The Mental Health & Psychological Support Field Officer (MHPSS FO) contributes to implementing, running, and monitoring the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) activities, according to the objectives set out in the health annual planning –Planning for Result (PfR)- for this area. She/he has the capacity to oversee programs with a degree of autonomy and/or deliver services with autonomy and contributes actively to planning and coordinating MHPSS activities at the field level. Specifically, the Health Field Officer implements Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) activities in the framework of the ICRC Accompaniment Programme, working with Families of Missing People.
S/he provides direct services when required, s/he trains, supervises, and coaches community volunteers to provide direct support to victims of armed conflict and/or other situations of violence. S/he collaborates with local stakeholders, relevant MHPSS actors, and ICRC colleagues of the relevant departments.
Accountabilities and responsibilities:
- Implements MHPSS programs within his area of responsibility and/or field of responsibility.
- Assists the MHPSS Program Manager (MHPSS PM) or Health Coordinator (HC) in designing operational strategies and planning the MHPSS program at local and national levels.
- Trains different professionals, community volunteers, and/or external actors.
- Conducts MHPSS assessments to tailor the response to resources and needs identified in the field.
- Provide language/cultural assistance to the MHPSS PM during the implementation of the program.
- Provides direct MHPSS care when needed, always respecting the privacy and confidentiality of the patients.
- Organizes referral of beneficiaries and performs case follow-up.
- Complying with ICRC standards, sets up culturally and context-appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools, and ensures regular data collection and reporting.
- Actively participates in the identification of needs and target populations for MHPSS interventions.
- Identifies gaps in the competencies and training needs of the target population.
- Supports the trainees in the clinical assessment (diagnosis and treatment plan) of identified patients.
- Maintains an accurate contact list of interlocutors.
- Develops and maintains contacts with health authorities, academia, technical advisers from other organizations, etc. as necessary.
- Plan and participates in regular field trips to Babel Governorate and other areas, including overnight stays.
SCOPE & Impact:
- Participates in financial monitoring of the costs involved in the project supported.
- Geographic remit: local/ facility to national
- Might supervise local health professionals
- Writes regular reports for the supervisor and other departments (minutes of meetings, technical MHPSS reports, field trip reports, etc.)
- Applies the validated clinical tools to monitor the impact of the services provided.
- University degree in Psychology, Medicine, or Nurse.
- 3 to 5 years of overall professional experience with a minimum 2 years of experience in MHPSS programs.
- Good connections with local health authorities or groups of interest for the ICRC.
- Experience in training, capacity building of community, and clinical supervision.
- Excellent self-management skills.
- Strong sense of responsibility and adaptability, able to work overtime when needed.
- Flexibility and ability to work independently and in a proactive way.
- Highly developed analytical, planning, writing, communication and organizing skills.
- Fluent command of English and Arabic required.
- Clinical license to practice in his/her own country.
- Computer proficiency (Microsoft Office experience).
How to Apply: All qualified and interested candidates should forward their applications with an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a detailed cover letter stating why you think you have the necessary skills and qualifications for the said job opportunity, clearly marked to (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line: SURNAME first name/ vacancy title.
Please note that:
- Applications will only be accepted for Iraqi nationals.
- The successful candidate will undergo a three month-probation period.
- Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
NB: Should you not have received a response from the ICRC within one month of submission of your application, please consider your application unsuccessful.
The ICRC does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, or processing.
Source : NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq