About Maya Vakfı
Maya Vakfı is a non-profit organization that offers mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) to refugee and host community children who have experienced traumatic life events, including emergencies and disasters, challenging socio-economic conditions, domestic abuse, immigration due to war, and/or losing loved ones to violence. Maya Vakfı provides trauma rehabilitation activities for children through creative workshops to encourage children to express themselves through art, music, dance, and movement activities, to helping them cope with their trauma and supporting their recovery.
Maya Vakfı is committed to protect and improve the welfare of all previous and current employees, service providers, collaborators, creating safe spaces for them and expects all employees and volunteers to fulfill this commitment. Maya Vakfı adopts a zero-tolerance policy on behaviours incompatible with the foundation’s principles including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. Maya Vakfı adopts Child Safe Standards and Principles of Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and mainstreams these principles in foundation studies. All shortlisted candidates are expected to adapt to these standards and principles, therefore, all candidates will complete stages of reference and background check that includes academic and employment history verification. Shortlisted candidates may be required to provide additional information within the scope of background check.
Based in Hatay, Lead Psychologists will play a leadership role amongst the psychologists and will be the main focal point for individual sessions and any psychoeducation seminars. S/he will assist psychologists with guidance and on-the-spot support. The lead psychologist provides technical and clinical guidence to psychologists and will be responsible for MHPSS operations in Şanlıurfa, Hatay and Adıyaman.
Key duties are:
- Being a part of psychosocial support team by using creative art therapy methodology with children, youth and caregivers.
- Taking part in the implementation at different levels such as carrying out the assessment during the intake process; scheduling the sessions/activities; evaluating the impact of the interventions; developing new activities as a member of the MHPSS team.
- Conducting comprehensive mental health assessments of children and their families to understand their emotional and psychological needs and develop appropriate intervention plans.
- Provide individual counseling and psychotherapy sessions to children and their caregivers, addressing any trauma-related dysfunctions.
- Offering psychosocial support to children and their families, considering their cultural and social context to promote coping mechanisms and adaptive strategies.
- Conducting group PSS sessions to create a supportive and healing environment.
- Developing personalized and culturally sensitive treatment plans based on the assessment findings and in consultation with other mental health professionals.
- Conducting psychoeducational sessions for caregivers to raise awareness about trauma, positive parenting or any topic that the beneficiaries may need.
- Being prepared to respond to immediate crisis situations and provide timely support to individuals facing acute mental health challenges.
- Advocating for the importance of mental health and psychosocial support in any context including disaster and emergency response, raising awareness about the unique needs of affected populations.
- Providing mental health and psychosocial support service through individual and group sessions to parents/caregivers and children between 5-24 in need.
- Providing individual and group sessions to children and parent trainings to caregivers.
- Conducting safety assessments and safety audits when required and in coordination with other child protection actors
- With support from the Project Coordinator develop and implement activity plans to achieve expected result
- Participating in the program review, design, and implementation plans to identify the beneficiaries and their needs.
- Contributing to the overall guidance to the project and providing peer supervision to clinical team for high-quality implementation and results.
- Contributing to related technical support in follow up, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the associated project.
- Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator ensure that all planned project activities are implemented on time
- Where challenges arise, ensure that these are flagged early, communicated to the Project Coordinator to addressed in an appropriate way
- Coordinating with the other relevant sectors to ensure activities are integrated and follow best-practices for children
- Demonstrating qualities including honesty, kindness, professionalism,non-discrimination, and a commitment to working well in a team whilst staying true to oneself
- Any other duties as agreed with the Program Coordinator and Programs Coordinator
- Cooperation with other organizations: as being a member of foundation, when assigned, therapist will be joining meetings with other organizations. In addition to this they are expected to be improving themselves and new projects for the foundation related with traumatized children population
- Data entry of conducted activities
- Representing Maya Vakfı in stakeholder, NGO, INGO etc. meetings if required
- Providing any assistance to other projects/programs etc. that is implemented by Maya Vakfı if required
Qualifications, Experience and Attributes
- MA degree in clinical psychology.
- Fluent in English – Ability to conduct sessions in both English and Turkish - Arabic is an asset.
- Experience in working with children, trauma, loss, refugees and/or other vulnerable groups of people
- Minimum 3 year experience in group work as well as individual therapy/counselling
- Experience in field work with a NGO (preferred)
- Experience of cross-cultural work
- Ability to be flexible, work in a fluid context and adaptation for unexpected situations
- Flexibility of working of out of office hours.
- Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively with others
- Communication skills: negotiating, facilitating, and presenting as well as strong verbal and written communication skills
- Time management, organization, and work prioritization
- Strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal management and leadership skills.
- Work overtime when required collaborative and cooperative with other related departments.
Interested candidates can send their CVs and cover letters to email@example.com by writing "MVIR10112023-LPSC" Job Application to the e-mail subject.