Field Manager – MHPSS and Social Cohesion Specialist
Technical support and oversight to PSS Workers
All INTERSOS employees are expected to perform their roles and responsibilities according to the INTERSOS charter of values, code of ethics, PSEA and Child Protection policies. The job description is mandatory for all positions within INTERSOS and shall be signed by the employee within the first week of employment.
Purpose/objective of the position:
The Psychologist is responsible for providing individual psychological support for people with moderate to severe mental or emotional disorders in the different areas of intervention. In addition, the psychologist provides technical support to PSS workers to implement sound psychosocial support (PSS) activities.
- Conduct psychological assessments for individual clients to assess their needs and create tentative treatment plans, including referrals to local service providers for specialized care and follow-up on cases.
- Ensure follow-up with individuals and families on self-care and coping strategies.
- Plan and oversee implementation of structured PSS sessions (Nurturing Families) and facilitate concept and curriculum development for group psycho-social sessions for peer support groups.
- Co-facilitate experience-sharing and dialogue-oriented sessions, ensuring consent, confidentiality, and adherence to principles of trauma sensitivity and Do No Harm
- Specific Duties:
- (Can be adapted to the particularities of the job location and the requirement of the specific project, but should be approved by the Protection Coordinator before advertising the vacancy).
- Train and support PSS workers in the identification of individuals (adults and children) with moderate to severe psycho-social challenges
- Assess individuals’ needs and develop support and treatment plans
- Provide individual counseling sessions for up to 300 individuals using various techniques
- Document progress on cases, maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and consent;
- Make referrals to specialized service providers when needed and facilitate cash for transportation; following up on access to and response to care
- Train PSS workers and Community Outreach Volunteers on trauma-informed care and monitor their activities and adherence to principles of trauma sensitivity
- Plans and conduct structured PSS sessions (adapting GIZ’ Nurturing Families curriculum) together with PSS workers
- Support the development of monitoring tools and ensure follow-up with PSS workers on individuals and families’ coping strategies and improved psycho-social well-being
- Facilitate internal trainings to PSS workers on the provision of basic psychosocial counselling and psychosocial first aid (PFA);
- Support PSS workers in the assessment of peer support groups’ psycho-social needs and resources
- Support the development of tailored curricula and approaches to strengthen community based psychosocial support and peer support group activities
- Develop approaches to and train and coach PSS workers to deliver group psycho-social and psycho-education activities
- Provide coaching and support to the field staff in the implementation of non-structured PSS activities;
- Provide input and evidence on key risks and concerns for awareness and dialogue-oriented sessions and co-facilitate pilot sessions to develop strategies to mitigate risks of re-traumatization
- Support facilitation of co-creation and reflection sessions with project participants
- Carry out all tasks respecting key protection principles, including but not limited to: do no harm, non-discrimination, confidentiality and accountability and need-to-know principles.
Education and professional experience:
- University Degree in Psychology;
Professional Experience (at least 5 years of professional experience):
- Relevant work experience as a clinical psychologist
- Strong knowledge of and experience withpsycho–social programming in the humanitarian context
- Experience with trauma-informed care for persons affected by conflict and displacement and gender- and conflict-sensitive approaches
- Competencies: (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)
- Computer literacy (Word, Excel)
- Confidentiality, respect and non-discriminatory attitude
- Strong technical knowledge in protection and psycho-social support
- Strong awareness of gender issues in provision of psycho-social support
- Ability to train people and build their knowledge and skills
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Good analytical and reporting skills
- Ability to show empathy
- Ability to work under pressure
- Fluency in Arabic and Kurdish (written and spoken)
- Working knowledge in English (written and spoken)
- Address Qayyarah
- How to apply INTERSOS is an equal opportunity employer and reserves the right for everyone to apply to its vacancies without any discrimination. For those interested and who meet the required criteria, please apply below. Kindly note that: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Your resume must be uploaded in PDF format. INTERSOS is reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and we reserve the right to close the vacancy before the mentioned closing date. The preference will be given to qualified candidates from the recruitment area.