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Clinical Psychologist Consultant, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health

Kilifi, Kenya
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Industry: Education Management
Description: The Aga Khan University is a private, autonomous university that promotes human welfare through research, teaching and community service initiatives. Based on the principles of quality, access, impact and relevance, the University has campuses and programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Its facilities include teaching hospitals, Faculties of Health Sciences with Schools of Nursing and Midwifery and Medical Colleges, Institutes for Educational Development, an Examination Board and an Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. The Graduate School of Media and Communications, the East African Institute, the Institute for Human Development and the Kiswahili Centre have been launched recently while several Graduate Professional Schools and Faculties of Arts and Sciences are to be set up in Pakistan and East Africa. Through its needs-blind admissions policy, the University imbues the most promising leaders and thinkers of tomorrow with an ethic of service and the skills to help communities solve their most pressing challenges. The Aga Khan University is one of nine agencies in the Aga Khan Development Network.
Job Description

Job Summary

  • The PRECISE-Dyad study (Pregnancy Care Integrating Translational Science Everywhere) and other related studies are longitudinal studies addressing various pregnancy conditions and their longitudinal outcomes. The research staff regularly interact with study participants in a health care setting for data collection, mental health screening for mothers and neurodevelopment assessments for their children. 
  • Research staff encounter various challenges related to their work including interaction with research participants as they undergo various medical and pregnancy complications and other socioeconomic challenges.
  • Selected research participants may also require psychological support following screening positive for mental health screens or following adverse pregnancy outcomes. 
  • The purpose of this consultancy is to provide psychological support to research staff and participants of the PRECISE (Pregnancy Care Integrating Translational Science Everywhere) study and other related studies.
  • The consultant will be called upon by the study team on need basis and specific tasks / objectives provided periodically. Upon completion of each assigned task/ set of tasks, the consultant will provide a detailed written report of the completed tasks to the study PI and an invoice.
  • Location for delivery of the task is Mariakani and Rabai Hospitals in Kilifi County. Services may be provided at the health facilities and also at community settings. 

Responsibilities
Support for Research Staff

  • Provide a full range of psychological services to research staff who experience psychological distress; 
  • Conduct regular group debrief sessions and psychological support to research staff;
  • Provide individual and/or group counselling services to research staff;
  • Provide ongoing education and training to the research team on mental health and wellbeing topics to enhance knowledge and skills in identifying, responding to, and preventing mental health challenges for at the workplace; and
  • Make recommendations to the research team on any changes to the study activities to improve staff wellness.

Support for Study Participants

  • Conduct psychological assessments of study participants referred following positive screening for mental health conditions or child medical or developmental problems;
  • Conduct further assessment, diagnosis and intervention as needed, provide oral and written feedback to the study/clinical team as appropriate; and
  • Provide psychological support to study participants who have experienced perinatal mortality, including but not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.

Requirements

  • Bachelors in Clinical Psychology or equivalent from a recognized university plus at least 2 years’ experience providing counselling services in any setting, OR 
  • Diploma in Clinical Psychology or equivalent from a recognized institution plus at least 3 years’ experience providing counselling services in any setting;
  • Registration with the relevant regulatory body;
  • At least 1-year experience providing counselling services at a hospital / health facility setting;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; and
  • Fluency in Swahili is essential.
Education: Degree, Diploma
Employment Type: Full Time
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Name: Hiring Kenya

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