Female Psychosocial Support Counsellor At Medecins Du Monde 135 views2 applications

Medecins Du Monde has been working in Nigeria-Maiduguri since 2016 and implements projects aimed at assisting and improving the lives of persons with disabilities to lead normal and productive lives within their communities. To achieve these aims MDM is working within communities and in partnership with local authorities, associations to empower them in finding lasting solutions to their challenges.

MDM has been awarded a grant to implement the necessary and appropriate services to deal with the mental health related issues, on the one hand to address the urgent need to deal with the most serious cases, and on the other, to introduce a structural framework with the political and healthcare authorities in Maiduguri in Borno State.

You will be working under the overall responsibility of the GenCo, and directly under the supervision of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator. You will provide key support to the MH Coordinator in the roll-out and implementation of project activities.  He/she will work with partners, counterparts and stakeholders in ensuring psychosocial services, capacity building and awareness-raising. He/she will ensure that project outputs are of the highest quality and that expected results are achieved in a timely and efficient manner.

Female Psychosocial Support Counsellor


Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator


Maiduguri and Damboa

 contract Duration:

6 Months (with possibility of extension)

monthly working hours

208 hours ( from Monday to Friday, occasional weekend work)


  • Deliver one-on-one (Individual) and group counselling sessions to identified clients through MDM Clinics, and in line with MDM integrated approach
  • Develop psychosocial activities; community mobilization, awareness raising, creation of family support group, working on family links etc.
  • Support MH Coord in delivering training, workshops etc as outlined in the project.
  • Support in the creation of materials including publicity documents, workshops contents.
  • Engage with the community to deliver and promote MDM MHPSS project activities in the designated locations.
  • Assist in writing monthly, quarterly, annual reports, monitoring and evaluation activity and progress reports of project activities including monthly reporting to the MHPSS Coordinator.
  • On request support MH Coord in specific tasks
  • Maintain a positive image of MDM at all times and in all circumstances.
  • Note: This job description is not exhausted and the staff member may be asked from time to time to perform duties over and above those described here.  The staff member is also expected to maintain confidentiality of all beneficiaries and internal information at all times.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be educated to Degree/Diploma level in Psychology, Counselling, Social Sciences, Community Development or related field from a recognized institution
  • Minimum 2 years post-qualification experience in related work within an INGO or organization similar setting.
  • Experience in MHPSS project implementation within an INGO setting
  • Good knowledge of counseling and community mobilization methods and tools
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Good spoken and written Hausa , with at least one other local language: Kanuri and Marghi, Shuwa, Fulani,
  • Good communicator with proven organizational skills
  • Previous experience in TOT
  • Ability to work harmoniously in a team setting
  • Willingness to work long hours and weekends when necessary
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft word,Power Point and Excel)


  • Experience in supporting medical team and community based organizations
  • Experience of working with Hospital could be added advantage
  • Knowledge about MHPSS
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma, including GBV
  • Working in  emergency and development project
  • Exposure to research
  • Good knowledge of Borno state.

Method of Application

Send CV + cover letter explaining why you consider yourself suitable for this position and providing a valid email and telephone contact to No. 149  Abubakar Grangrang street, off Damboa road, Behind NTA, Maiduguri or by email to: [email protected]

Ensure to place “Female Psychosocial Support Counsellor” in the subject line

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Starting date: ASAP

Our process of selection include some written tests and oral interviews

Interviews written test and interviews will be done in Maiduguri

Applications not meeting the minimum qualifications or received after the expiry date of this Vacancy Notice shall not be considered.  If you have not heard from the employer in ONE week from the closure date of this Vacancy Notice please consider your application as unsuccessful.
MDM would like to thank all applicants for their interest.

MDM is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from anyone persons regardless of your gender.

More Information

  • Job City Borno State
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Médecins du Monde (MdM; French pronunciation: [medsɛ̃ dy mɔ̃d]) or Doctors of the World, provides emergency and long-term medical care to the world's most vulnerable people. It also advocates to end health inequities.

It was founded in 1980 by a group of 15 French physicians, including Bernard Kouchner. It works in both the developed and developing world.

MdM was formed with a mission to provide timely emergency medical care, free of legal and administrative restrictions; to work with local populations to ensure long-term sustainability of healthcare systems; and to advocate on behalf of client populations.

After more than 35 years of work, MdM is a famously active advocate for its beneficiaries, and works to change the underlying inequalities that affect people's ability to access medical care.

MdM was formally established on 1 February 1980. Its goals were "to go where others will not, to testify to the intolerable, and to volunteer".

Its origins lay in a 1979 intervention to assist a drifting boat of Vietnamese refugees in the South China Sea. Kouchner, with volunteer doctors, journalists, and others organized a hospital boat, L'Île de lumière, to provide medical care and to report the refugees' suffering.

MdM was founded as Bernard Kouchner and 14 others doctors split from the group he previously founded, Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF, or Doctors WIthout Borders). It has been reported Kouchner felt that MSF was giving up its founding principle of témoignage ("witnessing"), which refers to aid workers making the atrocities they observe known to the public.

Kouchner was president of MdM from 1980 to 1982. In 1989, the foundation of MdM Spain paved the way for the creation of the MdM international network. In 2015, the MdM global network consisted of fifteen associations; France (founded 1980), Spain (founded 1989), Greece (founded 1990), Italy and Switzerland (both founded 1993), Sweden (founded 1994), Cyprus (founded 1995 by Elena Theoharous[1]), Argentina (founded 1998), Belgium, Canada and Portugal (all founded 1999), as well as in Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, and the USA.

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