Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Officer Yobe

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The Organization We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

· No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday · All children learn from a quality basic education and that, · Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information: Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

TITLE: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Officer, Yobe TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme LOCATION: Yobe GRADE: 4 CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff. ROLE PURPOSE: • The MHPSS Officer will be providing a range of psychosocial support services within the Nutrition and child protection sector directed towards enhancing the emotional health of mothers with postpartum depression through the maternal mental health programs in Save the Children response locations. • To support the MHPSS unit to oversee quality improvements in Save the Children’s mental health and psychosocial support interventions for children affected by the conflict in NE Nigeria. • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role. SCOPE OF ROLE: Reports to: MHPSS Coordinator Staff reporting to this post: None KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY Provision of counselling services: • The MHPSS officer will spend most of the time listening to, empathizing with, assessing, supporting and empowering mothers with psychosocial problems. • Develop positive and meaningful relationships with mothers and children through regular one-on-one and group counselling sessions depending on their needs. • Keeping confidential records of all the mothers and children in the program. • Track, analyse and compile all the sessions and track changes in the lives of depressed mothers and children. • Capacity strengthening of health workers on helping skills for encouraging, conducting assessments and referrals for mothers. • Work with the MHPSS Coordinator to collaborate and coordinate with specialised psychosocial support agencies to provide targeted support for mothers with advance mental health challenges. Support to MHPSS programming activities with CP: • Support the MHPSS Coordinator to populate the MHPSS database • Ensuring assistance is provided to children affected by the conflict in a dignified, respectful, equitable and inclusive manner that supports their resilience • Assisting children in acute distress and alleviating their stress, for instance ensuring that all staff/partners are trained on PFA and feel confident to use it • The mainstreaming of inter-agency guidelines (e.g. IASC MHPSS guidelines) and standards (e.g. CPMS) across the different sectors of programme activities delivered by SC and its partners • The use of structured and manualised MHPSS techniques. • Ensure the participation of parents and caregivers in MHPSS activities. • Support structured MHPSS activities for groups of boys and girls of different age groups, with particular attention to survivors of SGBV, unaccompanied children and other children who present with signs of poor mental health and distress. Proposed Outputs: • Individual and group counselling sessions with mothers and children where required to discuss complex cases. • Be available on call/skype if any urgent matters arise that a staff would like to share regarding their casework or his/her personal well-being • Bi-monthly progress reports to the MHPSS Coordinator to highlight needs and gaps. • Development of peer/reflective practices with teams • Support current MHPSS practices, reflecting on a cross-sectoral approach. • Structured MHPSS activities for boys and girls, organised in age-appropriate groups with a clear methodology or curriculum to promote mental well-being. Such activities must align with donor commitments in already-funded projects. BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice) Accountability: • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved. Ambition: • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale. Collaboration: • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to. Creativity: • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions • willing to take disciplined risks. Integrity: • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity. QUALIFICATIONS • Minimum of B.Sc. in Psychology, Psychiatric Nurse, and any related counselling or psychological course. • Minimum 4 years post NYSC cognate experience in a clinical setting, NGO and INGO. • Experience in Psychological First Aid, and other psychosocial support (MHPSS) activities • Experience working in Child Protection programs, including those with MHPSS component • Fluent in English and Hausa is desirable • Working knowledge of Kanuri and Shuwa is an advantage • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills and discretion with confidential information • Ability to work independently and proactively. Desirable: • Experience in humanitarian emergencies and/or a refugee/displacement-setting • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

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