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18-077: Consultant: IPT
Department:Technical Unit
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.


IMC MH department in coordination with the NMHP within the MOPH is working on integrating mental health into primary healthcare following the mhGAP programme recommended by WHO. IMC has been conducting this activity over the past few years in order to have mental health disorders identified and managed within PHC facilities; the most severe cases are referred to mental health professionals. The mhGAP-IG also proposes a range of different interventions including Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) that is identified as a culturally adapted brief therapy especially that could work efficiently among Syrian refugees. Furthermore, in Lebanon, there is a need for an evidence-based unified approach to psychotherapy bringing together different therapists from various therapy schools under one unified approach in addition to creating a sustainable model - creating cascade effect. 

In 2016, IMC in coordination with the NMHP and the Teacher’s College at Columbia University, organized a Training of Trainers, where master trainers from the University provided two theoretical training phases on Interpersonal Psychotherapy skills as well as on-going supervision via Skype, for MHPSS specialists to become certified IPT future trainers, and IPT future providers. Under the support of GAC funding, IMC plans to continue the supervision of three trainees who participated in IMC’s IPT training in the first half of 2016 and pilot Group IPT among non-MH specialists. A master trainer from Columbia University who supported the Lebanon IPT project in 2016 will be remotely supervising the local IPT trainers during the implementation of the training and follow-up supervision sessions. Local trainers are required to co-trainer/co-supervise with the master trainers in order to become certified master trainers in IPT.

 The IPT Supervisor will:

  • Remotely support the local trainers-in-training while conducting the Group IPT-based PSS interventions training for community workers over 4 days
  • Conduct skype calls pre and post training implementation to support in preparing the training agenda and evaluating the training outcomes
  • Advise on the planning of the follow-up supervision process of the training participants
  • Participate in analysis of piloting results and findings



Previous experience in providing and supervising IPT trainings in Lebanon