Duhumurizanye Iwacu Rwanda

Vacancy Announcement

Full-Time National Peace Advisor – Mugombwa and Kigeme refugee camps

Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda

DuhumurizanyeIwacu Rwanda

Starting date: 1st March2019


Community-based sociotherapy is and approach which has been developed in Rwanda since 2005 to improve psychosocial well-being and strengthen interpersonal reconciliation and social cohesion at the grass-roots level. Sociotherapy uses the group as a therapeutic medium in the establishment of trust, the creation of an open environment for discussion and the formation of peer-support structures.

In January 2017, a consortium of four Rwandan NGOs –Community Based Sociotherapy (CBS), Prison Fellowship Rwanda (PFR), Anglican Church of Rwanda/Byumba Diocese and DuhumurizanyeIwacu Rwanda (DIR) – initiated a four-year partnership, which aims at consolidating the achievements of theprevious sociotherapy program and expanding sociotherapy-related activities to other parts and settings in Rwanda. CBS is the coordinating organization and the three partner organizations are responsible for the implementation.

In July 2015 a community-based sociotherapy project was initiated in Mugombwa and Kigeme camps implemented by DIR in collaboration with CBS. The extension results from the recommendations expressed by trained sociotherapists, participants and camp leaders in reference to the positive impact sociotherapy can achieve among refugees living in Rwandan camps. These resulted in the continuation of the project in partnership with GIZ. To implement this project in refugee camps, CBS and DIR are looking for a National Peace Advisor.

The National Peace Advisor is part of the Field Team of DIR and responsible for the implementation of the Community-Based Sociotherapy at grass-roots in refugee camps. The National Peace Advisor coordinates the implementation of the project and directly reports to the Field Coordinator and Executive Director of DIR (implementing organization) and copy to the Program Manager of CBS (quality insurance).

Basic responsibilities

  • Responsible for the recruitment of refugees to become sociotherapists;
  • Coordinate the recruitment of the participants to socio-sessions;
  • Monitor the professional stability of sociotherapists and ensure that adequate working environment is maintained and psychological support systems for sociotherapists are in place;
  • Propose a local strategy for implementation according to the specific context and oversee its implementation once validated;
  • Keep track of all the sociotherapy groups that are taking place in the camp;
  • Be the direct contact person and representative of DIR and CBS at camp level, both for local authorities and other institutions;
  • Keep the coordination team informed at all times on the progress and challenges of the operational strategies;
  • Work closely with the researchers to evaluate the outcomes and impact of the project;
  • Ensure that key operational information circulates properly within DIR and CBS;
  • Participate in meetings and other relevant local gatherings;
  • Ensure that sociotherapy sessions are taking place in line with sociotherapy method and manual of operations;
  • Ensure that regular sociotherapy reports are qualitatively and quantitatively provided as required by sociotherapy policy;
  • Support sociotherapy groups’ initiatives to maintain the participants’ social cohesion and economic welfare;
  • Doing any other task requested by line management in relation to a success of the project.

Profile candidate

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in relevant field (e.g. Social Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Anthropology, Development Studies or Conflict/Peace Studies etc.);
  • At least 3 years’ experience in the field of project implementation, preferably in the field of psychosocial interventions;
  • Demonstrated experience in community mobilization and attitude for field work at grassroots level;
  • Experience in coordinating the implementation of community-based sociotherapy activities;
  • Previous experience in a representative position and with networking with local (governmental) authorities;
  • Commitment to the goals and principles of the community-based sociotherapy program and an ability to ensure the mandate underpins our support to participants in the program;
  • Strong skills in organization and coordination are essential, including the management of finances;
  • Ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • An honest, reliable and very accurate person, who is able to work under pressure;
  • Very strong motivational and social skills and excellent communication skills both verbal and in writing;
  • Ability to listen, to be diplomatic, flexible and a strong problem solver;
  • Fluent Kinyarwanda and English, both verbal and written.

Desirable skills and qualifications

  • Experience in supervising complex and challenging interventions in fragile communities;
  • Experience with coordinating a team at the grass-roots level;
  • French language skills.

Terms of employment:

This is a full-time position. The National Peace Advisor is based in Mugombwarefugee camp, but the position involves regular field-visits in Kigeme camp. A competitive salary is offered based on the candidate’s educational background and work experience. Confirmation of the employment will be after three months of probation. After these three months the National Peace Advisor will receive a one year contract with the possibility for extension. The National Peace Advisor is expected to start on 1st March 2019

How to apply:

To apply for this position please send your motivation letter, CV and at least two references to info@dirwa.organd copy to info@sociotherapy.organd mention the title of the position in the subject line of the email. The application deadline is February 25th, 2019 at 5:00 PM. The applications can be addressed to the Executive Director ofDIR.

For background information about community based sociotherapy as implemented in Rwanda, consult: www.sociotherapy.org.

Done at Kigali on 15/02/2019


Executive Director



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