Psychosocial Support Coordinator at International Alert

International Alert Recruitment 2021

International 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. Alert works with people in conflict-affected and threatened areas  to make a positive difference for peace; to improve the substance and  implementation of international policies relevant to peacebuilding; and to  strengthen the peacebuilding sector.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Psychosocial Support Coordinator

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full Time

Job Purpose

  • The Psychosocial Support Adviser (PSA) is responsible for technical design, monitoring and quality control of Alert’s programme to support the 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, the 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 gender-sensitivity
  • Support the 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 the 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 program 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

Person Specification
Essential requirements:

  • University degree in psychology, social work, or other related fields.
  • 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 the field of community-based psychosocial support
  • At least 2 years of experience working with an international organization (NGO, UN or other) in 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 the 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.)

Application Closing Date
5th July, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should please send in a Letter of Motivation (including salary expectation) and a recent CV (max. 3 pages) in MS-Word or PDF format – as one document to: use the Job Title and Location as the subject of the mail.


  • Applications that do not follow the requirements will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to proceed with the recruitment process.
  • If you have not heard from us within three weeks after the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.
  • Please do not send follow-up emails or calls.
  • International Alert (Nigeria) reserves the right to finalize the recruitment process before the stated closing date (so early applications are highly encouraged). International Alert is an equal opportunity employer, and all applications will be judged strictly based on merit.
  • This position is a dependent award of the grant being expected in the near future.


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