StrongMinds () Zambia (SMZ) is a fast growing and dynamic social enterprise, committed to improving the Mental Health of Women in Africa by providing life-changing mental health services to impoverished African women.
Following 5 successful years in Uganda, StrongMinds established its operations in Zambia in 2019, where we treated over 1,200 women.
StrongMinds’ Mental Health Facilitators (MHF) are dynamic individuals at ease working in the most vulnerable communities of Zambia, full of energy and commitment to delivering quality mental health services in the form of delivering group therapy sessions (lasting 90 minutes per session) for women affected by depression.
They mobilize, screen, recruit women into groups and provide treatment using the Interpersonal Group Therapy (IPT-G) Technique.
They are expected to be vibrant, energized individuals full of empathy and compassion for women living in neglected communities, being able to engage them in small groups to discuss issues that are affecting them and support them to resolve their challenges.
They also work with community leaders, partners and health-workers to create favourable environments for women affected by depression to not only recover, but thrive.
We are looking for qualified staff to build on our successes to scale up our life changing work in 2020 and beyond through : (i) direct delivery of IPT-G;
ii) support to peer-led therapy; (iii) technical support to NGO partners to deliver IPT-G, and (iv) through building capacity through community-based structures within the Ministry of Health of Zambia.
As we expand delivery through NGO Partners, MHF’s will be expected to provide technical support and supervision to identified NGO partners (who StrongMinds Zambia have trained) that are leading IPT-G within their programs.
This will include observing, mentoring and co-facilitating sessions with the partner and ensuring this mode of delivery provides optimal support and care for those identified as depressed.
With other team members, the MHF works collaboratively among the whole StrongMinds Zambia team, sharing their experiences and learning so as to strengthen the StrongMinds Model.
MHF’s should be accessible to, and approachable by, vulnerable women and girls. They should be able to work independently in the catchment area allocated, building the necessary networks and partnerships to ensure successful cycles of group therapy sessions.
They should be totally committed to upholding StrongMinds values, able to take contribute feedback positively and learn quickly, and understand their role in safeguarding vulnerable communities.
The job description categorizes the key task into four divisions, all of which are important and the job holder should be able to ensure all tasks are planned for and implemented according to the organization’s annual and cycle calendars.
A. Serving women with depression
Identify, screen, recruit into IPT-G and treat women with depression in the communities that they reside in.
Constantly seek to identify, understand, document and report participants’ barriers to help-seeking and participation in group therapy sessions.
Communicate these with supervisors and team to find and test innovative solutions to address this.
Following the prescribed IPTG sessions guidelines, create a safe environment for women to discuss depression, their interpersonal relations and how the depression is currently affecting their lives.
Follow up and track participant attendance and participation and document progress to assess IPT-G efficacy.
Conduct effective referral of women using the StrongMinds Zambia referral guidelines.
Identify women who can volunteer to lead IPT groups in their communities to be trained in an adapted peer led therapy curriculum.
Ensure complete adherence to the IPT-G model with no deviation at any point during delivery of therapy.
B. Networking and partnerships
Educate community leaders, partners and community members on depression, its effects, the costs of inaction and benefits of treatment so that they can encourage and support women with depression to undertake and complete the course of treatment.
Actively engage stakeholders to ensure their buy-in and ownership of the StrongMinds talk therapy program.
Raise awareness and understanding of depression and mental health more broadly among community members, leaders and stakeholders.
C. Data collection and reporting
Maintain accurate records including the collection of qualitative data (using both electronic and paper based tools) and ensure timely reporting based on the StrongMinds Zambia reporting calendar.
Contribute to the understanding of the overall monitoring and evaluation processes alongside the StrongMinds Zambia management and M&E team / department.
Periodically conduct client satisfaction Focus Group Discussions.
D. Management and self-care.
Attend and participate in weekly debriefing meetings with your team and supervisors.
Participate in face to face meeting with your supervisor.
Attend and participate in all trainings organized by StrongMinds Zambia.
Set aside time for self-care so as to avoid burnout.
Identify and report any instances in which you notice feelings of conflict between yourself and the client or clients (transference, counter transference, set boundaries are violated, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue).
Attend regular support, debriefing, case conference and / or supervision meetings to ensure information and skill- sharing.
E : Community Engagement
Develop the Community’s awareness, understanding and engagement with the issues relating to depression, and mental health, in conjunction with the StrongMinds team.
Assist in planning and implementation sensitization and education campaigns to increase community awareness about issues relating to mental health, SGBV and HIV- linking them to depression
Planning and implementing community mental health awareness and education campaigns in village or town / Block where the MHF is based
Participate in Sensitization, problem solving, dialogue and mediation with the wider population about the people in order to raise understanding, develop coping strategies and encourage those who need counseling services to contact strong Minds staff.
Providing interpretation between clients and other Strong Minds Zambia staff members when needed
Attend trainings given by StrongMinds and other agencies as directed by the StrongMinds Trainer
Minimum of 1 years’ demonstrated experience working with vulnerable people (especially women and girls) on community development and / or self-help groups and programs preferably in a counseling capacity.
Proven experience (and a natural ability) in community engagement, outreach and mobilization specifically for vulnerable groups.
Excellent facilitation, listening and communication skills.
Experience and detailed understanding of the need for maintaining strict, clear boundaries as a therapist and your clients at all times.
A good understanding of depression and how it can be treated using group talk therapy including an understanding of self-help approaches and empowerment in mental health.
Deep understanding of the developmental challenges facing women in Zambia and how these affect their mental health.
Experience of working in under-developed, high population density settings (e.g. compounds).
Tech savvy comfortable with the daily use of computer and mobile phone software applications, smartphones, tablets etc.
Demonstrated experience of monitoring and evaluation processes, data collection and qualitative and quantitative tools.
Significant experience of facilitating groups and managing the dynamics within a group setting.
Ability to work with minimal supervision and support.
Ability to develop, inform and sustain professional relationships, partnerships and networks.
Languages : Fluent speaker of English, Bemba and Nyanja. All these languages will be tested during interviews.
Ability and willingness to undertake physical movements between and within communities mostly by public means.
Unrestricted permission to live and work in Zambia
A relevant bachelor’s degree
Diploma holders with more than one years’ professional experience will be considered.
XX IPTG groups delivered in XXX cycles in 2020
75% reduction in symptoms of people completing group sessions
A minimum of XXX women complete IPTG sessions in 2020.
Attend weekly debriefing meetings
Attended organized trainings
Up-to-date data collected, compiled and submitted to StrongMinds Zambia within set timeframes.
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