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Basic Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Trainer


JRS is an organization of the Catholic Church, in particular of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is a collaborative venture between the laity and the religious. Jesuit Refugee Service is involved in a service to refugees, IDPs and other forcibly displaced persons, through personal presence. The service that JRS offers is direct and human, and often exposed to the sufferings and limitations of refugee life.
JRS Project located in Maban County in Upper Nile, North of South Sudan started in 2013. The project focuses on education and psychosocial support, to the most vulnerable groups who face greatest challenges and whose situation has been aggravated by displacement and war conditions.


Psychosocial needs of the general population and particularly of Persons with Specific Needs (PSNs) remain largely unaddressed both in the refugee camps and among the host community members. Up to date agencies present in Maban struggle to develop a strong, comprehensive, solid and effective psychosocial support program in the refugee camps, even more so in the host community. Psychosocial care is somehow a place both/neither fully under health, and/or community services, and/or protection. Consequently, there is still a weak follow up of individual cases and referral process, and most extreme cases receive no consistent support. Women Headed households are often at great risk of SGBV.

Psychosocial support for refugees and host community:

  •     Support to PSNs
  •     Community counselling, support groups
  •     Awareness raising campaigns
  •     Day care center for children with disabilities
  •     Skills training for women
  •     Youth empowerment program
  •     Formation
  •     Peace clubs
  •     Recreation and sports

JRS has identified and is visiting regularly at home more than 1,000 PSN in Doro camp and nearby host community , noting a large number of mental health cases remain unattended to due to cultural beliefs, poor knowledge among community members on mental health and fear to seek services in the health facilities.
JRS intends to empower its home visitors, other agencies’ staff and community members with basic knowledge on mental health and psychosocial support to allow them offer better focused peer psychosocial support to their own community members.

Doro Refugee Camp, Maban - South Sudan

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Goal:   JRS in Maban County to provide access to basic mental health and psychosocial services to adults and children in Doro, Batil and Gendrassa refugee camps. 

Objective 1: To build the capacity of Jesuit Refugee Service and other agencies staff, caretakers and other selected community volunteers to be able to identify the common mental disorders (such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder) a through transfer of community based mental health and psychosocial support skills to 70 staff and volunteers.

Objective 2: To identify patients with mental disorders (or psychosocial disability) in the Doro, Batil and Gendrassa refugee camps and nearby host community villages and support JRS and other agencies staff deliver quality, comprehensive and sustainable basic community-based mental health services and psychosocial support including referral to clinical services.

Objective 3: To provide relevant, case by case, hands-on, home-based training for parents and caretakers of patients with psychosocial disability.

The training should be tailored following the international standards, such as:

  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee (2007). Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
  • UNHCR (2013). Operational Guidance for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programming in Refugee Operations
  • UNHCR (2014). Child Protection Issue Brief: Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being of Children. Geneva: UNHCR.
  • Sphere, Essential health services – mental health standard 1: Mental health, 2011.
  • UNHRC (2017). Community Based protection & Mental Health & Psychosocial Support


  1. Seventy number of JRS and other agency staff, caretakers and community volunteers empowered with skills on basic mental health and psychosocial support services and able to deliver the same as evidenced by post training competency assessment.
  2. Parents and caretakers gain basic knowledge on basic mental health and psychosocial support.
  3. Patients with severe mental disorders are assessed and successfully referred to receive appropriate medical services.

The Trainer keeps the Psychosocial Coordinator and the Project Director informed on the activities of the project by providing relevant correspondence, reports and meeting minutes as well as making regular updates (at least on weekly basis).

Applicants for this position should meet the following qualifications:

  • Degree in Psychology (related degree with relevant experience maybe considered)
  • Extensive experience (at least 10 years) in facility-based and home-based mental health services.
  • Extensive experience (at least 5 years) in delivery of similar trainings
  • Extensive experience (at least 5 years) in comprehensive clinical evaluation of conditions, diagnosis, management, review, discharge and re-integration of clients
  • Work experience in emergency refugee operations and early recovery phases
  • Computer skills (strongly recommended)
  • Languages: Excellent communication skills in English written and oral (required) and Classic Arabic (advantage)
  • Should be responsible, active and willing to work without close supervision
  • Should be able to work in a multicultural team,
  • Flexibility, resilience to stress and ability to adapt
  • Previous experience with JRS (advantage)
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


Arrival to Maban:  6th March, 2018

Preparation for training & registration of participants: 7th to 10th March, 2018

Training dates: 12th March to 17th May 2018 (10 weeks)

Departure from Maban: 18th May, 2018

The trainer will teach one group of 35 participants in the mornings (3h each session) and one group of 35 participants in the afternoon (3h each session), from Monday to Thursday. The sessions will include practicum, home visits and other hands-on relevant techniques.

On Fridays the trainer will be available for individual consultation and/or support to Bunj Hospital or other related activities that JRS may require of him. Occasionally on Saturday the trainer may be required to be available for similar services. Sundays will be resting days. Necessary adjustments to this tentative plan will be done once the trainer is on ground and will be agreed by both parties.

N.B.: A sample of the Contract of Service will be send to those candidates pre-selected.

Contact information

Interested parties can send a written application to

The application should include curriculum vitae (with 2 references at least), cover letter, a tentative work plan detailing objectives-activities-outputs as well as a tentative training schedule.

All interested parties should submit their applications by 27th February 2018.

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