Job Title: Psychologist

Location: Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI), with frequent travel to other areas of KRI

Type of position: Employment contract, full time

Length of Contract: 12 months


About SEED Foundation:

SEED Foundation (SEED) is a registered charity organization in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, whose mission is to promote the Kurdistan Region’s (KRI) social, educational and economic development, human rights, and to address the humanitarian needs of the residents of the region. SEED works with survivors of violence and conflict in the KRI to help them rebuild their lives. SEED takes a comprehensive approach to recovery, integrating psychotherapy and case management services with a range of vocational, educational and recreational activities, to reduce symptoms of trauma, empower and protect survivors, and improve individual and family well-being. SEED also works to improve the skills of local psychologists and other service providers through education, training and supervision programs to better equip them to help individuals and communities heal. Finally, SEED works with local institutions and others to promote laws, policies and procedures that promote human rights and the protection of the most vulnerable. Our work reflects international best practices and expertise, combined with local know-how and understanding.


Role of the Psychologist:

SEED Foundation is seeking a psychologist to provide services to protect, empower and support the recovery of vulnerable Iraqis through comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support services to survivors of torture, trafficking, and gender-based violence, as well as members of religious and ethnic minorities in the KRI.

The psychologist will provide therapeutic services, including assessment, individual and group therapy and referrals, through mobile services to vulnerable Iraqi and their families in various locations throughout KRI, primarily within the Duhok governorate. While all psychologists will receive training and supervision, successful candidates must be compassionate, confident, diligent, trustworthy, resourceful, interested in learning new skills, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. The Psychologist will work with team members and clients of different religious, ethnic, cultural, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds. All services will be provided in accordance with international ethical standards.


Specific Tasks:

  • Provide confidential critical care to potential clients and their families throughout KRI (primarily within Duhok governorate) through mobile services, including a brief needs assessment and provision of psychosocial support in order to determine the survivor’s interest in and need for continued services.
  • Collaborate closely with the Case Management Team to contribute to the development of Care Plans, with specific focus on mental health needs. Ensure particularly complicated cases are identified and referred to the MHPSS Project Manager.
  • Provide confidential ongoing MHPSS services to clients and their families, as needed, to include the collaborative development of a Treatment Plan using SMART goals.
  • Utilize assessment tools, in keeping with SEED’s case management strategy.
  • Document all interactions with clients or other contacts in relation to a client’s case in accordance with SEED’s case management system.
  • Develop and facilitate effective group sessions, as relevant to the population being served.
  • Participate in supervision sessions with the Case Management Team Lead and MHPSS Project Manager, as required.
  • Attend relevant training sessions, as assigned, to ensure that the highest quality services can be delivered.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of outreach and community engagement plans.
  • Support the development and utilization of a camp-specific referral pathway for SGBV cases and advanced clinical service needs to address mental health concerns.
  • Maintain positive relationships with program partners.


Essential criteria

  • University degree in psychology or counselling
  • Written and spoken Kurdish and Arabic language skills, with English a plus
  • Experience providing psychological therapies to clients
  • Experience working with survivors of conflict and rights violations such as IDPs, refugees, and survivors of SGBV and torture
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to gain trust and build relationships with team members and clients
  • Ability to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environment


Please e-mail the following in one PDF to using “Psychologist” and Your FULL NAME” as the subject of your e-mail.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • three references with complete contact information

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.