Diploma   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 751
Date Posted:May 5, 2022
Closing Date:May 15, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Psychology
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:1 Year
Contract Duration:1 year(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF):


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Doctors Without Borders) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters to populations in danger in more than 70 countries.

Company Benefits:
Health Assurance

Job Summary:

Perform counselling and/or education sessions following different medical and mental health MSF protocols and procedures, in order to improve the psychosocial condition of the patients.

Duties & Responsibilities:

-        Identify the psychosocial, socio-economic and administrative needs for patients

-        Prioritize the intervention taking into consideration the mental health admission’s criteria, the gravity and urgency of the cases

-        Actively promote the availability of counselling services and carry out individual or group counselling, basic psycho educational sessions, for patients, their families (when needed), in order to alleviate their psychosocial difficulties within the project scope

-        Refer patients to other specialists or other institutions for further assistance, when necessary in order to propose the best support available

-        Participate in the development of the materials needed for counselling activities

-        Fill in correctly all the documents required (patient files etc.) and compiles monthly reports reflecting the activity in the department, encode data in the files of the patients including the on-going monitoring of the beneficiaries status, compile weekly reports reflecting the counselling activities, ensure that the patient data is kept confidential

-        Inform line manager of any problem of any kind arising during the day-to-day activities

-        Take active part in trainings, supervisions and support the activities manager when necessary in doing sensitization for MSF staff or external partners about mental health /psychosocial issues

-        Promote case discussions within the medical team

-        Discuss difficulties and problems encountered in the counselling sessions with the line manager

-        Maintain at all times a respectful attitude towards the population, patients and colleagues

-        Give regular feedback to the line manager and report directly any issue or incident

-        Specific tasks for ITFC and ATFC:

-        provide counselling on best practices to feed their child and danger signs to look out for if the child becomes unwell and what to do next.

-        take the time to listen to the mothers/caretakers to understand their situation and the problems encountered and work with them to find the best way to tackle the problems identified.

-        Set up of daily psychosocial stimulating activities that promote caretaker-child relationship (caretaker-child play with homemade toys, singing, dancing, massage).

-        Set up with medical staff to identify caretakers suffering from MH disorder (moderate-severe depression, psychosis) and a referral system to the medical team or person appointed to offer support. Initiation of counselling.

-        Regular multi-disciplinary meeting.

-        Support groups for caretakers (tea groups, breastfeeding groups, etc.): ideal places to discuss difficulties in mothering, coping strategies and provide mutual support.

-        Individual and group counselling (and follow up) for caretakers suffering from common MH conditions.

-        Education of caretaker on developmental needs of the child and importance of interaction.

-        Promotion of interaction between parent-child, with emphasis during Phase 1 (stabilization) on talking to and touching the child.

-        In phase 2 (rehabilisation) short sessions (20-40min) for small groups of caretakers to play with their child should be facilitated with the goal of promoting parent-child interaction; consult with ITFC staff for best time to schedule these sessions.

-        Crisis intervention to caretakers (after child death).

-        During the preparation for discharge, individual counselling and group discussion informing and educating the caretakers on good practices to avoid relapses (topics to discuss include causes and consequences of malnutrition, psychosocial stimulation, appropriate feeding practices and health seeking behaviour).

Job Requirement:


-        High school diploma (12th class) essential

-        Psychosocial certification essential

-        University degree desirable



-        Minimum 1-year experience as a counsellor

-        Other experience in similar position desirable

-        Experience in malnutrition is an asset

-        MSF experience is desirable.



-        Dari/Pashtu: oral and written essential

-        English: oral and written desirable

Working hours

-       Full Time / Schedule: 176 hours per month - due to the nature of the position the candidate must be willing and capable to sometimes work outside regular office hours

-       Salary will be paid according to the MSF salary grid

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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