Senior Mental Health Officer

at International Medical Corps (IMC)
Location Gambela, Gambela, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 22, 2021
Category Health Care / Medical
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


  • Support and provide on the job training for general health care providers in mental health service provision.
  • Identify, train and supervise local counterparts and volunteers.
  • Support the manager to develop curriculum for and conduct training of trainers courses for physician Master Trainers.
  • Develop and provide culturally appropriate community based mental health care services.
  • Work within the framework of the IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.
  • Collaborate informal service providers such as natural healers to facilitate information sharing and referral of mental health cases.
  • Collaborate with community and existing institutional structures to ensure protection of those suffering mental illness.
  • Monitor the quality of subsequent trainings and the curriculum, providing guidance and modifying the program as needed.
  • Collaborate with local and regional officials and UN and other NGO agencies to promote effective coordination of health services
  • Compile information and prepare written reports as necessary
  • Support the IMC team in realization the overall project objectives.
  • Organize different program events including MH campaigns, sensitization sessions, etc…
  • Assist the PHC staff in creating a clinical mental health service that is integrated into their working week, through specially allocated clinical time or an equivalent mechanism.
  • Respond to psychiatric emergencies in conjunction with PHC staff.
  • Organize public awareness and de-stigmatization campaigns around mental health issues with support from local staff including refugee volunteers.
  • Support refugee volunteers in the development of psychosocial activities in the community attached to the PHC programme
  • Represent IMC as requested in various sessions including cluster and working group meetings
  • Work collaboratively with other agencies, local and international and with relevant government bodies
  • Implement other activities as per the direction of the mental health program manager.

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

·         Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility.

·         Ability to effectively work with government, community leaders, international/national organizations, donors, partners and other International Medical Corps relationships.

·         Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English.  Advanced proficiency in the use of MS Office, Email and other computer applications

·         Able to establish and maintain healthy working relationships with colleagues in course of work.

·         Willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines.

·         Ability and willingness to work in refugee camps where the project is implemented

·         Demonstrated experience and skills in ensuring community participation and mobilization in humanitarian programming

·         Lead and responsible for the MHPSS intervention at the camp under his/her supervision.

·         Create smooth relation and collaboration with IPs working in the camp.

·         Ensure implementation of all MHPSS planned activities upon expected quality and schedule at all levels.

·         Undertake assessment to identify gap and status of mental health intervention in the camp.

  • ·         Provide technical support for mental health officer and ARRA health workers on proper and quality service provision.

Job Requirements

  • BSc/MSc level Integrated clinical and community mental health, Psychiatric Nurse or health professional with psychiatric program experience who has current license/registration to practice medicine/public health
  • Two to three years of clinical experience including community mental health
  • At least one year previous experience working in a humanitarian context is required
  • Experience in facilitating psychosocial activities.
  • Excellent training experience and skills, including on the job and formal training
  • Ability to work with a broad spectrum of people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Extremely flexible with ability to cope with stressful situations and challenging conditions with limited resources
  • Must be able to write technical reports in English and meet reporting deadlines.
  • Knowledge and skill of Somali language is an advantage


Applying Instructions

Interested applicants who meet the above requirements should submit their application letter and CV by clearly stating the position that you are applying for through On OR before June 27, 2021.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Only short-listed 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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