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South Sudan: Working Group Coordinator (MHPSS)

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 21 Nov 2017

Call for Applications

Position Title : Working Group Coordinator (MHPSS)

Duty Station : Juba, South Sudan

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade UG

Type of Appointment : Special short-term ungraded, Six months

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 21 November 2017

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading

UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and

non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Internal and external candidates will be considered for this vacancy. For the purposes of this vacancy, internal candidates are defined as staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded or ungraded contract, including Junior Professional Officers (JPOs), staff on Special Leave Without Pay (SLWOP), and staff members on secondment/loan released by the Organization, unless otherwise specified in their contract. Staff members holding a regular, fixed-term or short-term graded contract will not retain their contract type if appointed to an ungraded position.


A joint Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) coordination group was formed in Juba, Republic of South Sudan in June 2016. The purpose of the MHPSS coordination group is to bring together in one forum all the stakeholders working in the area of MHPSS with the view to enhancing the response to MHPSS needs of affected persons in the Republic of South Sudan, and thus improving their access to quality services and support. It aims to achieve this goal through enhanced coordination among MHPSS agencies, conducting a detailed mapping of MHPSS activities, sharing best practice, building capacities of MHPSS actors and partners in other priority clusters, supporting the development of MHPSS policies and strengthening advocacy initiatives with the Government of South Sudan, the humanitarian community and donors.

The MHPSS Coordination group reports to the Inter-Cluster Working Group (ICWG), chaired by OCHA. The group will be led by a full-time Coordinator housed within the International Organization for Migration and supported by Board members consisting of stakeholders on the ground and the leads of any active sub-groups/ taskforces (currently Unicef, AVSI, and the Directorate of Mental Health Services within the Ministry of Health and the Environment)

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Operations and the direct supervision of MHPSS Programme Manager, the incumbent will be responsible and accountable for the coordination of the MHPSS Working Group activities, at National level, liaising with relevant clusters and MHPSS actors.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the activities of the MHPSS Working Group at National level and any sub-groups/

taskforces in Juba.

  1. Activate the MHPSS Working Group in field locations and supervise the work of Sub-national coordinators (Unity, Upper Nile, Western Bahr el Ghazal WBeG, Equatoria States).

  2. Represent the MHPSS coordination group within the ICWG. Other members of the Board will support attendance at relevant Clusters (e.g., MH actors in Health, PSS for CP in Protection).

  3. In collaboration with Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Cluster Leads, collate the MHPSS activity information being reported against indicators in the priority clusters 5Ws reporting system.

  4. Encourage support for MHPSS within the Cluster system, at the Inter-Cluster Working Group (ICWG), with MHPSS actors and non-MHPSS actors, the Government of South Sudan and within the Donor Community.

  5. Conduct capacity building and awareness raising initiatives (orientation seminars, mini-trainings, briefings, project reviews) for MHPSS coordination group members, priority Cluster partners and Government of South Sudan officials.

  6. Jointly back MHPSS projects alongside priority Cluster Leads to the Humanitarian


  1. Provide budget information to support funding allocations from the Common Humanitarian

Fund (CHF) and Donors for MHPSS projects within the priority Clusters.

  1. Support the development of, or adaptation, of MHPSS tools for South Sudan. Particular focus will be on assessment, monitoring and evaluation tools to be used by national level actors.

  2. In collaboration with the Government of South Sudan and World Health Organization (WHO), support the development of an MHPSS strategy by providing technical inputs, information and other data.

  3. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s Degree in Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Pedagogy with two years of relevant professional experience

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in coordinating MHPSS responses in humanitarian contexts;

• 2-4 years’ experience of working in humanitarian contexts;

• Knowledge of and the ability to promote the IASC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in

Emergency Settings guidelines and associated products (e.g., IASC Assessment toolkit, the

4Ws mapping tool and the Health, Protection and CCCM booklets);

• Ability to build positive and constructive relationships with all humanitarian actors (e.g., OCHA, ICRC, the South Sudan Red Cross, Cluster Leads, UN agencies, INGOs, NNGOs and CBOS), Donors and relevant Government Line Ministries;

• Ability to confidently represent the depth and breadth of MHPSS actors and their respective programming in external for a;

• Confidence in presenting, convening and leading meetings with MHPSS and non-MHPSS


• Experience in working in large scale complex humanitarian emergencies (including the

Republic of South Sudan);

• Knowledge of the IASC Common Framework for Monitoring and Evaluation of MHPSS

programmes in Emergency Settings;

• Familiarity with the humanitarian architecture (cluster system), humanitarian appeals, humanitarian response plans and common humanitarian funds;

• Ability to work independently and to accept advice from MHPSS coordination group Board members.


• Fluency in English is required.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.

• Emergency and Crisis - Works effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments. Coordinates actions with emergency response actors and making use of coordination structures. Supports adequate levels of information sharing between internal units, cluster partners, IOM and other emergency response actors. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with implementing partners. Makes correct decisions rapidly based on available information


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile. For this staff category, candidates who are

nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements and security clearances.

How to apply:

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 21 November 2017 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 08.11.2017 to 21.11.2017

Requisition: CFA 2017/47 (P) - Working Group Coordinator (MHPSS) (UG) - Juba, South Sudan

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