychological assessment and evaluation.
  • Experience working with or conducting research about refugee and/or displaced populations and/or demonstration of the capacity to do so.
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, outlook)
  • Analytical and reporting skills
  • Respect and adherence to protection principles
  • Capacity to work under pressure, flexibility
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluency in English, Kanuri and Hausa (written and spoken) and excellent writing skills

Method of Application

Submit online your Cover letter, CV with colour picture and qualifications with contact details all in the same files, to ALIMA’s recruitment email recruitment@nigeria.alima.ngo Subject: Public Mental Health Psychologist – MMC

Last day for Submission of application 4th September 2022

Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful. Only full applications will be taken into account. Only accepted applications will be contacted.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Important remarks

Only successful applicants will be called for interview.

No monetary transactions, neither demands of favours in kind, nor other types of favouritism will be tolerated in the recruitment process.

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