NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Libya
Organization: Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Closing date: 10 Jan 2021

TITLE: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Technical Supervisor

PLACE: Tripoli, Libya (with regular travel to other region of Libya)


Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up emergency and development programmes in 62 countries. Today, HI has a budget of around 170 million euros, with about 3,500 employees worldwide.

HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of workers living with a disability.

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In Libyan, since 2011, continued conflict in many parts of the country and political instability have resulted in important challenges in effective governance and caused significant difficulties in the country’s political and institutional system. The conflict is also gradually affecting the social and community cohesion of the country, as people are torn between their tribal and family allegiances and their hope to live again as a united country. The resilience of the Libyan population is steadily reducing, as individuals and communities are facing uncertainty regarding their future.

The healthcare system in Libya is one of the hardest hit. Ongoing challenges include increased rates of chronic illness, disability and access to essential services such as medicine and rehabilitation. Hospitals struggle to absorb the number of patients and to cope with a lack of resources, including a shortage of staff and essential medicines and supplies. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the already existing vulnerability of the Libyan population, adding up to the effects from years of conflict, and extremely stretched healthcare system. In addition, while Libya already faced high Explosive Ordnance (EO) contamination due to nine years of conflict, the contamination in the greater Tripoli and Sirt areas has increased considerably since the latest development of the conflict between April 2019 and march 2020. The increased use of improvised explosive devices caused new displacements, a new layer of land contamination, and a rise in EO related accidents, killing and injuring civilians and non-civilians, including mine clearance and humanitarian workers.

In this context, the support to the most vulnerable individuals, including people with disabilities or injuries is a priority for the humanitarian community working throughout Libya. HI is currently implementing several programmes in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, supporting vulnerable persons and their families such as people with disabilities (including people living with mental health problems), people with chronic diseases, older persons and displaced persons and families. Activities include provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy and psychosocial support, provision of assistive & mobility devices as per needed; capacity building, technical support and donations of assistive devices and/or materials and equipment to health partners; training on inclusion principles to other humanitarian actors and health workers;

Since early 2019 HI is implementing a three-year project entitled ‘Action for Mental Health Assistance in Libya’ (AMAL) as part of wider initiatives to improve the access and quality of health care services in Libya. Implemented in partnership with the Libyan Ministry of Health and a Tunisian NGO, the overall objective of the project is to allow the most vulnerable people in Libya from host communities, those internally displaced and returnees and migrants, suffering from mental health disorders/psychosocial disabilities to regain or to preserve good mental health by accessing quality interventions at community level, primary health care level, and secondary and tertiary level. From July 2020, HI also started the SALAM project, a one-year intervention in partnership with UNDP, which aims to enhance the development of a culture of peace, cooperation and responsibility - with a focus on youth (male and female) - through improved provision of MHPSS services at community level. This project will strongly rely on Libyan Civil Society Organisations.

HI is also involved in Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) activities, HI supports the Libyan Mine Action Centre (LibMAC), UNMAS and other ministries in developing a victim assistance strategy and action plan. As a response to increased ERW related accidents, HI is also resuming its Risk Education activities in greater Tripoli in November 2020.

The post holder will be expected to travel regularly between his / her operational bases in Benghazi, and Tunis, where is based HI Maghreb regional office. This being said, important challenges exist to move in and out of the country. Indeed, since March 2020, heavy sanitary measures have been enforced both in Libya and Tunisia, such as border closures and travel restrictions, disruption of supply chain, lockdown, curfews, movement’s restrictions and social distancing. As a result, the expatriates working for HI Libya mission are currently operating on a “semi-remote” management mode and the senior country team is expected to adapt accordingly its management style, communication and support / control mechanisms.


In the framework our “Inclusive Humanitarian Assistance, Health and Protection Response for the Most Vulnerable, Crisis Affected Persons in Libya”, in addition to the AMAL and SALAM projects, the mental health and psychosocial (MHPSS) intervention consists of:**

Supporting vulnerable persons in any situation which causes psychological distress and/or mental health disorders,

Preventing mental health and psychosocial related complications including psychosocial disability and other longer term mental health problems

As well as supporting personal psychosocial capacities to cope with the crisis event and consequent situations.

And support the Ministry of Health as well as Civil Society Organisations in developing quality MHPSS services


As part of the programme’s technical unit, the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Supervisor will be responsible:

To build the capacity of the PSS Workers to provide appropriate PSS to vulnerable persons including persons with mental health disorders, psychosocial and/or physical disabilities, both children and adults.

To build the capacity of the PSS Workers to provide appropriate advice and support to caregivers of persons with mental health disorders, psychosocial and/or physical disabilities, with special attention to the psychosocial aspect, and enable them to more effectively manage their responsibility as caregivers.

To support the MHPSS Technical Coordinator to ensure the quality of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support services.

To participate in the mapping and identification of service providers for referral of beneficiaries.

To train identified stakeholders in the provision of appropriate mental health and psychosocial support to vulnerable persons including persons with disabilities and injuries.

To professionally represent Handicap International (HI) at all times, and be involved in the dissemination of information about HI activities in Libya to appropriate persons including beneficiaries, community leaders, other organizations and officials as required.


Line manager: MHPSS Technical Specialist

Line manager +1: Country Manager


Under the direct supervision of the MHPSS Technical Specialist, the MHPSS Technical Supervisor is required to:

1. Build capacity of PSS Workers from HI and from other originations in identification and assessment of MHPSS and Protection needs of the targeted population groups, and in provision of safe and appropriate PSS interventions, including referral to specialized mental health services and protection services

Technically supervise and train HI PSS outreach teams and staff from other organization to identify and analyze PSS and Protection needs of beneficiaries, including screening for most vulnerable and urgent cases amongst persons with with mental health disorders, psychosocial and/or physical disabilities.

Technically supervise and train HI outreach teams and staff from other organization in PSS assessment of identified beneficiaries, taking into consideration various factors and causes of psychological distress.

Technically support the PSS Workers to adapt the intervention to the beneficiary’s specific needs, taking into account the scope of the project interventions and ensuring a global vision of the individual and familial psychosocial and protection needs. Review and reinforce the project’s beneficiary pathway and referral mechanisms.

Be part of a constructive holistic team work to develop a qualitative analysis and appropriate response for persons with disability and vulnerability.

Identify existing services and lead the mapping of the MHPSS and protection sector services.

2. Build capacity of the PSS Workers to respond to identified needs through direct provision of PSS group sessions

Based on identified needs, build capacity of PSS Workers to organize and conduct group PSS sessions to beneficiaries.

Build capacity of PSS workers to organize and implement innovative community-based PSS activities aiming to restore and build social bonds, promote inclusion of persons with disability and/or improve general well-being.

Ensure a qualitative follow up of the beneficiaries taking part in group activities and an improvement of their well-being through monitoring activities.

3. Develop community awareness campaign and provide stakeholders sensitization, training and capacity building sessions

In close collaboration with Project Managers, Projects Officers and Technical Support persons and HI outreach teams, oversee the design, production and field testing of MHPSS-related Information Education and Communication materials (IEC), including but not limited to posters, fliers, leaflets and information booklets for beneficiaries and/or local stakeholders.

According to identified needs, prepare supervise and/or implement MHPSS and protections sensitization sessions.

Identify MHPSS and Protection training needs of relevant local partners or stakeholders working in the field.

According to identified needs, prepare and implement MHPSS and Protection trainings – both formal and on-the-job training within the framework of the ongoing projects.**

4. Planning support of MHPSS related project activities

Assist the Project Managers and Project Officers in the definition of the action plans of each PSS worker, and support in the implementation and monitoring of the proposed action plans.

Based on the identified needs and in close collaboration with Project Managers, Project Officers and Technical Support persons, participate in the definition of the MHPSS and intervention strategy and methodologies to be used in the projects and development of the required supporting tools where necessary.

Based on identified needs, propose and contribute to the development of new activities specifically addressing gaps in MHPSS services in accordance with HI frameworks on Mental health and psychosocial support interventions in emergency and post-crisis settings.

Ensure proper application of all MHPSS related methodology in the context of the project and with respect to HI quality standards in terms of the identified tools and methodologies.

As required, contribute to the technical aspects of planning, design and implementation of annual MHPSS-related program activities, workshops, trainings and/or events.

Participate in the design of project proposals or concept notes with specific inputs related to PSS and Protection where necessary.

Together with, Project Managers, Project Officers and HI Outreach teams, participate in continuous needs assessment within the areas of intervention for new projects to be developed and/or propose adaptation of the existing PSS and protection related activities as necessary.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation of MHPSS related Activities

Ensuring the control of the quality of the MHPSS support delivered in close coordination with the MHPSS Technical Coordinator

Participating, in close collaboration with the MHPSS Technical Coordinator, in the elaboration of guidelines, training documents and protocols;

Contribute to the collection of disaggregated data for the MHPSS components of the projects through specific assessment tools. Collaborate closely with the Information Management Officer to ensure the data is correctly consolidated within a beneficiary database.

Support the Project Managers in the monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS aspects of the project activities, including conformity of activities with the set objectives, data collection and follow up of indicators.

Where necessary, and within technical capacity, contribute to the design of various monitoring tools for the MHPSS component of the project (for example, post intervention monitoring). Participate in the analysis of data.

In collaboration with the project teams, participate in “lessons learned” initiatives related to the MHPSS sector.

6. Translation, and reporting on MHPSS and Protection related aspects of project activities

Translation of project related documents or information specific to MHPSS and protection, between English and Arabic.

Provide regular reporting on MHPSS and protection activities to the line manager upon his/her solicitation.

Contribute to donor reporting as necessary, including compiling data from the field as well as any other information, forms and/or photographs that may be required.

Participate in the internal reporting of global issues amongst identified beneficiaries, with a focus on Protection related issues.

7. Internal and external coordination

Closely coordinate with other organizations (NGOs and CSOs) to implement project related activities from a MHPSS technical perspective.

Represent Handicap International approach to MHPSS and Protection activities within relevant coordination meetings, trainings, workshops, conferences and other events, as directed by your line manager.

Wherever possible and in close coordination with the Project Managers, contribute to the identification and facilitation of ways to increase collaboration between stakeholders, particularly involving MHPSS and Protection.

Where required, represent HI towards local authorities and local associations in Protection specific matters.

Maintain a positive image of Handicap international at all times and in all circumstances.

Contribute to the cultivation of a community approach to Protection services to ensure a confidence in HI project activities.

Participate in regular team meetings and wider coordination meetings.

8. Demonstrate an ethical and professional practice at all times:

Respect and ensure beneficiary confidentiality and safety. Ensure timely reporting of any incidents or acts that cause any harm to beneficiary or to others (i.e. protection issues).

Respect and promote HI’s Policies on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Protection and report to the line manager any dis-respect of HI’s policies amongst the teams or partners.

Always ask the permission to touch or to apply any treatment or manoeuvres to someone.

Behave respectfully with regards to culture and religious backgrounds of beneficiaries and always respect a refusal of treatment.

9. Demonstrate willingness to improve professional competences and abilities to increase care quality

Demonstrate motivation and positivity at work.

Demonstrate willingness to improve own knowledge and skills by participating actively in training sessions and team capacity building initiatives.

Participate in the different activities that are common to all team members.

Respect each team member’s positions, work, and specialty.

Adapt to special situations or requests from line manager and as required based on identified needs and analysis.


HI workers/service providers/consultants must adhere to the values and principles outlined in HI Code of conduct. In accordance with these values, HI operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-fraud, bribery, and corruption.

“Handicap International is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from persons with disabilities

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Knowledge/Experience required


· Degree or diploma in Psychology or related psychosocial field.

· Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience.


· Previous experience with international or local NGOs and working in cross-cultural setting.

· Experience in planning, developing and implementing protection and/or MHPSS related training.

· Experience in supervising and/or monitoring protection and MHPSS related interventions.

· Experience in community work and participatory approaches, and good knowledge of advocacy/ community mobilization methods and tools.

· Demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and humanitarian values.

· Understanding of a comprehensive approach of vulnerability and disabilities issues and their interactions with psychosocial consequences.

· Experience in development of IEC materials.

Computer literacy with demonstrated experience in utilization of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel and PowerPoint in particular.

Skills required

· Excellent spoken and written English.

· Excellent communication and representation skills.

· Ability to propose workable solutions and identify their implications (positive and negative) adapted to the PSS and Protection needs of individuals.

· Ability to develop productive working relationships with colleagues, partners, local authorities and other stakeholders

· Ability to work autonomously and under high pressure with a great level of personal organization.

· Report writing, data interpretation and analytical skills

· Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills (written and oral).

· Ability to anticipate risks and opportunities

· Positive thinking and solution-oriented approach

· Able to handle confidential and sensitive information.

Ability to travel, occasionally on short notice, to areas of intervention of the project.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter by email, with the subject reference

MHPSS Technical Supervisor-2021-Libya**”** to:

Application closing date is 10th of January 2021.

Type of contract: FIXED TERM – 1 year (RENEWABLE)

Only short-listed candidates will be called for an interview and testing.

The position is opened for Libyan Nationals only

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