MHPSS Associate Career Opportunity in Kenya - HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya

Position Title: MHPSS Associate







END DATE: 14TH SEPTEMBER 2023 (Renewable contract subject to availability of funds and performance)



HIAS Kenya is seeking to recruit MHPSS Associate who will be responsible for the direct provision of MHPSS services to refugees and asylum seekers in a timely and efficient manner. This position will also facilitate MHPSS capacity building activities for HIAS staff and key stakeholders. The MHPSS associate responsibilities will also include conducting individual assessments, engaging in case management, and ensuring that individuals receive the proper level of care. MHPSS associate will be expected to track the impact of the assistance provided to all clients, and will work under the supervision of a Field Office Coordinator


· In close coordination with the MHPSS officer, establish standard operating procedures for the provision of MHPSS support to refugees and asylum seekers.

· In close coordination with the MHPSS officer, develop a brief assessment to identify emergency and vulnerable psychosocial needs.

· Provide culturally sensitive MHPSS support (both individual and group) to refugees and IDPs experiencing elevated distress, including children and youth, caregivers, and other vulnerable individuals,

· Provide culturally sensitive PSS

· Conduct awareness about mental health and psychosocial services through evidenced based psychoeducation and skill building activities to HIAS and implementing partner.

· Support the community self-help groups and maintain networks with existing community structures and other partners for referral and networking purposes.

· In coordination with the MHPSS officer, develop linkages with other service providers to promote quality referral pathways; establish appropriate referral mechanisms and ensure appropriate follow-up is provided for vulnerable individuals.

· In coordination with the MHPSS officer, provide crisis assessment, intervention and support to HIAS and implementing partners.

· Ensure compliance with case management and reporting requirements, including data protection and safeguarding principles.

· Support in identifying training needs and ensure appropriate training provided for frontline HIAS and implementing partners staff.

· Promoting mental health and psychosocial support within affected communities through using appropriate technical tools, training, leaflets, guidelines, and other relevant materials.

· Assess, identify and analyze community sensitive intervention geared towards building resilience and self-reliance.

· Provide periodic reports on MHPSS services and clients progress.

· Provide input for the review of current program services and explore ways to introduce new service interventions.

· Other duties, as required.


· A degree in psychology, sociology, social work, anthropology, or a related subject

· Minimum of 1-2 years working in MHPSS programming; preference for candidates who have previous experience with direct service provision to vulnerable refugee and migrant populations in emergency setting.

· Demonstrated experience with operationalizing MHPSS Global standards and principles, including knowledge of IASC and other international humanitarian standards for MHPSS programming.

· Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients.

· Experience in capacity building including facilitation of diversity and inclusion, community-based training and awareness raising.

· Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills required.

· Responsible, Professional and with Integrity

· Ability to work with people from different culture settings.

· Ability to work effectively with teams.

· Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

· Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Office

· Ability to maintain one’s composure while under pressure.

· Knowledge of Accountability to Affected Population.

· Knowledge in PSEA and Anti-Fraud.


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills required or permanent location. Location is subject to change based on programmatic needs. Flexibility is essential as we grow and develop. The successful candidate must be comfortable in a fast-paced, changing work environment with many crucial deadlines. All team members may be required to perform duties outside of their normal work hours of responsibilities as needed.


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Phone screen with a Human Resources staff person. Step 3: Interview with the hiring manager.

Step 4: Interview with a panel of HIAS employees. Step 5: Reference check.

Step 6: Offer and background check.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • אורחיםהכנסת(Hachnasat Orchim)

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice • צדק(Tzedek)

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • חסד(Chesed)

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • חברותא(Chevruta)

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage • אומץ(Ometz)

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • רוח(Ruach)

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status.


HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIAS’ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume through the link MHPSS Associate - Careers At HIAS Inc. ( quoting the position title: MHPSS Associateon the subject. Indicate your salary expectation as well.

Closing Date: 30th March 2023

Important: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

HRTK is an equal opportunity employer, does not charge candidates for recruitment and dissociates itself from any entity defrauding candidates.