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  • Posted on: 12 September, 2017 Deadline: 18 September, 2017
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    Medecins Du Monde has been working in Nigeria-Maiduguri since 2016 and implements projects aimed at assisting and improving the lives of persons with disabilities to lead normal and productive lives within their communities. To achieve these aims MDM is working within communities and in partnership with local authorities, associations to empower them in finding lasting solutions to their challenges.

    MDM has been awarded a grant to implement the necessary and appropriate services to deal with the mental health related issues, on the one hand to address the urgent need to deal with the most serious cases, and on the other, to introduce a structural framework with the political and healthcare authorities in Maiduguri in Borno State.

    You will be working under the overall responsibility of the GenCo, and directly under the supervision of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator. You will provide key support to the MH Coordinator in the roll-out and implementation of project activities.  He/she will work with partners, counterparts and stakeholders in ensuring psychosocial services, capacity building and awareness-raising. He/she will ensure that project outputs are of the highest quality and that expected results are achieved in a timely and efficient manner.

    Female Psychosocial Support Counsellor



    Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator


    Maiduguri and Damboa

     contract Duration:

    6 Months (with possibility of extension)

    monthly working hours

    208 hours ( from Monday to Friday, occasional weekend work)


    • Deliver one-on-one (Individual) and group counselling sessions to identified clients through MDM Clinics, and in line with MDM integrated approach
    • Develop psychosocial activities; community mobilization, awareness raising, creation of family support group, working on family links etc.
    • Support MH Coord in delivering training, workshops etc as outlined in the project.
    • Support in the creation of materials including publicity documents, workshops contents.
    • Engage with the community to deliver and promote MDM MHPSS project activities in the designated locations.
    • Assist in writing monthly, quarterly, annual reports, monitoring and evaluation activity and progress reports of project activities including monthly reporting to the MHPSS Coordinator.
    • On request support MH Coord in specific tasks
    • Maintain a positive image of MDM at all times and in all circumstances.
    • Note: This job description is not exhausted and the staff member may be asked from time to time to perform duties over and above those described here.  The staff member is also expected to maintain confidentiality of all beneficiaries and internal information at all times.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Be educated to Degree/Diploma level in Psychology, Counselling, Social Sciences, Community Development or related field from a recognized institution
    • Minimum 2 years post-qualification experience in related work within an INGO or organization similar setting.
    • Experience in MHPSS project implementation within an INGO setting
    • Good knowledge of counseling and community mobilization methods and tools
    • Good spoken and written English
    • Good spoken and written Hausa , with at least one other local language: Kanuri and Marghi, Shuwa, Fulani,
    • Good communicator with proven organizational skills
    • Previous experience in TOT
    • Ability to work harmoniously in a team setting
    • Willingness to work long hours and weekends when necessary
    • Good computer skills (Microsoft word,Power Point and Excel)


    • Experience in supporting medical team and community based organizations
    • Experience of working with Hospital could be added advantage
    • Knowledge about MHPSS
    • Experience working with survivors of trauma, including GBV
    • Working in  emergency and development project
    • Exposure to research
    • Good knowledge of Borno state.


    Method of Application

    Send CV + cover letter explaining why you consider yourself suitable for this position and providing a valid email and telephone contact to No. 149  Abubakar Grangrang street, off Damboa road, Behind NTA, Maiduguri or by email to:

    Ensure to place “Female Psychosocial Support Counsellor” in the subject line

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

    Starting date: ASAP

    Our process of selection include some written tests and oral interviews

    Interviews written test and interviews will be done in Maiduguri

    Applications not meeting the minimum qualifications or received after the expiry date of this Vacancy Notice shall not be considered.  If you have not heard from the employer in ONE week from the closure date of this Vacancy Notice please consider your application as unsuccessful.
    MDM would like to thank all applicants for their interest.

    MDM is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from anyone persons regardless of your gender.

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