Project Officer (Psychosocial Support)

JOB from International Organization for Migration

Closing date: 15 Jan 2019

Position Title : Project Officer (Psychosocial Support)

Duty Station : Bujumbura, Burundi

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 15 January 2019

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading

UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and

non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People’s Democratic

Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Eswatini,

Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


During a crisis response, psychosocial assistance aims to promote, protect and support the well-being of crisis-affected populations, with activities aimed at reducing psychosocial vulnerabilities, promoting community resilience and ownership, and supporting aid that considers psychosocial and cultural diversity issues.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the Emergency Coordinator and in collaboration with the Project Managers in the Health Department and the Transition and Recovery Department at IOM Burundi, the successful candidate will primarily be responsible for implementing and contributing to expanding IOM Burundi’s psychosocial projects.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with the establishment of the Psychosocial Support (PSS) unit within the Department of Emergencies and ensure implementation of psychosocial support activities through overall coordination of the psycho-social support mobile teams on the ground, supporting their deployment and tracking of activities to ensure achievements of targets.
  2. Recruit, train, supervise and provide guidance to psycho-social national staff, and assist with the administration of related HR requirements to facilitate successful team operation.
  3. Set-up mobile psycho-social teams, to strengthen positive dialogue and reconciliation mechanisms for communities who have experienced trauma or violence during their migration and displacement.
  4. Provide technical and direct managerial oversight to the project assistants supervising the PSS teams through provision of weekly supervisions, on the job training and field monitoring of the activities to ensure quality standards are met are in line with the relevant guidelines and project indicators.
  5. In coordination with the supervisor, develop a capacity building plan for the PSS mobile teams and coordinate its implementation.
  6. Ensure that the PSS teams will provide a community-based psychological support system for identified conflicts, through activities for stress reduction, individual, family and / or group counseling, group activities such as group talk, art therapy, social therapy and psychotherapy.
  7. Supervise and develop training courses on psychotherapy and therapeutic-expressive activities.
  8. Ensure consolidation of reports from the PSS teams and provide inputs for weekly and bi weekly reports as well as for any other relevant documents being developed.
  9. Participate in the development of new projects in coordination with the project officer based on identified needs during project implementation.
  10. Monitor and provide suggestions regarding the integration of cross-cutting issues such as protection, gender, child protection, counter trafficking and other vulnerable groups are included in the project implementation.
  11. Undertake duty travel within the country when necessary.
  12. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Mental Health, Criminology or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Strong experience in providing psycho-social assistance and/or mental health assistance;

• Relevant experience in working with vulnerable migrant groups including internal displaced persons, refugees, victims of trafficking, returning migrants as well as host communities;

• Experience in remotely managing teams;

• Proven good communicational, analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills;

• Work experience in technical writing, editing, and reporting in English;

• Demonstrable knowledge of political and humanitarian issues and/or work experience in the

Great Lakes.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

• Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

• Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

• Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

• Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 15 January 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:…

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 08.01.2019 to 15.01.2019

Requisition: SVN2018/226(P)-ProjectOfficer(PsychosocialSupport)(P2)-Bujumbura,Burundi (55656548) Released

Posting: Posting NC55656561 (55656561) Released

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