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20-242: Global MHPSS Capacity Building Project Manager
Country:Washington, DC
Department:Technical Unit
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Program Background

International Medical Corps is committed to contributing to organizational and interagency global capacity building in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in humanitarian settings.

The mhGAP-HIG Capacity Building Project is an innovative initiative that was led by the World Health Organization in collaboration with International Medical Corps to support the global uptake of WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Program and its Humanitarian Intervention Guide. It involved capacity building in mhGAP-HIG and orientation on the IMC Toolkit for Mental Health Integration into general health care in humanitarian settings and the WHO mhGAP Operations Manual. The training was followed by mentoring during agency implementation of mhGAP-HIG, with an evaluation component to document results. There is an expressed need and interest in continuing global capacity building for mhGAP-HIG and the tools to inform implementation, which led to one main component of this new global project.

Furthermore, there has been a longstanding critical gap regarding comprehensive guidelines and practical recommendations for the delivery of clinical MHPSS services and supervision to geographically remote or inaccessible settings. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the additional challenge of ensuring continuation of MHPSS services during movement restrictions and infection control measures. There is a lack of research or comprehensive guidelines on remote MHPSS approaches such as Tele-MHPSS in LMIC settings. The second component of this global project aims to document and disseminate the learning that has emerged through IMC adaptation or implementation of remote MHPSS service delivery so that global humanitarian MHPSS actors support MHPSS service delivery in complex operational environments.


Job Summary

The Global MHPSS Capacity Building Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing the new global grant, “Strengthening Organizational Capacity for Delivery of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services in Humanitarian Setting through Training and Mentoring”. This project manager will take the lead in overseeing the full project cycle, which includes two components: a) conducting a global virtual capacity building workshop and ongoing mentorship for multiple agencies on WHO’s mhGAP-HIG; b) evaluation and documentation of an IMC case study on the processes involved in the design, adaptation and implementation of mental health care delivery to remote settings and/or via remote modalities in five diverse humanitarian settings, which will inform global guidance on this thematic. The Global MHPSS Capacity Building Project Manager will work in collaboration with the Global MHPSS Capacity Building Specialist and the Technical Unit’s global MHPSS team of advisors. The duration of the role is 18 months.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities


  1. Implement the project in line with IMC and global MHPSS standards and guidelines (IASC Guidelines; IMC MHPSS Minimum and Comprehensive Quality Standards), in close coordination with the Global MHPSS Capacity Building Specialist and IMC Technical Unit MHPSS team for development and review of training materials and reports
  2. Oversee the full project cycle management, including leading a kick-off meeting, developing a comprehensive work plan, oversee the budget, monitor progress towards indicators, and ensure data is appropriately analyzed and incorporated into internal and donor reporting
  3. Take the lead on writing all internal and donor reports, with contributions from the rest of the global MHPSS project and TU staff
  4. Ensure all project plans, training materials, case study reports, and guidance documents are consistently consolidated and updated appropriately
  5. Organize the planning and implementation one global virtual capacity building workshop on mhGAP-HIG for participant of multiple agencies, in collaboration with IMC global MHPSS team staff for technical support
  6. Oversee the management of the case study and documentation of learning from five IMC MHPSS country teams, in collaboration with IMC global MHPSS team staff for technical support
  7. Participate in or lead internal and external project meetings as needed
  8. Support the establishment of online communication platforms for project-related calls, Community of Practice calls, and related written and verbal communication with staff participating in this project
  9. Support the development of external communication materials and articles (e.g., website content, blogs, handouts) about this project in coordination with IMC global MHPSS team staff and Communications Department
  10. The Global MHPSS Capacity Building Project Manager takes the lead on compiling donor reports
  11. The Global MHPSS Capacity Building Project Manager will supervise the Global MHPSS Capacity Building Specialist dedicated to work for the global capacity-building project.

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.

As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

It is all staff 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 a staff see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then the staff has an obligation to report.

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  1. Promote and encourage a culture of integrity, compliance and ethics among program participants
  2. Maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ Code of Conduct and Security Protocols and adheres to those standards and protocols
  3. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values
  • The qualified candidate will have a background in mental health/social sciences or public health. Typically a Master’s degree in related area; equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. 
  • Expected 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in project management and coordination, including minimum of 5 years' experience supporting MHPSS programs in the international humanitarian context
  • Expertise in project cycle management for a global project
  • Experience using the IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
  • Familiarity with WHO’s mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide and mhGAP Operations Manual, and IMC Toolkit for Mental Health Integration into general health care in humanitarian settings
  • Experience organizing training and capacity building workshops
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal and written skills, and cross-cultural competency