Title: Mental Health Facilitator
Supervisor: Mental Health Supervisors
Duty Station: Kampala, Kotido, Holma
Facilitate the implementation of SMU’s Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-G) program in Uganda. The MHF will identify, diagnose, and recruit individuals with depression to join the IPT-G program, treat individuals with depression within their own communities using proven medical health screening tools adapted to local conditions and proven IPT-G sessions.
Specific Tasks: (Key Areas of Accountability)
- The MHF will provide IPT-G intervention for depression at 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 IPT-G program.
- Follow-up and track patient attendance and participation and document patient and project progress to assess IPT-G efficacy. Prepare patient discharge plans and refer patients where necessary
- Maintain a high degree of confidentiality in all matters relating to group participants consistent with organizational policies and laws
- Regularly attend support team meetings with management as required and perform other duties as assigned
- Compile the required monitoring forms and reports using the prescribed SMU formats and submit reports to the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer by the end of each month
- Provide inputs and participate in the development of implementation of SMU’s IPT-G program and concept
- Ensure that all tasks allocated by the supervisor are executed promptly, efficiently and in accordance with SMU guidelines.
- Take good care of all assigned equipment including computers and communication equipment (Tablets)
- Adhere to the safeguarding/ child protection policy
- Any other tasks may be assigned from time to time by the supervisors
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, Community Psychology, Social Work, Social Administration, Development Studies, Nursing, or any relevant health or social work qualification.
- Diploma holders with the above qualifications with more than one year experience in IPT-G will be considered
Job-Related Experience, Knowledge and Skills:
- Minimum of 1 year work experience working with the communities at least part of which should have been spent running/implementing IPT-G
- Demonstrated interest in social work and helping others
- Understanding of self help approaches and empowerment in mental health
- Good group mobilization, facilitation, and presentation skills
- Experience working with people with depression and their families
- Experience in running self-help groups
- Good verbal and communication skills
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
- Ability to develop, inform, and sustain professional relationships, partnerships, ad networks
- Computer literacy skills in MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
- Language: English, Luganda, Ngakarimojong, Runyooro, and Swahili. All these languages will be tested during interviews.
- Ability and willingness to undertake physical movements between and within communities mostly by public means
- 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 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 collaboration, 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.