Psychosocial counsellor
Save the Children International (Save the Children)
Occupations: Mental Health
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Job Description

The Psychosocial councilar is a key staff in the project to work closely with children and their families in the community and s/he will be in direct contact with them for supporting children on their MHPSS and protection related concerns. The successful candidate will participate in a one year training program, which includes three and half months of intensive psychosocial technical training in Kabul and 8.5 months of on the job training and mentoring, which will  equip candidates with enough knowledge and skill to provide MHPSS support to targeted children in their intervention communities. After the completion of the first intensive training course, spanning a 3 month period at the beginning of the posting, the psychosocial councillors will be deployed in Kunduz/Nangarhar for the implementation/roll out of the project activities based on the project objective.
The role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to:  CP Officer
Staff reporting to this post: No
Direct: CP Officer 
Indirect : CP and all stackhoder
Budget Responsibilities: No
Role Dimensions: Coordination with all stakhoder, and all support, MEAL, and Program staff

Key Accountabilities

•  Attending and completing a one-year MHPSS training program to gain skill and knowledge about MHPSS services, best practices and strategies;
•  The psychosocial councillors need to offer his/her full commitment for the completion of the course and the project.
•  Providing ongoing psychosocial support for vulnerable, at-risk children and adolescents and families through one-on-one and / or group sessions, sometimes in coordination with teachers and or other thematic areas within SC’s programmatic intervention;
•  To assist the child protection officer in developing the questionnaire and field test tools and techniques for
o rapid assessments and training materials/ modules.
•  Raising awareness with children, families and community leader to bring positive changes in the children life and create a protective environment for them, and to reduce stigmatization of mental health through community dialogues and engagement.
•  Identification and reporting of key issues, which affecting war affected and street working children in the city/ province.
•  Work with teachers to build capacity respond to MHPSS needs in the classroom, and to safely identify and refer cases.
•  Weekly base comprehensive reporting to the child protection officer
•  To attend Community Based Child Protection Network (CBCPN) and DCPAN to discuss child protection concerns, to provide update on MHPSS issues and to share information on positive coping strategies, safe identification and referrals
•  Utilizing knowledge and resources in efficient manner to input for designing future intervention to improve the lives and access to opportunity of affected children in and around the city/ province.
•  To assist the child protection officer in analysing situation children who are at risk 
•  Ensure the effective and efficient use of all SC Afghanistan resources in order to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
•  Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
•  Holds the team to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
•  Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
•  widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
•  Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
•  Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external and supporters
•  Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
•  Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

•  Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
•  Willing to take disciplined risks.
•  Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

•  Recent graduated from psychology, social work or social science faculty
•  Recent graduated from psychology, social work or social science faculty
•  Have some social work experience
•  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
•  Excellent communication skills in Pashtu/Dari language.
•  Good in conducting timely meeting.
•  Knowledge of Child Protection and MHPSS
•  Knowledge of working with communities, specifically in engaging communities to identify issues and working with them to implement plan.
•  Ability to travel to districts and other province when it is required.
•  Committed to the aims and principles of Save the Children, including adherence to the child protection policy.
•  Detail-oriented skills
•  Knowledge of Computer (Ms. Officer and using internet)
•  Excellent English (Able to write the reports in English)
•  Accuracy with responsibilities


Knowledge of child rights is an advantage.
Should be able to work independently and be a strong team member, be patient, adaptable, flexible, to maintain confidentiality, and able to improvise and work in stressful atmosphere and respects Afghan culture.
Experience of translating materials from English to Dari and Pashtu
Experience in child participation, MHPSS and community participation
Familiar with other computer program (Ms. Access, Photoshop etc)
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
Equal Opportunities
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Compliance policies: Child Safeguarding and Code of Conduct; Anti-Bribery and Fraud
The post holder is required to comply with these key policies, and other organisational policies and procedures, at all times.

Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

About Save the Children


Around the world, too many children start life at a disadvantage simply because of who they are and where they come from.

Millions of children are dying from preventable causes, face poverty, violence, disease and hunger. They are caught up in war zones and disasters they did nothing to create. And they are denied an education and other basic rights owed to them.

All children deserve better.

We champion the rights and interests of children worldwide, putting the most vulnerable children first.

With 25,000 dedicated staff across 120 countries, we respond to major emergencies, deliver innovative development programmes, and ensure children's voices are heard through our campaigning to build a better future for and with children.


Our ambition for 2030 is to create a world in which all children:

  • Survive: No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday
  • Learn: All children learn from a quality basic education
  • Are Protected: Violence against children is no longer tolerated.

Our bold ambition builds on 100 years' experience of bringing communities, civil society, governments, businesses and donors together to achieve lasting change for children.

We believe this is the only way that we can inspire real progress and breakthroughs in the way the world treats children.


We are a global membership organisation, made up of Save the Children International and 29 national members.

We share one name, one strategy and one ambition for all children to survive, learn and be protected.