10 Jun 2014

HIAS Psychosocial Program Manager Job in Kenya

About HIAS: 
HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya (HRTK) was established in 2002 to deliver holistic protection to refugees and other forced migrants at heightened risk in Africa, through direct assistance, capacity building and advocacy in partnership with governments, other entities and beneficiaries.

The following vacancy has arisen in our head office in Hurlingham, Nairobi

Job Title: Psychosocial Program Manager
Reporting To: Program CoordinatorImportant Note – Position open to Kenya nationals only

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will direct all activities relating to psychosocial service delivery in line with HRTK Standard Operating Procedures including but not limited the following functions:
  • Take a lead on psychosocial programming including ensuring adherence to sector standards & HIAS SOPS: identification and design of innovative and appropriate intervention strategies and practices;
  • Ensure timely, efficient and effective implementation of psychosocial activities and promote relevant entities to meet their responsibilities under the program;
  • Ensure disaggregated and cumulative tracking of data including periodic collection and collation of information from field based staff;
  • Support the Program Coordinator in the progressive monitoring of psychosocial projects, to ensure that implementation is on course and propose re-alignment as appropriate;
  • Participate in the development of psychosocial programs and interventions, including relevant program materials, tools and donor reports.
  • Directly supervise and support the psychosocial team including support to field based managers whilst upholding team spirit – ensure integrated protection case management and psychosocial support to beneficiaries and complete appropriate case documentation in
  • Coordination with other departments
  • Continuously identify capacity gaps and design and provide appropriate training for the psychosocial team to promote optimal team output.
  • Participate in psychosocial specific coordination Platforms, interagency thematic work groups and donor briefings, contribute to strengthened collaboration with partners, referral mechanisms, advocacy for best practices and development of strategies.
  • Participate in and inform resource mobilization, strategic planning and implementation of projects as part of the senior management team;
  • Provide psychosocial services including counseling in individual and group settings and step in to assist psychosocial staff following spikes in the caseload to ensure timely intervention; and
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Minimum Masters in Counseling Psychology from a recognized institution.
  • Project Management and team building skills
  • Training, coaching and capacity analysis skills
  • Knowledge of refugees related MHPSS issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and an understanding of mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings, including knowledge on the integration of mental health into protection programming; familiarity with SPHERE standards on psychosocial programming.
  • Capacity to interact with government and NGO partners and to inform decision makers


  • No less than 8 years previous work experience, including at least 4 years in counselling preferably in an NGO setting.
  • Experience working with refugees a particular advantage.

Proficiency in English and Swahili.This position will be filled on a rolling basis based on identification of suitable candidates.

How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to

Indicate Vacancy Notice No HRTK/KEN/PPM/14 in the subject line.

Important: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Canvassing will lead to immediate disqualification.

Late applications will not be considered

Closing date: 13 Jun 2014

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