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Mental Health Nurse – Mogadishu, Somalia

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  • Post date:12 Jul 2021
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SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organization to which all SOS Children’s Villages including SOS Children’s Villages Somalia Association is affiliated. SOS Children’s Villages Somalia has officially been working in Somalia since 1985. SOS is currently working in 134 countries worldwide. We are committed to the welfare of children – often throughout the whole of their childhood, and to strengthening families and communities as a preventive measure in the fight against abandonment and social neglect. We also run education and health facilities. With the SOS Children’s Village concept, the organization pioneered a family approach to the long-term care of orphaned and abandoned children. SOS Children’s Villages upholds child protection policy and our selection processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children and youth from abuse. SOS Children’s Villages Somalia current works in three regions; Banadir Regions (Heliwa, Wadajir, Dharkenley and Dayninle districts) southwest-state (Baidoa and Hudur) Hirshabelle State (Jowhar & Balcad)

SOS Children’s Villages invites applications from suitably qualified and interested candidates who fulfill the eligibility criterion for the below position.

 Job Title: Mental Health Nurse

Reporting to: Doctor In-charge 

Location: Heliwa – Mogadishu

Position summary

The MHPSS Nurse/Counsellor will provide support to the health team through conducting awareness sessions, home visits to beneficiaries and Identification of individuals in need of MHPSS services, provision of accurate referrals to MH services, support the integration of MHPSS services into primary health care services. The Mental health will be responsible for planning and providing support and medical and nursing care to people who have a range of mental health issues including those specific to the COVID-19 response. The position holder will work under the direction and support of the Hospital Medical Director.

Key Area of Accountability

  • Assess and talk to patients about their problems and discuss the best way to plan and deliver their care
  • Build relationships with patients to encourage trust and acceptance, while listening to and interpreting their needs and concerns.
  • Ensure the correct administration of medication, including injections, and monitor the results of treatment
  • Respond to distressed patients in a non-threatening manner and attempt to understand the source of their discomfort ( build positive rapport) .
  • Make the necessary follow-ups of the patients who delayed or discontinue taking medications, use necessary communication tools to make follow-up.
  • Help patients manage their emotions through de-escalation techniques
  • Provide evidence-based individual therapy, such as cognitive behavior therapy for depression and anxiety
  • Monitor and follow -up closely with all patient conditions/outcomes
  • Prepare and maintain patient records and produce care plans and risk assessments
  • Work with patients’ families and carers, to help to educate them and the patient about their mental health problems.
  • Visit patients in their home to monitor progress and carry out risk assessments with regard to their safety and welfare
  • Provide psychoeducation sessions for MHPSS clients and their respective families
  • Ensure all aspects of work are in line with WHO mhGAP intervention guidelines, key aspects of Psychological First Aid (PFA) and relevant aspects of IASC guideline in the context of the COVID-19 response.
  • Provide quality delivery of one on one counselling sessions for complex cases
  • Conduct cases assessment and ensure referral systems to mental health service providers
  • Liaise with isolation center team to ensure supportive communication for suspected or confirmed cases of COVID19.
  • Any other duties that s/he is assigned by his/her immediate supervisor.
  • Prepare and submit regular activity reports to monitor and review implementation of the MHPSS services

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Counselling, and Psychology or a higher diploma in counselling or sociology with at least 3-5 years experience. .
  • Understanding of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
  • Good interpersonal skills, written, and oral communications skills.

Commitment to Humanitarian Principles and adherence to medical and protection ethics

Competencies – knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Good knowledge of MHPSS and ISAC guidelines.
  • Strong Communication skills (good listening and facilitation skills)
  • Computer literacy (MS Office)
  • Stress tolerance
  • Team work.
  • Problem solving.

Child Safeguarding Policy:

SOS Children’s Villages organization is committed to safeguarding the rights of the children and therefore, is expected that every individual who joins with SOS Children’s Villages Somalia understand his/her responsibility in protecting and keeping children always safe.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should send their applications with a CV and scanned copies of your academic and professional certificates indicating telephone numbers and three referees to: this email hr.so@sossomalia.org     Indicating with subject line of the position.

Closing date is. 21st July, 2021

Competent Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.



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