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17-515: MHPSS Trainer (Psychiatrist)
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:


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Under the direct supervision of the MHPSS Director, the psychiatrist trainer, will work to train and supervise PHC staff on mental health service delivery per WHO mhGAP Intervention Guidelines in the selected locations covered by the OFDA grant including Ninawa, Erbil, Dohuk and Salaheddine. The selected candidate will work in close coordination with existing case management teams including case managers, officers and psychiatrists. In addition, s/he will work towards building the capacity of MHPSS staff psychiatrists in particular providing them with training of trainers on mhGAP and supervision as per IMC models within the context of WHO and IASC guidelines.

 Specific roles and responsibilities:

  1. Provide training and on the-job-supervision in the identification and management of priority mental health conditions to general health staff in line with WHO mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guidelines (WHO mhGAP-HIG) and in coordination with national authorities and the IMC Technical Unit.
  2. Provide on-the-job supervision and support to PHCC staff and medical doctor trained on mhGAP - HIG.
  3. Work closely with IMC and Non IMC psychiatrists to better understand international MH and PSS guidelines including mhGAP-HIG, IASC and Sphere standards through trainings and bi-lateral discussions.
  4. Identify and train local outreach workers, CHWs/volunteers for training in community outreach, case finding and mental health promotion.
  5. Ensure completion and analysis of pre post knowledge tests and on the job supervision checklists as well as IMC mental health PHC integration checklists.
  6. Work with directorate of health in the respective areas covered by the OFDA grant to ensure that WHO essential psychotropic medications are available at health facilities.
  7. Take responsibility for collection and reporting of mental health project data including HMIS reporting and patient outcomes (e.g. functioning scale, client satisfaction surveys).
  8. Actively participate in coordination mechanisms (e.g. Health, general coordination, MHPSS coordination groups) and advocate for principles of IASC MHPSS guidelines.
  9. Assist with hiring of national staff as needed.
  10. Implement the project in line with IMC and global MHPSS standards and guidelines and closely coordinate with IMCs Health Technical Unit Global Mental Health Advisor for development and review of training materials, documentation and reports.
  11. When needed, participate and contribute in the case a multi-sectorial rapid needs assessment in order to identify and assess the humanitarian needs in the following sectors: health (including mental health and reproductive health), nutrition, WASH, and Protection.
  12. Develop a system for follow up with IMC psychiatrists to monitor the quality of services delivered and oversee the coordination with PHCC staff in the designated locations.
  13. Write trainings reports following completion of each training including pre- and post-test results, evaluation of participants, recommendations and action plans.
  14. Ensure proper documentation of all trainings sharing copies with MHPSS team for data management, M&E, and reporting.
  15. Write clinical reports and case studies related to MHPSS when it’s required.
  16. Submit recommendations necessary for the improvement of the technical work of case management teams when needed based on coordination with the program manager and MHPSS director.
  17. Perform other duties as assigned by the MHPSS specialist and MHPSS Director.



  1. Provide monthly summary that include numbers of support and supervision sessions with specific emphasis on recommendations and follow up disaggregated by geographical location. Summaries should include general comments on out patients records and patients’ data, trends, action taken in terms of treatment protocols and recommendations.
  2. Submit training reports including attendance sheets, pictures, per and post test results and recommendations.
  3. Fill in checklist for monitoring of quality of care and Case Managers performances.
  4. Submit timesheets of executed works that include number of sessions, beneficiaries/patients.
  • Psychiatrist with 3+ years’ experience working on MH and PSS programs, preferably in humanitarian settings.
  • Training and supervision experience required.
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills and interpersonal skills with the ability to work within different cultural environment.
  • Ability to work in difficult environment under very basic living conditions.
  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources.
  • Trained on Psychological First Aid, familiar with mhGAP manual (various versions IG and HIG) and community based MH training material as well as previous training experience to multicultural groups;
  • Experience in mental health and protection work with displaced persons, refugees, returnees /
  • Acquired knowledge of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, and IASC Guidelines.
  • Good command of English (speaking & writing). Fluent in spoken and written Arabic;
  • Excellent command of the use of Microsoft Office especially Outlook, Work, Excel and Power Point;
  • Good communication, teamwork skills and ability to work independently;
  • Previous NGO experience in a crisis setting.