Psychosocial Social Support Officer Job Vacancy

Psychosocial Social Support Officer

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Psychosocial Social Support Officer Job Vacancy At International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The vacant position of Psychosocial Social Support Officer is currently available at International Rescue Committee (IRC), suitably qualified candidates who possess the criteria stated below should proceed and apply.

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

At work today in more than 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.


Contextual Background

The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict-affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Bama, Maiduguri, Gwoza, and Monguno of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs; primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Protection, Child Protection, Education, food security & livelihoods.

Psychosocial Social Support Officer Job Overview/Summary

Under the management of the Program Manager, The Yobe WPE Psychosocial Officer will coordinate with WPE Case Workers in responding to the psychosocial needs of GBV survivors and support community sensitization efforts that prevent and respond to all forms of GBV in Yobe State. The Psychosocial Officer assesses and plans a response mechanism that meets the needs of women and children who are affected by GBV. She will provide technical support to adolescent girl’s assistant and ensure that the Girl Shine Curriculum is implemented accordingly

Major Responsibilities

Psychosocial support

  • In collaboration with WPE Caseworkers, identify psychosocial needs of women and girls and share information with the WPE Manager to support these needs.
  • Work with WPE Case Workers to ensure that survivors’ cases are followed up and survivors decisions and best interest are prioritized for effective service delivery
  • Work closely with GBVIMS Officer to capture survivors’ information in the database and use report to advocate for material and psychosocial support for at-risk women and girls.
  • In collaboration with WPE Case Workers, develop and revise a work plan that includes a list of items and budget needed to meet the psychosocial needs of women and girls accessing the WGSS.
  • Ensure an improve services delivery on PSS at the safe spaces working with the community and working group
  • Conduct capacity-building training on Psychosocial support services with GBV partners and other sectors within IRC.
  • Take the lead in the implementation of the Women Rise Curriculum in Yobe State.
  • Provide technical support to the women’s network and other women’s groups at the WGSS.

Planning and Coordination

  • In collaboration with the community outreach team, assist and support community mobilization and sensitization highlighting the importance of psychosocial support to survivors of GBV.
  • Take lead in the capacity building of adolescent girls mentors on Girl Shine Curriculum
  • Coordinate with relevant partners and develop psychosocial strategies that meet the different needs of women and girls. Advocate with other partners on behalf of GBV survivors
  • Conduct FGD with parents/caregivers of adolescent girls that have benefited from our program on the impact made.
  • Represent the IRC WPE in community meetings as required and maintain a positive relationship with Community leaders, Local community structures, and groups at various levels.
  • Provide regular updates on the psychosocial support activities conducted at the WGSS.

Other Duties And Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in regular team meetings
  • facilitate PSS training and attend training as required
  • Compile and submit weekly and monthly reports in a timely manner
  • Participate in the development of procurement and spending plans and work plans to ensure the successful implementation of programs and contribute to program proposal development.
  • Ensure supplies/resources for GBV prevention activities and other program activities are requested on time for timely implementation of program activities.
  • Any other duties as required

Key Working Relationships

Position Reports to WPE Manager

Indirect/Technical Reporting: WPE Coordinator

Position directly Supervises: Adolescent Girls Assistant

Key Internal Contacts: WPE Response Team and Other IRC sector’s staff,

Key External Contacts:  WGSS beneficiaries, Community members, and other NGO staff

Requirements For Psychosocial Social Support Officer Job


Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Counseling or other related fields with GBV experience;

Work Experience

  • Counseling, experience in women and girls safe space management, engaging women and girls on PSS activities, Teaching or community level engagement experience, including experience working with women and girls preferred
  • Must have worked in the same or similar capacity for at least 2 years

Demonstrated Technical Skills

  • Community mobilization and training experience with reputable organization/civil society organizations
  • Clear understanding, including demonstrated positive attitudes on gender inequality, and issues surrounding violence against women and girls is STRONGLY preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues affecting women and girls, including gender-based violence.
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients at all times is essential.
  • Ability to lead, train, supervises, facilitate and motivate other GBV staff in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful and supportive manner.
  • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work under pressure, work overtime when necessary and be able to coordinate multiple tasks, and maintain attention to detail.
  • The ability to write clear and concise reports in English would be an added advantage

Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies

  • The ability to work as a member of a team is essential
  • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work under pressure, work overtime when necessary and be able to coordinate multiple tasks, and maintain attention to detail.


Ability to communicate in English, Hausa, Kanuri, and local dialects are spoken in the Yobe.

Computer/Other Tech Requirements

Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is an advantage

How To Apply For Psychosocial Social Support Officer Job

  • Click the ‘Apply For Job’ button below.
  • Follow the link displayed to proceed to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) recruitment portal.
  • Follow the onsite guideline to complete and submit your application.
  • The application deadline is not specified.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.  Following these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

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