Job Title: Psychologist 

COOPI in Nigeria COOPI started its operations in North-East Nigeria in July 2014 to carry out a rapid evaluation of the most relevant constraints suffered by the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) displaced by the food crisis and the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin. COOPI’s aim is to support the most basic and pressing needs of communities affected by the violence. Despite the challenges presented by the security situation and the remoteness of the area, COOPI is providing a multi-sectoral emergency response to the victims of Boko Haram focused on food security, nutrition, protection and education. Scope of the Vacancy

  • The Psychologist will identify psychosocial support needs for the benefit of children and their families in the urban area of Maiduguri.
  • He/she will create and develop adapted PSS and Child Protection activities in line with the priorities determined by COOPI.
  • He/she will ensure performance tools are available for local staff, in order to guarantee smooth implementation of the programmes (case management), while taking into consideration the local cultural context.
  • He/she will be responsible for the monitoring and follow-up of the cases.

Main Duties / Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and the Psychology Program Coordinator, he/she:
  • Evaluates the risk factors and identifies those in need of longterm PSS (communities, vulnerable children and their families)
  • Put in place assistance plans (case management), taking into consideration the concerns and coping mechanisms of the victims
  • Providing technical guidance and support, ensuring best practices on advanced PSS
  • Implement and ensure, often in partnership with local stakeholders (NGOs, National Society), proper follow-up of the PSS and Child Protection activities for the benefit of the children and their families
  • Provide technical advice, counselling, PSS and Child Protection trainings to primary teachers within the education activities according to the project
  • Reinforcing and developing local networks (school based management committees) and their PSS capacities
  • Evaluate continually the patterns of violence, the victims’ situation and the PSS activities.
  • Submit survey on children vulnerabilities in the urban area of Maiduguri, analyse collected information, provide a final report and study

Profile of the Candidate (Education, Training, Competences, Skills) Minimum Requirements:

  • B.Sc or Master’s degree in Psychology
  • Prior experience (at least 2 years) working in complex emergency context on PSS and Child protection-related programming
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing training materials
  • Fluency and excellent writing skills in English
  • Extensive knowledge of PSS interventions in primary schools
  • Capacity to work within a multidisciplinary team (social workers), as well as team management
  • Knowledge and significant experience in training and supervision processes
  • Good communicator, strong listening capacity, open minded, proactive and creative
  • Respectful and inclusive of individual and cultural differences
  • Good analysis and problem-solving capability, and effective reporting writing skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, Power point, Emails, Skype, Web researchers)
  • Knowledge of and adherence to COOPI Code of Conduct, understands other international development guidelines


  • Good knowledge of the intervention area/s and local context
  • Knowledge of the local language (Hausa)

Application Closing Date 21st July, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should E-mail applications inclusive of; CV (max 3 pages), Cover Letter (max 1 page) and  minimum three qualified reference contacts to: specifying in the e-mail subject: “Application for Psychologist”. Note: Any late application or incomplete submission will not be considered and thus will be disregarded immediately. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted