International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training andrelief 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 centred 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.
The MHPSS Manager - Indonesia will be responsible for overseeing the program activities linked with mental health and psychosocial support. They will additionally be responsible for 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 MHPSS Manager 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.
Additionally, the IMC Indonesia MHPSS Manager will be the main focal point to the headquarters based IMC MHPSS Technical Advisors in order to receive technical assistance and to ensure that the program is in line with IMC MHPSS Minimum Technical Quality Standards.
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