Nov 2017 Career Application CVT Psychotherapist / Trainer in Dadaab


Job Vacancy: CVT Psychotherapist / Trainer in Dadaab


Job Application: CVT Psychotherapist / Trainer in Dadaab

Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Vacancy Announcement: Psychotherapist / Trainer – Dadaab
Organization: The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life.
We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture.

We provide direct care for those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture.
We are headquartered in Minnesota with offices in Africa and the Middle East.  In Kenya we have offices and clinics in Nairobi, Dadaab and Kakuma.
Position Summary: The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Psychotherapist/Trainers who will work full time in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in northern Kenya with refugees who have suffered torture and war trauma.
The position will oversee psychological interventions, including individual and group therapy with adults and children who are survivors of torture, provide training and supervision to national and refugee psychosocial counselors, and liaise with the community, other NGOs, and local organizations.
The position is an unaccompanied post, and has a one-year renewable agreement.
This position also will provide training and supervision to a team of psychosocial counselors and provide education and supports to help other organizations better meet the needs of torture survivors.
Position: Psychotherapist / Trainer
Location: Dadaab, Kenya
Reports to: Field Coordinator / Clinical Advisor

Essential functions include [but are not limited to]:

  • Clinical supervision and training:  Conduct on-going clinical supervision, mentoring, and modeling to psychosocial counselors. Design and carryout training programs for psychosocial counselors. Continually assess development needs of counselors and adapt training and coaching accordingly. Provide individual and group clinical supervision, including case discussions, live supervision, and self-care components.
  • Clinical Management & Psychotherapy:  Oversee and coordinate mental health assessment and interventions for refugee communities, and serve as a co-therapist with counselors in individual, family, and group settings to model assessment and treatment methods that are both culturally relevant and empirically supported.
  • Community Assessment:  Mentor counselors to complete needs assessments in order to identify target populations and program sites, and to determine appropriate mental health interventions for people who have been tortured or traumatized by war.
  • Carry out need assessments in the camps and local communities to determine appropriate mental health interventions for people who have been tortured and/or traumatized by war, to include identification of target population and program sites.
  • Training:  Design and carry out training programs, including didactic training sessions, mentoring, modeling and close supervision, for local and refugee psychosocial counselors. Continually assess development of counselors and adapt training to meet their needs.
  • Reporting:Write and submit regular reports regarding clinical and training activities.
  • Program Evaluation:  Participate in the design and implementation of program evaluation.
  • Community Collaboration and Capacity-building:Provide training and coordination with other organizations to better address the needs of torture and war survivors.
  • Leadership: In partnership with Field Coordinator, provide on-site leadership for staff. Participate in regular leadership meetings in Dadaab as well as with Nairobi leadership staff.
  • Community Collaboration:  Coordinate services with other organizations.  Provide training to partner organizations to better address the needs of torture survivors in the community. Help coordinate and carry out community and large group trainings and activities.
  • Program Evaluation:  In collaboration with country team and headquarters staff, participate in the design and implementation of program and project evaluation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in the implementation of program activities.
Required Qualifications and Experience.
  • Advanced degree in Clinical Psychology or Counseling.  Master’s degree or equivalent required.
  • At least 5 years in field experience within a Humanitarian NGO/Agency in the same or similar position.
  • Extensive experience providing psychotherapy to children, adults, families, and groups.
  • Experience in providing Psychological Frist Aid (PFA) in emergency/crisis settings
  • Understanding of and experience implementing culturally appropriate mental health interventions, including individual, group and community-based approaches for people who have suffered torture and trauma.
  • Understanding of and experience developing curriculum and providing training for mental health professionals using interactive methodologies.  Experience providing training and sensitization on the effects of trauma and war.
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary team desirable.
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of other relevant languages spoken in East Africa,
  • Experience working in East Africa and the region strongly preferred.
  • Experience supervising staff required.  Experience supervising mental health counselors preferred.
  • Experience of working and living in a harsh climate and security threat area.
  • Ability to work in an isolated and rapidly evolving humanitarian emergency setting that is lacking amenities. Experience working in a refugee camp setting highly desirable
  • Skilled at carrying out needs assessment and program evaluations.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements, client needs, and political climate.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines) Interest in or commitment to human rights
Work Environment:
  • Remote and generally very hot northern Eastern Kenya weather
  • Refugee camp environment
  • Average daily travel of one hour to and from NGO accommodation to the camps
  • Non family posting
DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit CV and a cover letter indicating three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone) to  
The subject line of your application should be ‘Psychotherapist/ Trainer-Dadaab’
Closing Date 24th November 2017.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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