Company: Jesuit Refugee Services LTD/GT

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. Founded in November 1980 as a work of the Society of Jesus, JRS was officially registered on 19 March 2000 at the Vatican State as a foundation. JRS programmes are found in 51 countries, providing assistance to: refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities, and to those held in detention centres. The main areas of work are in the field of education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services. At the end of 2016, more than 733,400 individuals were direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.

Supervisor: Project Director

Country of Assignment: Nigeria
Place of Assignment: Taraba

Project Duration: Six (6) Months

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), is an International Catholic Organization working across 56 countries whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and IDPs in conflict zones, detention centers, camp and urban settings, and on remote borders.

Job Summary
Under the guidance and general supervision of the Head of Programme and the Project Director, the Psychosocial Specialist will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of high-quality psychosocial services (e.g. oversee staff capacity building in psychosocial trauma and provide psychosocial group facilitation) to target beneficiaries whom JRS Nigeria works with.

Key Responsibilities of the Position


  • Lead all implementation of psychosocial activities including Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR) training to target beneficiaries along with providing basic level emotional regulation exercises to release trauma stress patterns;
  • Ensure that JRS’s psychosocial support models are delivered effectively;
  • Ensure the team’s provision of high-quality support to beneficiaries is in line with JRS Nigeria’s Psychosocial
  • Models, including adherence to Psychosocial Assessment;
  • Provide psychosocial support education and supervision to staff members and case managers;
  • Attend Psychosocial Review Meetings and provide support to beneficiaries involved;
  • Ensure that case managers are making referrals for psychosocial critical incidents, such as child safety concerns, risk of suicide or self-harm to Search identified clinical actors and;
  • Write a monthly summary report highlighting trainings, lessons learned, and challenges, and recommendations including success highlights, feedback from participants, and recommendations for the next stages of JRS’s program (sent to line supervisor).
  • Attend coordination meetings with other INGOs/ NGOs, sector working groups to help link JRS Nigeria with other organizations doing similar work.
  • Work with government partners and other relevant stakeholders to develop, implement and monitor referral pathways for those in need of mental health and psychosocial support.
  • Lead and participate in psychosocial support capacity building for government partners and other relevant stakeholders
  • Strengthen community capacity to identify, address and support residents in need of psychosocial support and resources.
  • The Psychosocial Specialist will also support and debrief staff on psychosocial recommendations from noted issues that arise during his/her work, identify and address professional development needs

Required Profile

Have a university degree in one of the following fields: psychosocial peacebuilding, psychology, psychiatry, social work or relevant fields;

Experience and Qualification

  • Five years’ work experience in psychology or related field.
  • Have facilitated/ co-facilitated psychosocial support trainings to key stakeholders that include: refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), security, local and community leaders with excellent command of trainees in relevant fields.
  • Experience in capacity building of staff and or case managers in mental health and psychosocial support.
  • Basic understanding of trauma and how to help participants manage the effects of trauma that often arise during workshops due to their personal experience of societal violence.


  • Adhere to JRS values and abide by the code of conduct and other policies.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, active listening skills, initiative and personal discipline, etc.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information.
  • Have good computer skills and mastery of MS Office tools.
  • Mastery of English (fluency in spoken and written languages).
  • Have a knowledge of a local language preferably Hausa

Method of Application
All Applicants should indicate the JOB TITLE as the subject of the Email and applications should be forwarded to [email protected]