• Monrovia, Liberia
  • Full-time
  • International Positions

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Psychotherapist/Trainer to join a mental health capacity building project. The Psychotherapist/Trainer will strengthen the quality of psychological services provided at a locally-run, torture treatment organization, and build the capacity of the organization to better meet the mental health needs of torture survivors. Activities include training, assessment, clinical consultation, program evaluation and community collaboration.

Location:         Monrovia, Liberia with periodic travel to other parts of the country

Start date:       immediately

End date:         July 31, 2020

Reporting to:   Clinical Advisor for Mental Health (clinical supervision) and PATH Program Manager (administrative supervision)


Project Description:

The Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) project supports independent, torture treatment organizations around the world to provide high quality mental health services to survivors, and to build sound, financially stable organizations. The project focuses on 3 areas: mental health treatment and healing, program evaluation, and organizational development.  The Psychotherapist/Trainer plays a critical role in strengthening psychological services.



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 are headquartered in Minnesota with offices in Africa and the Middle East.



  • Strategic Clinical Support: Collaborate with the partner center staff on developing a unified clinical approach across all of their programs. Support the development of effective clinical policies, practices and tools.


  • Clinical Supervision: Provide individual and group clinical supervision to mental health providers that includes case discussions, live supervision and supervision of supervisors, with an emphasis on self-care components.


  • Training: Design and carry out training programs for mental health professionals, including formal training sessions, mentoring, modeling and supervision. Continually assess development of counselors and adapt training to meet their needs. Build the capacity of staff members to design and conduct trainings.


  • Assessment: In collaboration with the project and partner research teams, develop clinically appropriate assessment tools and strategies with the organization.  Support project team in data collection and assessment of existing partner systems and methods of mental health service delivery in line with the partner’s Integrated Capacity Building Plan. Develop goals and implementation plans, in collaboration with staff of the partner center.


  • Reporting:  Write and submit regular reports regarding clinical and training activities. Collaborate with the project team and partner center to research and analyze the local context in relation to MHPSS interventions and contribute to a final report. Mentor staff on report writing.


  • Other duties: Participate in other program and administrative activities, meetings and trainings. Perform other duties as assigned.



Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Graduate degree in clinical psychology, counseling, clinical social work or psychotherapy
  • 4 years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to trauma survivors.
  • 3 years of experience supervising mental health professionals
  • Experience working with grass-roots, locally-run NGO partner organizations and negotiating multiple relationships within and between organizations.

Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • 6 years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to trauma survivors
  • 5 years of experience supervising mental health professionals
  • Experience working with a torture survivor-led organization
  • African psychotherapists are particularly encouraged to apply

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Fluency in English
  • 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.     
  • Understanding of and experience developing curricula and providing training for mental health counselors on counseling approaches, sensitization on the effects of trauma and conflict, and designing interventions.
  • Appreciation and desire for participating in and receiving clinical supervision.
  • Experience working/living in West Africa, preferred
  • Experience conducting program needs assessments, program development, program evaluations and reporting.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, diplomacy and self-sufficiency to work within a local partner organization.
  • Training and experience in cross-cultural sensitivity and adaptation.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines).
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel).
  • Interest in or commitment to human rights.
  • Periodic overland trips within the country.

To Apply:  Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations to

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