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19-354: MHPSS Coordinator - Venezuela
Country:Venezuela
Department:International Programs
  
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 areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high 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.

Program Background 

International Medical Corps has appointed a country representative since March 2019 who is actively participating in coordination meetings with working groups to discuss key issues, including health; Nutrition; mental health and psychosocial support; protection; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). International Medical Corps has been a key collaborator in meetings with UN agencies, including the Pan American Health Organization, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Children’s Fund, as well as with local organizations and donors. 

International Medical Corps has submitted projects to several donors to address critical needs, including: (1) lack of specialized doctors and health personnel; (2) lack of maintenance for medical equipment; (3) lack of medicines and medical supplies; (4) lack of water treatment, food and potable water; (5) lack of medical waste management services; 5) lack of food supplies to address malnutrition; 6) lack of Protection services.

Additionally, as of September 3, 2019, International Medical Corps is one of the few international non-governmental organizations registered as a Civil Association non-profit organization in Venezuela and authorized to provide humanitarian services. International Medical Corps continues to work with IFRC, PAHO, UNICEF other international actors, and local non-profit organizations. By launching efforts with local organizations, International Medical Corps will prioritize not only reaching those most in need, but also building the capacity of the local organizations to provide services for the long-term. International Medical Corps has already identified local partners. International Medical Corps has shipped medicines and medical supplies with a value of more than $500,000 to Caracas, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). International Medical Corps provided medications and medical supplies directly to IFRC and Venezuelan Red Cross (VRC), who support 20 inpatient health facilities and 16 outpatient clinics in Caracas.

International Medical Corps (IMC) is now coordinating with international and local partners in Venezuela and is prepared to deliver a multi-sectoral response to meet the urgent health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health facilities, protection and nutrition needs of families and communities. Activities will focus on providing essential services with a focus on reaching vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant and lactating women, elderly people and service evaluations. International Medical Corps, will target 22 health facilities that provides outpatient services in 11 states and will provide MMU services in 7 states and 117 communities. At the health facility level, services will include provision of pharmaceutical supplies, health and reproductive health services, capacity building, consultations, mental health services, WASH including hygiene promotion, MH, PSS service and last but not least nutrition services. International Medical Corps will work with 2 local partner at health facility level and MMU. These two are FUDEP and Fundación Nativo. As for the Protection / GBV services, IMC will support 3 women centers through partnering with 2 additional local subs – FUNDANA and Fundacion Habla.

Job Purpose 

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Coordinator will oversee all MHPSS programming for the country’s response, and will manage the MHPSS team and its collaboration with a local partner for the technical strengthening of their MHPSS activities, including conducting assessments, training, and capacity building initiatives.  

Main 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. 

  • Coordinate the MHPSS programming for the country, including strategy development and monitoring of multiple projects. 
  • Manage the MHPSS team, and liaise with partners’ MHPSS staff; support with team-building, performance reviews, and professional development of staff; 
  • Closely work with local NGO partner(s) and relevant government focal points for the implementation and monitoring of MHPSS projects; 
  • Conduct an MHPSS assessment to understand MHPSS impact of the humanitarian emergency, current MHPSS services, gaps, and recommendations
  • Conduct a partner technical capacity assessment, and provide continual technical guidance and support for MHPSS-related trainings and supervision as needed; 
  • Prepare and implement a Training of Trainers (ToT) program on Psychological First Aid (PFA) and other relevant topics and support national trainers to roll out trainings; 
  • Support the development of MHPSS referral pathways with partner NGO(s) and external service providers to strengthen links to available MHPSS- and Protection-related services; 
  • In collaboration with local partners, engage community leaders, community-based organizations, and other service providers in supporting beneficiaries to access MHPSS services as well as ensuring their feedback for quality monitoring and accountability 
  • Lead the development of MHPSS-related IEC materials 
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS programming, and development of M&E tools and collection and analysis of program data; 
  • Prepare MHPSS reporting on a regular basis, as the focal point for the MHPSS team; 
  • Work closely with support departments to support program administration and the logistical implementation of activities in program sites; 
  • Coordinate regularly with other teams, including Medical and Nutrition[CW1] , for integrated approach to activities and trainings 
  • Mainstream MHPSS within IMC across sectors, and with partners and service providers; 
  • Participate in MHPSS coordination meetings for information sharing, collaboration with partners, referral mechanisms, and advocacy for best practices and IASC MHPSS guidelines

  Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications:
  • The qualified candidate will be a mental health professional (psychologist, clinical social worker, or psychiatrist) with experience in MHPSS program coordination;

Experience

  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience coordinating MHPSS projects in humanitarian settings Knowledgeable in and experience following IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergencies and international best practices on the integration of MHPSS into primary health care settings
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in the assessment, 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 and capacity-building;
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills;
  • Ability to work within a team structure or independently, flexible, and can cope with stressful workload;
  • Honest, hardworking and self-motivated;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within different cultural environments Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors;
  • Ability to understand gender related challenges within the beneficiary groups
  • Demonstrated experience of working closely with support functions (finance and logistics) on activity and procurement planning.

Other

  • Fluency in English and Spanish written and spoken

 Equal Opportunities

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.