Organization For Welfare and Development in Action (OWDA)

Organization For Welfare and Development in Action (OWDA)


Position: Mental health and Psycho-social support officer
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Shilabo, Dhobawayn districts of Korehe zone and Gursum district of Fafan zone, Somali
Posted date: 1 week ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over

Organization For Welfare and Development in Action (OWDA) is an Ethiopian Residents Charity organization registered in FDRE Agency for Civil Society Organizations (ACSO) with Certificate No. 0421 and operating in Somali Region since 1999 GC. OWDA would like to announce the vacancy of the following position. 


Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) officer are responsible for the overall implementation of MHPSS intervention. He/she is responsible to support people who are experiencing stress in targeted isolation or treatment centers, follow the mental well-being of service providers, support families, and caretakers. Ensure care for victims of violence like GBV, sexual exploitation. He/she is responsible for planning and implementing and reporting of the MHPSS activities. She/he will be responsible for the Daily/weekly/monthly implementation MHPSS services in collaboration with the other staff members and will Provide on the job training for the Health Extension Workers and Community platforms in order to be strengthened the MHPSS. 

Main Responsibilities 

  • Participate in the planning of MHPSS activities and other health service activities to ensure integration of MHPSS response;
  • Conduct mental health beneficiary’s  targeting in the health facilities including isolation and treatment centers of COVID19;
  • Provide and support mental healthcare services including COVID19  isolation centers;
  • Provide first aid and support to people who are experiencing stress related to  psychological;
  • Support for groups of displaced and returnee’s peoples in isolation and other targeted health facilities through MHPSS intervention;
  • Provide Counseling to  families who have emotional stress due to COVID-19, GBV, and sexual exploitation;
  • Support for victims of violence like GBV, sexual or physical violence;
  • Ensure Supportive communication for suspected or confirmed cases of COVID19 in everyday interactions in targeted health facilities;
  • Develop/adapt the key message to address MHPSS issues, reducing stigma related to the outbreak and child protection and how to communicate children in health education;
  • Provide on job capacity building, formal training and coaching for local health workers;
  • In collaboration with the project coordinator, ensure timely preparation and implementation of hander over strategy to local governments;
  • Adherence to maternal health treatment protocols and procedures for women and newborns;

Coordination & Representation

  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, and other relevant actors, in consultation with the Project Coordinator;
  • Represent OWDA and attend the meeting accordingly and share meeting update with health mental health psychological social support with the project;
  • Timely Communication with staffs, communities, advise them according to the situation;

Reports to: CMAM officer

Number Required:  1

Duration of Contract:  Six Months (6)


Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge:

  • Degree in public health, social work or psychology for 2 years of experience;
  • Good communication skills with excellent knowledge of computer reporting skills;
  • Commitment to and understanding of OWDA's  aims, values, and principles;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, knowledge of the Somali language is a precondition;
  • Interested to work in a remote area;

How to apply

Interested applicants who meet the above requirements should submit their electronic application letter and CV through or hardcopy to OWDA; Jijiga Offices before the above set deadline.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply!!

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