ICMC International Catholic Migration Commission
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Counselor / The position is subject to funding

Job Description and Requirements

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:  responsible for providing counseling services to beneficiaries, overseeing the development of a psychosocial curriculum, and advising staff on self-care through training and self-development activities. 

Specific Objectives:

Provide Counseling Services to ICMC Beneficiaries 

  • Provide quality assessment, counseling, referral and follow-up services to clients, using a trauma informed approach; 
  • Work with beneficiaries to develop a treatment plan in line with their own choices, available options, and existing situation. 
  • Provide basic support and guidance to family members to help them provide on-going support to the clients at home, according to the situation.
  •  Facilitate the referral of vulnerable individuals to various organizations for specialized care, including specialized psychological services as required.
  • Coordinate with: ICMC country-based staff, ICMC partners, external parties as requested.

Support an organizational culture of quality and self-care

  • Support the senior counsellor in psychosocial wellbeing of staff and promote a healthy culture of self-care through trainings and self-development activities;
  • Support the development of psychosocial curricula and other materials for the center

Demonstrate ethical and professional practice:

  • Respect beneficiary confidentiality at all times
  • Respect and promote ICMC’s Polices and code of conduct, including child protection and PSEA.
  • Report any non-respect of ICMC’s policies through the established complaints and whistleblower mechanisms
  • Address needs and requests of beneficiaries in a respectful and professional manner
  • Report any incident or act that causes any harm to beneficiary or to others. 
  • Always interact with children with the presence of their parents or caregivers.
  • Always respect a refusal of treatment. 

Complete Administration and Communication tasks in a quality and timely manner

  •  Complete regular reporting and administrative duties
  • Establish good and regular communication with project beneficiaries, ICMC partners and various service providers.
  • Establish good communication and coordination with all ICMC departments and project staff. 
  • Enter client data into the Data Management System and assist with data collation and reports as required and requested.
  • Provide inputs into other center activity reports as requested/required. 

Required Qualifications and competencies:

  • University degree in psychology, or related field.
  • Proven experience employed as a Counselor in the direct provision of counseling or -psychosocial support services to adults and children.
  • Minimum three (3) years professional experience, preferably in the NGO sector.
  • Experience in working with vulnerable/marginalized populations. 
  • Experience working with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma informed approach preffered;
  • Excellent ability to assess and intervene with appropriate and effective intervention.
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people;
  • Group counseling and facilitation skills essential; ability to communicate effectively,   problem-solve and crisis manage.
  • English language skills and ability to work in English preferred;
  • Excellent command of MS Office and other computer programs, including good typing skills.
  • Excellent team working skill, diplomacy, and ability to work in a multicultural environment -and under pressure.
  • Ability to travel and work outside of the office.
  • Critical thinking skills, flexibility, and commitment to serving vulnerable people.