DRC Psychologist - Volunteer Jobs in Ethiopia

DRC Psychologist - Volunteer Jobs in Ethiopia

Overall Purpose of the Role

  • The Psychologist-volunteer will support with the follow up of DRC’s child protection and psychosocial activities in Markazi refugee camp in Obock, Djibouti.

  • The Psychologist -Volunteer will oversee the implementation of project activities and raise technical or programmatic issues to the Protection program manager.



  • Support the MHPSS team to lead the daily management of MHPSS activities in Markazi refugee camp as per national and international standards and best practices, ensuring technical rigor and the consistent application of DRC’s protection approaches, methods and tools.

  • Promote improved understanding of MHPSS issues among DRC staff and relevant stakeholders, and ensure the observance of international MHPSS, protection and humanitarian standards.

  • Ensure that ethical and statistically-sound data collection and protection-related information management systems are in place and used for analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy.

  • Collaborate closely with DRC’s Addis Ababa-based Protection Manager to ensure technical rigor and the consistent application of DRC’s MHPSS approaches, methods and tools

    Finance and Administration

  • Maintain a budget overview of all MHPSS activities and collaborate regularly with the Djibouti Area Manager to monitor spending and ensure the timely utilization of grants.

    Human Resources

  • Develop respectful and positive working relationships with DRC psychosocial support staff and incentive workers which allow for the effective implementation of all protection activities.

  • This is to be achieved through leadership, team building, day-to-day support, and strong, generalist knowledge of core MHPSS concepts.

  • Promote professional development by identifying training and capacity building opportunities and ensure MHPSS staff are well versed in core concepts, DRC's code of conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the refugee population, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.

  • Collaborate with the Country level Protection Manager and the Djibouti Area Manager to ensure MHPSS staff have clear objectives, work plans and that performance evaluations are conducted on a regular basis.

    Logistics and Procurement

  • Collaborate with the Djibouti Area Manager and logistics and procurement teams to develop and maintain MHPSS -specific procurement plans.

  • Regularly review MHPSS-related procurement plans with the Djibouti Area Manager, and Addis Ababa-based procurement, logistics and finance teams to adjust spending as required in advance of project closure.

    Safety and Security

  • Coordinate with the Djibouti Area Manager in ensuring the safety of all MHPSS staff.


  • The Volunteer Psychologist will report to the Area Manager, Djibouti with technical line management from the Protection Manager in Ethiopia



  • Three month’s contract.


  • Immediately



  • DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments.

  • All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.

  • In
    this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core


    Striving for excellence

  • You focus on reaching results through the country team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.


  • You lead initiatives at country operation level by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.

    Taking the lead

  • You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.


  • You listen to beneficiaries, staff and other stakeholders; and you communicate concisely and persuasively

    Demonstrating integrity

  • You act in line with DRC’s vision and values and set a very clear standard for your country team members.


    Experience and Technical Competencies

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a recognized institution.

  • Minimum 2 years of experience providing directly psychological support in an individual or group setting for children and adolescents.

  • Experience in family therapy and working with clients with PTSD highly desirable.

  • Experience in setting up, implementing, and supervising psychosocial programs highly desirable

  • Experience in capacity building of staff including training and technical supervision.

  • Minimum of 1 year of professional experience in NGO, and substantial experience in MHPSS.

  • Training on art or drama therapy highly desirable

  • Experience in team-building and engagement with communities; familiarity with needs-based participatory approach.

  • Experience of working in camp contexts.

  • Knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in MHPSS and child protection, such as the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, the
    Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Inter-agency Guidelines on Separated and Unaccompanied Children and IASC Guidelines in Emergencies.

  • Proven commitment to accountability and quality assurance.

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.

  • Experience in managing staff

  • Experience working in cross-cultural, multi-sector and/or remote environments.

  • Ability to work well under pressure and in adverse conditions.

  • Substantial project management skills and experience

  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.

  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office


  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English and French.

  • Knowledge of Arabic highly desirable

    Application and CV

  • Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

  • We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.dk under Vacancies.

  • Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on www.drc.dk under vacancies no later than 9th February, 2020.


  • The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may be issued before the closing date

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; DRC Psychologist - Volunteer Jobs in Ethiopia

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