Career Opportunity with International Rescue Committee

Psychologist - GBV

Work Location
IRC-Bangladesh, Ukhiya Office, Cox’s Bazar.
Job Title
Psychologist - GBV
Reporting to : WPE Coordinator
Women`s Protection & Empowerment
Expected Start Date
At Earliest
Contract length
Till 31 December 2022 (with possibility of extension subject to funding, program needs and performance of incumbent)
Remuneration Package
Gross Salary: BDT 111,200 (Per Month), Retention Benefits: 2 (Two) Basic salaries in a year, eligible after 6 months of service, Gratuity: As per Policy, Health and Life Insurance. Mobile Allowance: as per policy)

Program Brief

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading agencies working in post-conflict and development contexts, supporting communities in over 40 fragile, failed and developing states. In this capacity, we work to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted, struggling to endure and wishing to advance on a path of development.

The IRC has been present in Bangladesh since 2017 and obtained registration with the NGOAB in March 2018. Since the IRC obtained registration in March 2018, it has moved quickly to expand its integrated emergency health and protection response through both direct and partner-based programming focused on primary healthcare, women’s protection and empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and child protection. Recently IRC has also introduced two new programs: Protection Rule of Law (PRoL) and Education. Through 2018, the IRC’s response strategy will primarily target Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, while meeting the significant needs in both refugee and host populations, as already existing vulnerabilities are compounded with cyclical monsoon and cyclone seasons that impose additional threats to the lives and protection of those refugees as well as vulnerable host populations. IRC will grow over time its geographic coverage within Cox’s bazar and to other parts of the country, thus expand its’ networks and partnerships around emergency preparedness and response work, reach beyond the Rohingya refugees, also targeting the vulnerable host groups in Cox’s Bazar and other parts of Bangladesh.


The Psychologist-GBV will be responsible for providing holistic psychological support services in response to the needs of GBV survivors, as well as supporting in the implementation of comprehensive case management services. Through supportive mentoring, the position will provide capacity development to IRC and partner staff to strengthen their technical skills on MHPSS. The position requires a personal commitment to advancing women's issues and working on behalf of women and girls in the host and the Rohingya community.  She will participate in relevant coordination bodies in coordination with the WPE Coordinator. The position is based in Ukhiya and reports to the WPE coordinator.

Major Responsibilities


  • The position will provide professional psychosocial and confidential services to survivors of GBV, grounded in the IRC’s holistic, survivor-centered case management approach.
  • Participate and support in building the capacity of staff and community-based groups to provide ongoing psychosocial support to emotionally distressed persons.
  • Lead the setting up of the group counselling support in the WGSS.
  • Assess the current GBV PSS support within IRC Bangladesh and identify gaps, duplications, challenges and best practices.
  • Conduct field visits to monitor and support GBV PSS activities and interventions provided and support technical quality of programming by providing feedback and mentorship.
  • Assist in developing budgets and proposals and ensure that proper personnel at the facilities are recruited.
  • Identify evidence based psychological interventions to be introduced into the WPE programme .
  •  Develop a community PSS awareness package in coordination with WPE coordinator.
  • Represent the project in the stakeholders’ meetings (community leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, community-based organizations) at field level to enhance cooperation and coordination and advocate with and/or advise peer agencies / local government to promote inclusive and high-quality PSS services.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.


  • Carry out a review of existing resources on the provision of psychosocial support to women at risk of and survivors of GBV and MHPSS in humanitarian settings in general.
  • Develop GBV PSS framework and module.
  • Develop GBV PSS group guidance and tools for piloting in camp and host.
  • Oversee the editing, translation, and design of the MHPSS resource package.


  •  Participate in preparation of internal and external reports, including submission of month reports to GBVSS.
  • Promote the culture of learning and documentation so that lessons learned, and good practices are documented.
  •  Support the development of GBV PSS monitoring and evaluation tools and related activities for improving performance
  • Working on donors’ reporting and support new business development and feed into proposals as appropriate.
  • Ensure proper documentation of all trainings, completion and analysis of pre and post knowledge tests and on the job supervision checklists.
  • Minimum 5 years of working experience in NGO sector in a conflict-affected setting in GBV PSS management capacity.
  • Management, training and supervision experience required.
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills and interpersonal skills with the ability to work within different cultural environment.
  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources
  • Experience in mental health and protection work with displaced persons, refugees, returnees and migrants
  • Excellent command of the use of Microsoft Office especially Outlook, Work, Excel and Power Point
  • Good communication, teamwork skills and ability to work independently
  • Sound knowledge and experience on implementing IASC MHPSS guidelines in emergency settings.
  • mhGAP training and supervision experience including IG, HIG and operational manual.
  • Experience with evidence based psychological interventions (PM+, IPT-G, Thinking Healthy) is a plus.
  • Training experience on Psychological First Aid.
  • Capacity building/ curriculum development experience in community based MHPSS approach.
Specific Educational Qualification
  • BSc in Psychology and MSc. in Clinical or Counselling Phycology
  • Not applicable

How to Apply:

Application Deadline: March 29, 2022

Standard of Professional Conduct:
IRC and IRC employees are required to abide by the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct which are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity General Statement:
We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Are you ready to join the most dynamic team?