Associate Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer
Application deadline 7 months ago: Friday 10 Jun 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) describes any type of local or outside support that aims to protect or promote psychosocial well-being and/or prevent or treat mental disorder. It is therefore, by definition, a multi-sectoral issue. Within the work of UNHCR and partners, MHPSS activities do not constitute a separate sector, but are mainly realized within existing sectors and work fields such as health, nutrition, community-based protection, child protection, and SGBV. The main task of the MHPSS team is to build and maintain capacity for MHPSS interventions within UNHCR and partners in order to foster delivery of quality MHPSS interventions for refugees and surrounding host communities
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the mental health and psychosocial support officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer -Associate MHPSS officer will:
•Assist partners and UNHCR staff in the protection and health units to develop, coordinate, and monitor appropriate MHPSS interventions. •Contribute to capacity building and supportive supervision of UNHCR staff and partner staff around: I. Community-based psychosocial support, II. Evidence-based scalable psychological interventions, III. Offer support to primary health care workers around mental health care). •Perform monitoring around psychosocial support of partners including, in consultation with the relevant units, Community-based Protection, Child protection, GBV and Education. •Provide support to UNHCR health partners to ensure the correct use of the mental health elements of Health Information System (HIS), collect data for the annual UNHCR reporting, review and analyze monthly health data, and compile annual reports on the mental health situation in camps. •Undertake regular site visits in order to assess MHPSS needs of persons of concern, with attention to people with specific needs. •Support staff welfare in identification, recommendation and referral of mental health related matters among staff •Support the development of functional referral and follow-up mechanisms between community, MHPSS services and protection partners. •Support establishing referral pathways for people with clinically relevant mental health conditions from the community to the primary health care system and when required to secondary care. •Keep regular contacts with local authorities, Community leaders and partners as requested by supervisor. •Represent UNHCR team in MHPSS coordination meetings and or in coordination meetings round protection and health, as requested by supervisor. •Ensure compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of MHPSS services. •Upon indication, assist in assessing the MHPSS needs of persons of concern (people with high priority needs and or persons with complex or severe problems), initiate treatment and define appropriate follow up interventions. •Share information on MHPSS services: when, where and how to access the services, provide feedback or complaint on services provided or staff conduct etc. •Maintain a record of feedback from PoCs and sharing with relevant focal point or the Head of Office. •Establish communication with communities’ mechanisms to address stigmatization and quality of rights in mental health.
•Professionalism •Integrity •Teamwork and respect for diversity •Commitment to continuous learning •Planning and organizing •Communication •Flexibility •Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement
the relevant fields mentioned in this DoA. -Professional experience in the humanitarian or forced displacement field -Field-based experience in programme management, MHPSS in humanitarian settings and supervision of MHPSS teams. -Field-based experience working with the protection sector in low- or middle-income countries -Experience in training unspecialized community members on MHPSS-related topics, including psychological interventions. -Strong understanding of the multilayered array of MHPSS services -Experience in UNHCR field operations -Good knowledge of the UN and NGO humanitarian community
Desirable work experience:
-Strong understanding of and working experience with refugee Protection (community-based protection and refugee rights) -Volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Assosa is a non-family duty station with an 8-week Rest and Recuperation cycle (location Addis Ababa), Staff members are accommodated in guesthouses within UNHCR compound. The banking facilities are limited, and do not deal with foreign currencies. UNHCR has good internet connectivity and inter-office telephone communication. However, connectivity for mobile telephone communication is not reliable most of the time. There are no international schools available. Medical facilities are limited but medical referrals and evacuations are referred to Addis Ababa in a timely manner. There are daily commercial flights between Addis Ababa and Assosa (duration of flight is approx. one hour).
The diversity of topography in Ethiopia has resulted in a wide variety of climate in the country. The climate in Assosa is classified as tropical. The hottest season of the region is in March/April and temperature may rise to 35 °C, followed by a long rainy season until the end of the year. J Flights to Assosa are sometimes affected by bad weather for flights during the rainy season. Remoteness, isolation, and lack of entertainment in social life are the factors to be also considered prior to applying.
Ethiopia is a unique country and Assosa is a unique (humanitarian) operation. It provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential. The IUNV will be commuting daily from Assosa to Tsore Refugee Camp which is a distance of 29kms (32 mins) and may be required to visit other camps when necessary.