Mental Health Nurse – Kakuma

Job Description

The Mental Health Nurse reports directly to the Mental Health Officer. He/she will be expected to work under Clinical services program with a main objective of integrating mental health care across all IRC health facilities. The Mental Health Nurse’ s overall objective will be to provide safe, effective and curative mental health and psychosocial services in Kakuma refugee camp.


Key Responsibilities

Implement mental health integration strategy with guidance from the mental health officer.
Identify and define mental health problems among refugees and provide technical advice on mental health matters.
Oversee and conduct mental health assessments, diagnose and plan individual case management of psychiatric patients in the camp and refer accordingly.
Develop in patient care plans for psychiatric patients admitted into the ward and liaise treatment plans with the clinical staff on duty.
Provide mental health and psychosocial support through use of individual or group counseling and psychotherapy.
Ensure timely completion of HIS weekly and monthly reports (statistical data and narrative) based on the daily /weekly mental health activities in liaison with the mental health officer.
Participate in mental health and psychosocial working group meeting
Liaise with other implementing partners within the refugee camp in advocacy for mental health clients
Any other responsibility deemed necessary to the program by the supervisor


Diploma in nursing with a specialty in mental health (KRPN) from a recognized training institution.
Registered with the Nursing Council of Kenya and in possession of a valid practicing license.
Prior knowledge on WHO guidelines on mental health integration in Primary health care and application of the MHGAP intervention guide will be an ADDED ADVANTAGE.

Required Experience & Competencies:

Experience of working in a poor resource setting and/or camp environment is desirable.
Strong communication skills: oral: written and presentation skills.
Should be a team player and culturally sensitive
Ability to work and live in difficult environmental conditions


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