PUI (Premiere Urgence Intenational)

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MENTAL HEALTH PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT (MHPSS) OFFICER

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Job Overview

 

General Information on the Mission

Context
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering to their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PUI relies on 30 years of field experience in 50 countries in crisis, as well as on the complementarity of its medical and non-medical expertise, to adapt its programmes to each context and to the real needs of the most vulnerable populations.

 

The association implements an average of 180 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of Infrastructure, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 4 million people in 24 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and France.

 

Iraq is characterized by multifaceted crises, with the political crisis resulting in a prolonged and bloody conflict with ethno-sectarian divisions which has significantly damaged the socio-economic fabric of the country and created one of the most severe, large-scale humanitarian emergencies in the world.

Since 2014, the armed conflict in Iraq has generated massive internal displacement from densely populated areas and major cities of Anbar, Ninewa and Salah Al Din amongst other governorates, interrupted access to basic services across the country, and put a severe strain on host communities. As a result, in 2018, over 8 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance including an estimated 2.6 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and 3.2 million Returnees, alongside approximately 250,000 Syrian refugees currently hosted in Iraq., with the acute phase of the current armed conflict drawing to a close, national and international focus will shift towards Early Recovery, Resilience, and Development. However, Iraq is perhaps best characterised as an acute Protection crisis, with the impact of armed conflict on civilians being enormous. As a single example, the battle for Mosul displaced over 1 million people and resulted in untold numbers of civilian casualties. Displacement is likely to be protracted, though also affected by forced returns to unsafe areas for political purposes. Healthcare including Mental Health, WASH, Shelter and Livelihoods will continue to be enormous needs for the population of Iraq.

 

As of December 2017, 247,057 Syrian refugees, or 97% of all Syrian refugees in Iraq, reside in the norther Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). In addition, the situation in KRI has been worsened by the combination of fallen oil prices, the large-scale national IDP crisis, and sanctions imposed by the Government of Iraq (GoI) following referendum on Kurdish independence. This economic deterioration combined with the stress placed on KRI basic services by overwhelming IDP and refugee populations has impacted Syrian refugees’ ability to attain and maintain self-reliance. 63% of this population live outside of camps, with little access to essential services and remain therefore highly vulnerable. Ostracization and discrimination further compound the situation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job description

 

Overall objectives
 

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Deputy Programme Manager(s) supervise the implementation and monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS components of the programs in three Governorates and contribute to their development.

 

Project background: Strengthening quality and access to mental health services in Iraq and KRI.

 

 

Important needs and limited capacities in Iraq:

–          Main gaps & needs in MHPSS: Persistent and high level needs for IDPs, refugees, host-communities, and returnees, highlighted by recent assessments done by the partners; low changes in attitudes and behaviours regarding MH stigma, prevention and treatment ; lack of financial resources; retention of trained staff due to the difficult socio-economic situation; lack of technical expertise of MoH at national level; lack of technical capacity in the country; and the lack of coordinated efforts on national level by the MoH.

–          The government’s capacity to provide MHPSS for persons affected by the recent crisis and those with chronic and severe mental disorders including IDPs, refugees and host communities is very limited at a national level, despite WHO and INGOs collaborative efforts for incorporating MHPSS services into priority programming for DoHs, mainly in areas impacted by waves of violence.

–          Most of the psychiatrists providing direct MH care, work out of clinics, centres and hospitals located in urban areas. Mental health services have been integrated into primary health care in less than 50% of primary health care centres in the country; however, turnover rates are exceedingly high in terms of human resources trained on assessment and management of MH conditions due to the difficult economic situation. The budget allocated to mental health is less than 1% of the annual MoH budget. WHO estimates that the prevalence of mental disorders among the population is 35.5%, while the treatment gap for management of mental disorders is estimated at 94%.

 

Project Outcomes:

–          The MoH in the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan region of Iraq have increased resources and capacity building that will contribute to build sustainable systems and enhance the quality of MHPSS service provision.

–          Access to inclusive, comprehensive and integrated quality MHPSS services, including: identification, provision of care and referral to reinforced specialized care, for populations in need in Iraq is promoted and expanded.

–          This two-year action will strengthen national efforts in supporting national MH policies; train and supervise a total of 1,138 MH specialists, non-specialists and members of Communities Based Organizations (CBOs); allow access to quality services for 21,000 IDPS, refugees, host-community members, and returnees and to reach 12,000 people through awareness and public campaigns.

 

Responsibilities and scope of duties
 IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING OF MHPSS PROGRAM

 

–          He/She supports project team and trainers during training phase

–          He/She prepare handouts and materials for training on mhGAP and Basic PSS under the supervision of the technical coordinators.

–          He/She communicate, provides technical guidance, and support to PHCCs staff who involved in the training and MADAD project in collaboration with field technical advisors.

–          He/She supports in the supervision process set up for PHCC staff who participated in the training

–          He/She supports in the collection of MH data for project follow up, coordinate with the MEAL team and report to the line Manager.

–          He/She supports in monitoring and evaluation, data collection during training, supervision and on the stage of service provision

 

QUALITY ASSURANCE OF MHPSS PROJECTS ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNICATION

–          He/She proactively participate in relevant team meetings, as requested by the Protection Manager.

–          He/She debrief on a weekly basis with the PHCCs staff.

–          He/She provides follow up the day-to-day progress of activities at the field level, mainly the activities implemented by the PHCCs staff based on a previous well set plan designed by the Project Manager.

–          He/She establish and maintain collaborative relationships with relevant partners and other project stakeholders working in the project areas.

–          He/She ensures documents are recorded and maintained confidentially at all times.

–          He/she ensures that confidentiality and consent processes are in place and adhered to.

–          He/she assists in the development and implementation of the technical monitoring tools for the projects activities for all MHPSS components.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

–          He/She supports follow up of the referred cases, with the patient and the referring doctor.

–          He/She supports in dissemination and implementation awareness campaign

–          He/She supports for the workshops, training, and meetings that hosted as part of the project.

–          Other duties as assigned by the line Manager

 

Other Interfaces
 

–  Internal: Field Coordinator, MHPSS PM, MHPPSS Coordinator/Deputy, MHPSS Deputy advisors, Health Liaison Officers, Deputy Head of Mission, Grants Officer, Administration and Logistics, HR department

–  External: MHPSS actors and partner organizations

 

 

 

 

 

Required Profile

 

Required knowledge and skills
  Required desirable
Education /Training

 

–  University degree (at minimum diploma level) in social science, nursing, psychology, medicine or other relevant field

–  Experience in mhGAP training, Protection training (S/GBV and Child Protection) and training in Case Management

–  Monitoring and Evaluation

–  Training in Community or public health

–  PSS/GBV

–  Community mobilization

 

Professional experience

 

–  Humanitarian

–  International

–  Technical

–  Experience of working in the Iraqi / Kurdistani public health care/ PHCC setting

 

 

–  Experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects

–   Experience in publick health and mental health

–  Experience in working with an international  NGO

Knowledge and skills

 

 

–  Good communication and analytical skills

–  Understanding of the medical system in Dohuk/Ninewa/Anbar governorates

 

–  Knowledge of local areas and community structures

 

 

Languages

English

Arabic

 

 

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Software

4    Microsoft Office

 

Microsoft Office skills: PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

 

KOBO

Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into team, suitability for the job and assignment/mission)
 

–  Integrity

– Good organisation skills

–  Willingness to do field visits in unstable environments

–  Resilience to stress

–  Appreciation of staff wellbeing

–  Reactivity and anticipation

–  Ability to work in an international, cross-cultural team and in a challenging  context

–  Continuous learning attitude

 

 

 

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