MHPSS Coordinator

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Greece
Organization: HIAS
Closing date: 15 Oct 2020

Department:HIAS Greece

Location:Lesvos, GR

Position Summary: As a part of an initial and protracted response in the aftermath of the fires, which destroyed the Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) in Moria, HIAS is seeking a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator to support the implementation of mental health and psychosocial support programming for refugees and asylum seekers in Lesvos, Greece. HIAS has had a presence is Lesvos since 2016 with a focus on the provision of legal aid support to asylum-seekers in Moria camp. With over 11,000 individuals, including 4,000 children, having been displaced due to the Moria campfires on September 8-10th, there has been an exponential increase in the need for MHPSS services and the MHPSS Coordinator will play a critical role supporting the Lesvos team to start-up and implement this critical programming.

*This position is for 12 months, and is contingent on funding.

The Coordinator will take the lead on coordination for MHPSS programming, working closely with their HIAS Greece counterparts to support ongoing evaluation of needs to ensure HIAS MHPSS programming is responsive. This includes rolling out training in psychological first aid, and supporting an MHPSS service mapping and strengthening referral pathways for those with MHPSS needs. The MHPSS Coordinator will also oversee MHPSS program development, including proposal development, potential expansion of the MHPSS team in Lesvos, monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS activities, and reporting. This position will also provide overall technical oversight of quality MHPSS services, including training, supervision, and monitoring of implementation of activities and interventions. This position will work within the framework of the IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings and Sphere standards, as well as HIAS MHPSS Operational framework. This position will also work collaboratively with other agencies in Lesvos, as well as international and other relevant stakeholders.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and implement emergency and longer term MHPSS programming for Lesvos, Greece, including strategy development and ongoing monitoring of program
  • Work within the framework of IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings and Sphere Standards
  • Conduct a situational analysis of emergency MHPSS needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Lesvos
  • Provide technical support and liaise closely with a multidisciplinary emergency team, including GBV and legal aid colleagues;
  • Coordinate with local NGO partners and relevant government focal points for the implementation and monitoring of MHPSS projects
  • Prepare and implement psychological first aid and other relevant emergency psychosocial support skills training
  • Promote the use of community-based approaches in response to mental health concerns;
  • Represent HIAS as requested in various working group meetings

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Advanced degree or higher in psychology, mental health counseling, social work, or other relevant field with knowledge of humanitarian field, human rights, international development, public health or other relevant field.
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant MHPSS experience in humanitarian settings, preferably working with refugees and/or forcibly displaced populations;
  • Knowledgeable in and has used the IASC MHPSS guidelines and best practices as part of previous work experience;
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the assessment of and design and delivery or responses to pre-existing and emergency induced MHPSS needs
  • Demonstrated understanding of core MHPSS interventions utilized in emergency settings (e.g., WHO scalable mental health interventions, Psychological First Aid)
  • Demonstrated experience in training and supervision of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Familiarity with needs-based participatory approach; experience with engagement with communities
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficiency in English and Greek, both written and oral

About Us:

HIAS is a global Jewish nonprofit organization working across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient. Guided by our values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and security and advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity.

How to apply:

Application form can be found on the following link, after selecting the relevant position
Deadline: 23:59 +3GMT, 15 October, 2020

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