GENDER BASED PREVENTION OFFICER AND PSYCHOSOCIAL COUNSELOR
Full Time
December 16, 2023
Blantyre, Malawi
December 29, 2023

Company: Development Aid from People to People (DAPP)

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Overview

Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Malawi is a locally registered NGO that has been operating in Malawi since 1995. Our mission is to work with the communities by promoting social and economic development through health, education training, food security and environmental programs. Our work in development is guided by social cohesion and respect for humanity, implemented through innovative and cost-effective programs. Through a variety of development models, DAPP complements the government’s effort in implementing the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy.

DAPP Malawi is inviting suitably qualified and experienced persons to apply for various positions for the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded project which is  being implemented in Blantyre and Chiradzulu districts aiming at strengthening access to high quality and comprehensive services targeting adolescent and young people through Determined, Resilient, AIDS-Free Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) Program under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a project called “Loto Langa” or “LoLa” in short.

The program includes several layers of interventions including Direct service delivery of HIV Testing and Family planning and condom promotion and distribution to for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), Social asset building and HIV Violence prevention of AGYW, Economic strengthening and educational support, Families Matter Program and Implementing the IMPower Program

Gender Based Prevention Officer and Psychosocial Counselor

Report to District Technical Coordinator

Job summary/ responsibilities:

The Psychosocial Counsellor/GBV Prevention Officer shall work to provide high quality Mental Health and Psychosocial support to AGYWs including their families that are affected by gender-based violence and/or any other adversaries. Will be responsible for promoting, organizing, managing and coordinating GBV interventions targeted for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYWs)as well as the community at large within the DREAMS sites in the DREAMS project. The PSS Counsellor shall also be responsible in supporting M&E team in data collection, analyses and make informed decision for program monitoring and improvement

Key Performance Areas

  • Provide intake assessment of AGYWs enrolled in the DREAMS program and provide the needed psychological support in the management of the their psychosocial challenges.
  • Initiate, plan and facilitate new programs for clients in AGYW programs that provide response to emerging psychosocial needs.
  • Conduct GBV and/or IPV psychosocial assessment of clients accessing services in DREAMS clubs and provide the needed psychosocial care.
  • Keep confidential records of all counselling sessions as well as accurate records of all activities performed.
  • Take part in program evaluation and development of activities to maintain a high quality of service consistent with best practice.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate psychosocial counselling programs
  • Ensure that all operations are within the professional standards and legal framework of the stipulated national and international counselling practice guidelines
  • Supervise the work of the SASA! Faith Agent in the district
  • Any other duties as from time to time assigned by the Supervisor within the field of your work

Qualification and Experience

  • Diploma/Degree in Psychosocial Counselling obtained from a recognized institution
  • Must be fluent in English and Chichewa and have excellent communication skills
  • Must have relevant experience in providing psychosocial counselling including client assessment. This may include spouses and families.
  • Be open-minded and non-judgmental
  • Ability to set goals and ensure achievement of such goals.
  • Previous knowledge of gender-based prevention strategy

To Apply

Applications stating expected salary and CV (Including contacts(emails) for three professional referees) should be emailed to recruitment@dapp-malawi.org indicating the position title and applicants name in the subject line. All attached files should be saved under the applicant’s name. Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Deadline for receipts of applications is on 29th December 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.