Jobs in Uganda - 2 SGBV Psycho-social Support counselors Job at Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum

2 SGBV Psycho-social Support counselors

Location:  Uganda

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 02

Deadline: 18 December 2020

Hiring Organization  Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum

Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum – UYAHF is a dynamic youth led and youth serving health and human rights organization that works to advance quality health and well-being of young people particularly through promotion of comprehensive, integrated and quality Sexual and Reproductive health and rights for young people, enhancement gender equality and empowerment of women and girls and promotion of youth entrepreneurship and skills development.
Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum – UYAHF has recently established an adolescent health clinic in Mbale. The clinic is geared towards supporting UYAHF to achieve its vision of creating a gender equal world with healthy and empowered young people. .

Overall goal of UYAHF Adolescent Health Clinic
The UYAHF Adolescent Health Clinic strives to be a leading center for excellence for quality, rights based adolescent friendly health services, well-being and research in Eastern Uganda and Uganda large. The clinic’s commitment is hinged on UYAHF’s passion to protect and improve the health and well-being of adolescents including enhancing their demand, access and uptake of quality sexual reproductive health services and SGBV support services.

Services provided at the UYAHF Adolescent Health Clinic
The clinic provides general health care services to the public put with emphasis on sexual and reproductive health services and SGBV support services for adolescents and young people both boys and girls. Key services provided by the facility range from; Family planning, antenatal perinatal and postnatal care services, immunization, breast cancer and cervical cancer screening, HIV and STI screening, treatment and management, malaria and TB screening and treatment, general outpatient diagnosis, community outreaches among others.
The facility also provides basic mental health services, Sexual and gender-based support services including post rape care support and counselling for victims.

Focus on SGBV
UYAHF has a strong focus on addressing Sexual and gender-based violence (GBV), harmful social and cultural practices such as child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that abruptly end the childhood of girls. The 2016 Uganda Health and Demographic Survey (UDHS), shows that 49% of women between age 20 and 24 years, were married before their 18th birthday, and 12% before their 15th birthday. More than 1 in 5 women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence at some point in their life compared to men, with less than 1 in 10 (UDHS, 2016).
GBV hinders women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of reproductive health rights. Victims of sexual violence may need emergency contraceptive pills for any unintended pregnancies; treatment for sexually transmitted infections including HIV; medical attention for other injuries including mental and psychological trauma.
Social norms in the communities that favor negative male masculinities also need to be challenged. The negative social norms often accept violence such as wife battering, child marriage, FGM, and in some cases rape as normal societal occurrences. UYAHF believes that all women and girls have the right to lead vibrant, dynamic lives where they can be bold in the pursuit of their aspirations.

Terms of reference for SGBV psychosocial counsellors
• Provide psycho-social counseling and support to survivors of SGBV including their families.
• Laize with and support relevant community structures and institutions that address and receive cases of SGBV and encourage them to refer these cases to UYAHF Adolescent Health Clinic for care and support.
• Support survivors of SGBV to report cases of violence with relevant authorities like the police, the probation office and provide guidance and support for all necessary follow up including access to justice.
• Refer survivors of sexual violence and abuse to UYAHF’s medical team to receive timely post rape care support
• Popularize the SUUBI Helpline among using existing community structures and through social media and mass media platforms to enhance its visibility and its goal of providing SRHR and SGBV information and referral services.
• Support survivors of SGBV to integrate into UYAHF’s Youth Hub and ensure that they meaningfully engage in Youth Hub activities like; entrepreneurship and skills development, recreation activities among others.
• Convene community outreaches focused on prevention and response to gender-based violence and ensure meaningful participation of women and girls as well as community leader like; teachers, religious leaders local council leaders, business community among others.
• Recruit SGBV community champions including; men and boys, community leaders, policymakers, health workers, educationists, religious leaders among others and engage them in activities geared to elimination of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices like; Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriages.
• Work with and build capacity of health care providers to screen and manage GBV cases, including sexual violence.
• Advocate for efforts to improve the policy environment for elimination of GBV and harmful practices, and delivery of integrated GBV and sexual and reproductive health care.
• Support UYAHF’s data management systems and ensure that data systems capture SGBV indicators.
• Facilitate spaces for sharing and documenting experiences of survivors of SGBV and young people at high risk of GBV.

Job Experience: Not Specified

Application procedure

To apply submit your CV (Max 2 pages), motivational statement and one recommendation letter to  by 18th December 2020.
Please note this position will be based in Mbale at the UYAHF Adolescent Health Clinic and is Volunteer position but, comes with a monthly stipend (TBC)  

Date Posted: 2020-12-16