University of the Sacred Heart Gulu is a private university established by the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu. The Mission of the University is to contribute to personal and social healing, growth and holistic development of Uganda and the world community through provision of quality education, training, research and community outreach. The University wishes to recruit an experienced and competent person to fill the position of Counselor. The successful applicant will provide a range of counselling therapeutic services to students, individuals, families, groups and the community to help them address various psychological and emotional challenges.

The University invites applications from qualified persons for the position of Counsellor. This position is offered on contract for an initial period of one year with a possibility of extension / renewal for a longer contract period.

Reporting:       The Counsellor reports to the Director for Administration

Duration:         One-year with possibility of extension or renewal

Remuneration:            Attractive

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1.   Oversee the day to day running of the counselling unit and prepare plans for the development of the unit
  2. Provide counselling services to students and staff of the University
  3. Provide counselling services to clients of different categories from outside the university including; individuals, couple, families and groups
  4. Assess clients needs and develop relevant interventions
  5. Diagnose clients psychological and emotional challenges and help them overcome the challenges Assist clients experiencing developmental and other life crises to manage those crises
  6. Psycho educate clients on positive strategies and coping mechanism
  7. Refer clients for specialized services such as: health care and treatment facilities, psychiatrists, community workers and religious leaders among others
  8. Liaise and maintain good working relationships with support networks, government entities and community resources
  9. Offer career-related guidance to professionals and students
  10. Develop and conduct awareness training on psychological and counselling related issues to different groups of people

Requirements for the post:

The Applicant should:

  1. Have at least a degree in Counselling Psychology or related discipline from a recognized institution
  2. Have a minimum of three years of working experience as a Counsellor in a reputable organization
  3. Have demonstrable efficiency in computer skills including Microsoft Suite ( Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  4. Be psychologically and emotionally balanced
  5. Have good communication and interpersonal relations skills
  6. Have the ability to maintain boundaries and uphold the ethical principles of the counselling profession
  7. Be prepared to work long hours convenient to clients including weekends
  8. High commitment to the tasks and good handling of the clients.
  9. Be at least thirty years old

Submission of Applications:

1.       Applicants should submit the following:

a)      Letter of expression of interest

b)     Copies of relevant academic qualifications and other trainings

c)      Copies of relevant previous appointments

d)     Up to date curriculum vitae

e)      Names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three referees

2.       Applications should be hand delivered or submitted by email to:

The Human Resource Officer,

University of the Sacred Heart Gulu

P.O Box 374, Gulu