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Mental Health Psychosocial Support Specialist (MHPSS) – Turkish 622 views5 applications

Position:                              Mental Health Psychosocial Support Specialist (MHPSS)

Location:                             Gaziantep, Turkey

Reports to:                         Health Coordinator

Duration:                             9 months

About RI: Established in 1990, Relief International (RI) is a leading global humanitarian, nonprofit organization committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with communities on the front lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development, providing them the tools and support they need to gain self-reliance.

Relief International is registered NGO in Turkey and is based in Gaziantep to build capacities of Syrian communities to respond their needs in health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and education.

 

Position Summary:

RI seeks a MHPSS specialist to provide technical support to RI’s MHPSS projects and activities in Syria and Turkey in terms of design, quality assurance, technical follow up on activities and capacity building of RI’s staff and partners. The specialist will ensure that standards are being adhered to in RI supported health facilities. S/he will work within the health team to manage the PSS teams, and ensure the timely implementation of MHPSS, PSS component of GBV and staff care activities as part of RI’s package of care for beneficiaries and staff.

 

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Provide technical support in provision of mental health and psychosocial services in RI’s projects; with guidance on planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of MHPSS activities.
  • Conduct periodic project and program reviews to ensure successful implementation of interventions as defined in the project proposals.
  • Develop the mechanisms to improve the integration of mental health and psychosocial support services into RI programs, in line with IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies.
  • Assess and monitor the MHPSS needs for IDPs and host communities in Syria, as well as the refugees in Turkey.
  • Regularly update protocols, guidelines and recommendations for RI’s MHPSS program, as well as PSS aspects for GBV survivors.
  • Build the capacity of staff working on MHPSS activities, through training, support supervision, monitoring, and developing protocols and materials, and necessary steps needed to improve the quality of care.
  • Ensure that there is a functional two-way referral system through the PSS team (between community and healthcare facilities), through effective collaboration between health and protection sectors.
  • Assume a leading role in the development of staff care policies and procedures for syria based staff.
  • Ensure close coordination with the program, protection and health teams while following up on the MHPSS component of the different projects.
  • Participate in and present the MHPSS project in regular internal meetings, cluster coordination groups and local coordination mechanisms.
  • Periodically review and improve M&E systems for MHPSS programming, in collaboration with M&E team and implementing partners, including the development of M&E tools and methodology, management of reporting mechanisms and information flow, and analysis of program data and impact.
  • Identify program gaps, areas for improvement, strategies, and advice to the relevant stakeholders on the needed correction and improvement.
  • Support the program leads under the supervision of the health coordinator, and participate in regular strategy and program planning workshops for MHPSS and the overall organization, including grant opening, mid-term review, and grant closure.
  • Support RI’s accountability framework, including incorporation of feedback mechanisms for staff and beneficiaries, into program implementation.
  • Assess the capacity of the local partner staff and work on a capacity building plan that is in line with the country strategic objectives.
  • Ensure sufficient collaboration and coordination with government structures, local authorities and health actors providing and organizing MHPSS activities.
  • Wherever possible, identify or work with suitable other local partner organizations and institutions for joint MHPSS work.
  • Carry out any other tasks as identified by the supervisor.

 

Qualifications & Requirements:

 

  • A qualified psychologist; or a professional with equivalent proven experience.
  • MHPSS management experience is a plus.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in mental health and psychosocial programming for refugees and IDPs.
  • Experience working in the Humanitarian context.
  • Experience in capacity building, and in strengthening various duty bearers’ understanding of and response to psychosocial support.
  • Skilled at carrying out program needs assessments, program development, and program evaluations.
  • Experience in the monitoring and evaluation of psychosocial programmes, and feeding learning into programme design
  • Experience working on the inclusion of hard to reach groups of children is a plus
  • Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency guidelines (as outlined in IASC guidelines) and donor standards in MHPSS.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in written and spoken English. Arabic

 

 

RI Values:

  • We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence.
  • We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
  • We value
    • Inclusiveness
    • Transparency and accountability
    • Agility and innovation
    • Collaboration
    • Sustainability

 

HOW TO APPLY:

In case you meet the requirements and that you are interested in the position, please send your CV in English in addition to three professional references to hrturkey@ri.org   before October 27, 2017 stating in the subject “Mental Health Psychosocial Support Specialist (MHPSS)“. Please note that the position may be filled before the deadline of submission of applications.

“Applications are strongly encouraged from female candidates“

All candidates must be eligible to work in Turkey and have Turkish ID.

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Relief International is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to reduce human suffering. We respond to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and chronic poverty. We are non-sectarian and non-political.

With legal standing both in the United States as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and in the United Kingdom as a registered Charity, Relief International has a global board of directors who bring an informed perspective to the communities we serve. We work in 19 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Relief International seamlessly blends humanitarian and development efforts so every program resolves immediate issues while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way — emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work for them — and for generations to come.

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