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Mon, 17/01/2022 - 17:00

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Mental Health, Psychosocial Support and Protection Officer 

 (National Status)


International Non-governmental organization, Action Against Hunger has been working to fight undernutrition and support communities affected by crisis across the globe for almost 40 years and across nearly 50 countries. Action Against Hunger established its presence in both Liberia and Sierra Leone in 1991 during the Civil War and since then has been operational in the two countries by implementing various humanitarian and development programs related to health, nutrition, food security/livelihoods and advocacy geared towards the reduction of the prevalence rates of under-nutrition in both countries. Since January 2018, the two countries have been clustered and now operating under a single management structure. The coordination office is based in Freetown, Sierra Leone overseeing the operations in Moyamba Field Office and Liberia Country Office.

Action Against Hunger is recruiting a suitably qualified Sierra Leonean as Mental Health and Psychosocial Support and Protection Officer to ensure the Mental Health, Psychosocial Support and Protection (MHPSS-P) activities are implemented according to plan activities


-Provide technical support to the implementation of  MHPSS-P activities :


  • Provide technical support on care practices at the baby friendly space/baby corner

  • Provide support on identifying beneficiaries in need of psychosocial support

  • Provide support within ACF Nutrition, Food Security and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors to contribute to behaviour change

  • Supervise the work of the project staff

  • Follow up ongoing activities and ensure they meet the needs of beneficiaries

-Perform data, monitoring, analysis and evaluation.


  • Assist project staff in data collection, analysis and revision of reports

  • Assist in writing monthly activity program report, donors reports

  • Joint monitoring visit

  • Assist in capitalising activities

Participate in the management and capacity building of  project staff 


  • Identify training needs of project staff on care practices, identification and follow-up of beneficiaries with psychosocial needs and behaviour change

  • Organize regular meetings with project staff

  • Organize and provide training to project staff accordingly

Contribute to Coordination external and internal

Activities :

  • Liaise with mental health, psychosocial support and protection international and local organizations from the civil society and government

  • Participate in meetings and platforms

Maintain strict respect for confidentiality 

Activities :

Ensure that the confidentiality of data, the property of ACF project beneficiaries, is strictly maintained.

Gender Action


  • Ensure the inclusion of youth and women in the project  in all project implementation especially in AAH supported communities;

  • Include gender topics in the trainings to be provided for project beneficiaries (farmers, FBOs, ABCs, traders, processors, sellers, etc.), partners and other stakeholders;

  • Sensitize target farmers, the communities, partners, and other stakeholders on gender issues (i.e. gender equality, equity and poverty dimensions in their communities) and mainstreaming of gender into community development actions;

  • Support establishment of a platform- or community-based feedback system for clients to safely and confidentially voice concerns and provide input on gender issues. This can help the manager to provide accountability for acts of gender discrimination or mistreatment;

  • Support to develop gender-integrated annual work plans to include gender objectives, activities to achieve the objectives, and indicators to measure progress toward achieving the objectives for all staff;

  • Others:

  • Adherence to the Action Against Hunger Code of Conduct

  • Adhere to all COVID-19 precautionary measures

  • Carry out job related duties as assigned


  • Psychosocial background, Psychologist, Social studies, Anthropology.


  • Minimum 2 years of humanitarian experience – Mental health and/or psychosocial support, counselling experience – capacity building and supervision – good listening and communication skills good command of Microsoft and English. 


  • Early Childhood Development – IYCF – Care Practices 

  • Team management 

  • Good organizational capacity

  • Strong knowledge and experience of Psychosocial and Mental Health techniques 

  • Capacity to communicate with people

  • Training skills 

  • Good team spirit 

  • Ability to work under pressure, handle multiple tasks, and meet deadlines

  • Ability to work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team.

  • Ability to ride a motorbike with a valid driving licence 

  • Previous employment in Action Against Hunger or similar INGO is advantageous


STARTING DATE: February 2022

DURATION OF CONTRACT: Two(2) Months, Extendable for Eight (8) extra months depending on Donor Approval 

LOCATION: Moyamba, with frequent travels to Freetown, and other field areas


Monthly Basic Salary: 3,567,200 to 4,096,960 based on profile

Monthly Transport Allowance: 15% of Monthly Basic Salary

Housing Allowance: 15% of Monthly Basic Salary


Send Motivation Letter, CV saved in your name – for example (Joe Blue CV) for your CV, and (Joe Blue Motivation Letter) for your motivation letter, with names of three (3) referees by EMAIL, under the Subject  “MHPSS-P”  to

Deadline for the receipt of applications is Monday, 17th January 2022. 

Due to the urgency of this position, applications may be sorted on a rolling basis.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a written test and oral interview.

Please state the position applied for on the subject line of your email.

Action Against Hunger is an equal opportunity employer.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.