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Handicap International recruits 01 Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Technical Advisor

Handicap International recruits 01 Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Technical Advisor – North East

“Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity”.

Handicap International is changing his name and becomes « Humanity & Inclusion ». HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.
HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

For further information about the association: www.hi.org.

MISSION CONTEXT:

The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 11.7 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6 million IDPs, while over 5 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries or in Europe. The current humanitarian response only provides a patchy and partial coverage of the growing humanitarian needs. Eight years after the beginning of the crisis, the number of injured persons in Syria keeps rising, with a severe lack of healthcare in many areas. In large areas of the country, the local economy is in bad shape local populations and IDPs are in need of livelihoods assistance. The inclusion of the most vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, in the humanitarian response remains a major concern.

From its main coordination office in Amman, HI is managing a large humanitarian program from three different hubs (Beirut, North-West and North-East), along four main pillars:

1. Support to health partners (hospitals, psychosocial support centers, local NGOs) for the provision of multidisciplinary rehabilitation services (physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) and standalone psychosocial support services, through training, technical supervisions and donations of assistive devices and/or equipment;

2. Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, explosive remnants of war and small arms light weapons) and non-technical survey of hazardous areas;

3. Livelihoods assistance, with a combination of cash for work, vocational training, small grants for businesses and apprenticeships;

4. Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response (with a special focus on inclusive health and inclusive livelihoods).

The actual intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams, remote partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation programs.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION:

Under the responsability of the Field Coordinator, the MHPSS Technical Advisor will be ensuring and supervising the quality of the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) interventions provided to vulnerable persons, families and groups affected by the Syrian crisis, and will in particular focus on capacity building by providing training to the Field Technical Advisors & Field Technical Officers to bring HI (MH)PSS work to minimum standards level, harmonize approaches and set-up control mechanisms to assure quality programming and support. One of the targeted objectives of the Technical Advisor is to reach autonomy of the Field Technical Advisors & Field Technical Officers to ensure and supervise the quality of the MHPSS interventions.

Main responsabilities of the expatriate:

1. Ensuring the MHPSS technical support and the capacity building of the PSS team
-Ensuring the relevance of the intervention
-Ensuring the quality of the intervention
-Ensuring the quality and relevance of the technical tools
-Building the capacity of the FTA & FTO and PSS teams

2. Ensuring regular reporting to participate to the capitalization/lesson learning of the project

3. Contributing to team work

4. Participating to external coordination and training of partners

The complete Job Description will be shared with short-listed candidates.

 

PROFILE SOUGHT:

Education:
-Bachelor degree in Psychology or Social Science essential
-Master in clinical psychology or related field is an asset

Experience:
-At least 3 years of professional experience working directly with people presenting psychological distress as consequence of experiencing adversities, or mental health condition
-Experience in humanitarian field and NGOs is a strong asset

Skills:
-Demonstrate good understanding of psychosocial issues in the country / culture of deployment
-Ability to provide technical supervision in MHPSS
-Ability to organize and implement activities according to the organization’s strategy
-Training and coaching skills
-Data analysis skills
-Writing and reporting skills
-Ability to respect the confidentiality
-English mandatory
-Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong asset

Personal qualities:
-Ability to listen, open-minded, good communication skills
-Ability to work with multi-disciplinary team
-Ability to work in a multi-cultural context
-Organization skills and autonomy
-Ability to cope with considerable stress levels
-Adhesion to the humanitarian principles

 

SPECIFICITIES OF THE POSITION:

This is a mobile position. Employee should expect to spend some time outside of Erbil.

 

JOB CONDITIONS :

• Starting date: 04/03/2020
• Length of the contract: 12 months
• Salary from 2300€ gross/month depending on the experience of the candidate
• Per-diem: 522.40€ net/month (Erbil)
• Hardship allowance: 250€ net/month (Erbil)
• Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
• Paid holiday: 25 days per year
• R&R: 5 days every 3 months
• Status: position unaccompanied
• Accommodation: individual housing fully covered by HI

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