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Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation — Malawi (BCM-CFM) is a not-for-profit organization working in partnership with the Malawi government in the health sector. Our Mission is to provide high-quality, high-impact, highly ethical pediatric and family-centered health care, health professional training and clinical research, focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition and other conditions impacting the health and well-being of children and families worldwide.

The Baylor-Tingathe program was designed in 2008 to respond to suboptimal uptake of PMTCT and pediatric HIV services In Malawi The program seeks to support Malawi in reaching the ambitious UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals, by improving the identification of HIV-positive persons, timely treatment initiation, and long-term engagement in care. The program is funded by USAID, and is currently operating in 7 districts in Malawi.

Baylor-Malawi is seeking qualified candidates to fill the positions of:

Job Tittle: Psychosocial Counsellors

Location: Machinga, Mulanje, Mangochi, Salima, Balaka, Phalombe and Lilongwe

Reporting to: District Lead/District Coordinator


Reporting to the District Lead/District Coordinator, the Psychosocial Counsellor will be required to provide high-quality psychosocial care services and related therapeutic functions to people living with HIV, their partners, families and caregivers and others affected by infection. S/he will be required to have such mental health expertise as health promotion, prevention, treatment, peer support and self-help that can help an individual living with HIV. To help improve our service delivery, the incumbent will ensure delivery of the under-prescribed duties and responsibilities in compliance with the existing Baylor College of Medicine Standard Operating Procedures, Malawi Mental Health Treatment Act, Medical Practitioners and Dentist Act, Mental Health Policy and Medical Council of Malawi Code of Conduct and Patient Charter.


The incumbent will be required to

  • Provide a safe/conducive environment which will aid client’s free expression of feelings.
  • Carry out routine psychological assessments on patients/ clients through interviews, observations and tests including assessment for risk of suicidal thoughts.
  • Develop and provide appropriate individual, family and group based psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Ensure that all clients benefit from psychosocial counseling assessment and appropriate intervention plan is drawn for each client.
  • Ensure proper documentation and storage of client-related information such as assessment notes, diagnostic records, intervention plan and treatment/progress records
  • Maintain clients’ privacy and confidentiality of records concerning their treatment and general matters related to work.
  • Regularly evaluate the impact of psychotherapeutic interventions and educational programs through operational research and other related developments that are appropriate and relevant to the clients’ and service needs and assist in strengthening the existing programs offered by the Program.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess clients’ other needs and plan their treatments
  • Ensure relevant feedback is given to health care providers who referred the client for psychosocial care services in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Provide relevant consultation counseling services to the facility staff whenever necessary
  • Supervise other counsellors assigned to you and students on practical attachments.
  • Represent the Program on matters of psychosocial carr services.
  • Prepare reports.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Diploma in Psychosocial Counselling from a recognized institution.
  • At least two years’ experience in providing psychosocial counselling services including client assessment and providing psychotherapeutic interventions to individual patients, couples, families and communities
  • Experience in program designing, implementation monitoring and evaluation.
  • High respect and care for persons living with HIV,
  • In-depth knowledge of HIV program and Ministry of Health service delivery System is preferred.
  • Certified HIV Testing Services providers (HTC Counsellors) and those with experience in working with people living with HIV, particularly children and adolescents will have an added advantage.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency in using the computer mainly Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Open-minded and non-judgmental
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Chichewa and English.
  • Ability in goals setting.
  • Superior interpersonal, leadership, research, time management, organization and evaluation skills.
  • Ability to listen patiently and carefully.
  • Proficiency in conflict resolution, consensus based decision making and group facilitation.
  • Ability to work in a team orientated environment is a must.
  • Ability to work over some weekends is essential.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel from their duty locations to facilities within their district and where necessary a candidate will require to take calls from patients/clients after work hours.

Application Instructions

Applications must include the following:
  • A motivation letter providing explanation and detail on how the applicant satisfies the required candidate profile;
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • Names and contact information of two (2) traceable referees who are not relatives.

Application process

Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should address their applications to:

For physical delivery:

The Executive Director,

Baylor College of Medicine –Children’s Foundation Malawi,

Private Bag, B397

Pink Building, off Presidential Way, in Golden Peacock Shopping Centre Complex Area 13/92 City Centre Lilongwe Malawi



Closing date for receiving applications is 19th June, 2020 Only short listed applicants will be acknowledged.

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