International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
A series of powerful earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, September 28. The largest quake, a powerful magnitude 7.4, shook the region at 5:02 p.m. local time, triggering a tsunami, major liquefaction and landslides that hit nearby coastlines, including the coastal city of Palu. The quake was centered about 35 miles northeast of Donggala and 50 miles north of Palu, which have a combined population of more than 600,000 people. Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, stated that an estimated 2.4 million people were affected by the earthquake and tsunami. State authorities also report more than 82,775 people displaced and at least 10,679 injured.
International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team arrived in Jakarta within 48 hours of the disaster and began coordinating with national and local actors to determine the scale of need and consider potential interventions.
PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT
responsible for supporting the program activities linked with mental health and psychosocial support. poviding administrative, logistical, financial follow up and clerical services in order to ensure effective and efficient operations. covers all the areas where IMC MHPSS program operates including trainings, coordination, data collection, and report writing. responsible for supporting the MHPSS Manager in overseeing the technical quality and implementation of the MHPSS work with any local partner organizations. The approaches will be inclusive of Early Childhood Development with integrated IYCF-E messaging, and establishing referral mechanisms for Child Protection, Mental Health, Nutrition and other necessary services. This includes that all assessments, trainings, curriculums, and guidance that is provided is in line with global guidelines, culturally appropriate and linked with existing services, supports or systems that exist in the program sites. The program will provide mental health training and oversight to local partner staff and volunteers in order to improve the access, quality, and provision of psychosocial support available to vulnerable populations. International Medical Corps’ approach to mental health is heavily based on training and developing the capacity of local partners; the successful candidate will therefore have experience in training, mentorship and in building referral links to other formal service providers and informal community supports. Vulnerable populations are at risk in emergency situations to displacement, health issues, stressors and limited access to appropriate care and support, including people with existing mental health conditions or for some who might develop mental health problems due to the emergency. Caregivers of children can benefit from learning and gaining skills in recognizing child development milestones, signs of stress in children and appropriate reactions and supports, including stress reduction techniques for caregivers and appropriate feeding and health messages.
The program approach will be consistent with evidence-based WHO materials and IASC Guidelines, with topics including Psychological First Aid; recognizing signs of distress and disorder; building knowledge and skills with caregivers of children; providing basic psychosocial support to vulnerable populations in distress; providing appropriate referral to other services as needed; and principles of MHPSS in emergency settings.
Assist in the MHPSS needs assessment roll out to identify and prioritize training needs relating to vulnerable populations mental health and wellbeing among health workers, using key informant interviews, focus groups, a review of relevant policies and literature.
Support the development and adaptation of training curricula and materials for community health workers, school staff, and parents/guardians based on the results of the needs assessment.
Implement MHPSS orientation sessions and training workshops through presentations, group discussions and small-group activities.
Ensure link and coordination between MHPSS department, and other sector areas of work.
With guidance from the MHPSS Manager, undertake office tasks such as scheduling appointments, develop planning for training and program activities, in addition to other tasks such as answers phones and directs calls;
Implement the project in line with IMC and global MHPSS standards and guidelines, and coordinate closely with the IMC Technical Unit Global Mental Health Advisor for development and review of training materials and reports.
Translation of simple correspondences, when needed;
Offering logistical support during training /coaching events including venue booking, arrangements, and handout/material preparation;
Other duties assigned by the MHPSS Manager.
Support MHPSS program development and proposal writing.
Assist in developing the strategy and mechanisms to integrate a mental health and psychosocial support into IMC programs in keeping with IASC guidelines of mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies.
The MHPSS Assistant reports directly to the MHPSS Manager for technical support and guidance on all aspects of the program.
Support in systematic data collection for reports.
Support writing MHPSS section of all donor reports.
Support submission of data required for donor reports, and monthly reports.
MONITORING, EVALUATION & REPORTING
Utilize MHPSS Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) tools, including pre- and post-training assessments and training evaluation forms, in collaboration with partners and the IMC Global M&E and Mental Health Technical Advisors.
Regularly analyze and review program data to ensure successful implementation of the program and donor compliance.
Support the collection and reporting of MHPSS program data.
Maintain regular transparent communication with MHPSS Manager and provide accurate updates on program implementation, challenges and development.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
All Consultants are required to adhered to and promote International Medical Corps shared responsibility and obligation to report matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report to International Medical Corps.
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal consultancy opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.