Job Vacancy


SOS Children’s Villages takes action for children as an independent non-governmental social development organization. We build families for children in need, we help them shape the development of their communities, we respect varying religions and cultures, and we work in countries and communities where our mission can contribute to development.

SOS Children’s Villages Palestine and UNICEF are doing a joint project targeting the Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) where SOS Palestine will accommodate 55 children between the age 0-10 years old. SOS Palestine will provide the children with the basic needs in terms of accommodation, food, health and hygiene, and clothing to facilitate their emotional, mental and physical recovery, in addition to case management, MHPSS services, age appropriate educational and recreational activities. This project will be for 1 year starting from December 2023.

Child Safeguarding Commitment:

SOS Children’s Villages works with children’s and youth. Any applicant he/she should act in a way that safeguards children and youth from all forms of discrimination, abuse, mistreatment and neglect, and will keep data about the children and youth in SOS Children’s Villages programmes confidential. He/she will report all concerns regarding actual or potential child abuse, mistreatment or any other violation of the Child Protection Policy according to our reporting and responding system. For sure, He/she would be protected and supported by the organization.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SOS Children’s Villages Palestine is searching for:

Position Title: Psychologist

Location: SOS Children’s Village Programme in Rafah

Status: Full Time Limited Contract.

Contract Type: Limited Contract for 6 Months and might be extended, subject to SOS Palestine priorities and fund availability.


Mission of the position:
The role of the psychologist is essential in securing support for children and their SOS Mothers. The child psychologist reports directly to the FBC Coordinator and works in close coordination with the Village Pedagogical Committee; social workers and educator. This position ensures quality care for children within SOS Children’s Village.

The psychologist is required to have a deep knowledge of all relevant manuals, policies, guidelines and other relevant documents of SOS Children’s Villages.

Main clients:
  • UASC  Coordinator/CVP Director.
  • Multidisciplinary Staff (Social Workers, Educator and activities facilitator).
  • UASC  Caregivers.
  • SOS Mothers/Aunts
  • Ministry of Social Development.
  • Ministry of Health.
  • External Professional Organizations.
Key performance areas and main responsibilities:

Ensure that proper child psychological and mental health  assessment is conducted in best interest of the child

  • perform psychological  assessment for each individual child/youth and ensure that all cases are  assested and documented.
  • Present the diagnosed case to the Pedagogical team, based on the case, and include the psychological intervention plan in the individual development plan of the case.
  • Ensure proper follow-up for cases by  provieding indivedual and group psychotearapy sessions for children as needed based on the psychological assesment.
  • Conduct family couseling sessions for SOS famileis as needed.

Support and guide SOS Mothers, aunts and YCCWs

  • Coordinate and facilitate Psychological training sessions for children/youth, SOS Mothers, aunts, UASC caregivers based on a regular needs-assessment
  • Provide psychological support and guidance to children/youth, SOS Mothers, aunts and UASC caregivers  and discuss with them solutions and procedures to follow with children/youth
  • Ensure proper documentation and updating of children/youth files including individual treatment and development plans including the pdp2

Oversee proper processing of child’s final  assesment  report and/or child treatment plan

  • Prepares psychological and mental health support training and materials for child/youth development.
  • progress general mental health review for cases at least twice per year, and family review once per month.
  • Provide support to SOS Mothers and YCCWs to participate actively in the child/youth development project
  • Guide and support the children/youth and engage them philosophical progressively in their child development project
  • Ensure proper coordination and liaison with social workers gradually for children/youth  assesment, treatment plan, and updates
  • Conduct  psychological tests to analyze children/youth behavior and prepare intervention activities as needed

Ensure proper follow up with the biological families

  • Undertake (when appropriate) at least one visit/year (especially for those families expecting to host their children during vacations) to the biological families
  • Ensure presence during the once/month visit of the biological families in the village


Understand the SOS Children’s Village Organisation

  • Become familiar with the background, Philosophies, and clear with the Principles, Policies, and structures of the SOS Organisation;
  • Understand the roles of the different SOS Staff/team members

Child Safeguarding (CS)

  • Responsible within own area of work to raise awareness of the SOS Child Protection Policy principles and to prevent and protect children from all forms of abuse, abandonment, exploitation, violence and discrimination
  • Responsible to report any CS suspicion, concern, allegation or incident immediately, following Child Safeguarding reporting procedures. CS reports should be made to the IOR CS focal person and/or to the respective line manager

             Qualifications and Competencies for the position:

             Must Criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Counselling/ Psychology/Mental Health.
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience working directly with children and caregivers and applying a number of therapeutic approaches
  • Work experience in a case management system.
  • Ability to combine field and office work;
  • Experience in working with survivors of domestic violence (children and caregivers

             Competencies – Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Good knowledge of child development, family functioning, human behaviour and social environment
  • Knowledge on child protection and children rights
  • Knowledge on impact of trauma on children and caregivers
  • Knowledge on how traditions, culture, beliefs and customs influence human functioning and development at all levels
  • Understanding of cultural diversity, characteristics of special target groups, implications for assessment and intervention
  • Understanding of services, including crisis intervention, parenting skills training, family counselling, conflict resolution and individual and group counselling
  • Good time management, organisational and administrative skills
  • Team work and flexible

Preferred Additional Criteria

  • Experience on range of therapeutic approaches (e.g. CBT, art therapy, in supporting children, young people and caregivers with a multiple trauma
  • Experience with cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodrama, and family counselling
Interested candidates must send their Cover Letter including related job achievements, CV, and three traceable references, to:

                                           Recruitment@sos-palestine.org by Tuesday 19/12/2023

Indicating in the subject line:  Psychologist

Selection and recruitment of posts is subject to SOS Palestine priorities and Fund availability.

These posts are open for internal and external candidates.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applications after deadline will be excluded.

Applications not conforming to the conditions will not be considered.

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