Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Regional Coordinator

Medical Teams International

Responsible for the design, implementation, and technical supervision of all MHPSS programming conducted directly by Medical Teams staff and indirectly through local MHPSS partners as part of the Ukraine regional response. Takes the lead in coordination and monitoring of regional MHPSS programming ensuring service quality, supervision, reporting, and staff and volunteer capacity building within MHPSS. Represents MTI in the relevant MHPSS TWGs in collaboration with the Ukraine Response Medical Coordinator(s) and MHPSS manager(s).

Medical Teams International Calling:

Daring to love like Jesus, we boldly break barriers to health and restore wholeness in a hurting world.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design, develop and support the implementation of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) activities in collaboration with the Ukraine Response Medical Coordinator(s), Team Lead (s) and other senior management and HQ Health Advisor.
  • Develop supervision model for MHPSS programming, including any clinical support necessary, if MHPSS program includes direct provision of counselling or treatment by licensed clinical psychologists/counsellors/psychiatrists.
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate MHPSS programming objectives, indicators, and outcomes of Ukraine regional response program.
  • Collate, create and store MHPSS tools and guidance documents for MTI MHPSS programming.
  • Work with MTI HQ Technical Team to recommend MHPSS guidance documents and tools needed globally to support country level MHPSS.
  • Conduct or facilitate MHPSS trainings for MTI staff and volunteers (trainings to include: psychological first aid (PFA), mhGAP, Psychosocial Support (PSS) awareness and other relevant MHPSS trainings).
  • Assist in implementing HR functions related to MHPSS staff management (hiring and training) and ensure training and capacity building of MTI staff and volunteers based on assessed needs related to MHPSS.
  • Ensure quality in the MHPSS programming across different locations and with local partners. Initiate and lead meetings for sharing, learning and continuous improvement of activities with local partners and other MHPSS actors.
  • Represent MTI at MHPSS coordination and technical working group meetings at regional and national level(s), task force meetings and other partner coordination meetings and communicate relevant information back to staff and HQ technical team.
  • Network and identify local MHPSS NGOs to partner with and/or support. Work with senior management to vet and establish partnerships.
  • Support MHPSS manager(s) to establish and keep updated MHPSS referral pathways for all program locations.
  • Lead on the MHPSS sections of project proposals, donor and internal reports including compiling and analysing data, writing narrative and analysis.
  • Ensure the Safeguarding of program participants and employees through promoting an environment of awareness and upholding the code of conduct provisions of Medical Teams Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Child & Vulnerable Adult protection, and harassment-free workplace policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION, LICENSES, & CERTIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Masters Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Clinical Counselling, or similar field with 5 years of relevant experience (clinical counselling/educational psychology preferable)

Preferred:

  • Postgraduate training in Public Health
  • Valid practising license
  • Certification as Psychological First Aid (PFA) and mhGAP ToT trainer

EXPERIENCE

  • Three plus MHPSS experience in humanitarian and/or development organization, including experience in the field
  • Experience in MHPSS program design and implementation with experience in delivering trainings and psychosocial support, preferably in community-based work
  • Previous experience with an international NGO or UN agency is required
  • Experience outside of home country is desired

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices in MHPSS programming in humanitarian settings, particularly related to conflict and disasters
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles and operations and project cycle management
  • Knowledge of Ukraine conflict situation and current humanitarian response
  • Basic knowledge of principles and current approaches to monitoring and evaluation in humanitarian programs

Skills

  • Skilled in communications using email, applications including Teams, and WhatsApp/Signal
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Skilled in project cycle management
  • Skilled in capacity building and mobilizing staff and volunteers to achieve a common goal
  • Skilled in relationship building with the ability to liaise with local and international partner agencies
  • Skilled in data analysis and writing proposals and reports
  • Skilled at using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Skills in Ukrainian, Russian, and/or Romanian desirable

Abilities

  • Strategic thinker with analytical skills
  • Keen interest to mentor others
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Ability to travel frequently and at times upon short notice
  • Ability to exercise considerable initiative to plan, organize and follow through to meet deadlines
  • Ability to support MTI Calling and adhere to the MTI Code of Conduct

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee must be able to:

  • Frequent use of a personal computer, database and digital platforms, and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine and computer printer.
  • Frequently uses hands, fingers, and arms to reach, handle, touch or feel equipment, medical instruments, materials, computer.
  • Frequent communication and exchange of information among colleagues and persons of concern which requires the ability to speak, hear, convey and express oneself.
  • Frequent close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, steps, or ladder
  • Occasionally move about inside an office to access file cabinets, office machinery, meet with colleagues, etc.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
  • Seldom to occasionally positions self to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • If in travel status, occasional to frequent traversing over rough or steep terrain in either a motor vehicle or on foot.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The employee may be required to travel to remote areas of the world where there are potential health hazards and risks, limited hygiene facilities, extreme hot or cold weather, and very basic living conditions.

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