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20-172: Consultant -MHPSS Officer
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 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. 

International Medical Corps (IMC) seeks to address the insufficient access to mental health care services in collaboration with Grupo Social Center for the Service of Popular Action (CESAP), a local partner.  Through CESAP’s community-based mental health care center and their robust network of social workers, International Medical Corps seeks to increase the availability and quality of mental health care services at both the clinical and community level. These interventions will focus on three states within Gran Caracas, Miranda, Capital District and La Guaira. By building the capacity of CESAP through targeted trainings, International Medical Corps will enhance their ability to provide the necessary care and interventions to those experiencing emotional distress and mental health conditions. Likewise, by supporting social workers with increased knowledge and tools, International Medical Corps and CESAP will increase awareness among targeted communities on help-seeking behavior and availability of services and care.

International Medical Corps will also provide PSS trainings for other humanitarian actors on the ground, as IMC recognizes the need for such psychological support services are extremely high, due to the extreme needs all actors are attempting to address across different sectors.

International Medical Corps will also contribute to the improvement of existing information sharing initiatives by enhancing information management with local partners in a systematic and transparent way. In the current context, the humanitarian community has struggled to maintain efficient and high-quality systems for gathering, collating, and sharing information and data. In addition to providing a consistent presence at cluster coordination meetings, this position will support local humanitarian partners by strengthening their information systems and thus contributing to the overall quality of humanitarian coordination in country. 

 

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

International Medical Corps community mental health services will target five municipalities in three states in the greater Caracas areas. 

The MHPSS Officer is responsible for identification, technical, programmatic and financial monitoring, and successful follow up of implementation of the program activities. S/he will work closely with respective staff within International Medical Corps Operations Department and other programs/departments to ensure the identification and cost- effective, timely and result based documentation, follow up and implementation of MHPSS program activities. This position will report to the MHPSS Manager.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

 

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

The MHPSS Officer will provide support for international and national staff and works towards better documentation of MH and PSS programming through a range of responsibilities as outlined in this scope of work. Responsibilities include: 

 

Program planning and organisation: 

 

•          Develop a planning matrix for activity implementation as outlined in project proposals and input from various field teams. 

•          Prepare meetings, workshops, and trainings and follow up on the successful implementation of program related events. 

•          Compile and develop ‘Activity Toolkit’ required for the implementation of program activities including attendance sheets, evaluation forms, agenda, pre posttest, checklist, etc. 

•          Provide orientation to key MHPSS staff members so in their turn they could orient newly recruited staff on program tools and activities. 

•          Ensure all relevant M&E paper work is prepared for the implementation of activities and forms are collected and well documented. 

•          Follow up on the implementation of activities and report challenges to the MHPSS Manager and MHPSS Coordinator. 

 

Finance and Budgets: 

•          Provide financial updates on regular basis [bi-weekly and monthly] regarding budget planning, actual spending to the MHPSS Coordinator. 

•          Submit budget projections to finance upon review and approval of the MHPSS Coordinator. 

•          Keep track of budget spending and submit cash requests on bi-weekly basis. 

•          Highlight an issue related to budget planning, spending as well as financial reporting to the MHPSS Coordinator in timely manner. 

 

Procurement and logistics: 

•          Develop a procurement plan based on the needs of program activities in line with activity planning matrix and upon coordination with field staff and other program officer(s); 

•          Follow up on PRs and procurement procedures with field staff and relevant IMC departments e.g. procurement, logistics, finance, etc. 

•          Follow up on the planning and submission of transport plans in timely manner. 

 

Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation 

•          Maintain an efficient office filing management system related to monitoring, evaluation and reporting on MHPSS activities as well as programs. 

•          Compiling results analysis and other statistical tasks if required for reporting or MH studies or research. 

•          Compile weekly and monthly reports and submit for review by the MHPSS coordinator. 

•          Prepare a quarterly M&E plan involving MHPSS field staff and M&E manager to measure the impact of program implementation on local communities, families, health facilities, MH clinicians, Social workers, staff, etc. 

 

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

 

 

Qualifications:

Consultant Specifications

To perform this consultancy successfully, an individual must be able to perform each task with or without reasonable accommodation. 

      Master’s degree in International Relations or related field and one year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Experience

Ability to travel on short notice to project sites by car, boat or air. 

A good command of verbal and written English Experience working in and an understanding of the nonprofit sector and/or an association setting preferred;

•          Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills; 

•          Strong organizational, able to exercise sound judgment and proactive problem-solver; 

•          Autonomous, creative with ability to work with limited resources; 

•          Good understanding of the project cycle and team work; 

•          Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and ensure high quality work; 

•          Computer literacy with demonstrated experience in utilization of databases, Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint in particular.       

Language(s)     Spanish

Excellent oral and written English skill 

            

 

    Code of Conduct

All Consultants are required to adhered to and promote International Medical Corps shared responsibility and obligation to report 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 aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report to International Medical Corps.

   Equal Opportunity 

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal consultancy opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.