Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Coordinator Job in Mogadishu, Somalia

International Medical Corps (IMC)

Somalia Mission

Job Title: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator

Project Location: Mogadishu, Somalia

Duty Location: Mogadishu with supportive role to other IMC projects in Somalia

Hierarchical Supervisor: Field Site Manager, Mogadishu

Functional / Technical Support: Medical Coordinator/ MHPSS advisor

Working Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with flexibility or on call where applicable

Deadline for application: 30th June 2020.

About International Medical Corps: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit 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, non-political, non-sectarian 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.

Over the past 29 years, International Medical Corps (IMC) has made significant contributions to saving lives, alleviating human suffering and reducing the economic and social impact of disasters in Somalia through targeted assistance for Health, Nutrition, Protection and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with support from several donors.

IMC currently operates in 4 regions of Somalia (Banadir, Middle Shabelle, Bay & Mudug South) operating both secondary and primary health care services including Hospitals, Health Centers, Primary Health Units, Mobile Health & Nutrition Teams and community aspects, a total of 32 Health care facilities.

IMC Somalia mission is in the process of supporting current Somalia MOH national response in the facility management of severe and critical COVID-19 cases in line with ministry and WHO guidelines.

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.

Roles and Responsibilities

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

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

  • Coordinate the MHPSS programming for the country, including strategy development and monitoring of multiple projects.
  • Manage the MHPSS team, including field-based MHPSS managers, psychiatrists, and national MHPSS staff; support with team-building, performance reviews, and professional development of staff.
  • Closely work with local NGO partner(s) and relevant government focal points for the implementation and monitoring of MHPSS projects where applicable.
  • Provide continual technical guidance and support for MHPSS-related trainings and supervision as needed.
  • Prepare and implement a Training of Trainers (ToT) program on PFA and other relevant topics and support national trainers to roll out trainings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lead the development of MHPSS-related IEC materials.
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS programming, and development of M&E tools and collection and analysis of program data.
  • Prepare MHPSS reporting on a regular basis, as the focal point for the MHPSS team.
  • Work closely with support departments to support program administration and the logistical implementation of activities in program sites.
  • Coordinate regularly with other teams, including Medical and Nutrition, for integrated approach to activities and trainings.
  • Mainstream MHPSS within IMC across sectors, and with partners and service providers.
  • Participate in MHPSS coordination meetings for information sharing, collaboration with partners, referral mechanisms, and advocacy for best practices and IASC MHPSS guidelines.
  • Support the MEAL team in collating and responding to any complaints and feedback related MHPSS.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Risk Communication and Community engagement teams to make recommendations to enhance program and services at community level.
  • Support RCCE teams to provide basic psychosocial support to most vulnerable people in the community to overcome stress and where applicable coordinate referrals from community to facility mental health staff for Mental Health & Psychosocial support.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • The qualified candidate will be a mental health professional (psychologist, clinical social worker, or psychiatrist) with experience in MHPSS program coordination.
  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience coordinating MHPSS projects in humanitarian settings.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work within a team structure or independently, flexible, and can cope with stressful workload.
  • Honest, hardworking and self-motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within different cultural environments.

Code of Conduct: It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to IMC Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Compliance & Ethics: Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

Equal Opportunities: International Medical Corps is a ‘first-responder’ both to natural and man-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.

How to Apply:

IMC Somalia is inviting qualified candidates who meet the above requirements to send cover letter and CV to the following email address:

Kindly indicate the job title in the email subject line clearly marked as “MHPSS Coordinator”.

Deadline for applications is 30th June 2020.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.

Due to the urgency of this position, shortlisting will be done on an ongoing basis.

International Medical Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not ask for money or any kind of favours in exchange for employment.

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Updated: June 24, 2020 — 11:23 am