Community Wellbeing Initiative(CWI) Psychologist

Asosa, Ethiopia International Rescue Committee (IRC) Ethiopia

Job Title: Community Wellbeing Initiative(CWI) Psychologist

Sector: Gender

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Assosa, Ethiopia

Job Description


About The IRC

We are, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international Non-Governmental organizations, providing relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery, and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response

Job purpose

Under the direct supervision of the CWI Manager in Assosa and technical supervisors in Addis Ababa, the CWI Psychologist will provide relevant training, guidance, mentoring, and direct counseling services to improve the quality of counseling and psychosocial support provided to GBV survivors. The CWI Psychologist will provide direct mental health counseling for very difficult cases to support CWI clients to heal from trauma, and will carry out to the IRC CWI’s survivor-centered approach and GBV guiding principles. The role will also require support for capacity-building, including but not limited to, improving staff expertise in psychological first aid, trauma counseling, and self-care for secondary trauma and stress management. The CWI Psychologist will support other CWI staff in training for implementing partners from the health, protection, and legal sectors, and will support the design and roll-out of psychosocial programming in safe spaces to support the healing, resilience, and empowerment of refugee women and adolescent girls.    

Key Job functions/responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide direct counseling support in difficult cases of trauma and/or PTSD, closely adhering to GBV guiding principles and the IRC’s survivor-centered approach to GBV case management.
  • Provide guidance and technical support to CWI assistants, social workers at the one stop center and safe house and CWI response officers in handling cases of trauma, to ensure mental health standard methodologies are followed for optimal recovery and healing.
  • Provide mentoring, coaching and on the job training for CWI assistants and social workers at the one stop center to ensure effective case management and psychosocial support service for GBV survivors.
  • Work with organized committees and school clubs at Assosa Town to strengthen their capacity to prevent and efficiently respond to GBV
  • Travel to five refugee camps and support CWI Response Officers and refugee Social Workers, staying overnight in IRC guesthouses as the need arises.
  • Develop and deliver training as requested by CWI and other relevant IRC staff on the most pertinent mental health and trauma topics to build internal knowledge and enable the best quality of services to beneficiaries.
  • Develop guidelines and tools as requested on specific areas of mental health, trauma, and stress management.
  • Build positive working relationships with relevant GBV program partners and support CWI Response Officers and CWI assistants as requested in conducting training and mentoring sessions for service providers in the camp and for government actors in the local community.
  • Work with CWI assistants for GBV safety audit activity and ensure consistency of its implementation, and ensure the recommendation are followed and effective through coordination mechanism and community solution.
  • Work with CWI management to advice on and support the development of safe house and safe space programming that responds to the mental health and psychosocial support needs of refugee women and adolescent girls.
  • Contribute to the development of CWI IEC/BCC materials to ensure that mental health and trauma topics are well-presented for raising community awareness.
  • Work with CWI Assistants, one stop center Social Workers and CWI response officers to support their wellbeing and management of secondary trauma, and lead group activities and workshops as requested/needed.
  • Any other duties and responsibilities that can be given by immediate and technical supervisors.





  • First degree, post graduate degree, or diploma in Psychology or related mental health field, 2 years of relevant experience with the first degree or diploma with 5 years of experience.
  • 1 years of relevant experience plus post graduate degree.
  • Experience providing mental health counseling or GBV counseling to women and girls.
  • Experience handling cases of trauma or PTSD, and ability to take a lead in such cases.
  • Shown confidence in discussing intimate gender and sexuality issues.
  • Ability to always maintain GBV and protection principles, and to follow a survivor-centered approach to counseling and case management.
  • Ability to communicate in English; Arabic or Rutana language skills is an additional advantage.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Positive disposition, strong interpersonal and subtlety skills, and proactive communication skills.
  • Ability to organize maintains composure and prioritizes work under difficult situations.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to details.

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