Psychosocial Officer at MÉDECINS DU MONDE -FRANCE

  • Location: Ethiopia
  • State: Afar Jobs
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Description

Context of the mission

Médecins du Monde (MDM) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) involved in humanitarian interventions, operating in Ethiopia since 1986 in different types of health projects from long-term interventions to emergency response.

The fact-finding mission for needs assessment in Afar region along the Addis Ababa (AA) – Djibouti corridor in sex work area was carried out in July 2017. However, Médecins du Monde – France (MdM – F) could not launched the project in 2018 due to funding delays. Starting end of implementation of the project started with few outreach activities. Since January 2019, the project fully under implementation with the following objective and result area.

The project aims primarily is to engage FSWs by improving access to integrated health services, psychosocial and legal support, and basic rights.

Essential Duties

The PSS officer will be responsible for the implementation of psychosocial support interventions of the project. Key activity areas will include:

  • Capacity building of peer educators and health workers:
  • Quality Psychosocial support provision for FSWs
  • Monthly reporting and data recording
  • Participation on material development

Hierarchical & Functional links

The PSS officer will be based in Logia town FGAE clinic, zone 1, Afar region. S/he will be under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator based in Semera. S/he will also report to the Project Coordinator while having functional links with the FGAE clinic coordinator for technical follow-up. In addition, and in close collaboration with the outreach worker and PEs, s/he will provide guidance and support for outreach PSS interventions among all the project sites.


Capacity building interventions:

  • Train health workers on psychological first aid
  • Train peer educators on life skills support and managing quality psychosocial group sessions, including the handling of potential acute reactions
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local government officials and partners in strengthening PSS interventions.
  • Participate on material development – e;g manual, IEC/BCC material

Quality PSS service provision:

  • Prepare an action plan for PSS service at outreach and health facility level
  • Follow and implement activities according to plan
  • Provide FSWs counselling and support groups at both outreach and health facility level.
  • Support partner and PEs on the identification and handling of GBV cases in line with principles of psychosocial support
  • Ensure timely referral of GBV cases
  • Maintains confidentiality during service provision

Reporting and data recording

  • Maintain record of case by documenting beneficiaries’ situation
  • Prepare and share activity report with Project Coordinator and as per request when needed.
  • Develop and summit monthly sitrep
  • Ensure daily recording of the data in line to the data collection system in place S/He will also be involved in any project related activities as requested by supervisors at the field office or the coordination.

Duty station:

  • Logia, zone 1, Afar region with frequent travel to other project sites inside zone 1: Dichoto, Semera , Asayta, Dubti and Mile.

Contract duration:

  • 6 months with possibility of extension, start immediately

Job Requirements

Expected profile

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology or sociology
  • At least 2 years professional experience on a similar position with an international NGO
  • Experienced in training of PSS
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Amharic, Afar is a plus
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office
  • Understanding and adherence to humanitarian principles
  • Excellent communication skills with sense of diplomacy
  • Ability to classify and manage priorities
  • High autonomous is required
  • Organisational skills and Rigour
  • Interest and ability to work in a team
  • Able to work in difficult living conditions

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to send in their application letters including updated curriculum vitae with day-time telephone number and contact details of three work-related referees only through  

 Applications should reach MdM latest by 15 th of September, 2019.

 NB: only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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