Associate Psychotherapist/Trainer (Ugandan Nationals only)

  • 31 May 2019
  • Gulu, Uganda
  • Full-time
  • International Positions

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring an Associate Psychotherapist/Trainer to build the capacity of psychosocial counselors to provide mental health services to torture and war trauma survivors. This position will oversee and coordinate delivery of mental health interventions for adult and children survivors in affected communities, in the form of individual and group therapy. In addition, the position will liaise with other NGOs, universities and local organizations. The Associate Psychotherapist/Trainer will report to the Clinical Advisor for Mental Health and will receive mentorship from the Psychotherapist/Trainer.


CVT's Gulu program provides survivors of LRA-inflicted torture and violent trauma with high-quality, direct mental health rehabilitation services. In addition, the program increases the capacity of mental health services in northern Uganda by providing mental health clinical training, mentoring, and supervision to local counselors. The Gulu program also collaborates with Makare University in providing a trauma counseling certificate program for counselors with external partner organizations.


The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We have offices in the US, Africa and the Middle East.


  • Psychotherapy Oversight:  Oversee and coordinate mental health assessments and interventions, and serve as a mentor or co-therapist with Psychosocial Counselors (PSCs) in individual and group settings to model assessment and treatment methods that are both culturally relevant and empirically supported.
  • Clinical Supervision and Training:  Provide frequent, systematic individual and group clinical supervision, including case discussions, live supervision, and self-care components to PSCs. Design and carry out training programs, including didactic training sessions, mentoring, modeling and systematic, close supervision for counseling staff. Continually assess the development of staff and adapt training and coaching accordingly.  Design and carry out external training programs for local mental health professionals, including formal training sessions, mentoring, modeling and clinical supervision. Receive clinical supervision from Clinical Advisor on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
  • Staff Management:  working in conjunction with the Psychotherapist/Trainer, build and maintain a strong and cohesive clinical team. Coordinate workflow, resources and priorities; and facilitate communication across the team. Hire, coach, mentor and develop staff members through ongoing feedback as well as formal performance management systems. Coordinate and facilitate clinical team meetings.
  • Community Assessment:  Mentor PSCs to complete needs assessments, sensitizations, and psychoeducation in affected communities in order to identify target populations, and to determine appropriate mental health interventions for people who have been tortured and/or traumatized by war.
  • Partner Relations and Collaboration: Develop and maintain strategic relationships with community leaders, university representatives and NGO partners in order to facilitate achievement of program goals. Coordinate services with other organizations and provide training to these organizations to better address the needs of identified client populations
  • Reporting:  Contribute to the writing, review and submission of regular reports regarding clinical and training activities.
  • Program Evaluation:  With country team and in consultation with research department staff, participate in the design and implementation of program evaluation.



Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Advanced degree in psychology, counseling, clinical social work or related field
  • 2 years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to trauma survivors
  • 1 year experience supervising mental health professionals and paraprofessionals
  • Must be a Ugandan national

Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Certification or licensure as a psychologist or psychotherapist
  • Extensive experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, families and torture and SGBV survivors.
  • 5 years of experience supervising mental health professionals and paraprofessionals
  • Experience working in the field of torture treatment
  • Experience working in humanitarian settings, including refugee camps or refugee settlements
  • Experience working with interpreters and/or as an interpreter

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Understanding of and extensive experience implementing culturally appropriate mental health interventions, including individual, group and community-based approaches for people who have suffered torture and trauma in various contexts.     
  • Understanding of and experience developing curricula and providing tailored training for mental health counselors on counseling approaches, sensitization on the effects of trauma and war, and designing culturally and contextually appropriate therapeutic interventions.
  • Experience training varying levels of mental health workers, including psychologists with graduate degrees and supervision responsibilities and paraprofessionals with no or limited prior exposure to mental health work; and demonstrated ability to provide them with on-the-job coaching, supervision, and support to ensure continuous capacity building and no harm to the clients.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity in professional environments, ideally in mental health care.
  • Experience working in environments with limited resources and infrastructure.
  • Skilled at carrying out program needs assessments, program development and program evaluation.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience initiating systems for the efficient workflow of a team.
  • Skilled at working as a member of a team, as well as managing a team and supporting positive dynamics.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in environments with limited resources and infrastructure and in an isolated environment lacking in amenities.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements, client needs and political climate. 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in languages spoken in northern Uganda desirable.
  • Ability to travel by car for 2-4 hours per day on rough roads.
  • Interest in or commitment to international human rights.

Application deadline - May 31, 2019

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