International Alert: Psychosocial Support Adviser


Job Title: Psychosocial Support Adviser
Reports to: Northeast Programme Coordinator (NEPC)
Job location: Maiduguri, Borno State
Management responsibility: May supervise interns, volunteers, other junior staff
Other lines of communication: Works closely with Project Managers and implementing partners
Salary and terms and conditions: Competitive salary, statutory benefits and
comprehensive health insurance for staff and family. 12-month contract with 3-month probationperiod.

About International Alert
International Alert (Alert) is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with over 30 years of experience supporting communities, advising governments, organisations and companies on how to build peace. International Alert works with people directly affected by conflict to build lasting peace. Together, we believe peace is within our power. We focus on solving the root causes of conflict, bringing together people from across divides. From the grassroots to policy level, we come together to build everyday peace. Peace is just as much about communities living together, side by side, and resolving their differences without resorting to violence, as it is about people signing a treaty or laying down their arms. That is why we believe that we all have a role to play in building a more peaceful future.

International Alert began operations in Nigeria in 2011 as a partner on security governance
within the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation programme (NSRP). Since then we have
launched a social cohesion programme in the Northeast, while expanding our technical
advisory in conflict and gender sensitivity to various governance and reform programmes.
For more on Alert’s work, please visit our website at

Job Purpose
The Psychosocial Support Adviser (PSA) is responsible for technical design, monitoring and
quality control of Alert’s programme to support reintegration of vulnerable groups, including children affected by conflict, survivors of SGBV, and people held in captivity by Boko Haram. The PSA ensures capacity-building for staff and partners, adherence of Alert activities to international protection standards, relevance of programming to the local culture, and that robust monitoring tools are developed to adapt and improve programming.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct needs assessments in programme implementation sites, identifying existing
    structures for psychosocial support (PSS) and gaps
  • Design curriculum for PSS activities tailored to each project, ensuring conflict and
  • Support development of referral pathways in projects for vulnerable project beneficiaries and maintain relationships with other protection actors in implementation sites
  • Develop tools for monitoring and evaluating impact and relevance of PSS activities. Conduct monitoring visits and ensure learning, reflection and adaptation with staff and implementing partners
  • Ensure lessons learned and impact from PSS activities captured in programme reports
  • Design and deliver training modules on PSS to Alert staff, implementing partners and project beneficiaries
  • Ensure that all PSS material and methodologies adhere to international protection standards
  • Represent Alert in relevant forums (such as Protection Cluster meetings)

Travel requirements
This position is based in Maiduguri, with sporadic travel across the northeast States

Essential requirements

  • University degree in psychology, social work, or other related field. Certificates or other
    training may be accepted in place of a relevant degree if compensated with exceptional work experience in the field.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in field of community-based psychosocial support
  • At least 2 years of experience working with an international organization (NGO, UN or other) in a development, humanitarian or conflict context Excellent communication skills and ability to understand and develop programmatic strategies on psychosocial support
  • Fluency in Hausa
  • Good computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience in building capacity of staff and implementing partners in psychosocial support, GBV, mental health, etc.
  • Willingness to travel to insecure locations

Desirable requirements

  • Technical knowledge of peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity approaches
  • Knowledge of languages of northeast Nigeria (such as Kanuri, Shuwa, etc.)

To apply
Please send in a CV of maximum 3 pages and a cover letter of maximum 2 pages to by March 22, 2019 with the subject line “Application for
Psychosocial Support Adviser”. Include your salary requirements in your application. If
available, include samples of training modules, monitoring tools or any other material you
have produced in the field of psychosocial support.

This position is only open to Nigerian nationals.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you can assume your application has been
unsuccessful. Please do not send follow-up emails or calls.

International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.


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