UPDATE JULY 5, 2017: A shortlist has been made and interviews will be conducted the beginning of next week.
StrongMinds Uganda (SMU) – Job Description – Mental Health Facilitator
Job Title : Mental Health Facilitator (MHF)
Reports to : Mental Health Supervisor
Location : Based in Iganga, Mukono or Kampala, Uganda
Salary : Attractive and negotiable
Duration : 12 months, renewable based on performance and resource availability
Working Hours : 40 hours a week
The mental health facilitator (MHF) is a local Ugandan individual who reports to StrongMinds Uganda (SMU) local management and other health care professionals working with StrongMinds Ugandan support of program activities. The primary role of the MHF is to facilitate the implementation of Group interpersonal psychotherapy (G-IPT) program activities in Uganda.
- The MHF will identify, diagnose, and recruit individuals with depression to join G-IPT program.
- The MHF will then treat individuals with depression within their own communities using proven medical screening programs adapted to local conditions and proven G-IPT sessions.
- After completing training, the MHF will provide G-IPT intervention for depression as weekly 90 minute sessions for up to 12 weeks.
- Canvas local Ugandan communities, meet with local leaders and partners to identify, diagnose, and recruit depressed Ugandans to participate in the G-IPT program.
- Follow –up and track patient attendance and participation and document patient and project progress to asses G-IPT efficacy. Prepare patient discharge plans and refer patients where necessary.
- Maintain confidentiality in all matters relating to group participants consistent with organizational policies and laws.
- The MHF may be required to attend support team meetings with management as needed and perform other duties as assigned.
- Collect key patients data electronically or using hard copies and prepare reports on progress made and submit to the supervisor.
- This job description is not contractual and is liable to change over time depending on emerging project needs.
Hiring Criteria & Experience
Relevant health or social work qualification – Essential
Minimum high school education – B.A. in Psychology preferred. – Essential
Demonstrated interest in social work and helping others. – Essential
Broad and in-depth understanding of issues relating to mental health, specifically depression. – Desirable
Understanding of self-help approaches and empowerment in mental health. – Desirable
Understanding of general patient evaluation approaches. – Desirable
Excellent group facilitation skills – Essential
Excellent verbal and written communication skills – Essential
Ability to work independently and unsupervised – Essential
Ability to develop, inform and sustain professional relationships, partnerships and networks. – Essential
Ability to work in collaboration with people with depression, families, and other staff/services involved in their support. – Desirable
Public speaking skills and the ability to lead and participate in workshops, seminars and other learning or promotion events. – Desirable
Experience of group facilitation – Essential ( 2 years or more)
Experience of working with people with depression and their families – Desirable
Experience of running self-help groups. – Desirable
Empathy with the aims of Strong Minds goal of treating depression. – Essential
Natural team player. – Essential
Willing to take direction – Essential
Number of vacancies: 12.
How to apply: Send an application, one page statement of why you are the best candidate and C.V. (maximum 2 pages only) in MS. Word Font 12, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or deliver hard copies to Plot 9 Martyr’s Lane, Ntinda, Ministers’ Village, before 5pm June 23rd 2017. Do not attach academic papers at this stage please.
Applicants should strictly note that, any form of canvassing and or submission of false information during recruitment, and employment leads to automatic disqualification and or termination, respectively.
FEMALES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.