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19-302: MHPSS Specialist - Hurricane Dorian Emergency Response
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

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.

International Medical Corps' Emergency Response Unit (ERU) has a team dedicated to responding to those most affected. Currently, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) is based in Nassau, on the Island of New Providence. As the response grows, response staff may be distributed throughout the Bahamas, based on need and Government mandates.

Job Summary

  • Work within the framework of the IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and Sphere standards, as well as IMC MHPSS Quality Standards
  • Represent IMC in MHPSS Quality Standards
  • Conduct a rapid MHPSS situational analysis
  • Provide recommendations on how IMC should engage in MHPSS assessments, coordination and programming activities (keep in mind the registration, funding, and plans of the MOH and other MHPSS agencies, and IMC's overall response plans)
  • Depending on the needs identified and time, potentially lead trainings in Psychological First Aid and/or Detection and Referral of mental health cases, and facilitation of awareness-raising activities
  • Develop a handover report with concrete recommendations for future MHPSS activities and any potential local partners
  • Liaise effectively with the IMC Senior Global Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Advisor

Essential Responsibilities

  • MHPSS training
  • MHPSS assessment
  • Planning community-based activities
  • Planning and overseeing outreach activities
  • Staff wellbeing activities
  • Supporting MHPSS coordination mechanism

Master Level Degree or equivalent in social work, psychology or relevant mental health discipline

2+ years experience providing technical and managerial oversight to MHPSS programmes, ideally in humanitarian and emergency context.

Experience training on MHPSS topics such as PFA or mhGAP
Experience implementing MHPSS community-based activities
Experience in supporting MHPSS Coordination Mechanisms