Two (2) Provincial Psychosocial Specialists REPSSI Zimbabwe

Deadline: 10 January 2017


Job purpose
The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative seeks to identify an individual to work with district based social workers to facilitate an emergency response focused on integrating child protection into health and nutrition in 5 districts in Zimbabwe. The individual who should be a psychosocial support specialist will be based at provincial level with extensive travel within the focus districts.


Major role
To facilitate psychosocial support mainstreaming for enhanced child, protection and nutrition integration outcomes in the target districts.


Key responsibilities
Support integration of PSS and child protection into nutrition/health service for mothers and children, with a focus on adolescent mothers and their children, in 5 districts (one position covering Mashonaland Central and West. The other Midlands and Matabeleland); Facilitate project reporting, review and collate district reports for submission to the Programme Manager; Coordinate and monitor activities in the 5 districts; Support the development of standard Operating Procedures for coordination between child protection and health/nutrition actors; Support the mentoring of health workers at all levels to provide Psychosocial support to pregnant adolescents in waiting mothers shelters; Orienting Social Workers in Psychosocial support mainstreaming in child protection, health and nutrition; Effectively communicate program expectations to district team members and stakeholders; Supervise and support district social workers in health facilities to support adolescent mothers and pregnant adolescents; Provide technical support to the social workers to carry out PSS activities in the districts; Establish and maintain relationships with district and provincial health and social welfare offices; Participation in relevant provincial coordinating bodies such as PAACS, Child Protection Committees; Liaison with other NGOs working in the same districts; Closely monitor and support project implementation; Support monitoring and evaluation of the project; Support donor missions; Support review of the project and participate in redirection, if needs be, of the project


Education, skills, knowledge
A degree in Social Sciences or equivalent; Good knowledge of Psychosocial support; Some knowledge of child protection and understanding of Maternal and Child Health; Proven facilitation and training skills; Experience in leading and facilitating projects; Ability to work with minimal supervision


To apply
Please email: [at] repssi [dot] org with the title of the job you are applying for in the subject line of your email

NB: REPSII reserves the right to conduct interviews before the closing date as this is recruitment for an emergency response.