Community Connection for Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Kenya



Global Programs for Research and Training is registered as an international NGO in Kenya, wholly owned and affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

The SMART DAPPER study consists of a multiple-assignment sequential randomized trial (SMART) for the non-specialist treatment of common mental disorders in Kenya and will leverage the Depression and Primary Care Partnership for Effectiveness Implementation Research (DAPPER). The project is carried out in partnership with the University of Nairobi, the University of California San Francisco and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

Global Programs for Research & Training is seeking a qualified Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Community Liaison. This position requires a one-year commitment with the possibility of renewal at the end of the period, subject to funding availability.

The Community Liaison for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) operates under the direct supervision of the lead study coordinator.

Roles and tasks:

  • Kisumu District Hospital (KCRH):
  • Work with the KCRH Outpatient Mental Health Committee to provide advice and support for the continued use of IPT in KCRH.
  • Provide support in connecting KCRH with appropriate study-experienced IPT therapists and provide supervision for this group.
  • Provide ongoing medical training for facility staff to screen for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and IPT.
  • Additionally or alternatively, the IPT liaison may work with an NGO to facilitate an arrangement with KCRH in which the NGO pays part of the IPT therapist costs.
  • Outside of KCRH:
  • Meet with facility leadership from JOORTH and Lumumba Sub-County Hospital to discuss hiring and training IPT therapists for their location. Support their efforts in this regard.
  • Other Locations – Work with Kisumu County leaders to identify other appropriate locations for the use of IPT and work with these locations to coordinate with our trained IPT therapists to assist in program launch.
  • Work with the SMART DAPPER team and investigators as you develop connection plans for the IPT community and provide updates during weekly SMART DAPPER meetings.

Minimum requirements:

  • Diploma in Psychology, Counseling or Social Sciences
  • Experience working with Kisumu County and health facility management
  • Experience both in the didactic guidance (course, workshop) and in the supervision of IPT
  • Excellent English
  • High level interpersonal skills including high emotional intelligence with strong empathy
  • The ability to build relationships with diverse people and lead teams productively is key.
  • Attention to detail, first class organizational skills, ability to proactively identify and solve problems
  • High level computer and internet skills with daily internet access
  • Cell phone reception in the evening (e.g. at home) is strongly preferred to facilitate international communication across different time zones.

How to apply

Qualified Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must meet each eligibility criteria outlined in the minimum requirements above with specific and comprehensive information supporting each point. All applications must include the following:

  • Motivation letter
  • Recent CVs with names and phone numbers of three reviewers

Applications should be emailed to [email protected] with the email subject: Community Liaison for Interpersonal Psychotherapy through Friday 9 September 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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