Job Title: Psychological Counsellor

Organization: African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV)

Duty Station: Kaabong, Uganda

Reports to: Project Coordinator

About Us: The African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV) is a Non-Governmental organization in Uganda, established in 1993. Our mission involves advocating against torture and providing physical and psychological treatment, rehabilitation, social support, and legal services to survivors of torture.

Job Summary: The Psychological Counsellor will enhance the psychological functioning of clients by providing counselling and therapy to help them overcome problems arising from mental health conditions.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess clients suffering from mental health conditions.
  • Screen clients for eligibility for mental health services.
  • Conduct psychological assessments of clients.
  • Assess mental health needs and risk assessment of clients.
  • Provide quality psychological care services.
  • Make client referrals based on identified needs.
  • Evaluate each counselling session and plan, implement, and evaluate therapy outcomes.
  • Establish a collaborative working relationship with clients based on trust and respect.
  • Conduct follow-up assessments with clients and provide clinical supervision.
  • Participate in mental health unit teamwork, awareness, and fundraising activities.
  • Fill session evaluation templates and participate in clinical supervision sessions.
  • Prepare cases for case discussions and coordinate mental health unit responsibilities.
  • Promote mental health capacity-building activities and participate in coordination meetings.
  • Compile activity reports and prepare periodic reports on implemented mental health activities.
  • Facilitate the preparation of periodic reports and make client referrals to external health facilities as needed.
  • Submit relevant reports to the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and courts of law.
  • Appear as an expert witness in courts of law.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Provision of appropriate mental health treatment.
  • Accurate reporting on the number of clients receiving psychological care services.
  • Timely and accurate reporting.
  • Provision of appropriate mental health services.
  • Knowledge of mental health consequences of torture.
  • Assessment and documentation of mental health effects of torture.
  • Basic counselling skills.
  • Communication skills.
  • Medical ethical principles and application.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in counselling psychology, community counselling, or related field.
  • Three years of working experience in a similar field.
  • Languages: Fluency in English, proficiency in Ngakarimojong language.
  • Aged between 25 – 35 years.


  • Self-awareness.
  • Empathy/Genuineness.
  • Communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Practice management.
  • Trustworthiness.

How to Apply: All suitably qualified and interested applicants should send their applications, cover letter, and updated CV to the following email addresses: and



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