MHPSS Consultant

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Job Description

Job Title: MHPSS Consultant (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Consultant)

Department: Programs

Location: Moldova

Grade: Consultant

Type of Employment: Full-Time, 2 months

Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is among the world’s leading humanitarian aid organizations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict, and disaster, helping them to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC seeks to be an operational and inspiring leader in matters of resettlement, asylum, and integration, demonstrating its credibility and expertise as a leading service provider, partner and advocate across the arc of the global displacement crisis. IRC currently operates in the U.S., Africa, Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. For a complete listing of countries in which IRC operates and supports refugee programs, please visit

Across Europe, the IRC delivers programs that address acute humanitarian needs of asylum-seekers and other vulnerable migrants who are newly arrived, stranded or in transit, and programs that address their longer-term integration needs.

Earlier this year, IRC launched its newest country program in Moldova to respond to the Ukrainian crisis in collaboration with local civil society organizations. With a population of only 2.64 million, Moldova has seen over 600,000 refugees cross its borders in search of safety. While most refugees transit onward toward Romania and other European countries, the number of nearly 100,000 Ukrainians and expected to increase in the coming months. Given its small size and limited resources, Moldova's capacity is already under strain with pressures on energy supplies and high inflation. The IRC envisages a humanitarian program in Moldova targeting both refugees and Moldovans, with interventions designed to save lives and relieve humanitarian suffering, with a focus on education, gender-based violence prevention and response, and protection services along with support for integration.

Job Overview/Summary:

MHPSS Consultant assumes a critical role in overseeing and ensuring the effective implementation of Integrated Protection activities. While the consultant will not directly deliver training or MHPSS services, the consultant actively monitors and provides support to individuals conducting these activities. Their responsibilities will center around organizational and communication tasks, as well as handling paperwork within the office. This role will involve collaborating with team members and local partners to facilitate community-based initiatives aimed at improving well-being, protection, and resilience.

In this role, the hired individual will work closely with a licensed psychologist to ensure the effective delivery of specialized integrated protection training programs for school personnel, vulnerable local community and refugees. The MHPSS Consultant will play a key role in documentation, reporting, and providing essential support to facilitate the smooth operation of IRC’s mental health and psychosocial support initiatives.

The MHPSS Consultant will contribute to operationalizing MHPSS global standards and principles in alignment with IRC policy and will report to the Protection/ Programs Manager.


• Assist in the logistical coordination of training sessions, including scheduling, venue setup, and managing training materials for easy accessibility.

• Liaise with school personnel and training participants to provide information and support and communicate effectively with the team for seamless coordination.

• Maintain detailed and accurate records of training sessions, participant attendance, and evaluations, and prepare reports on training outcomes.

• Ensuring timely, efficient, and effective implementation of psychosocial activities.

• Manage organizational and communication tasks related to the implementation of mental health and psychosocial support initiatives.

• Actively monitor training and MHPSS services, providing support to individuals conducting these activities.

• Support the development of a contextual multi-sector emergency MHPSS response for vulnerable local communities and refugees in close coordination with the Protection/ Program’s Manager.

• Travel within Moldova for training, capacity building, liaison, and monitoring of IRC-supported projects and activities.

• Preparation of quality, and comprehensive reports and assessments, when and if it is needed.

• Participate in MHPSS, Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence, and General Protection coordination working groups for Moldova.

• Contribute to the development of project proposals, concept notes, and sector publications.


• Bachelor’s degree in any Humanitarian field.

• Experience with supporting and handling tasks related to the delivery of services will be an asset.

• Capacity to work individually and in teams.

• Responsible, Professional, Transparent and with Integrity.

• Ability to work with people from different cultural settings.

• Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills required.

• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

• Capacity to work under pressure and flexibility.

• Willingness to travel across the country.

Language Requirements:

• Fluency in Romanian and/or Russian/Ukrainian languages (written and spoken).

• Working knowledge of English (written and spoken) will be an asset.

Working hours:

• Monday to Friday, 8 hours per day, 5 days a week

• Occasional evening and weekends on request

Professional Standards:

● All staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.

● Adhere to the Code of Conduct every day – in the site and in the community.

● Maintain confidentiality.

● While in transit sites, all IRC staff must wear appropriate IRC visibility.

Due to the urgency of the role, the closing date for applications is Wednesday, November 22, 2023.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.

Due to the expected high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.



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