Psychologist

Job Description

Job Title: Psychologist

Department: Protection

Location: Epirus (Roving)

Salary: L3; S1-S7

Period: 20/10/2022 – 31/12/2022 (probation period with possibility of extension)

ASB Germany

The “Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland (ASB)” is a German aid and welfare organization with more than 300 branches at national, regional, district and municipal level all over Germany. More than 1.2 million members provide a broad social basis for our organization and more than 20,000 employees as well as over 17,000 volunteers form part of the ASB ensuring a high level of quality in areas such as rescue services, civil protection and social services. Since its foundation in 1888, the ASB has acted as a politically and denominationally independent association ensuring a high level of continuity and reliability.

ASB Foreign Aid

ASB Foreign Aid Department provides both direct emergency relief to people hit by man-made or natural disasters and longer-term rehabilitation measures designed to promote recovery and to rapidly help restore the livelihood of refugees, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable people. ASB currently has a portfolio of more than 50 relief, rehabilitation, development and DRR projects in countries like Niger, Nicaragua, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Nepal, Haiti, Georgia, Ukraine, Iraq and Greece.

ASB Greece

ASB started its activities in Greece in March 2016, focusing on the provision of Humanitarian Aid to refugees/migrants. In 2017 ASB Greece built the technical facilities and shelters for the Diavata camp. Since 2018, ASB Greece has provided support at five accommodation sites in the Epirus Region (Katsikas, Filippiada, Konitsa (closed in 2018), Doliana (closed in 2021) and Ag. Eleni). In 2019, ASB with the funding of the Directorate – General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Union (DG HOME) and in coordination with IOM implemented the “Improving the Greek Reception System Through Site Management Support and Targeted Interventions in Long – Term Accommodation Sites” project. The project focused on Site Management Support (SMS) services and includes Protection and Non-Formal Education. In 2020/21 ASB with the funding of DG HOME and in coordination with IOM implemented the Program “Supporting the Greek Authorities in Managing the National Reception System for Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants (SMS)”. The project “Supporting the Greek Authorities in Managing the National Reception System for Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants (SMS)” came to an end on the 31st December 2021. As of January 2022, ASB with the funding of DG HOME and in coordination with IOM is implementing the Program “Harmonizing Protection Practices in Greece (HARP)”. Maintenance, security and cleaning services have been taken over by the Greek state while ASB in cooperation with IOM is making efforts to cover current gaps in service provision and will continue to do so until full handover of all services is completed. On October 2021, ASB became an implementing partner for the Non-Formal Education (NFE) project “All children in education” ACE funded by UNICEF Greece and with the cooperation of the Danish Refugee Council and continued through to the 31st of August 2022 when the project also came to an end. The ASB country office is based in Thessaloniki, while the Epirus regional office is in Ioannina

Job Overview/Summary:

The psychologist will coordinate services with a partner organization and work alongside the Senior Protection Officer of ASB. The psychologist will be responsible for providing evidence based preventative and curative services to people suffering with mental health concerns currently living in Epirus camps who are referred by other actors through the established referral pathway system or have been individually identified. The psychologist will also be responsible for managing cases, conducting appropriate referrals to a psychiatrist if needed and protection services. The psychologist will provide psychological interventions based on the client’s needs and presenting complaints. There will be a focus on vulnerable populations, specifically, but not limited, to separated and unaccompanied children, separated families, survivors of gender-based violence, and people with serious security and medical concerns.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to internationally recognized best practices for evidence based psychological interventions and the management of clients with mental health concerns. This includes ensuring the confidentiality of clients and respecting their decisions;
  • Establish a safe space to conduct private and confidential sessions acceptable to those on the site and safely accessible by women and children.
  • Assess the client’s needs and presenting complaints and develop a care plan with the client based on those needs, including referrals to other services;
  • Provide age-appropriate culturally relevant individual and/or group psychological counselling for population at risk including, but not limited, to survivors of torture, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors;
  • Support the client(s) coping process and mobilize their internal and external resources for processing extreme adversity;
  • Conduct follow-up sessions as needed and decide with the client when to close the case;
  • Identify concerns related to and support adherence to referral protocols and guiding principles for gender-based violence and child protection and bring these concerns to the Senior Protection Officer and Protection Coordinator.
  • Maintain an effective working relationship and regular communication with other psychologists working on the same project;
  • Maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including referral organizations community groups and other implementing partners;
  • Complete daily case reports and data collection according to guidance provided by the Senior Protection Officer and the Protection Coordinator.
  • Collaborate with the rest of the team to exchange information and ensure that ASB programs are responding to the evolving needs of refugees;
  • Attend regular supportive supervision conducted by the Protection Coordinator;
  • Refer patients to other health professionals whenever necessary;
  • Provide psycho-education sessions to the family members of clients when needed.

Training & Development

  • Conducting training activities and providing administrative follow-up

Administration

  • Drafting, updating and formatting documents such as reports, notes and presentations
  • Keeping and updating all Mental Health files with all the relevant hardcopies.
  • Document all program and client activity in an accurate and timely manner using standardized tools and forms.

Other

  • Any other task as required by the Sr. Protection Officer and Protection Coordinator
  • During his/her work, uphold all relevant ASB standards, codes of conduct, and humanitarian principles;
  • Act in a way that is sensitive to gender, protection, the environment and other important cross-cutting concerns;
  • Fully comply with the ASB HR procedures.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position. All staff of ASB is expected to be flexible and contribute constructively towards achieving the goals of ASB in Greece.

Reports to:

  • Sr. Protection Officer (Technically)
  • Protection Coordinator (Functionally)

Staff Management:

  • Directly: None
  • Indirectly: None

Collaborations:

  • Internal: HARP Team, Logistics and Procurement, HR and Finance, MEAL, Communications and Head of Office Ioannina.
  • External: close collaboration with other humanitarian actors, local NGOs, UN agencies, government service providers

Requirements:

  • Licensed psychologist;
  • Minimum two-year professional experience providing psychological interventions to refugee populations including but not limited to survivors of torture;
  • Knowledge of different culturally relevant therapeutic techniques;
  • Experience conducting assessments, using screening tools and creating individual care plans for clients seeking mental health services;
  • INGO experience preferred;
  • Knowledge of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) MHPSS in emergencies guidelines;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for beneficiaries;
  • Positive and professional attitude, including ability to work well in a team setting;
  • Strong ability to maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, and work in a difficult environment;
  • Ability to conduct counselling sessions via interpreters/cultural mediators, whenever necessary;
  • Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well;
  • Knowledge of self-care practices for mental health providers;
  • Fluency in Greek and English

Openness to accept ASB’s Greece working values, such as:

  • Open, Honest and Professional Relationships
  • On time, Open and clear horizontally and vertically communication
  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Positive Team Work
  • Productive attitude to excellence
  • Recognition and rewarding
  • Pride for the Humanitarian Orientation
  • Willingness for the extra mile
  • Collaboration for professional evolution, training and learning

Benefits

  • Standard twenty-four days of paid leave per year (plus seniority legal additions);
  • Extra private life and accident insurance;
  • Relocation accommodation bonus; if applicable to the position
  • Organizational phone, with monthly credit; if applicable to the position

Base of Position

Epirus, Greece

Length of contract

Till 31/12/2022 (probation period with possibility of extension)

How to apply:

All interested parties are requested to submit their CV and Cover Letter in English to the following address: hr@asb.gr clearly stating the “ PHY/IOA ” on the subject field.

The deadline for application submission is October 24th 2022 at 23:59 hrs.

Applications submitted after this date and time will not be considered.

Due to urgency of the position, ASB has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.

By applying to this Job Advertisement, the applicant concedes that ASB Greece will manage any data provided by her/ him until the end of this process and only.

If the applicant wishes for the data to be kept for a period of 6 months, in order to be included in other similar recruitment process, should be clearly stated in the application email by copying the exact following:

“I concede and allow ASB Greece to keep the documents/ files and data included in them, for a period of 6 months, starting from the date of dispatch, and in order to be used only for the purpose of further recruitment that I might be suitable. I have the right to recall this consent at any point, by sending a written application in the form of email to hr@asb.gr ”.