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  • Psycho-social Worker at Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI)

  • Posted on: 17 October, 2018 Deadline: 21 October, 2018
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  • Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency.

    Psycho-social Worker


    Location: Maiduguri (PHCC: Herwa - Ngaranam, Out-Reach Post) and Monguno (PHCC: Kukawa - Cross Kawa, MHC), Borno
    Slots: 8 Openings

    The PUI Nigerian Mission has been officially opened in April 2016, with a focus on meeting urgent needs, including improving access to food commodities for Internally Displaced People (IDP) and host communities (HC), later adding Primary Health Care and Nutrition activities. This initial intervention was focused on populations living in MMC. The progressive sectorial widening allowed to start implementing an integrated approach from 2017 in Bolori II in food security, livelihoods, nutrition and health, with the support of ECHO, FFP, OFDA and CIAA/CDC, in line with PUI’s global strategy.

    In 2018, PUI will further develop its comprehensive response by adding Outreach/Protection and WaSH to the existing country program in Bolori II, and will scale up its intervention with the opening of Kukawa LGA base, with the main objectives of reducing morbidity and mortality of the most vulnerable population and promoting protection amongst the whole affected community.

    The same donors will support the 2018 intervention. In parallel, PUI is supporting the coordination mechanisms and is running the common logistics platform for all humanitarian actors funded by the logistics cluster (WFP) since 2016, and the partnership has been renewed to this date.

    General Objective

    • Under the supervision of the MHPSS Adviser, and the Deputy MHPSS advisor psycho-social worker will perform all MHPSS activities in the field, including case management and referral to other services
    • Besides this, S/He will fill data records, and perform data entry on weekly basis
    • S/He will take part in weekly office meetings, attend formal training's, on job training, and provide weekly case presentations.

    Responsibilities and Tasks
    Objective 1: PSS Responsibilities:

    • Provide psycho-social support, and psychological first aid to survivors who have experienced psychological trauma, torture, gender based violence GBV, domestic violence, and when necessary to survivors of natural disasters.
    • Work in collaboration with PHCC and outpost staff to receive referred beneficiaries, ensure follow up of referred PSS/ PFA beneficiaries, and provide guidance to health facility staff on PSS.
    • Provide screening and assessment on psychological trauma.
    • Sensitize, psycho-educate, problem solve, dialogue and mediate with the beneficiaries population about issues of war, torture, trauma, violence and GBV.
    • Ensure all work with clients is confidential and that ethical practices are observed in culturally appropriate way, especially with respect to gender sensitivities.
    • Perform community awareness on trauma and psychosocial support to beneficiaries and community leaders
    • Refer patients when needed to more specialized services in link with the deputy MHPSS advisor.
    • Perform case follow up and case management when there is need.
    • S/he should develop action plan for the follow up patients
    • Engage in self-care through supervision, debriefings, and other shared sessions.

    Objective 2: Office Work:

    • Become proficient with the MHPSS data collection tools, conduct, and submit screening and assessments reports in a timely and accurate manner.
    • Fill in all reporting and data collection forms in daily basis to ensure quality reporting
    • Weekly data entry of collected information from the field.
    • Attend the weekly MHPSS supervision/ on job training meeting
    • Attend all MHPSS/PFA related trainings given by PUI.

    Assist with any other related activities as deemed necessary by the expatriate MHPSS advisor. The tasks and responsibilities defined in this job description are non-exhaustive and can evolve depending on the project’s needs.

    Mandatory Requirements
    The successful candidate will need to have:

    • Bachelor's Degree/Certificate in Psychology, Counselling, Social Work, Nursing or other related fields
    • Significant experience in working as a psycho-social worker, or psycho-social counselor, or community social worker
    • Fluent in written and spoken English, Hausa and Kanuri
    • Strong report writing and computer skills (must be competent in Ms Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
    • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathize with children and their care takers
    • Commitment to and understanding of PUI’s aims, values and principles
    • Ability to integrate into the local environment including awareness of political, religious and economic aspects of the community

    Knowledge and Skills:

    • Knowledge of local areas and community structures
    • Able to work in a stressful environment and move around to work in Health Facilities
    • Able to maintain confidentiality
    • Able to work independently in the field
    • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills


    • Good team player
    • Good reporting skills


    • Transversals skills
    • Excellent communication, conflict solving and diplomacy skills to manage relationship in potentially tense situations
    • Strong motivation to help people in need
    • Ability to make decisions
    • Understanding of the political situation in the area
    • Ability to analyze and suggest improvements of the activities
    • Ability to adapt or change priorities according to the changing situation
    • Well organized and hard worker
    • Able to manage stress and pressure
    • Able to check validity of information, logical thinking
    • Neutrality
    • Reliability

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI) career website on to apply

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