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Psychosocial Counsellors ( several posts)

Date Posted: Aug 18, 2021

Job Description

Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Malawi (BCMCF-M) 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 developed in 2008 initially responded to suboptimal uptake of PMTCT and pediatric HIV services in Malawi and has grown over the past 12 years to support the full cascade of HIV care and treatment services. The current CORE programming seeks to support the Malawi Government in achieving epidemic control, by providing client focused care to People Living with HIV from the time of diagnosis to linkage and full engagement in care. BCMCF-M’s CORE programming is funded by USAID, and is currently operating in 6 districts in Malawi. BCM-CFM is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of:

POSITION:                             Psychosocial Counselor (PSC)

CONTRACT DURATION:      1 year (renewable)                                                             

DUTY STATION:                    
Health Facility

Full time (40 hours per week)

                          Mangochi, Salima, Balaka, Phalombe and Machinga Districts

Position Description and Responsibilities

Reports to: 
District Coordinator/Team Lead

Position Description:

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 the 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.

Essential Duties

The incumbent will be required to

  • Provide a safe/conducive environment which will aid client’s free expression of feelings.
  • Offer counselling services over the phone to clients referred remotely and in person as needed.
  • Carry out routine psychological assessments on patients/ clients through interviews, observations and tests including depression and assessment for risk of suicidal thoughts.
  • Develop and provide appropriate individual, couple, family and group based psychotherapeutic interventions with clear assessment and intervention plan for each client.
  • Ensure proper documentation and storage of client-related information such as assessment notes, screening and diagnostic records, intervention plan and treatment/progress records in health passport and Program’s record keeping tools.
  • Collaborate with team members and make necessary referrals of clients for clinical care or other interventions based on standard operating procures and specific client’s needs.
  • Draw a follow up plan for each client and communicate with the referring facility to ensure it is documented for reference.
  • Ensure feedback is given to the referring officer in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Adhere to clients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality including their records.
  • 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.
  • Provide relevant consultation counselling services to the facility staff as required.
  • Represent the Program on matters of psychosocial care services.
  • Prepare reports using the Program’s standard reporting template and submit them on time.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned.


  • A Diploma in Psychosocial Counselling from a recognized institution.
  • Relevant experience in providing psychosocial counselling services including client assessment and providing psychotherapeutic interventions to individuals, couples, families and communities
  • In-depth knowledge of HIV Program and Ministry of Health service delivery System is preferred.
  • Experience working with people living with HIV, particularly children and adolescents will have an added advantage.
  • High respect and care for persons living with HIV.
  • Flexible and able to meet deadlines with strong attention to consistency, detail, and quality;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in Chichewa and English; Fluency in Yao added advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, organization and evaluation skills, mature, disciplined, open-minded, non-judgmental and shows initiative with an ability to set goals and to work independently and within a team;
  • Ability to listen patiently and carefully and work in busy clinical environment.
  • Proficiency in conflict resolution, consensus based decision making and group facilitation
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle and be able to obtain a motorcycle license. Motorcycle license holders will have added advantage
  • Proficiency in using the computer and cell phone, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook, WhatsApp at a minimum

Working conditions and Physical requirements

  • The work will be field based. Work day is 8 hours and may start early or run late and will include some weekend hours
  • The job is physically demanding and tiring due to traveling into rural areas facilities and long working hours with possible calls from clients after work hours.

Application Instructions

Applications must include the following:

  1. A motivation letter providing explanation and detail on how the applicant satisfies the required candidate profile;
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Names and contact information of two (2) traceable supervisory referees

Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should address their applications to;

The Executive Director

Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Malawi

P/Bag B-397

Lilongwe 3


Closing date for receiving applications is on 28th August, 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.

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