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18-112: Child Protection/Psychosocial Support Specialist
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

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International Medical Corps, along with a local partner, will work to reduce the vulnerabilities of conflict-affected populations in Eastern Ukraine focusing on the most vulnerable communities located along the contact line. In Government Controlled Areas (GCA), IMC will operate two Mobile Protection Teams (MPT) to implement comprehensive integrated gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response with a child protection and psychosocial support services (PSS) package including specialized protection case management, in-crisis counselling, and individual as well as group-based psychosocial support for adult women and men, adolescent girls and boys, and children and their caregivers. Scalable, low-intensity psychological interventions will be introduced to increase coverage. Men and adolescent boys will be engaged in GBV awareness raising through men’s clubs.

In Non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCA), IMC will support a local partner to provide case management services to address protection issues focusing on survivors of GBV, and strengthen service provider networks for safe referral among local organizations targeting women and girls at heightened vulnerability, including those living with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, IMC will support children and family centers in target areas. These centers have been bridging the gap in service provision and will implement age and gender appropriate structured recreational and social activities within a safe environment where psychosocial professionals can address beneficiaries’ emotional concerns and psychological health.

Underpinning this intervention is the provision of safe and appropriate psychosocial support. IMC will continue to work with its NGCA partner to strengthen its capacity in this field and prevent unintentional harm by providing materials and training on positive coping mechanisms and managing acute stress, recognition of mental health disorders and how to establish appropriate support groups.

Finally, IMC will fast track the finalization of the MHPSS sub-cluster endorsement by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in Ukraine and continue coordination of PSS actors at the national and regional levels through chairing regular sub-cluster meetings, 4Ws mapping, and disseminating information about available resources.

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

1. Contribute and provide MHPSS technical support to the implementation of donor funded projects working with the Ukraine MHPSS technical lead to ensure collaboration and harmony between projects and activities.
2. Provide supervision and support to national MHPSS staff increasing their knowledge of and capacity to work within best practices and international guidelines.
3. Participate in psychosocial needs assessments consistent with IASC (2013) and WHO/UNHCR (2012) Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Needs Assessment Guidelines.
4. Global MHPSS & Protection guidelines: Work with local coordination mechanisms and groups to orient national and international actors on the “IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings”, Child Protection principles & Minimum Standards (CPMS).
5. Coordination: Lead MHPSS coordination group (based in Kiev). Participate in and contribute to Child Protection interagency coordination groups and actively work with and coordinate with other local and international agencies and organizations engaged in MHPSS, and CP programming and services.
6. Mapping: Work with the MHPSS, and CP Coordination group and local partners to facilitate 4Ws mapping in conflict affected areas and facilitate dissemination of information about existing services and supports.
7. MHPSS Systems: Strengthen links and referral mechanisms for mental health and psychosocial support services and activities
8. Protection Systems: Strengthen links and referral mechanisms for CP support services.
9. Training and capacity building in Psychological First Aid (PFA): Conduct assessments and training needs analysis of partner organizations and conduct training in PFA
10. Psychosocial Support (PSS) training, supervision and mentorship: Conduct basic training and supervision in the provision of psychosocial support interventions and activities for staff, such as psychologists, teachers, social workers and volunteers from agencies and organizations working with affected population with in collaboration with local partners.
11. Psychosocial support Messaging: Collaborate with local partners and other stakeholders to develop messages and strategies to promote family and community well-being. Disseminate informational materials and media messages on psychosocial well-being (e.g. coping with distress and helping others) through local partners
12. Training and capacity building in Child Protection: Conduct orientations and trainings in Child Protection Principles and Minimum Standards together with selected partner organization targeting various staff and volunteers working with conflict affected populations.
13. Protection support Messaging: Provide technical advice to local partners and other stakeholders in the development of messages and strategies to improve awareness of protection services and promote access to these services in a timely manner.
14. Provide reports to the programme coordinator/director as requested and technical validate project reports before submission to HQ
15. Assist in hiring national staff and volunteers as needed
16. Assist with the development and design of proposals, tracking of activities and reporting
17. Work in coordination with the IMC Technical Unit Global MHPSS Advisor to develop and review trainings, materials and other deliverables.


1. The qualified candidate will have relevant educational qualifications such as a degree in social work, counseling or psychology (MA or PhD) with 3+ years working experience
2. Previous NGO experience required with demonstrated experience in MHPSS and CP programming,
3. Experience of working in emergencies/conflict settings utilizing international guidlelines
4. Strong organizational and supervisory skills
5. Excellent oral and written communication skills
6. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
7. Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
8. Extremely flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and frustration
9. Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources