Basics and Psychosocial Counseling Master Trainer for HSC Kandahar

  Ministry of Public Health
Bachelor's Degree   Kandahar, Afghanistan Full Time 294
Date Posted:Dec 1, 2019
Reference:004
Closing Date:Dec 14, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:3
Gender:Any
Functional Area:General
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:1 Year
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Ministry of Public Health:

Founded:  

There is mal-distribution of health care providers between and within provinces, and between urban and rural areas of Afghanistan. This leaves the peripheral health facilities and remote areas understaffed. The main reasons given for this situation were poor working, living and social conditions; security concerns; a lack of educational facilities for children; and poor transportation.

The MoPH recognized and urged the shortage of female health professionals[1]. Meanwhile, to tackle these issues the HRH Policy 2014-2018 has also emphasized the production, deployment and retaining a well-trained gender-balanced health workforce, possessing the skills needed to deliver affordable and equitable health services to the population of Afghanistan

Nowadays, Afghans are facing a lot of health and social problems that are the result of the war, unemployment, malnutrition, forced marriage, under aged marriage, addiction, gender based violence, chronic diseases i.e. HIV/AIDS, TB , Malaria , Cancer and so on . Therefore, the consequences of these situations need to be addressed their psychological and social aspects.

So far EU with technical assistant of NGOs has trained around 600 psychosocial counselors. These counselors received short training courses on psychosocial issues, and are not enough to address the current needs of health facilities and other relevant stakeholders. Since the majority of them were male, thus The HSC students will be female.

According to the Institutes of Health Sciences Strategy (2016-2020) and based on needs of the country GIHS is establishing a new department of Health Social Counseling. The establishing of this department is align with the National Health Strategy of Ministry of Public Health and BPHS .This new health professional will be trained to address the needs of the communities both rural and urban.

Health Social Counselors will receive a two year training and diploma in Health Social Counseling and work as team members in health facilities.

They will deal with those who suffer psychological and social problems as the result of the above mentioned diseases and civil unrest.

At the moment, 105 HSCs are selecting to be trained from 2018-2020. GIHS and Kandahar IHS will provide training and accommodation facilities for 70 and 35 HSC trainees respectively. By 2020 diploma holders HSCs will fill most of the vacant positions of Comprehensive Health Centers (CHC) in Afghanistan.


[1]MoPH Strategic Plan 2011-2015

Job Summary:

• Responsible for availability of resources used during theoretical sessions

• Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions

• Supports the students throughout the program and offers counseling on personal or study related problems

• Monitors attendance of students and keeps record updated.

• Administer evaluation tools

• Assists with maintaining personnel files for all students including record of theoretical knowledge assessment

• Participates in meetings, report writing and dissemination of information related to the program as requested

• Participates in professional development opportunities to ensure that current best practice standards are used in teaching practice.

• Assign student to specific units in practical sites

• Select conference topics

• Conduct pre and post -conference with students in practical sites

• Provide individualized practical instruction

• Demonstrate practical counseling procedures

• Observe student performance during practical work

• Provide feedback to students

• Preparation and maintain student attendance records, examination results

• Act as advisers to student to deal with social and academic issues.

• Monitor the students to assess their level of competency and any other areas that need to be improved and records this as the Evaluation of Student’s practical Performance.

• Notifies the Course Coordinator of any concerns related to the students.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Responsible for availability of resources used during theoretical sessions

• Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions

• Supports the students throughout the program and offers counseling on personal or study related problems

• Monitors attendance of students and keeps record updated.

• Administer evaluation tools

• Assists with maintaining personnel files for all students including record of theoretical knowledge assessment

• Participates in meetings, report writing and dissemination of information related to the program as requested

• Participates in professional development opportunities to ensure that current best practice standards are used in teaching practice.

• Assign student to specific units in practical sites

• Select conference topics

• Conduct pre and post -conference with students in practical sites

• Provide individualized practical instruction

• Demonstrate practical counseling procedures

• Observe student performance during practical work

• Provide feedback to students

• Preparation and maintain student attendance records, examination results

• Act as advisers to student to deal with social and academic issues.

• Monitor the students to assess their level of competency and any other areas that need to be improved and records this as the Evaluation of Student’s practical Performance.

• Notifies the Course Coordinator of any concerns related to the students.

Job Requirement:

  1. Bachelor degree (MD, Nurse, Psychology , Public Health and social sciences ) with 2 years teaching and training experience or Graduate of an officially recognized Institute of Health Sciences ( IHS ) with 3 years of teaching and training experience but Degree is preferable


  1. Certified psycho-social counselor trainer approved by MoPH will be an asset.
  2. Fluent in Pashto/Dari, and working knowledge of English
  3. Computer literate; MS Word Excel and power point 
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kandahar
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