Shining Hope for Communities Counselling Psychologist – Jobs in Kenya

Organizational Overview
Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) combats extreme poverty and gender inequity in Kenya by linking tuition-free schools for girls to a set of high-value, holistic community services for the urban poor. In our model, a girls’ school becomes a portal for large-scale social change.

Through a demand-driven approach to grassroots development, our model extends beyond the schools for girls, broadening outreach by providing communities with integrated basic services through three other initiatives: health, community empowerment, and clean water and sanitation.

Position Overview
To be responsible for achieving SHOFCO’s health overall mandate by implementing mental health services and policies at the allocated facility.

Location: Kibera and Mathare

Reports to: Health Director

Key Responsibilities and Job Dimensions
Provide counselling/psychotherapy services to clients drawn from the health department
Interview, take case history, conduct psychological tests, and/or observational techniques and document relevant data
Prepare and implement treatment plans, and follow-up care programs for all clients at the Clinic
Provides therapeutic crisis intervention and emergency services as and when required.
Follow up/evaluate the reliability and validity of treatment plans/approaches and make recommendations to enhance the same.
Partner/Consult with other therapists and related professionals, as appropriate in the performance of therapeutic and/or casework;
Review client data and prepare individualized cases/clients for follow up, referral and/or discharge as required.
Participate in the identification, review and development of clinical issues, program policies and procedures.
Participate in, lead, and/or coordinate training sessions and workshops to enhance mental health awareness and treatment skills.
Liaises with appropriate teams including the social work, HIV/TB, Nutrition clinic, Maternal child health, GBV and outpatient departments hosting clients requiring mental health services in the program
Conduct meaningful support group activities for clients on counselling across sites.

Academic Qualifications
Degree in counselling Psychology from a recognised university.

Professional Qualifications
Must be registered with the Kenya counselling and psychologivcal association
At least 2 years’ hands on experience in counselling in a busy set up
Addiction and counselling training
Psychological first aid training

Other requirements (unique/job specific)
Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to demonstrate confidentiality and treat clients in a dignified manner
Organization and decision-making skills.
Attention to detail; presentable, professionalism.
Confidence in using leading-edge technologies.
Demonstrable leadership skills.
Good customer service skills

Functional Skills
Adopting practical approaches
Inviting feedback
Making decisions
Meeting timescales

Behavioural Competencies/Attributes
Interacting with people
Taking action
Following procedures
Upholding standards
How to apply
Interested applicants should send their applications together with a detailed CV to quoting their current and expected salaries.
The Subject should clearly indicate the position being applied for.
Applications without this information will not be considered.
Shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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