Sophiatown Community Psychological Services Recent Job Opportunity

Posted on :

25 Jun, 2019

Category :

Project Management Jobs in South Africa

Sophiatown Community Psychological Services is a community mental health service targeting vulnerable population groups in the inner city of Johannesburg, and in and around Soweto. Sophiatown CPS offers a range of counselling and other psycho-social support services, with a particular focus on children and families whose emotional well-being has been impacted by HIV/AIDS and bereavement; forced displacement and war; violence in the home and the community; extreme poverty; the burden of care, and other forms of economic and social marginalization.


Job Title: Counsellor/Project Coordinator 
Job Location: Soweto

Purpose of the position is to be part of the Sophiatown counselling team, run counselling groups for children and youth, and manage an innovative family-based intervention project in Soweto.


  • Individual and family-based counselling
  • Facilitation of group-based psycho-social support interventions
  • Facilitation of therapeutic holiday programmes, parenting workshops, retreats and other community interventions
  • Coordination of a community project involving HIV/AIDS affected children and their families
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Effective record-keeping, report-writing and other administrative tasks
  • Design and implementation of basic participatory M and E processes


  • Grade 12
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and fluent in at least two other official SA languages
  • Successful completion of a Counselling Course with a reputable organisation
  • At least three years’ experience in counselling in a related organisation
  • A professional, non-judgemental, authentic and empathic approach to all people, and commitment to the ethos of Presence, Solidarity, Integrity and Dignity
  • Proven experience in running counselling groups with children, as well as with caregivers
  • Proven experience in community work
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Proven ability to write process notes and reports on work done
  • Computer skills (MS Word and Outlook)
  • Emotional resilience and stability
  • A valid police clearance certificate
  • Valid Code B driver’s license

Desirable skills, experience, and knowledge:

  • Knowledge and experience in diverse settings of psycho-social work particular to South Africa such as trauma, bereavement, displacement, domestic violence, violence and abuse, HIV and AIDS
  • Training and experience in trauma counselling
  • Ability to integrate psycho-social theory and practice
  • Ability to reflect on experience and engage with supervision
  • Ability to guide, mentor and support other team members
  • Proven experience in community project management
  • Ability to build networks of support with partner organisations, schools and other service providers
  • Initiative and creativity to solve problems in resource deprived settings
  • A willingness to go beyond the call of duty
  • Resident in the greater Johannesburg and Soweto area

To apply

Please send a motivation letter and a CV, together with three contactable referees to [email protected]

Application Deadline: Wednesday, 3 July, 2019

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