Senior Clinician: Student mental health and wellbeing – Capacity Building
Solid Minds is a private, independent outpatient mental health clinic located in Kigali, Rwanda licensed by the Ministry of Health. We provide excellent, evidence-based psychological services to individuals, couples, families, and children. We also have employee assistance programmes, offer capacity building, consultation, training and supervision, as well as deliver student wellness programmes with universities.
We are starting a new and exciting 3-year project that will promote mental health and wellness for university students on a Scholarship Programme at a number of universities across Africa.
This programme aims to:
Build capacity of up to 15 African-based Educational Institutions through a tailor made programme to improve awareness of mental health issues and identify students at high risk.
Reduce stigma and increase knowledge among the student and alumni community by developing a range of online resources as well as recorded or live webinars/workshops throughout each year of the programme.
Provide individual counselling and evidence-based interventions for up to 30 university students per year within Rwanda.
We are looking for a Senior Clinician who will be leading the capacity building strategy and championing cultural sensitivity across our team and our activities. The right person will be eager to make a difference in the lives of African students and contribute to the success of this programme.
The Senior Clinician will head up the capacity building efforts within our new programme with the goal of improving the mental health services offered by our educational partner organisations. The Senior Clinician will also participate in overall programme delivery and development to ensure that the goals are met within the given timeframe.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Capacity Building Programme
You will Lead the capacity-building strategy with our educational partner organisations and provide capacity building trainings
You will actively participate in programme delivery and development to ensure that the programme goals are met within the given timeframe
You will oversee the communication with educational partner organisations in partnership with the other Senior Clinicians
You will develop and implement a needs and strengths assessment with our partners and provide guidance and supervision as they build and/or grow programmes
You will contribute to the development and implementation of training sessions for educational partner organisations
You will contribute to programme reporting procedures
You will monitor and track results and outcomes of the programme in partnership with the Monitoring & Evaluation Project Officer
You will participate in regular team meetings and report directly to the Programme Co-Directors
You will conduct a comprehensive review of literature on the design and implementation of university mental health programs
You will map and expand our network of experts in the field of university mental health to get their perspectives with a critical eye
You will support the implementation of a model to identify and manage risk in partnership with the Project Manager and under the lead of the other Senior Clinician
You will carry a mixed caseload of up to 10 individual clients providing excellent evidence-based treatment and timely documentation
You will research culturally sensitive measures to evaluate clinical improvement
You will participate in peer supervision groups, as well as individual supervision sessions to reflect and build on clinical skills.
You will facilitate reflective groups on cultural sensitivity for the clinical team
You will facilitate or organise professional development sessions for the clinical team, including peer-led sessions
You will potentially manage and supervise a Programme Fellow, assigning appropriate activities and duties
You will contribute to the health and growth of Solid Minds as an organisation
Other duties as assigned
Required Skills and Qualifications
Master’s degree or higher in psychology or mental health related field
Licensed counsellor or psychotherapist
At least 10 years of experience in clinical work with supervision
At least 5 years of mental health curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation ideally for capacity building purposes
Experience working with African students and universities
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French
Ability to evaluate and manage clinical risk
Ability and experience to conduct meetings and other job tasks via online platforms
Sensitivity and understanding of diversity: culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation
Strong interpersonal skills: clear and effective communication style, emotional intelligence, cultural sensitivity, people management skills, integration management skills, group facilitation skills
Skilled in giving and receiving feedback
Creativity and adapting capacity building approaches to the needs and resources of the client
Experience in supervision and working with multidisciplinary teams.
Desirable skills and experience
Experience in student mental health support in universities or in educational organisations
Experience working with vulnerable groups especially refugee and disability populations
Trained and certified in the latest trauma interventions (e.g. EMDR, IFS, TRE, Somatic approaches, etc.)
Experience supervising other clinicians
Experience in monitoring and evaluation and/or research (e.g. data collection and management)
Additional language abilities (e.g. Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French)
Solution oriented, self-directed and pro-active
Why Join the Team?
Beside a competitive salary including other benefits, we also offer an excellent and flexible working atmosphere
A supportive environment where we support our employees personal and professional growth
Please submit a letter of interest and a detailed CV here. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and experience as well as at least two professional references. You must also have the authorisation to work in East Africa to apply. Should you have any inquiries, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 4th, 2021. Please note we will only be contacting those who will be moving to the next steps.