Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services Officer at COCIN Community Development Program Molai

COCIN Community Development Program Molai alongside Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) Country Office Nigeria entered into a funding arrangement with the CBM Germany

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services Officer (GBV / MHPSS Officer)

Location: Adamawa
Job type: Contract

Job Summary

  • The MHPSS Officer is responsible for delivering on-site and remote Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS), including responding to incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) in a timely, survivor-centred, and caring manner.
  • The Counsellor works with GBV survivors, women engaging in survival sex, community partners, service providers and local authorities to prevent gender-based violence incidents from happening and to ensure that GBV survivors know which services are available to them and how to access them.
  • In addition, the counsellor will provide on-site and remote individual and group support to other forcibly displaced people and vulnerable migrants to have improved mental health and psychosocial well-being helping them to access their rights.
  • This goal may be achieved through three key outcome areas: (1) Family, community, and social structures; (2) promoting the psychosocial well-being and resilience of individuals and communities to develop healthy coping mechanisms; and (3) Individuals in need of mental health and psychosocial support utilize appropriate specific care, including referrals to specialty care when necessary.

Essential Functions

  • Provide individual and group counselling services and other short term therapeutic services to beneficiaries referred by COCIN/CBM officers and other stakeholders;
  • Prepare and maintain a tracker for all activities conducted;
  • Ensure constant and accurate upkeep of data (physical and electronic) to reflect the status of persons of concern by checking that all data fields are filled-in properly; manages and updates beneficiary files, as necessary;
  • Conduct psychosocial counselling to GBV survivors and other refugees experiencing other forms of trauma using highest levels of confidentiality and professional ethics and etiquette;
  • Implement activities that are sensitive to the needs of vulnerable individuals. This includes, among others, psychological first aid, support, or self-help groups and other recreational and/or social support activities for the population;
  • Together with the Project team plan workshops, trainings and capacity building for community case workers, leaders, and service providers;
  • Contribute to the development of a reliable referral system with service providers in Nigeria including governmental institutions, civil society, and the private sector;
  • Collaborate closely with the GBV and Protection Officer to provide outreach to encourage survivors to come forward and seek assistance;
  • Provides accurate, timely and consistent analysis and reporting to Program Manager on program activities;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • University Degree in Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, or related field with at least 2 years of experience in counselling, supporting survivors and/or social work experience;
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • Must be a team player and able to work with a range of diverse, vulnerable populations understanding of community-based approach required;
  • The candidate should have keen awareness and good knowledge of psychosocial issues and the complexities of working on these issues with a refugee, returnee, and/or host community population;
  • Ability to uphold the highest level of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Familiarity with MHPSS and GBV guidelines;
  • Extensive knowledge of group facilitation techniques and experience;
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender and gender equality;
  • Ability to develop work plans, meet deadlines and capture program progress for donor reports;
  • Strong motivation to humanitarian work, service-oriented mindset, and sense of accountability to the populations COCIN serves;
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and critically;
  • Sense of initiative and capacity to work autonomously;
  • Excellent computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);

Salary Range
N150,000 - N200,000 / Month.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Application Letter and detailed CV that includes the names and email addresses of three traceable references in one document  to the recruiting team via: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the email.
Submit your application to the Coordinating office at:
COCIN Community Development Programme Molai,
KM8, Along Biu – Damboad Road,
Molai-Maiduguri, Borno State


  • We will be shortlisting as we receive applications. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • COCIN does not charge application fees or processing fees to potential applicants or any fee throughout the recruitment process.
  • We welcome as a part of our staff both genders as well as people living with disabilities who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
  • COCIN processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
  • Disclaimer: By applying for this job, the candidate understands and acknowledges that COCIN requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect. Further, s/he understands that if successful, s/he will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate the candidate’s behaviours related to safeguarding-related topics.


Application Deadline 13th December, 2023.