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Position:  Psychologist

Location: Burao (with regular travel to the field)

Duration of contract: 10 months

Closing date: 17/02/2020


Created in 1982, Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our actions are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. HI was the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and was recently awarded (October 2016) a prize by the Office of the Presidency in Somaliland for services to Persons with Disabilities.

Handicap International started in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation center in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland is to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and to engage development actors to promote inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities  and other vulnerable people  at local and national level.

Handicap International (HI) is currently implementing 21 months  humanitarian aid project  in Somaliland for  IDPs in Togdheer and Maradi-jeh regions; “Emergency response for most at risk displaced and host population with a focus on elderly, people with injuries, chronic illness, physical disabilities and/or psychological distress and their family members.



Based in Burao, under the line-management of Project Manager and she/he will be responsible to:


  • S/he participates when needed/relevant to the Working Groups and Clusters relative to the field of intervention at local and regional level.
  • Direct coordination with MHPSS actors in bilateral,
  • Ensuring comprehensive approach and coordination with protection and inclusion staffs.
  • Ensuring coordination and coherence of HI intervention amongst local and international actors, avoiding duplication, promotingcomplementarities and establishing the referral link of mental health and psychological services.
  • Report any relevant information related to Psychosocial matters to relevant stakeholders,
  • Participation in relevant team and technical meetings in Hargeisa and Burao, (clusters, working group) related to your sector of intervention.


  • Development of all relevant technical tools for monitoring, evaluation, activity & communication materials for the MHPSS interventions validated by HQ MHPSS TA.
  • Establish Mobile Safe Space (Children and women) and define its regular field schedule together with mobile protection team and Project Manager.
  • Coaching and on job technical support and training to PSSstaffs (Psychosocial assistant).
  • Carry out extensive identification of persons with psychosocial distress and mental health problem together with other PSS staffs (Psychosocial assistance).
  • Provide counsellingsessions (individual and group) to identified person with psycholgical distress.
  • Technical supervision (analysis of practice) of PSS staffs and regular field visits
  • Mapping of relevant external actors for referral purpose
  • Together with MHPSS technical advisor; carryout capacity needs assessment of DPOs and facilitate training on Psychosocial First Aid and MHPSS competencies, techniques and tools.
  • Establish and provide regular psychosocial support to peers support groups of persons with specific needs.
  • Support and supervised psychosocial assistant in carrying out group psychosocial and recreational activities through mobile safe space.
  • Participating in continuous psychosocial needs assessments for new projects to be developed/adaptation of the existing projects,
  • Providing technical support to the logistics department in your field of expertise, ensuring technical validation of psychosocial related devices.


  • Conduct field supervision visit to evaluate the impact of the HI services (training/coaching/guidelines) received by actors/staff;
  • Collect and produce testimonies, study cases as evidence and material of training;
  • Ensure a proper documentation (pictures, field visit report, and data collection) of each one of the field supervision visit you are conducting.


  • Contribute to the production and revision of technical guidelines and materials;
  • Contribute to the development of training materials to be used within PSS component
  • Participate to the monthly situation report by providing relevant data to your line-manager;
  • Support donor reporting and participate in proposal writing when requested by line-manager;
  • Lesson learning: Collect, select and ensure lessons learning processes on PSS related activities and tools

OTHERS (To demonstrate an ethic and professional practice):

  • Respect beneficiary confidentiality and accountability.
  • Treat them with respect and dignities.
  • Respect, promote and implement all HI’s Safe Guarding Policies and report to your line manager any non-respect of HI’s policies amongst the teams or partners.
  • Address needs and requests in a professional way.
  • Report any incident or act that causes any harm to beneficiary or to others.
  • Always interact with children with the presence of their parents or caregivers.
  • Always respect a refusal of treatment.


Education and Competency

  • Bachelor University degree in Psychology (Master is desirable)
  • At least 3 years of field experience in providing direct psychosocial services (identification , assessment , diagnosis and counselling/therapy session) to persons with psychological distress in emergency context
  • Experience of training and technical supervision of psychosocialworkers
  • Strong communication and reporting skills,
  • Strong organizational skills,
  • Ability to work under high pressure,
  • English mandatory (oral and written),


  • Status: Service contract with salary according to experience
  • Start: 1st March 2020
  • Duration: 10months (possible extension, linked to final confirmation on funding)

Condition of application:

If you feel you are the right candidate for this position, kindly send your application along with an up-to-date CV + a cover letter (including 3 referees with their current official contacts) by email to: recruitment@somaliland.hi.org


  • The email subject line should be marked: “Application for Psychologist – Burao
  • Please do not send your academic and other testimonials they will be requested at a later stage.

If one of the mandatory topics above isn’t respected, the candidate will be disqualified

Only short listed candidates with the above qualifications and skills will be contacted.

Humanity & Inclusion is committed to safeguarding and promoting child protection and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position involves working with beneficiaries and is subject to strict safer recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be required to complete a police check and sign self-declaration form to help us verify your suitability to work with children including checks with past employers.

Humanity & Inclusion is an equal opportunity employer and qualified and competent women and persons with disability applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

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