Mental Health CoordinatorUSAID CHEKUP II Activity

LOCATION: Lusaka, Zambia

DURATION: Full-Time position


POSTING DATE: 05/09/2024

DEADLINE DATE: 05/14/2024


John Snow Health Limited (JSH), a public health organization dedicated to improving the provision of public health services in Zambia and the region, is recruiting for a Mental Health Coordinator for the USAID-funded Controlling HIV Epidemic for Key and Underserved Populations (CHEKUP II) focused on Key Populations. CHEKUP II aims to address the needs of people living with HIV (PLHI V) and those most at risk of acquiring HIV and contribute to HIV mitigation and epidemic control. In addition, the program seeks to improve the health outcomes of priority populations in the highest HIV-burden provinces of Zambia.

The Mental Health Coordinator Key Populations will lead the implementation of interventions to increase the uptake and sustained use of mental health and psychosocial services (MHPSS) interventions and as well as lead responses to GBV targeted at key and underserved populations in the key populations sub-group. The coordinator will be responsible for the management of mental health programming in Lusaka.

This is a full-time position based in Lusaka. The coordinator will be supervised by the DEpiCC Manager and will receive program guidance from the Mental Health Advisor.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • District Engagements

    • Create linkages with mental health units at the district level through the District Health Office
    • Establish linkages for referrals at various mother facilities with established mental health units
    • Establish networks and strategic partnerships to enable sustainable implementation of district-level MHPSS and anti-GBV interventions among Key and Priority Populations
    • Provide day-to-day supervision for all CHEKUP II staff working at the district level on district-level MHPSS and GBV interventions in DREAMS and Key Populations
    • Lead implementation of key populations-specific MHPSS and GBV prevention and linkage models
    • Develop strategies for MHPSS demand creation for MHPSS services at the District Level for Key Populations
    • Coordinate implementation of key populations-specific MHPSS and GBV prevention and linkage models
    • Develop strategies for mental health service provision among mobile key populations
    • Coordinate GBV prevention programmes among key populations
    • Ensure clear record-keeping of all mental health programming and interventions in Key Population wellness centres
    • Offer supportive supervision to the professional counsellor and outreach officers at the JSH-supported wellness centres and KP CSOs supported wellness centres
    • Adhere to JSH’s personnel, financial, operations, and fraud management policies.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor consistent with CHEKUP II’s objectives.


  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Clinical Officer Psychiatry, or a related field
  • A Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Community Psychology, or its equivalent is an added advantage
  • At least four (4) years of progressive work experience related to MHPSS and GBV Programming and integrated HIV/AIDS program
  • Experience in participatory action planning and engagement of stakeholders at national, district, and Community levels.
  • Must have excellent communication (English and language spoken in implementation district), interpersonal, analytical, decision-making, conflict management, empathy, negotiation, and networking skills
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).

    Supervision and Reporting:

    The Mental Health Coordinator will work under the guidance of the Mental Health Advisor and supervision of the DEpiCC Manager.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, kindly fill out the application form here.

    Please note that you do not need to apply if you do not meet the minimum requirements. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Closing Date: May 14, 2024.


    JSH is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information or political affiliation.