MPSSS Officer – OWS Development Fund Vacancy Announcement


MPSSS Officer – OWS Development Fund Vacancy Announcement, June 7 2024



Organization: OWS Development Fund

Position: MPSSS Officer

Location: Gablalu, Sitti Zone, Somali Regional State

Employment: Contractual

Deadline: June 10 2024




Job description


Required No: 1

Position Title: MPSSS Officer

Duty Station: Gablalu, Sitti Zone, Somali Regional State

Classification: Professional Staff

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary: As per the project scale


Organization Overview:

OWS Development Fund (OWS DF) is a vibrant independent non-profit organization implementing lifesaving emergency projects and development programs in different parts of the country. OWS Development Fund strives to mitigate human suffering as a result of natural and man-made catastrophes as well as empower the community to get out of the cycle of poverty. Focusing on hard to reach and remote areas OWS Development Fund targets vulnerable and marginalized segment of the society. Thus, with the aim to further advance OWS DF operations we are looking for a qualified & skilled staff for ‘MHPSS Officer’ position.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a highly organized and dedicated MHPSS Officer to join our team in Gablalu. This role is responsible for supporting the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities affected by crisis or trauma. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of MHPSS principles and a passion for promoting mental health and psychosocial support services.


Project Overview:


OWS DF would like to hire a qualified MHPSS Officer for an EHF-funded project titled “CBPF-ETH-24-S-NGO-27680 Intersectoral response to reduce malnutrition in drought and conflict affected people in Gablalu Woreda, Somali Region.”


Key Responsibilities:

Provide psychosocial support for the community (mental Health education, Screening, Counseling, diagnosis and refer)

Provide emergency psychosocial therapy to cases at working site.

Provide onsite psychosocial training for health workers and community volunteers

To provide psychological counselling, psychologist interventions, support and engagement to individuals and to facilitate/lead group therapeutic activities.

Conduct psychological assessments, manage casework, and make referrals as necessary

Record and document relevant activities (e.g. case notes/files)

To work with the MHNT team members to deliver the service and contribute for good team spirit

Work with, and support colleagues especially with social workers.

Network, liaise and communicate with assigned Health facilities Health workers.

Support and provide appropriate recommendation regarding best interest determination (BID) panel to guarantee best interest of the children.

Advocate for legal and medical and other referral support services for beneficiaries.

Facilitate and ensure the involvement of children as primary stakeholders in all project work.

Ensure preparation of timely and quality quarterly and final project progress reports.

Strictly respect the confidentiality of data, being the property of the project beneficiaries and OWS DF.

Ensure beneficiaries files/ data are properly put and locked.

Respect the confidentiality regarding the content of interview during assessments.

Produce timely progress reports, including both quantitative and qualitative information, on CP activities and input into regular situation reports.


Job requirements


Qualifications and Experience:

MA/BA degree in Psychology, Psychiatry and other social work.

Previous minimum 2 years of experience working with vulnerable children and adolescents in a corporate or NGO environment, preferably in protection or community-based child protection field.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with empathy and respect

A good communication skill with fluency in written and spoken English.

Knowledge of community-based child protection approaches, preferably including experience in participatory approaches (PRA/PLA) and child participation methodologies.

Good IT skills including the use of Word and database software

Demonstrable ability to adapt to changing programmed priorities and emergency priorities that may arise

Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities

Positive attitude towards community work with emphasis on the ability to learn from communities and support innovative approaches to problem solving


Knowledge of internally displaced persons operations; knowledge of the area is an added advantage.

Experience in designing and facilitating training sessions.

Experience in working in an insecure environment

Knowledge of the Somali region socio-culture and local language where the post is located


Required Skills

  • Software proficiencies
  • Microsoft Office Pack: Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Powerpoint
  • Communication
  • Technological & digital literacy


How to Apply:


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to with “MPSSS Officer Application” in the subject line.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

OWSDF is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity and inclusion.

The position is contingent upon funding availability.



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