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21-100: MHPSS Specialist
Country:Libya
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.

 Background

International Medical Corps has built a small, dedicated team of MHPSS counselors across several projects focused on providing one-on-one counseling sessions, as well as group activities to a variety of communities across Libya in Tripoli, Misrata, Sabha, and Benghazi. MHPSS-related training of Ministry of Health staff is also a key component of our programming geared towards strengthening the Libyan health system. Alongside these directly implemented programmatic activities, the MHPSS Specialist would also work closely with IMC’s dedicated MHPSS Technical Working Group co-chair, who leads that national level technical working group in partnership with IOM.

Job Purpose

The mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) specialist will be responsible for implementing and managing the technical components of a comprehensive MHPSS project. International Medical Corps’ approach to mental health is heavily based on training and developing the capacity of local partners and national staff; the successful candidate should therefore have experience in training, on the job supervision and mentoring, coordination and in building referral links to other formal service providers and informal community supports. The mental health specialist will train, supervise, coordinate and oversee a national team of mental health officers and a team of community outreach volunteers who will engage in outreach, follow-up and basic mental health and psychosocial support. The MHPSS specialist will closely work and coordinate with the project mental health and psychosocial coordinator (psychiatrist) who is tasked to oversee all MHPSS related activities including training and supervising general health care providers in mental health using mhGAP Intervention Guidelines.

 Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

  • Actively lead or participate in coordination mechanisms in the area (e.g. Health, general coordination, potential MHPSS coordination group) and advocate for principles of IASC MHPSS guidelines. 
  • Identify and train local mental health officers and refugee staff/volunteers in community outreach, mental health case management, follow-up and mental health promotion 
  • Provide training in the identification and non-pharmacological management of priority mental health condition to general health staff in line with WHO mhGAP Intervention Guidelines in coordination with project MHPSS coordinator (psychiatrist) 
  • Engage trained staff and volunteers in on the job mentoring and supervision 
  • Provide mental health and psychosocial support services along with health staff as needed 
  • Ensure completion and analysis of pre post knowledge tests and on the job supervision checklists. 
  • Support collection and reporting of mental health project data including HMIS reporting and patient outcomes (e.g. functioning, satisfaction with services) 
  • Provide training in other MHPSS topics as appropriate, depending on identified needs (e.g. key aspects of psychological first aid and relevant aspects of IASC guidelines) to IMC and staff from other agencies 
  • Implement social and recreational activities (e.g. youth friendly activities) 
  • Assist with the development of new proposals 
  • Assist with hiring of national staff as needed 
  • Implement the project in line with IMC and global MHPSS standards and guidelines and closely coordinate with IMC’s Technical Unit Global Mental Health Advisor for development and review of training materials and reports. 
  • Represent IMC in MHPSS related meetings and coordination groups. 

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Qualifications:
  • The qualified candidate will be a mental health professional (psychologist, clinical social worker, psychiatrist, or psychiatric nurse) with 5+ years’ experience working on MHPSS programs, preferably in humanitarian settings

Experience

  • Training and clinical supervision practice and experience required
  • 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 
  • Honest, hardworking and self-motivated
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within different cultural environments 
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team structure or independently, flexible, and can cope with stressful workload

 Competency

  • An excellent command of verbal and written English

 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.