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Kenya: MAT Addiction Counsellor

Organization: University of Maryland
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 13 Mar 2018

The University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine, through its operating arm Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation (MGIC) Kenya implements comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment programs to facilitate the Ministry of Health in Kenya to control the spread of HIV and rapidly scale up HIV services, institute continuous quality improvement methods as well as the M & E infrastructure necessary to support these services.

MGIC Kenya is seeking suitably qualified persons able to fill the following position.

Position : MAT Addiction Counsellor

Location : Nairobi, Kenya


The primary function for this position is to the provision of psychosocial services to patients who suffer from opioid dependence or other drug abuse related behavioral problems. The position holder will manage the psychosocial aspect of MAT clients and create a treatment plan. The addiction counselor will assist patients with the development of personal recovery programs that focus on healthier behaviors and examine the issues related to the addictions.


  • Meeting with clients to evaluate their health and substance problem.
  • Identifying issues arising and create goals and treatment plans and re-evaluate the treatment plans periodically.
  • Provide the clinic with clients’ progress on their treatment plans in the multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • Liaise with any additional treatment programs in line with the identified issues from the treatment plan and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment programs.
  • Teaching clients coping mechanisms
  • Helping clients find jobs or reestablish their career.
  • Leading group therapy sessions.
  • Referring clients to existing support groups in the community.
  • Meeting with family members and provide guidance and support.
  • Ensure smooth coordination with the referring Civil Society Organizations and participate in MAT linage forums.
  • Participate in community education and support programs for PWID, as needed
  • Participate in the dissemination of nationally developed PWID promotional materials and information.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  1. Degree in Social work or Higher Diploma in addiction counseling.
  2. Knowledge in HIV care and treatment
  3. Counselling skills
  4. Addiction counseling skills and People who Inject drugs (PWID) care and management experience is an added advantage.

Knowledge / experience

  1. Practical Knowledge and experience in HIV management among people who Inject drugs (PWID) and or People who use drugs (PWUD)

  2. Practical experience in addiction counselling especially among PWUD.

  3. Comprehensive knowledge of client centered mental health and addictions interventions, practice methods and professional skills.

  4. Knowledge of community resources, rehabilitation centers and CSOs is an added advantage

How to apply:

Interested candidates, who meet the above-mentioned qualifications, are requested to send their cover letter and resume to MGIC_Recruitment@ mgic.umaryland.edu indicating the position being applied for on the subject line of the email by 13th March 2018. Applicants are advised to include the position title “ MAT Addiction Counsellor ” as the subject.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.