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20-160: MHPSS Coordinator
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

About International Medical Corps

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.

Program Background

International Medical Corps is currently implementing approximately 6 programs across twelve    provinces ( Kabul , Nangarhar , Laghman , Kunar , Nuristan , Jawzjan , Balkh  , Faryab , Baghlan , Kundoz , Paktika and Samangan )   in Afghanistan that include provision of medical, psychosocial support and referral services for survivors of GBV through  Family Protection Centers, Health Facilities and Community-based Support mechanisms, including training of Health Workers, Community Volunteers  and local stakeholders in GBV identification  and referral. Also, International Medical Corps is implementing WASH projects include safe drinking water, hygiene promotion, hygiene supplies and sanitation facilities to refugees, returnees, IDPs, people affected by conflict and natural disasters. IMC also provides, emergency primary health care and First Aid Trauma Care services including SRH (Sexual Reproductive Health) and community health services through sub health centers, First Aid trauma Posts and mobile health services.  


Job Summary

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Coordinator will oversee all MHPSS programming for the country’s response, and will manage the MHPSS team as well as monitor IMC’s partnership with local partners for the implementation of various MHPSS projects.

Essential Duties & 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.

  1. Coordinate the MHPSS programming for the country, including strategy development and monitoring of multiple projects.
  2.  Manage the MHPSS team, including field-based MHPSS managers, psychiatrists, and national MHPSS staff; support with team-building, provided supportive supervision, on the job coaching, performance reviews, and professional development of staff  
  3.  Closely work with local NGO partner(s) and relevant government focal points for the implementation and monitoring of MHPSS projects 
  4.  Provide continual technical guidance and support for MHPSS-related trainings and supervision as needed 
  5.  Prepare and implement a Training of Trainers (ToT) program on PFA and other relevant topics and support national trainers to roll out trainings 
  6.  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  
  7.  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 
  8.  Lead the development of MHPSS-related IEC materials  
  9.  Oversee monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS programming, and development of M&E tools and collection and analysis of program data  
  10.  Prepare MHPSS reporting on a regular basis, as the focal point for the MHPSS team  
  11. Work closely with support departments to support program administration and the logistical implementation of activities in program sites 
  12.  Coordinate regularly with other teams, including Medical and Nutrition, for integrated approach to activities and trainings 
  13. . Mainstream MHPSS within IMC across sectors, and with partners and service providers 
  14.  Participate in MHPSS coordination meetings for information sharing, collaboration with partners, referral mechanisms, and advocacy for best practices and IASC MHPSS guidelines.
  15.  Work in Afghanistan (subject to local COVID-19 restrictions), not remotely.  

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


Skills & Qualifications

1. The qualified candidate will be a mental health professional (psychologist, clinical social worker, or psychiatrist) with experience in MHPSS program coordination 
2. Minimum of 4 years of professional experience coordinating MHPSS projects in humanitarian settings 
3. 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 
4. Demonstrable technical expertise in the assessment, design, and delivery of responses to pre-existing and emergency-induced MHPSS needs 
5. Training experience required; capacity and proven track record in national staff and partner training and capacity-building 
6. Strong organizational and supervisory skills 

7. Ability to work within a team structure or independently, flexible, and can cope with stressful workload 
8. Honest, hardworking and self-motivated
9. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within different cultural environments 

International Medical Corps is a ‘first-responder’ both to natural and men-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 high degree of resilience, extremely decisive quality and ability to move fast.  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.