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17-419: Humanitarian MPHSS Specialist
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 for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Program Background

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


The MPHSS Specialist for will be deployed to Mexico to conduct an initial assessment with specific focus on collecting information

that would enable International Medical Corps to make decision on MHPSS programming.

 Essential Duties and 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.

  • Conduct assessments of mental health and psychosocial issues
  • Initiate participatory systems for monitoring and evaluation
  • The aim of an assessment is to understand a situation in order to identify the problem(s), the source of the problem(s) and the consequences of the problem(s).
  • The purpose of an assessment is not to identify an intervention but to find out whether an intervention is needed or not.
    •  Conduct/participate in a Mental Health/Psychological needs assessment among the affected populations. This will include baseline assessments consistent with IASC guidelines and MHPSS WHO assessment toolkit (e.g. assessment of mental health problems presenting at PHC clinics and a rapid community based assessment of psychosocial needs).
  • Join or initiate emergency interagency coordination mechanisms for the provision of mental health and psychosocial support (IASC Reference group in coordination with IMC Mental Health and Psychosocial Advisor)
  •  Share relevant information.
  •  Plan joint assessments and response strategies.
  • Collaborate with existing government structures and local authorities organizing emergency response Identify suitable local partner organizations and institutions for joint MHPSS
  • Develop the strategy and mechanisms to integrate a MH/psychosocial component into IMC programs in keeping with IASC guidelines of mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies
  • Identify and where appropriate collaborate with existing indigenous healing services
  • Provide emergency mental health services and psychosocial support as needed to affected population (precise programming depending on identified needs, existing services and capacities and actions of other agencies)Assist with the development of proposals

 Hire national staff to implement emergency response and future programs.

• Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

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. 


Essential Skills:

The qualified candidate will be a mental health professional with RN, Ph.D., MPHSS, MD or equivalent degree with 3+ years clinical experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
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 by car, boat or air
A good command of verbal and written English