Senior PSS Officer

Sened Organization

Job Title:

Senior PSS Officer

Job Location:


Reporting to:

Senior Project Officer

Line Manager for:

PSS Officer

General Description of the Programme:

SENED is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization licensed and registered in Türkiye with the number 27-15-175. SENED Organization was established shortly after the Syrian Nakba and in response to the suffering of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey as well as internally displaced people in Syria, to alleviate suffering, achieving justice, equality, and freedom, strengthening the role of civil society, and supporting and developing the local community. SENED works in the humanitarian work sectors to support, empower, and educate the community through several programs, takes exceptional care of people with disabilities and their families and defends their issues.

SENED Association emphasizes creating safe, accessible, and participation-encouraging living conditions for individuals’ emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development by focusing on people with disabilities. Beyond the medical perspective on disability, it tries to find solutions to the problems faced by disabled people with a holistic perspective by considering the disabled people, their families, and the society they live in, focusing on the conditions they experience. SENED Association aims to create a safe and supportive environment and space by conducting family-oriented activities to help disabled individuals and their families become stronger, discover their potential and stand by with their children. By collecting data on refugee-disabled people and identifying problems and needs, SENED strives to ensure harmony between disabled refugees and local people with a voluntary, professional team and a community-based approach. All activities, education, research, advocacy, etc., are carried out on platforms created by local and disabled refugee people.

Job purpose:

To be responsible for managing MHPSS sessions and assessment for MHPSS attendees, MHPSS activities, conducting appropriate referrals to a psychiatrist if needed and protection services.

To provide psychological interventions based on the beneficiary’s needs and presenting complaints.

Draft, evaluate and organize MHPSS activities targeting earthquake affected population.

Provide supervision for PSS officers, and PSS workers.

Develop and supervise the implementation of MHPSS activities.

Duties, objectives, and competencies:

· Adhere to internationally recognized best practices for evidence based psychological interventions and the management of children with mental health concerns. This includes ensuring the confidentiality of beneficiaries and respecting their privacy.

· Establish a safe space to conduct private and confidential sessions acceptable to those on the site and safely accessible by beneficiaries.

· Assess the beneficiary’s needs and presenting complaints and develop a care plan with the beneficiary based on those needs, including referrals to other services

· Conduct counseling sessions for care providers and families of beneficiaries.

· Conduct follow-up sessions as needed and decide with the parents when to close the case.

· Provide age-appropriate culturally relevant individual and/or group psychological counselling for beneficiaries.

· Identify concerns related to and support adherence to referral protocols and guiding principles for PSS and bring these concerns to the direct manager or the Project Manager.

· Maintain an effective working relationship and regular communication with other PSS care providers.

· Complete daily/weekly MHPSS reports and data collection according to guidance provided by the PSS Technical Advisor and Project Coordinator.Adviser or project coordinator

· Collaborate with the rest of the team to exchange information and ensure that Sened projects are responding to the evolving needs of beneficiaries.

· Refer beneficiaries to other health professionals whenever necessary

· Provide psycho-education sessions to the family members of clients when needed

· Manage and supervise the PSS officers and workers and follow-up PSS project activities.

· Assign daily tasks to the case workers.

· Meet with case workers to discuss the challenges they face and different solutions and ways to overcome them.

· Meet with case workers periodically and assign daily tasks to them.

Requirements: Essential

Education: Having a master’ degree in psychology, clinical psychology, or relevant field

Experience: at least 3 years of professional experience

Flexibility for working in the field (containers, tent areas and rural areas), in all kinds of physical and climatic conditions.

Language: Fluent in Turkish; Knowledge of Arabic and English is a plus.

Computer Skills: Ability to use Microsoft Office, Windows-based applications.

General terms and conditions


Disabled beneficiaries, children and vulnerable adults must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that SENED shows this ongoing commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.


SENED is committed to creating a genuinely inclusive, effective, and representative organizational culture, encouraging employee equity and diversity, and eliminating discrimination. Having a diverse profile of employees, different age groups, backgrounds, cultures, etc., including various experiences and capabilities, helps us understand, represent, and serve children better. Therefore, all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, religion, gender, disability, or age.


If needed, SENED will submit a work permit application for the selected candidate after the job offer is accepted. Failure to provide the required documents or rejection of a work permit application by the Government of Türkiye will result in rescinding the employment offer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. SENED reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of SENED’s work, we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate, which may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to apply as early as possible.

SENED Organization does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. | SENED Kuruluşu işe alım sürecinin hiçbir adımında ücret talep etmemektedir.

How to apply

Interested candidates may please send their resumes with the cover letter and fill out this application link.

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