MHPSS support Officer – COVID 19 (2x)

at International Medical Corps (IMC)
Location East & West Hararghe, Oromia, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 1, 2020
Category Health Care / Medical
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


  • Assist COVID-19 response coordinator with the integration of mental health and psychosocial support into general health care
  • Provide social work and social support services linked to general health care clinics
  • Select, provide training and supervision for community volunteers
  • Develop culturally appropriate psychosocial activities, including social support activities
  • These include, but are not limited to training in psychological first aid, designing holistic recreational, vocational and social activities; development of material for awareness campaigns;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact between IMC and local partners involved in psychosocial activities.
  • Provide proper counselling service for those mentally ill clients need counselling and psychotherapy according to the type of illness and age category.
  • Strengthen community-facility referral system for COVID-19 in psychosocial problem.
  • Establish, equip and run recreation centres to people in need of psychosocial support
  • Work in keeping with IASC guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support and promote guidelines where appropriate.
  • Provide oversight, direct and supervise activities of IMC supported psychosocial team.
  • Coordinate/ensure activities with relevant Government Authorities, International and National Organizations, including standardized reporting practices.
  • Work closely with other mental health and psychosocial staff in to ensure coordinated activities
  • Develop and provide culturally appropriate community based mental health care services
  • Collaborate informal service providers such as natural healers to facilitate information sharing and referral of mental health cases related to COVID-19
  • Collaborate with community and existing institutional structures to ensure protection of those suffering mental illness
  • Represent IMC in coordination meetings when necessary
  • Compile information and prepare written reports as necessary
  • Organize public awareness and de-stigmatization campaigns around mental health issues with support from local staff including IDPs
  • Work collaboratively with other agencies, local and international and with relevant government bodies
  • Implement other activities as per the direction of the senior mental health officer

Job Requirements

  • BA/Master’s degree in psychology or related field with at least 3 years of counselling and social work experience
  • At least 2 years of mental health and psychosocial programming experience;
  • In depth knowledge and experience of mental health and psychosocial programming in the humanitarian context essential.
  • Familiarity with IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support In Emergency Settings
  • Training experience required on mhGAP
  • Proven counselling skill
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills.
  • Strong writing and reporting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments
  • Honest, hard working and a self-motivated person.
  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources
  • Ability to travel on short notice to project sites by car or air
  • Excellent English  verbal and written skills
  • Computer skills: word, excel, and project manager
  • Local language (Somali) skills is a plus


Applying Instructions

Interested applicants who meet the above requirements should submit their application letter by clearly stating the position that you are applying for and CV through OR before July 07, 2020

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: IMC is equal opportunity employer and hence candidate from all background: religion, ethnic group, qualified women and people living with disabilities, etc are all encouraged to apply.

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