Job Position of Regional Project Counselor

Job Title:        Regional Project Counsellor

Based:            AERG South Office, Huye Rwanda

Reporting to: Regional Project Coordinator


AERG (Association des Etudiants Et Éleves Rescapés Du Genocide) is an association of student survivors of genocide created in 1996 at the former National University of Rwanda. Now AERG is represented nationally at 38 Universities and institutes of higher learning and 480 secondary schools in Rwanda, with a total country-wide membership of 43,397. The main mission of AERG is to represent all student survivors involved in higher learning or attending secondary school. AERG is now dedicated to providing financial support, morale boosting activities and support systems, fighting genocide ideology and ensuring that students overcome trauma, homelessness and financial problems as well as to advocate for the ongoing needs of survivors, supporting them in education, with economic issues and onwards towards a productive life.

Project: Empowering Secondary School Leavers to Secure and Sustain Employment in Rwanda (ELE)

ELE is a 2 ½ year project initiated in partnership with Survivors Fund, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. ELE will reduce the extreme poverty and hunger experienced by young survivors and their dependents, by ensuring they have the skills, resources and confidence to generate income. This will be achieved by AERG by facilitating training to develop viable livelihoods, empower the target group to access legal and health services, and access capital for the establishment of new businesses.

Entrepreneurship training will be the foundation upon which all other project activities will be built. This training will involve work readiness skills, basic business and banking skills, and accessing quality employment in the Rwandan context.

Job Purpose:

The Regional Project Counsellor is responsible for facilitating group sessions with the project members, focusing on their well being and mental health. The purpose is to provide a safe space for them to share their experiences and hopes and fears for the future, find ways to overcome challenges they face, and support each other in understanding how to lead more productive, self-sufficient lives


  • To participate in a briefing and training session before the programme starts.
  • To contribute ideas to continually improve and develop the counselling activities of the project.
  • To liaise and consult with other project staff to ensure the smooth running of project activities.
  • To travel to different places within the region to facilitate monthly group sessions with project members
  • To provide individual counselling sessions to members where needed
  • To make links with mental health and physical health support services in the region and signpost members to existing services when necessary
  • To participate in supervision sessions in Kigali once a quarter.
  • To keep accurate notes of all counselling activities
  • To provide continuous opportunities for group members to provide feedback and suggestions, which will help improve and develop the counselling activities.
  • To be aware of all elements of the project (e.g. legal services) to ensure you can accurately support the project members

Qualifications and Person Specification

  • University qualification in clinical psychology or counselling
  • At least one years experience in counselling activities.
  • To have good knowledge of the needs and challenges faced by survivors and young people in Rwanda
  • To have good knowledge of the (mental) health care system in Rwanda and the different ways to access support
  • To be willing to work in a non-judgemental way and to be respectful of difference.
  • To keep high standards of confidentiality
  • To be willing to be flexible and develop or adjust the programme depending on the needs of the group members
  • To be resourceful and creative to ensure the activities are successful and meaningful to its members
  • To be self motivated and organised.

Skills and Experience

  • Experience and confidence in facilitating therapeutic groups
  • Excellent listening skills and sensitivity to different topics
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently and manage time
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English

How to Apply

– Interested candidates should apply online via this email:

– Remember to attach your CV.

– Due to anticipated interest in these posts, only those who will follow application procedure and those that will be shortlisted   will be contacted.

– Deadline to receive application is 4th/April

March  2016 at 5:00pm




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