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17-531: Mental Health Specialist
Country:South Sudan
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. 

JOB SUMMARY

The mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) specialist will be responsible for implementing and managing a comprehensive MHPSS project. The project aims to integrate mental health into primary health care service delivery in the refugee camps (Kaya, Doro and Genderassa) in Maban County, POC Malakal and POC Juba among others in line with the South Sudan Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and the WHO mhGAP Intervention Guidelines. International Medical Corps’s approach to mental health is heavily based on training and developing the capacity of local partners and national staff; the successful candidate should therefore have experience in training, on the job supervision and mentoring, coordination and in building referral links to other formal service providers and informal community supports. The mental health specialist will train, supervise, coordinate and oversee a national team of mental health officers and a team of community outreach volunteers who will engage in outreach, follow-up and basic mental health and psychosocial support. The MHPSS will closely work and coordinate with the project mental health and psychosocial coordinator (psychiatrist) who is tasked to oversee all MHPSS related activities including training and supervising general health care providers in mental health using mhGAP Intervention Guidelines.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation

Main responsibilities

  • Actively lead or participate in coordination mechanisms in the area (e.g. Health, general coordination, potential MHPSS coordination group) and advocate for principles of IASC MHPSS guidelines.
  • Provide training in the identification and management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of priority mental health condition to general health staff in line with WHO mhGAP Intervention Guidelines in coordination with project staff.
  • Identify and train local mental health officers and refugee staff/volunteers in community outreach, mental health case management, follow-up and mental health promotion
  • Engage trained staff and volunteers in on the job mentoring and supervision
  • Provide mental health and psychosocial support consultations along with trained staff as needed
  • Ensure completion and analysis of pre post knowledge tests and on the job supervision checklists for all trainees.
  • Support collection and reporting of mental health project data including HMIS reporting and patient outcomes (e.g. functioning, satisfaction with services)
  • Provide training in other MHPSS topics as appropriate, depending on identified needs (e.g. key aspects of psychological first aid and relevant aspects of IASC guidelines) to IMC and staff from other agencies
  • Implement social and recreational mental health promotion activities
  • Assist with the development of new proposals
  • Assist with hiring of national staff as needed
  • 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 and reports.
  • Represent IMC in MHPSS related meetings and coordination groups.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and 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. 




Qualifications:
  • The qualified candidate will hold a degree in medicine has completed residency in Psychiatry and holds current license/registration to practice psychiatry.
  • 3+ years’ experience working on MHPSS programs in low resource countries, preferably in humanitarian settings 
  • Training and supervision experience required 
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments 
  • Ability to work in difficult environment under very basic living conditions (refugee camp setting)
  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources 
  • A good command of verbal and written English, Arabic a plus  
  • Positive, flexible and able to adapt to harsh living condition.
  • Previous international humanitarian and/or development experience in low income countries (NGO's, IO or charity organization).

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.

Our operational and field constraints

  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk or hear. The employee will be frequently required to walk, occasionally required to sit and reach with hands and arms.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment in the field site office involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

 

The work environment in the field involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations or unusual environmental stress requiring a range of safety and other precautions e.g. under threat of physical attack or mob conditions, or similar situations in which conditions cannot be controlled