Title: Mental Health Supervisors (3 positions)
Supervisor: Program Manager
Duty Station: Kampala, Kotido, Hoima
Job Purpose: Responsible for providing supervision and support to the team of Mental Health Facilitators (MHF) & Graduate Interns (GIs) implementing SMU’s Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-G) program in Uganda. The Mental Health Supervisor is also responsible for the assessment of the work of MHFs and GIs on matters of quality, utilization, training, patient safety, program management, and clinical effectiveness.
Specific Tasks (Key Areas of Accountability):
1. Program Implementation
- Prepare weekly work plans for the teams, submit it to the program manager and circulate it to the MHF teams
- Ensure that work plans are implemented
- Ensure that logistics support, transport, and other support for the field activities are coordinated in a timely fashion with the logistics and administration department
- In conjunction with MHFs, prepare financial requests for any program funds needed to support future programmatic activities
2. Coaching and skill building
- Teach and demonstrate counseling techniques including IPT-G
- Lead weekly debrief sessions to promote team cohesion and allow for inward-looking examination of skills and counseling quality by each MHF
- Support the MHFs to grasp the rationale for IPT-G strategy and intervention
- Assist the MHF to recognize their personal limitations and put in place strategies to protect both them and the client
- Support the MHF to develop a program of self-care and client management
- Recommend well-performing MHFs for recognition and those struggling for future training and support
- Develop a team culture of learning, excellence, and application of the SMU values and policies specifically but not limited to the SMU safeguarding and child protection policies
3. Program Monitoring and Development
- Conduct IPT-G sessions and ensure that the sessions are carried out as per the required standards (see required standards below- list is not exhaustive)
- Conduct live supervision of the sessions and ensure a rational Quality Assurance of the sessions being conducted in the groups/communities
- Conduct debriefs for the teams and ensure proper filing of client information
- Ensure that weekly activity reports and other M & E forms are submitted by the MHFs for every group to the required standard
- Submit monthly reports to the PM (using agreed format)
- Ensure a standard filing of documents is maintained by the MHFs
5. Liaison and Coordination
- Ensure smooth coordination with the district, sub-counties and parish authorities for the implementation of IPT-G sessions
- Ensure good coordination with other NGOs and civil societies in the area of work to ensure cooperation (networking)
- Ensure coordination between the teams
6. Management/ Administration
- Lead the MHF’s by example in all aspects of conduct, program implementation, and work ethics
- Ensure discipline amongst the teams
- Solve minor issues in the teams
- Adhere to the Safeguarding policy
- Any other duties that may be assigned to you by your supervisor
- BA in Community Psychology, Social Work, Counseling preferred or any relevant Health or Social Work qualifications
Job Related Experience, Knowledge and Skills:
- 3 or more years of work experience
- Demonstrated interest in social work and helping others
- Broad and in-depth understanding of issues related to mental health, specifically depression
- Understanding of self-help approaches and empowerment in mental health
- Excellent group facilitation skills
- Experience working with people with depression
- Experience in running self-help groups
- Excellent verbal and communication skills
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
- Ability to develop, inform, and sustain professional relationships, partnerships, and networks
- Flexibility in carrying out tasks
- Ability to work with diverse cultures
- Ability to work under pressure
- Self-driven, hard-working, results-oriented, eager to learn
- Team Player
SMU Core Values in Practice:
- We are people-focused. Our clients are the top priority and we ensure that they receive the best possible care and support. Our employees matter and we enable our team to thrive. We respect all our stakeholders and treat them as equals.
- We think big and act fast. We are passionate about achieving our bold mission. We move with urgency and focus on achieving scale. We continually find new ways to work and to solve problems.
- We are data-driven. Data is at our core. It guides us and drives our decision-making.
- We do what we say and say what we do. We are open and direct in our communications. We are honest in our interactions. No funny business.
- We believe in collaborations, not competition. We do not compete with other mental health implementers. We welcome their contributions to achieving our mission and partner with them whenever possible.
Please send your application letter and CV only (attached as one document) indicating 3 referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors to firstname.lastname@example.org by 05 July 2019 at midnight Uganda time. Only on-line applications will be accepted and do not upload academic papers or certificates.
StrongMinds Uganda is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply at the earliest opportunity; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
StrongMinds is committed to prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, therefore all successful applicants will be required to sign onto our safeguarding/CP policy, code of conduct & complete a Police check with Interpol. StrongMinds does not ask for money at any stages of the recruitment process.