Programme Officer (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS))

International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Officer (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS))

Duty Station: Kyiv, Ukraine

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 09 August 2022

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM), the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)), and in close collaboration with Headquarters (HQ) Head of Mental Health Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication Section, the Programme Officer (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)) will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) programme activities in Ukraine.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Support the implementation of MHPSS programme activities in the Western and Central regions of Ukraine in line with IOM rules and regulations and procedures.
  2. Coordinate MHPSS needs assessments in the geographical areas of responsibility to ascertain service availability and appropriateness, and draft recommendations to enhance the MHPSS service provision based on the assessment results.
  3. Participate in the National Mental Health Technical Working Group and other technical coordination platforms under the supervision of the MHPSS Programme manager and check IOM’s representation in other technical MHPSS sub working groups.
  4. Contribute to the development of periodic workplans for psychosocial mobile teams and national officers and provide technical back stopping for all field teams.
  5. Draft weekly and monthly reports on IOM MHPSS activities in line with the mission reporting guidelines.
  6. Draft plans for the implementation of capacity building of staff, mobile teams and implementing partners in MHPSS.
  7. Ensure proper documentation including regular reporting to the donor as required in the donor agreements.
  8. Assist the MHPSS Programme manager in developing, overseeing and implementing MHPSS components of projects under other units in Ukraine country office
  9. Facilitate the integration and consideration of cross-cutting issues such as gender, children, and other vulnerable groups in the programme.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Psychology (clinical and counselling), Social Work or Anthropology from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
  • Professional accreditation with a recognized psychological or mental health association society is a distinctive advantage.


  • Participation in IOM corporate Academic programs in Psychosocial Interventions in Emergency and Displacement or similar will be considered an asset.
  • Experience in implementing and coordinating psychosocial support programmes in emergency situations (required);
  • Experience in providing psychosocial support in an emergency (required);
  • Experience in a complex humanitarian emergency or post-conflict environment (desired);
  • Experience in clinical counselling psychology, or psychotherapy and counselling for social workers (desired);
  • Familiarity or previous work experience in the region is desired.


  • Knowledge of project management cycle and experience in coordinating and implementing projects.
  • Knowledge and experience in facilitating training and developing curricula in MHPSS.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work in multicultural environments, showing cultural sensitivity and understanding.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 09 August 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 27.07.2022 to 09.08.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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