MdM has been working in Iraq since the 1990s. During its first mission in the country, MdM was providing general and specialized medical services (surgery, training programs for traditional birth attendants). Since then MdM had several programs which included paediatric surgery, contributing to the renewal of techniques and knowledge of surgical, medical and paramedical staff in 1997, emergency medical activities in 2002, building local capacity on basic emergency healthcare services at community level in 2006. From 2009 to 2011, MdM supported an Iraqi NGO in the implementation of a program aimed at improving the skills of midwives and traditional birth attendants in accordance with recognized international standards.
In 2014, with the arrival of ISIL, MdM started to provide immediate healthcare support through curative and preventive care including MHPSS services to IDPs and host communities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). Later, MdM expanded its support to the most vulnerable IDPs and host communities outside of the KR-I region, in Kirkuk Governorate in July 2015, and in Ninewa Governorate in April 2016. Since 2018, MdM has developed a program where activities are gradually handed over to the MoH.
The current program focuses on supporting the local health authorities in providing quality PHC services (including MHPSS and GBV response) and continue to strengthen the capacities of local public health authorities in Dohuk, Kirkuk and Ninewa governorates, to provide quality care and respond to health needs of IDPs, returnees and vulnerable host communities.
- A combination of direct and complementary services, especially related to general health, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), while contributing to the health system strengthening through capacity building at DOH level
- Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS),
- Gender based violence (GBV) integrated within the PHCC general health services, SRH and MHPSS services
- As a cross cutting approach MdM is planning to develop a community health based (CHB) approach to ensure community participation, while empowering individuals.
In 2020, with the start of the pandemic of COVID 19, MDM Iraq adjusted its program activities, to respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable populations due to COVID-19 outbreak while extending its support to additional areas of intervention. The COVID-19 activities targeted the DoH staff at the PHC level and surrounding communities with the aim to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Taking the current context of Iraq into consideration the MdM Iraq team is reviewing the strategy and expects 2021 to be a transition year. While the current projects are ongoing in 2021 MdM Iraq aims to transition from a humanitarian approach to a more development approach, from the health promotion perspective. While the strategy is still being finetuned, MdM Iraq has identified four main pillars to guide the strategy between 2021-2023: 1. Community Health Based Approach, 2. Capacity-building at the DoH level, 3. Partnership with local NGOs and 4. Advocacy. The aim is to strengthen the resilience and capacity of the local community. MDM Iraq also aims to develop projects together in partnership with the local community aiming at a sustainable, effective and innovative change building on the capacities of an empowered community supporting future exit.
The GBV supervisor will lead the capacity development of key actors and implementing partners to provide support for GBV survivors and for the prevention of GBV in the Iraqi mission of MdM. He/She will provide technical support to MDM team, local health authorities and local organizations to strengthen GBV prevention and response services for the affected population. Supervisors will provide support to the direct MHPSS/social workers and medical intervention of MdM with the aim to harmonize in each PHCC the various segments of intervention. This will be done through comprehensive needs assessments, trainings, on-the-job coaching, supervision and close collaboration with the Health Facility Supervisor, the MHPSS Officer and the Coordination team. The supervisor will lead all community awareness activities and work to strengthen community-based protection systems to mitigate and prevent occurrence of GBV.
- The GBV Supervisor report directly to program manager and receives technical support from GBV Coordinator.
- S/he manages GBV cases jointly with MHPSS Officer
- PSS Counsellors and social workers will report to GBV Supervisor GBV related activities and cases.
- S/he works closely with a team that includes:
- Technical Health Supervisor
- Community Mobilization officer
- MEAL Focal Person/MEAL Officer
- Case management for GBV survivors
- Support Gender-based violence cases received at the PHCC and identified in the community through the provision of case management services to respond to the needs of survivors, provide them information and resources to access services and make appropriate referrals to other service providers if required, follow-up and close cases.
- Integrate a survivor/client-centred approach in all activities
- Ensure updated filing and documentation of gender-based violence cases in line with MdM’s tools.
- Ensure strict adherence to confidentiality for all case-related information; protect the identities of survivors in the design and implementation of all activities.
- Community awareness and mobilisation on GBV
- Work with communities to increase awareness about GBV and engage community leaders to work with CSOs and advocate for GBV services and implementation of GBV laws and policies
- Conduct information and awareness sessions with women and girls in the community to disseminate information about available services and key protection concerns
- Identify and maintain regular contact with community focal points and community outreach volunteers to ensure a constant flow of information and feedback
- Identify and engage key “gatekeepers” on gender-based violence
- Support community outreach volunteers and other community members in developing advocacy messages and strategies to address and/or mitigate risks faced by women, men, girls and boys
- Capacity building, information management and learning
- Conduct training needs assessment, develop training programs and materiel and providing training and mentoring for MHPSS and health care providers
- Build and regularly update service mapping.
- In close collaboration with community key informant conduct regular safety assessments to identify key risks faced by women, men boy and girls within their community
- Facilitate referral of identified needs to humanitarian organizations and other service providers, ensuring follow up and feedback to the community
- Monitoring and evaluation of GBV program activities Risk mitigation activities
- Develop monitoring and evaluation plan for GBV interventions in close coordination with MEAL Officer/Focal Point
- Monitor the implementation of GBV prevention and response activities and produce quarterly reports.
- Contribute to the identification of gaps and solution for the strengthening of data collection and monitoring procedures and tools.
- Take corrective measures on gaps identified and reported by MEAL Officer/Focal Point and GBV coordinator
- Act in a supporting role for the implementation of PSEA.
This list of activities is not exhaustive and may change depending on the situation.
- University degree or advances training/course in social work, counseling and/or psychology. gender studies and/or related field;
- At least 2 to 5 years of experience in GBV case management and implementing gender-based violence programming or providing gender-based violence counselling, support, awareness raising/community engagement on GBV and training.
- Minimum of two years’ experience working with vulnerable communities, specialized needs and social service experience, and/or advocacy programs.
- Experience in child protection is a strong asset
- Experience in community awareness activities including but not limited to facilitating community-based dialogues on gender-based violence, supporting safety strategies and reinforcing community-based protection systems.
- Significant experience leading trainings, coaching, capacity building and mentoring of professionals or local partners.
- Experience in advocacy and influencing with various partners from civil society and governmental authorities.
Skills and qualities required
- Good computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Required personal skills
- Team player, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well.
- Fluency English, Arabic and/or Kurdish
- Focused on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process
- Demonstrate leadership, ownership and initiative.
- Committed to protection, safeguarding and PSEA
- Be committed to MdM’s values as an organization and motivated by its non-statutory, not For Profit model
Employment conditions Application process
- Position based in Sinjar(with regular travel to the field)
- Six months contract extendable, subject to funding
- Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply
- Address Sinjar
- How to apply Submit CV and Cover letter by Email to [email protected] including the subject: Ref: 2021-SJR-04 LAST SUBMISSION DATE ON April 12, 2021 please make sure to send your CV in PDF/word format (other formats or links arent considered) and write the reference (2021-SJR-04)on the subject of your email. Only Short-Listed Applicants Will Be Contacted Reviewing the application CVs will be on a rolling basis, as such; MdM reserves the right to fill the position before the closing date of the job advertisement.