Meet Biruk

July 30, 2019

Meet Biruk, our new Psychosocial Manager. We have searched many months for someone to fill this position and are very excited to have Biruk join the Ethiopia ACT family.

“In the last five years, I have worked for two different organizations in different capacities. Four years at Retrak Ethiopia as a social worker and one year at Make Your Mark as a program manager. I joined Ethiopia ACT because it is a perfect match for my personal life and my professional values.

I expect the work environment at Ethiopia ACT will enable me to apply my skills and experience to the utmost. 

Achieving excellence in the organization is to be my main objective. I believe I will do my part in promoting a model community-based mental health support, psychosocial support, and case management.”

So, what does a Psychosocial Manager do?

Manager of psychosocial services mainly focuses on providing emotional care and support to the beneficiaries and their families. Biruk and his team are responsible for identifying and defining family relationship problems, emotional distress and mental health situations as well as coordinate family economic strengthening interventions in the project and allocate support needed for each and every family Ethiopia ACT is supporting. The psychosocial manager also provides counselling services on a regular basis for families and individuals struggling with emotional as well as family relationship problems. He ensures project children are provided with care and protection at home, school, and community. Additionally, he ensures provision of appropriate therapy for children, teenagers, adults, families as well as assist the co-workers in the provision of standard services. 

When the cases of beneficiaries need specialized care, he is responsible for arranging a non-medical care referral and follow the outcome of that care. When needed, he will conduct an impact analysis of the project services. As a member of the leadership team, the Psychosocial manager is also responsible to bring the project’s psychosocial care progress and challenges to the leadership knowledge and propose possible strategies for future project success.

Join us in welcoming Biruk!