This position is based in Sharya, Duhok
About Jesuit Refugee Service:
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), founded in 1980, is an international Catholic non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future.
JRS programmes are currently found in 56 countries, serving refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in conflict zones and detention centres, on remote borders and in busy cities. We run pastoral care and psychosocial support programmes in detention centres and refugee camps, and provide humanitarian relief in emergency displacement situations. Education and livelihoods programmes provide skill development and opportunities for integration into host communities.
Since October 2014, JRS has worked in Iraq to uphold and restore the dignity of forcibly displaced persons and returnees, show compassion to the most vulnerable among them, and be a sign of hope that a shared future is possible.
Learn more at https://jrs.net and www.facebook.com/jrsiraq
General Purpose of the Position:
The Junior Psychologist provides qualified psychosocial support services to internally displaced persons, including genocide survivors, under the supervision of MHPSS Director. The position is based at the JRS Community Centre, in Sharya, Duhok.
Main Responsibilities of the Position
1. Consultations and Psychosocial Support Services
- Assess individuals’ needs, abilities or behaviour using different methods such as interviews and direct observation of behaviour
- Provide psychoeducation to service users
- Advise individuals dealing with psychological problems or disorders resulting from trauma and genocide
- Assist in the implementation of the MHPSS project in Sharya, Duhok
- Using appropriate treatment programmes such as therapy, counselling or advice, in collaboration under the supervision of the MHPSS Director
- Offer therapy and treatments related to mental health problems such as: anxiety, depression, and addiction, social and interpersonal problems and challenging behaviour and report each case to the Project Director at the end of each day.
- Intervention: individuals, families and groups.
- Work in a team that includes a lead psychologist, junior psychologists, medical doctor, secretary, and drivers within the broader setting of the JRS Community Centre in Sharya.
2. Seminars and Workshops
According to need and in agreement with the MHPSS Director, who creates the guidelines and framework of each seminar:
- Conduct or assist in seminars and workshops to support genocide survivors by raising awareness on mental health issues.
- Organise sessions on Psychological First Aid (PFA) and the recognition of symptoms indicating psychological conditions for JRS
- Provide psychoeducation to patients’ families
- Organise sessions on how to support persons in distress and trauma, or dealing with mental health issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak
- Advise on the design and development of psychosocial activities implemented by the JRS Community Centre in Sharya
3. Recording and Reporting
- Maintain updated records on cases received in consultation, and on referral and follow-up treatments with due attention to confidentiality.
- Compile and submit weekly and monthly reports to the MHPSS Director.
- Forward to the MHPSS Director any suggestions for project development or recalibration, such as may be undertaken within the limits of JRS’ human and financial resources
- Identify gaps in PSS and mental health care provision in the locations served by the project and report any such to the MHPSS Director immediately.
Be available for other duties and activities as requested by the MHPSS Director or as required by circumstances and within the ambit of the position.
- Bachelor’s degree in psychology, preferably in clinical psychology
- Previous experience will be an asset.
- Fluent Kurdish (Kurmanji) and Arabic, as well as proficiency in written and spoken English
- Proficiency in Microsoft 365TM applications
- Very good communication and reporting skills, and excellent interpersonal skills
- Self-awareness, objectivity, a strong desire to help others
- Active listener
- High integrity and honesty
Suitably qualified candidates are to submit their CV accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should explain (1) why the applicant considers her/himself suitable for this position; and (2) how s/he can contribute to the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) as a member of staff.
Applications are to be sent by email to the Human Resources Officer iraq.hrDuhok@jrs.net by Wednesday, 28 July 2021, marked Junior Psychologist Sharya in the subject line.
The email text should make clear reference to this recruitment and should show the name and contact details of the sender. Both the CV and the cover letter should be in English and are to be sent as Word or pdf attachments. Links to online documents will not be opened.
CVs not accompanied by a cover letter or without the title of the position in the subject line, as explained above, will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. Previous applicants need not re-apply.