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Wissenschaftlicher Berater (m/w) für klinische Sozialarbeit, Liberia #3308, EN

The Association for Development Cooperation (AGEH e.V.) is the personnel service of the German Catholics for Development Cooperation. In the Civil Peace Service (CPS) we offer development workers a meaningful role working with local development agents. The CPS is the programme for peace-building and the prevention of violence in crisis and conflict regions. It sets out to promote a world in which conflicts are settled without violence. Development workers with the CPS support local partner organisations in all phases of conflicts: conflict prevention, violence mitigation and post-conflict rehabilitation. Working with church-related and civil-social partners in Liberia, AGEH aims to make a contribution towards civil conflict management through the CPS’ peace-building measures.

To develop a curriculum for the planned Master’s programme in psychosocial traumatology for social workers, we are looking for a

Scientific Consultant (m/f) for clinical social work, Liberia #3308

to start as soon as possible.


Your new role

Liberia’s population has seen fourteen years of civil war (1989-2003) and an Ebola crisis (2014-2015). However, the health system does not have enough trained personnel to help people cope with what are often traumatic experiences.

The Mother Patern College of Health Sciences (MPCHS) was founded in 1989 by the Catholic archdiocese Monrovia under the direction of the late Archbishop Michael Kpakala Frances. It is one of five colleges of the Stella Maris Polytechnic. The college has four disciplines: Biology, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology and Social Work. There has been a course in Social Work since 1996, which was upgraded to the Bachelor level in 2011. The department is about to establish a Master’s programme in Clinical Social Work to train competent and qualified specialists with sociopathological expertise in psychosocial counselling at the graduate level.


Specifically, you will carry out the following tasks:

  • Together with the partners, you will develop a curriculum for the further training of social workers at graduate level in psychosocial counselling and trauma work.
  •  You will support the partner organisation in the didactical development of learning materials.
  • You will teach psychosocial and trauma work to Social Work students.
  • You will accompany social workers during their work and support their further training through supervision, especially in the areas of counselling and psychosocial support.
  •  You will be responsible for the proper spending and management of funds locally in accordance with the donor and AGEH guidelines. In doing so, you will work in partnership with the partner organisation.

Your profile:

  • You have completed a university degree in psychology, education, social work, educational and health sciences or curative education (Masters or equivalent), possess sociopathological expertise and have ideally already been employed at a university.
  • You are familiar with systematic curriculum development and have supervised the integration of a new course of study or the modification of an existing course of study at least in support structures (project / work / expert group).
  •  Ideally, you have acquired an additional qualification in trauma work, are very familiar with cognitive and behavioural therapy methods, and have already worked with client-focused, narrative approaches.
  •  You are diplomatic and possess intercultural communication skills, to enable you to deal with the relevant players in a manner based on mutual partnership.
  • You have a business-fluent command of English.
  • You are an EU or Swiss citizen and a member of a Christian church.


 What AGEH offers


  • Individual and thorough preparation
  • Three-year contract, social security and remuneration in accordance with the German Development Aid Workers Act (Entwicklungshelfergesetz)
  • Cultural, language or other professional training, as well as coaching and supervision, individual advice
  • Work within the AGEH work model

We look forward to receiving your detailed application.
Please use the online application form in the Vacancies section of our Website.


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Ihr Ansprechpartner

Herr Klemens Friedhoff


Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Entwicklungshilfe (AGEH) e.V.
Ripuarenstr. 8
50679 Köln

Telefon: +49 221 8896-271
E-Mail: jobs@ageh.org