The Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Coordinator will be responsible for the planning, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of MHPSS programming pertaining to the Syria response. The role will entail support for MHPSS initiatives including comprehensive mental health case
management services and community-based psychosocial support initiatives, needs assessments and service mapping, training and supervision of field-based staff, overall management of MHPSS team, and leadership in MHPSS Working Group coordination efforts. The position will be based in Amman, reporting to a Syria response manager, with technical support from the Regional MHPSS Advisor.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide technical and programmatic oversight of the mental health and psychosocial program; provide guidance on proposal development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of MHPSS activities across different sites.
Manage the MHPSS team, including field staff, ensuring quality technical oversight of professional performance through supervision, staff capacity needs assessments, and ongoing capacity building efforts
Monitor the strategy and mechanisms to integrate mental health and psychosocial support into IMC programs and at the community level, in line with IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies
Identify program gaps, areas of growth, and strategies and support in adapting program design to effectively meet beneficiary needs, the changing context, and other factors
Conduct needs assessments, service mapping, and identification and strengthening of referral pathways, in collaboration with other sectors or actors
Conduct and oversee MHPSS trainings and capacity building on topics such as Psychological First Aid, Mental Health Case Management, Detection & Referral, mhGAP, and any evidence-based psychological interventions depending on identified needs and program strategy
Lead and participate in regular strategy and program planning workshops for MHPSS and the overall organization, including for grant opening, mid-term review, and grant closing
Ensure successful and quality fulfilment of program deliverables and commitments for objectives/indicators and accountability to donor requirements
Manage development and monitoring of program spending plans, work plans, M&E plans, and procurement and staffing plans to ensure progress against targets and spending by budget
Monitoring & Reporting
Oversee monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS programming, in collaboration with MEAL team, including the review and development of related tools and methodology, and management of reporting mechanisms and information flow
Consolidate and analyze MHPSS data to ensure successful, high-quality implementation and to determine MHPSS-related trends, needs, and opportunities to strengthen programming
Conduct periodic project and impact evaluations Develop quarterly and annual donor MHPSS reports and assessment reports as needed
Represent International Medical Corps at relevant coordination meetings, including leadership and active engagement in MHPSS working groups In coordination with other partners, work to improve interagency coordination, sharing of information, and promote MHPSS guidelines, best practices and MHPSS reference group endorsed materials and resources; this includes planning joint assessments, mapping, and response strategies as well as awareness raising and advocacy initiatives
Liaise and collaborate with local actors organizing MHPSS activities; where possible, identify or work with suitable local partner organizations and institutions for joint MHPSS initiatives.
The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive; may include other duties as assigned.
The qualified candidate will be a mental health professional with MA/S or equivalent in social science – psychology, clinical social work or sociology – with knowledge of human rights, international development, public health or other relevant field
Minimum of 5 years (of which at least 3 in the field) of progressively responsible professional experience in humanitarian work, and substantial experience in MHPSS, including in emergencies and in conflict settings
Knowledgeable in and has used the IASC MHPSS guidelines and best practices as part of their previous work experience
Demonstrable technical expertise in the assessment of, and design and delivery of responses to pre-existing and emergency induced MHPSS needs
Training experience required; capacity and proven track record in national staff and partner training, including capacity building of the national counterparts to management level
Experience participating in MHPSS coordination mechanisms/working groups; experience cochairing a coordination group a plus
Knowledge of MHPSS Case Management and Integration of MH into PHC approaches.
Strong organizational and supervisory skills
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments
Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources
Ability to travel on short notice to project sites
Fluency in English required; fluency in Arabic preferred
Experience working on the Syria response or in the Middle East is a plus
Other Relevant Information (if applicable): This position will provide support for all MHPSS programming in north, northeast, and south Syria in collaboration with all three XB teamsCompliance & 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. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.