Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Supervisor

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Tanzania is present in the Kigoma Region, Northwestern Tanzania, providing services in one remaining refugee camp in Kasulu District and at a transit centre in Kigoma town.  Approximately 65,000 Congolese receive protection and basic assistance in the areas of Education, Child Protection, Community-based Rehabilitation (care for disabled), Vulnerable Care, Youth & Development and Women’s Protection and Empowerment/Gender-Based Violence (WPE/GBV). However Since May 2015, hundreds of Burundians displaced by the conflict in Burundi continue to arrive in Tanzania on a daily basis. The population of Burundians currently living in Nyarugusu, Nduta and other transit sites in Tanzania is 128,725 .  On 7th October 2015, the government of the United Republic of Tanzania opened   Nduta refugee camp which today hosts 32% (41,708) of all Burundian refugees in Tanzania relocated from Nyarugusu and the daily new arrivals. On 14th January 2015 Mtendeli was opened and currently hosts close to 5,000 refugees with a plan to relocate up to 15,000 refugees from Nyarugusu by March 2016.

Scope of work
This position will be responsible for providing supervision to PSS officers and incentive staff on the delivery of Psychosocial Support services (PSS). He/she will be involved in constant participation, facilitation and organization of PSS services and activities delivered in the camp. He/she will also liaise with sectors and other partners for mental health and psychosocial support.  The position is located in either of the camps; Nyarugusu, Nduta or Mtendeli. It is more of community outreach based.
IRC seeks to recruit qualified Tanzanian, energetic and committed candidates to fill the following position:

Position:                      Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Supervisor
Location:                      Nyarugusu, Mtendeli and refugee Nduta Camps
Reporting to:               Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Manager

i. Provide and supervise PSS officers in delivering individual and group therapy to community members in order to respond to their mental wellbeing needs.
ii. Organize and facilitate activities that raise awareness about mental health and psychosocial wellness and reduce stigma/maltreatment against people with mental health concerns.
iii. Identify existing community mechanisms in a safe and dignified manner to resolve psychological maladjustments and provide effective mechanisms to enhance their capacity to provide support.
iv. Identify needs and empower individuals to develop useful coping strategies.
v. Provide mobile psychoeducation activities in the community and psychosocial support to the cases that cannot access the services due to enclosed environment.
vi. Participate in the design and development of project proposals, budgets, donor reports, workplans and management of grant lines in MHPSS activities.
vii. Ensure timely submission  all program reports from the PSS officers in the camp, quality of program data and proper archival of program information including safe custody of case files and referral of cases/information
viii. Organise and facilitate Mental Health Case Discussion & Coordination Meetings and conduct capacity building sessions to service providers and appropriate referral mechanisms
ix. Monitor Case Management & prepare  detailed work plan for  MHPSS officers
x. Develop and manage PSS  activities and attend camp  level meetings as necessary
xi. Develop and submit monthly cash projections and spending plans for PSS activities and ensure efficient use of program resources in accordance with financial policies and procedures
xii. Ensuring activity procurement needs are procured on time and logistics policies and procurement procedures are met
xiii. Prepare staff duty roster and monitor staff adherence to program objectives.
xiv. Responsible for welfare and discipline of refugee incentive staff in coordination with HR.
xv. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including community leaders, and other implementing partners to advocate for the needs of emotionally distressed persons  and work with partners to enhance multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination
xvi. Provide ongoing supervision, leadership, training and technical support and guidance to staff to ensure holistic delivery of PSS services
xvii. Participate in identifying of  staff training needs and systematically build their capacity of the community workers


i. Bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology/clinical psychology/ Mental health (nurse Psychiatrist) or other related field
ii. Minimum  3 years Working experience with persons with emotional distress, intellectually challenged or with mental disorders
iii. Ability to lead and organize a team
iv. Fluency in spoken and written English and Swahili. French and Kirundi will be a plus
v. Ability to work under pressure and in remote areas
vi. Flexibility to reallocate  across camps whenever necessary

How to apply:
Applications for the position must include:
i. A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements.
ii. Detailed curriculum vitae showing contact address, email, and day-time mobile phone number(s) and three (3) referees, ONE being your last employer.
iii. Birth certificate
iv. ONLY copies of academic and professional certificates.
All applications should be sent to:


Applications will be considered valid if sent/received before 1700hrs Friday, 15th July, 2016. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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