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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Intern at World Vision East Africa

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World Vision is an international Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation working in almost 100 countries world-wide to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

The East Africa Regional Office, operating in nine countries of East Africa namely; Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda is looking for a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Intern to work in its Nairobi office.

This 12 months internship opportunity will provide real work experience and professional development, under the guidance of dedicated professional supervisors in the field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) programing at a global level.


  • Conduct literature reviews on specific mental health and psychosocial topics (e.g. best practices, evidence base on different interventions/approaches, M&E, methods, psychometric properties of measures, child development, integration of mental health into general healthcare, community based rehabilitation etc.)
  • Support MHPSS advisor on MHPSS Advocacy in design of reports and advocacy through social media and website updates in conjunction with communications and knowledge management
  • Support data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and write-up of World Vision program evaluations and research.
  • Learn and assist with the preparation of proposals, technical reports, advocacy materials, peer-reviewed publications, and policy briefs.
  • Assist the Mental Health and Psychosocial support advisor to collect / organize and systematize documents/reports/data collection tools from the MHPSS programs.
  • Assist the Mental Health and Psychosocial support Advisor to write/organize extensive guidelines for implementing programs in each area of intervention; including data collection tools organized per type of programs, Drafts of TOR necessary to run programs and annexes with supportive documents (training manuals, guidelines and others).
  • Participate in remote clinical supervision meetings and document all proceedings
  • Participate in meetings and training sessions with actual staff and record proceedings;
  • Support in organizing field meetings, trainings and supervision schedules
  • Assist the Mental Health and Psychosocial support Advisor to organize and consolidate updated presentations for different trainings where MHPSS topics are required:
  • Assist the Mental Health and Psychosocial support Advisor to organize the MHPSS consolidation on a weekly basis; set up meeting’s agenda, preparation of documents and compilation of presentations.
  • Perform any other assigned tasks.

Among other learning objectives, the incoming intern should expect to:

  • Gaining an understanding of World Vision approach of MHPSS in diverse humanitarian relief and development contexts.
  • Expanding understanding of MHPSS background literature in relation to specific topics as assigned and agreed upon (e.g. MHPSS measures, background, program approaches).
  • Learning about World Vision MHPSS quality standards and application to different contexts.
  • Experience how humanitarian MHPSS is coordinated across organizations and civil society

Required Qualifications

  • Completed an Undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Social Work or related field.
  • Understanding of best practices in humanitarian and development settings (e.g. IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings) is an advantage
  • Demonstrated interest or experience working on Global Mental Health and Psychosocial projects
  • Good knowledge of mental health and psychosocial subject areas
  • Interest in emergency & development programs

Other skills and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Very good analytical and conceptual skills
  • Very good interpersonal and team working skills
  • Excellent computer: Email, Word, Excel, Slides presentation, Publisher, writing and communication skills
  • Motivation to learn
  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • knowledge on data base management / data collection tools is desirable
  • Capacity to analyze and synthesize.
  • Knowledge in SPSS version 25 an advantage

Period of internship: September 2020 – August 2021

This internship offers a chance to work in a team of very experienced Mental Health and psychosocial Support practitioners and thus ideal for a flexible, energetic young professional who is eager to learn.

A small monthly stipend will be offered.

  • Send your applications to [email protected]
  • You MUST indicate “ Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Intern” as the email subject
  • On the email, write one paragraph describing yourself and why you are the best fit for this Internship. Attach your CV
  • Applications close on 30th July 2020, 5:00PM.

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