Psychologists (2 Positions) – International Center for Children and Family (CIFA), Ethiopia

Location: Dire Dawa & Chiro, Ethiopia

Organization:  International Center for Children and Family


Job Description

2 Psychologists (Ethiopian National Only) – 1 in Dire Dawa & 1 in Chiro

The project, entitled “Migration and Access to Protection and Basic Services: integrated interventions on the Eastern migration route (MAPS)” is implemented in urban and rural areas of Harar, Chiro of West Harrage, and Dire Dawa Administration. It is intended to support people vulnerable to irregular migration including returnees, and potential migrants (including the most vulnerable categories: women, victims of trafficking, and unaccompanied children) transiting to or departing from the Middle East. The aim of the project is to carry out joint actions to combat the root causes of irregular migration through promoting employment opportunities, improving basic services, and protection of urban communities with an important gender consideration. In the framework of the MAPS project, under the supervision of the Project Manager, CIFA is looking for 2 psychologists to provide a psychosocial support service in Dire Dawa and Chiro, based on the previous know-how developed by the Organization in other areas in the Country

Mission: CIFA works to promote the leading role of children and young people all over the world so that they can become agents of change for a sustainable future from an environmental, economic, and social point of view.

Organization: CIFA is an international NGO with over 40 years of commitment in protecting the most vulnerable children. Working in Ethiopia for over 20 years, CIFA supports the access to primary and secondary education, especially for girls; it fights against the worst forms of discrimination and supports women’s economic empowerment. With this approach, CIFA currently works in Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa City Administration, Amhara, Hareri and Oromia Region.

Position: 2 Psychologists (1 in Dire Dawa & 1 in Chiro)

Start Date: August/September 2022

Reporting To: Project Manager

Duration Contract: 12 months renewable with 90 days probation period


– 1 in Dire Dawa with weekly missions to Harar, and with periodic travels to CIFA Head Office in Addis Ababa & Dessie Office for trainings and/or coordination meetings.

– 1 in Chiro with periodic missions to CIFA​​ Dire Dawa Office & CIFA Head Office in Addis Ababa and Dessie Office for training and/or coordination meetings.

Key Tasks:

– Provide psychological support, through individual and group sessions/counselings or through the case manager in the co-housing activities; collect and elaborate migration stories and experiences as well as problems related to reintegration, forced displacement, and traumas related to the migration experience or else, as the ongoing conflict, and make referrals when possible

– Closely work with project manager, social workers, case manager & stakeholders in the course of project planning and implementation.

– Provide support in the case management of most vulnerable beneficiaries, such as women, children, youth and families affected by the conflict & migration in the target communities

– Collect, develop, monitor and analyze assessment data on project beneficiaries

– Support social workers and case manager with regards to project activities

– Make home and field visits to project beneficiaries, in close collaboration with the social worker and the case manager

– Liaise with local government stakeholders (Women and children Affairs, Social Affairs, Health sector, faith organizations, etc) to ensure complementarity to other response plans and a flexible and efficient psychosocial service delivery.

– Identify and select beneficiaries, according to a careful assessment conducted with the social workers, the case manager and the local authorities (psychological, social, health, economic, migration risk, and other criteria will be considered), and take over the project with individualized multidimensional accompaniment and participatory approach

– Participate in the training to Health Extension Workers (HEW) on case detection of psychological and mental disorders related to migration

– Keep good, accurate and confidential records of all counseling sessions and make referrals to those who require psychological or psychiatric assessment/treatment.

– Prepare detailed monthly, quarterly and annual action plans and progress reports (with the same frequency)

– Ensure psychological treatment is under the principles of confidentiality, impartiality and non-judgment, respecting the confidentiality of data, being the property of the project beneficiaries and CIFA. Ensure beneficiaries files/data are properly put and locked

– Continuously stay abreast with CIFA & donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations

– Undertake duty travels as required

-Other duties as assigned

Qualifications & requirements:


– Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Psychology


– Minimum 5 years of experience

– Experience working with NGOs or humanitarian organizations for 5 years is an asset

– Experience with vulnerable groups (returnees, migrants, IDPs, mothers alone, children) is an asset


– Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word required;

– Good Knowledge of Internet, Email, Google Drive & other, Communication Platforms (skype, Google meet, zoom, etc…)

Personal Skills:

– Be proactive, empathetic and have an understanding of the issues surrounding the beneficiaries

– Good knowledge of Gender-based Violence (GBV), child protection and psychosocial support

– Excellent interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills;

– Strong organizational and problem-solving skills;

– Excellent skills in time management and stress management;

– Good communication skills;

– Must be organized, able to be multi-tasked, flexible, and able to work as a team and individual;


– Excellent communication skills in English and Amharic, both written and verbal;

– Oromiffa and Somali is an asset

Salary: Range 15000 – 19000 ETB/month as basic salary depending on academic qualification & working experiences

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit their applications through this link by Tuesday 26th of July 2022. Please attach your CV, a cover letter, and your highest degree certificate in PDF. Applications should include the contact details of three professional references. One reference must be the applicant’s Immediate supervisor.