02 Project Officer (Mental Health), MHU jobs at SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children’s Villages

02 Project Officer (Mental Health), MHU jobs

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 02

Deadline: 18 November 2022

Hiring Organization: SOS Children’s Villages

Job Details:

Reporting to: Project Coordinator, SOS and MHU Program Manager
Responsible for: Champions and Mentor Champions in the project locations
Work station: Kampala/Wakiso (01) and Gulu (01).
Note: The applicants for this position MUST indicate the specific work station, in their motivation letter
Contract Type: Full Time, Two - Year Term (with a possibility for a 1 – year extension)
Working hours: 8:30am- 5:00pm (Monday - Friday)
Salary: Commensurate with experience, knowledge and skills
Start date: January 2023

Job Purpose
The Project Officer will be responsible for the overall local implementation of project activities related to mental health awareness creation and facilitating access to care services, in the respective locations and will therefore carry the operational responsibilities towards project results. S/he will support and supervise the mental health ‘Champions’ (ages 13-19 years) in 5 selected schools and Mentor Champions (ages 18-30 years) based in communities. S/he will manage all relationships between the project and all local stakeholders.

Main duties and responsibilities of the role
Project Implementation

• Provide day-to-day mentoring support and supervise both the quality of work and well-being of both Champions in schools and Mentor Champions in the communities by making regular visits to schools and organizing monthly review meetings
• Support the identification and recruitment of 40 Champions (8 per school) and 20 Mentor Champions (4 per school) with personal experience of mental health problems who are motivated be trained and supported to deliver local anti-stigma campaigning activities and provide psychological first aid support youth struggling with mental health problems
• Support students to identify mental health awareness avenues/platforms, develop relevant Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials and deliver agreed activities related to the same
• Support the youth to increase mental health awareness both in schools and in the communities, during selected occasions and through school-based clubsIn all youth-led activities, ensure that the youth are trained in budgeting and have access to
• the appropriate budgets needed
• Facilitate the provision of accurate information to all individuals, presenting all possible alternatives within the spectrum of care and allow beneficiaries to make informed choices
• Identify and document risks to young people with mental health challenges and propose strategies to mitigate them
• Ensure project services are offered in a professional and ethical manner, with utmost respect for the beneficiaries
• Ensure the functionality of the district referral system by both the Champions and Mentor Champions so that all individuals who need specialized care and support can access it
• Manage relations between the project and the supported schools and ensure that the project teams adhere to the best ethical standards
• Manage relations with parents/caregivers of affected students and conduct home visits, when needed
• Manage relations between the project and District Local Governments and maintain useful linkages and dialogue with all other relevant stakeholders to ensure collaboration, synergy, sharing of experiences and that the district delivers a coordinated response for mental health

Monitoring and Evaluation
• Organize and manage review and reflection and cross-learning events, as well as advocacy meetings foreseen at the district level
• Participate in organizing and facilitating project reviews with project key stakeholders
• Coordinate district based sharing and learning, and document the best practices and success stories
• Undertake surveillance and update MHU and other relevant actors on emerging issues around mental health in the district.

Reporting, Resource Management and Documentation
• Prepare and submit timely monthly work plans and reports
• Support preparation and dissemination of information related to mental health issues, relevant to the project components

Person specifications
The applicant should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies, Gender and Development Studies (GAD), Social Work and Social Administration, Social Sciences, Community Psychology and or any other related studies with a minimum of 3 years relevant working experience in a Non Government Organization. A post graduate counselling and guidance qualification will be an added advantage.

Essential criteria
• Previous or relevant experience of project management including delivering projects on time and to budget
• Experience of organizing and delivering community engagement activities and events
• Experience of working in partnerships, with demonstrable skills of collaborative working, and relationship management and the ability to identify and rapidly resolve barriers, difficulties and conflicts
• Ability to create and maintain a supportive environment at trainings and events and have knowledge and experience of recognizing and responding to personal well-being issues
• Good empathy, perception and listening skills
• Ability to make effective use of available resources and materials
• Excellent problem solving skills and ability to identify and address problems
• Experience of report writing, especially communicating program results
• Experience of multi-tasking, prioritizing competing work and working within deadlines
• Ability to ride a motor-cycle, with a valid permit.

Desirable criteria

• Knowledge and understanding of mental health issues in Uganda
• Direct or indirect experience of mental health problems and openness to being a visible ambassador for people with mental health issues, using personal experiences as appropriate to do so
• Experience of working at community level with people who have experienced mental health problems, to challenge stigma and discrimination
• Experience of supporting youth-led projects and ensuring youth participation
• Experience of program monitoring and evaluation
• Good level of English and an ability to communicate in the local language
• Good IT Skills with familiarity with key Microsoft Office Programs.


Application procedure

Interested individuals should send a motivation letter and CV as one PDF document/file (of maximum 8 pages for the Project Coordinator and 6 pages for all other positions), not later than 4:00pm on Friday 18th November 2022 via email to jobs@sosuganda.org  and copy to
mhu@mentalhealthuganda.org  - subject line is the job title e.g. “Project Coordinator”.
Do not send academic documents – heavy files containing academic documents or submitted as images, or any other that do not adhere to these instructions and or late applications, will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The motivation letter must also include the details of 2 suitable referees who can comment on the candidate’s ability. Women and Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply, including those with a lived experience of mental health problems.
1. The commencement of these positions is subject to the availability of funding.
2. SOS and MHU promote zero tolerance for discrimination/harassment based on gender, religious beliefs etc. All staff and volunteers shall adhere to strict guidelines in order to facilitate “silent” inclusion. Staff and volunteers also adhere to safeguarding provisions – a set of procedures and practices designed to ensure that no harm comes to project beneficiaries as a result of contact with MHU’s programs, operations or individuals.

Date Posted: 2022-11-10