IPA Jobs August 2016 (2 Positions)

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10 Aug, 2016

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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a United States-based non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA designs, rigorously evaluates, and refines these solutions and their applications together with decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to improve opportunities for the world’s poor.

Job Description

Job Title: Assistant Psychotherapy Counselor, Escaping Poverty (CBT) Project

  • Reports to: Implementation Associate
  • Location:  Ashanti & Brong Ahafo Regions
  • Deadline to apply: 26th August, 2016
  • Duration: 5 months (maximum)
  • Desired start date: 1st October, 2016
  • Job code: EP-APC-09082016

IPA Ghana seeks to hire Lead Psychotherapy Counselors and Assistant Psychotherapy Counselors, who will support a project that aims to provide Cognitive Behavioral Group Interventions (CBGI) to a group of program participants in selected rural communities in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana. This project is a collaboration between the University of Ghana Medical School, The Department of Economics at Yale University and Innovations for Poverty Action.

Position Summary
The Assistant Counselors, working closely with their Lead Counselors, Field Manager, Implementation Associate and senior researchers, will be trained in providing CBGI in group settings. Upon successful completion of training, they will provide group counseling sessions to program participants from selected rural communities of the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions, for a period of 12 weeks.


Specifically, the Assistant Counselors will:

  • Assist the Lead Counselor to provide two counseling sessions a day, following the CBGI curriculum provided by the researchers
  • Take attendance records and identify absentee participants.
  • Coordinate with Community Mobilizer in locating absentee participants and reschedule them for missed sessions
  • Assist participants with skill demonstrations during breakout sessions
  • Maintain good, professional relationships with the communities and the program participants
    • Report any issues or concerns immediately to the Lead Counselor and Implementation Associate
    • Participate in weekly session rehearsal meetings with the Implementation Associate and other project staff
    • Carry out other tasks assigned by the Implementation Associate, Lead Counselor, or other project staff.
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures

Required Skills or Experience

  • At minimum, both Lead and Assistant Counselors must have a Bachelor’s degree with majors/concentration in Psychology.
  • Fluency in the Akan languages (Asante Twi; Akuapim Twi; Bono) and English. Please indicate the languages you speak in the application form
  • Excellent communication and group facilitation skills
  • Previous experience in counseling is an advantage
  • Knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is strongly preferred
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
  • Willing and able to use a motorbike to travel to the communities/access to a motorbike is preferred

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out the online application form by clicking the link below.

Please take note of the following instructions:

The deadline for applications to this position is August 26, 2016.

Applications received will however be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Due to the high volume of applications received by IPA, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email or phone for an interview

DISCLAIMER: Please note that IPA will never require monetary compensation as part of its application process. Any requests for monetary compensation by persons claiming to be IPA employees or persons claiming to represent IPA should be disregarded and reported. Please direct questions to [email protected] ..

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