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Center for Development Services (CDS) and UNICEF Egypt Country Office (UNICEF-ECO) would like to invite interested candidates to register their interest in a 6 month practicum, which starts with a 5 day training workshop in the first half of January, with the opportunity to be mentored by leading professionals in the field. Ten trainees will be selected from a wider pool of applicants; each of whom will receive mentoring throughout the process and will be able to work with up to two children and their caregiver(s).

Project’s Background

This training program is a component of the project titled “Addressing the Needs of Children and Adolescents (+CHAD) living with HIV”. The project, implemented by Center for Development Services, with funding from UNICEF, aims to design tailored interventions that empower +CHAD. One of the project’s main objectives is to provide support and care to children and adolescents living with HIV by ensuring their access to proper healthcare services and psychosocial support. So far, the project has identified 19 children and adolescents in Greater Cairo, Gharbiya and Alexandria, aged from 5-16 who are facing a diverse range of general medical, economic, and psychosocial hardships.


About CDS:

The Center for Development Services (CDS) is an Egyptian employee-owned development venture that uses innovative approaches to mobilize technical and financial support for development endeavors in Egypt and the Middle East. CDS has been deeply involved to the field of HIV and AIDS in Egypt. Collaborating with numerous national and international partners, CDS now has established a network of professionals, advocates and civil society organizations who are commit to promote the rights of PLHIV.



UNICEF is the United Nations’ agency specifically focused on promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.




Application Process:

We are looking for trainees who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in psychology or currently studying psychology at the master’s level (without having a psychology background). Senior students and recent graduates of faculties of medicine, with an interest in psychiatry, are also encouraged to apply. Applicants need to have a very good command of both Arabic and English (written and spoken). 


Interested candidates are invited to send their resume and a cover letter, explaining their experience and motivation to join this training program, to Ahmed ( or Zeinab (


The deadline to receive applications is 31 December 2015 (5 pm).