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ER-061: Emergency Psychiatrist
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

About International Medical Corps
nternational 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.

Program Background
When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able, and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

Selected Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

Job Summary
**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will only be contacted when there is an emergency response need for which the responder is qualified for.  This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

The primary responsibility of the Emergency Psychiatrist is to ensure the implementation and documentation of all mental health services in an emergency field hospital setting.  These include inpatient and out-patient services.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.  The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


  • 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;
  • Liaise effectively with IMC mental health advisor to discuss and review program materials and tools (e.g. provide training materials, tools and training reports for review, and receive input on development of materials etc.);
  • Represent IMC as requested in various cluster and working group meetings ;
  • Work collaboratively with other agencies, local and international and with relevant government bodies.

Assessment and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Conduct a situational analysis of targeted health facility and staff and liaise with relevant national and local stakeholders to gather and document information for program planning in coordination with the IMC TU MHPSS advisors;
  • Produce and share assessment report to guide program implementation.

Training and Capacity Building:

  • Develop targeted training materials and tools based on global guidelines (WHO mhGAP Intervention guide) and adapted to the local context and needs;
  • Provide training in the identification, management (pharmacological and psychosocial) and referral for selected priority neurological and substance use disorders for general health care providers (e.g. doctors, nurses) and community health workers;
  • Support and assist in training of paraprofessional staff (e.g. Community Health Workers, refugee volunteers, psychosocial workers) in mental health and psychosocial support;
  • Provide ongoing on the job supervision and mentoring as well as group and individual supervision.

Institutional Level Integration:

  • Support the integration of mental health at the health facility level by utilizing IMCs MH PHC checklist and standards, providing feedback to clinic and IMC management and supporting sustainable and measurable systems-level integration in coordination with the IMC TU MHPSS team;
  • Assist the PHC staff in creating a clinical mental health service for that is integrated into their working week (e.g. allocated clinic time);
  • Provide support and advice for selection, distribution, use and tracking of psychotropic medication;
  • Engage national stakeholders to find sustainable solutions for psychotropic medication supply at the general health care level;
  • Collaborate with formal (e.g. government, NGOs) and informal (e.g. indigenous healers) service providers and discuss ways of providing more integrated mental health services including referral pathways.

Provision and Oversight of Mental Health Services:

  • Provide oversight and technical support for facility and community level mental health services and activities;
  • Consult on complex cases and respond to psychiatric emergencies in conjunction with PHC staff;
  • Keep a comprehensive audit of all clinical work conducted and train PHC staff to similarly audit their work in order to provide comprehensive patient contact, management and outcome data.

Community Level Mental Health Promotion:

  • Organize public awareness and de-stigmatization campaigns around mental health issues with support from local staff and actively involving people with mental health problems;
  • Support paraprofessional workers in the development of psychosocial activities in the community attached to the PHC program.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Assume responsibility for monitoring and reporting on the work to document all activities and demonstrate the extent to which the indicators listed in the proposals are being met;
  • Coordinate project monitoring and evaluation activities, with attention to record of lessons learned for the purpose of project replication or expansion;
  • Contribute to donor reporting and produce training reports (including data on attendance, pre-post tests and training evaluations) and other reports and visibility materials (e.g. success stories).

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

  • Degree in medicine or psychiatric nursing, completed residency and current license/registration to practice;
  • A minimum of three years of clinical experience in a hospital and / or community based mental health, preferably in humanitarian/low resource settings;
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills;
  • Experience in working in the country or region is a plus;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required; working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic skills desirable;
  • Must be able to demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and maintain a positive working relationship with clients and colleagues with professionalism and integrity;
  • Demonstrated skills in creative problem solving particularly in limited resource settings;
  • Experience in managing, training and motivating multiethnic and multicultural teams.

International Medical Corps is a ‘first-responder’ both to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations.  The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and committed to do everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security.  Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff with a high degree of resilience, sound judgment, the ability to move fast, and the willingness to travel and work in unstable situations and harsh conditions.

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.