Position Title: Psychotherapy Intervention Supervisor
Reporting Line: Associate Director for Mental Health Program
Employment Status: Full- time
Contract duration: 21 months
Number of Positions Vacant: Two
Work Station: Kayonza and Kirehe districts
Partners in Health (PIH), registered as Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) in Rwanda, is an international non-profit organization working in collaboration with the Rwandan Biomedical Council (RBC) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Kayonza, Kirehe, and Burera districts. IMB works to support the public health infrastructure and to provide high quality, comprehensive care at the level of the district hospitals, health centers, and the community. The mission of PIH is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care through service delivery, training, advocacy and research.
Position Overview: A full-time Rwandan Psychotherapist to join the IMB Mental Health team in designing, integrating, and supervising delivery of a psychotherapy intervention at the health center level within the existing mental health program in Kirehe and Kayonza District.
Scope of Work:
The IMB Psychotherapist will be responsible for helping to lead the delivery of a new psychotherapy intervention being integrated with the existing Mental Health program at IMB. He or she will be responsible not only for supporting and supervising health center staffs in delivering the intervention to patients at the health center level but also for coordinating with generalist health center nurses providing biomedical mental health treatment and with Kirehe or Kayonza District data clerks and MEQ staff to facilitate monitoring and evaluation of this intervention. This position will report to the IMB Cross-Site associate Director for mental health program. The position will be based in Kirehe or Kayonza district at Rwinkwavu or Kirehe hospital, with travel to health centers required to oversee delivery of the intervention and work with health center staff. The position will be based in the field approximately 80% of the time.
Task and responsibilities
- Work as part of multidisciplinary team planning and implementing an evidence-based psychotherapy intervention for the Rwandan context to be integrated into the IMB system of care as a demonstration case (20 %) in Kirehe or Kayonza district.
- Facilitate integration of new psychotherapy/psychosocial rehabilitation interventions with ongoing pharmacological care at health centers in coordination with all IMB/MOH team members, including referral pathways
- Provide supervision of psychotherapy intervention within IMB system of care by traveling throughout Kirehe or Kayonza District to specified health centers (80%)
- Coordinate with IMB team in monitoring and evaluating psychotherapy intervention in line with evaluation plan (20%)
- Facilitate training, quality improvement activities related to psychotherapy intervention at the hospital and health center levels, including the monitoring and evaluation of interventions, in collaboration with district hospital and health center staff based.
- Communicate regularly with mentors/supervisors, psychologists and psychiatric nurses working at district hospital, health center to provide support for mental health related activities and PM+ interventions in Kirehe or Kayonza district.
- Assist with planning and coordination of other mental health related activities including genocide commemoration activities
- Coordinate and participate in regular mental health team meetings, as well as other relevant meetings, including MESH and PM+ supervisory meetings,
- Coordinate with IMB MH Community Coordinator as appropriate for community outreach
- Be available by phone for clinical supervision as needs arise
- Complete appropriate documentation of activities
- Complete monthly psychotherapy mentoring and supervision reports as summaries of activities for evaluation
- Other activities as they arise
- A0 Psychologist or A1 mental health nurse with at least 2 years’ experience in delivery of Problem Management Plus intervention.
- At least 5 years’ experience delivering, and supervising evidence-based and/or culturally adapted community based mental health services or psychotherapy interventions
- Experience in mentorship and supervision for primary care nurses, facilitate on-site teaching and coaching sessions on relevant clinical topics, including standardized mental health case scenarios
- Some experience in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary care teams, hospital and community-based mental health, and integration of mental health care services into primary care
- Experience in public sector mental health care systems, health psychology (particularly in relation to infectious disease, HIV, surgery, general medicine), community psychology, health systems strengthening, and quality improvement seen as an asset
- Superb writing skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively in diverse settings
- Willingness to travel for work and to be available by phone as need arises
- Ability to work independently, think ahead, and prioritize among competing demands
- English, Kinyarwanda fluency required, French highly preferred
- Interest in social justice and health care issues.