International Rescue Committee

PSS Officer – Ninawa/Sinjar and Baaj

Job Overview

Requisition ID: req23352

Job Title: PSS Officer – Ninawa/Sinjar and Baaj

Sector: Protection and rule of law

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Mosul, Iraq

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.


The IRC established programs in Iraq in 2003 to address the overwhelming needs of displaced people in Iraq and the neighboring countries. Since re-establishing its presence in Iraq in November 2007, the IRC has been assisting thousands of internally displaced families in the northern, central and southern governorates in the sectors of protection, gender-based violence (GBV), education, economic recovery, child Protection and emergency humanitarian assistance. Working in coordination with the humanitarian community in Iraq, the IRC’s assistance and emergency programs address the needs of war-affected Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees from several operational bases in the country, and include both camp-based and urban-based assistance. IRC operates throughout Iraq, with the main office in Erbil and field offices in, Baghdad, SAD, Anbar and Mosul.



Major Responsibilities:

  • Under the line management of Team Leader, the PSS Case Worker will support vulnerable people – with a specific focus on men and on people with disabilities and their caregivers – with community based psychosocial support activities.
  • In support of this activity, the PSS Officer with the support of Team Leader, will coordinate with relevant MHPSS actors and service providers in Ninewa and will participate to setting up a referral system to refer people in need of non-specialized MHPSS services.
  • With support from Team leader and according to the curriculum designed at the beginning of the project, the PSS Officer will deliver series of psychosocial sessions as well as one-offs sessions to men and adolescent boys in Ninewa governorate. Activities will be conducted with in accordance with the IRC developed activities for men and adolescent boys in which the PSS worker will be trained and supervised.
  • Where men who are participating in psychosocial group activities are identified as being in need of additional case management services the Case worker will assess protection issues, develop and implement case plans including full documentation of cases, follow up, individual psychosocial care and referral.
  • Work alongside the PSS team leader and Protection Manager to promote the value of MHPSS services with the local authorities and other partners
  • Support the organization of community-based activities that promote shared resilience, self-help and peer support, including capacity building workshops and support groups
  •  Encourage referral pathways and support at the community level for common mental health issues by working with teachers, religious leaders and traditional healers, and by facilitating regular coordination/case discussion meetings with these stakeholders and their corresponding health facilities.
  •  Prepare and send daily/weekly field reports to the Protection Team Leader / Protection Manager , also raise any protection concern or rights violation noticed in the area, according to best practices in term of confidentiality and safety of beneficiaries.
  •  Daily upload all the protection activities on CommCare system.
  •  Perform other duties, as required by the supervisor in order to support the protection program .


Key Working Relationships:


Position Reports to: Protection Team Leader.
Position directly supervises:

Indirect Reporting: PRoL Manager.
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: IRC staff

External: IRC guests




Job Requirements:

  1. Bachelor degree in Psychology or Social work background preferred.
  2. At least two years’ experience in NGO/INGO.
  3. Good communication skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships with new communities.
  4. Experience with working with IDPs, returnees and host communities.
  5. Belief in human rights including gender equality.
  6. Experience working with people from different backgrounds.
  7. Fluency in Arabic, good level in English, Kurdish language is prefer.
  8. good computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power point


Working Environment:  the position will be based in Sinjar and Baaj with some visit to Mosul.


Standards of Professional Conduct: 

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.


Gender Equality

IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including maternity leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Attention Returning National Candidates:

IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, IRC has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.



Notice to all Job Seekers

IRC implements an equal employment opportunity policy and our recruitment process is based on merit.

Applicants and/or successful interview candidates (both internal and external) are not required to pay any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.

If anyone asks you for any financial or non-financial favors to help you secure a job at IRC, kindly report to [email protected].


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