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Job Vacancy

Psychologist

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 is in process of prequalifying a roster of professionals in Gaza Strip and West Bank to implement a humanitarian intervention. The main objectives of the project are to provide life-saving access to basic needs through multi-sector humanitarian assistance, as well as protection children, youth and their care givers, and to provide integrated and holistic durable solutions to support family recovery, build resilience and self-reliance by enabling early and long-term recovery.

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.

PSEA Standards:

SOS Children’s Villages, has a zero tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of beneficiaries.  Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is everyone’s responsibility and all staff are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct, that enshrines principles of PSEA, at all times (both during work hours and outside work hours).  Familiarization with, and adherence to, the Code of Conduct is an essential requirement of all staff, in addition to related mandatory training.  All staff must ensure that they understand and act in accordance with this clause.

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

Work Location: Gaza Strip

Status: Full Time Limited Contract.

Contract Type: Limited Contract until 30/06/2025 subject to SOS Palestine priorities and fund availability.

 

Mission of the position:
The role of the psychologist is an essential part of the project that will secure individual and group psycho-social support for vulnerable children and families. The psychologist will be responsible for the psychological assessment of the target group, conducting individual and group counselling and MHPSS services. The psychologist reports directly to the Field Project Coordinator and works in close coordination with the project team. This position ensures quality empowerment for families that are directly affected by the humanitarian crisis within the Gaza Strip. The Psychologist is required to have a deep knowledge of the context in the Gaza Strip and the psychosocial and mental implications on vulnerable families and children.
Main clients:
·         Project Team
·         Family Strengthening teams in Rafah Children’s Villages

·         Ministry of Social Development (MoSD)

·         Ministry of Health (MoH)

·         External Professional Organizations

Key performance areas and main responsibilities:

·         Ensure that comprehensive mental health assessments are conducted in best interest of the children and women, and that all cases are assessted and documented

·         In coordination with social worker, refer families with additional mental health needs to specialized services

·         Cooperate with the social workers and design and follow a professional psychological individual management plan

·         Prepares psychological and mental health support training, and awarness approaches for child/families development (Children rights, parental skills, protection policy, gender)

·         Develop psychological intervention plans for children and families

·         Regularly assess and review of mental health status of children and families

·         Provide individual, family and group psychological interventions (using tool CBT, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodrama, and family counselling)  to children, and families

·         Ensure proper participation and liaison with project team, social workers, partners and referral mechanism

·         Participante in regular supervsion and team meetings

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

  • 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 traumas
  • 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 Wednesday 26/06/2024

Indicating in the subject line:  Psychologist-“Name of the applicant”, Otherwise will not be considered.

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.

Psychologist – Rafah