Co-Chair, MHPSS Technical Working Group - Iraq

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Co-Chair, MHPSS Technical Working Group - Iraq

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. The National MHPSSPSS WG Co-Chair, works in partnership with the health cluster lead, co-lead and the Ministry of Health to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective MHPSS planning, communication and coordination of both the response and long-term programming. The Co-chair will have specific responsibility for ensuring that the National MHPSS WG position is informed by the NGO perspective. The National MHPSS WG Co-Chair will also be responsible for ensuring that the NGO membership is contributing to and sharing National MHPSS WG responsibilities, and will play a lead role in developing the active engagement and technical capacity of Iraq NGO members of this working group. As the National MHPSS WG Chair and co-Chair, WHO and IMC will provide secretarial services to the National MHPSS WG including organizing meetings, drafting minutes and compiling reports and plans.

The accountabilities of the position set out below are aligned to the core functions of cluster delivery at the country level (i) Supporting Service Delivery (ii) Informing Strategic decision making (iii) Planning and Strategy development (iv) Advocacy (v) Monitoring and Reporting (vi) Contingency Planning and Preparedness.

Support Service Delivery: • Identify, make contact and maintain communications with MHPSS stakeholders, health cluster members (through the HC leadership) and existing coordination mechanisms, including health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society actors. • Hold regular coordination meetings with National MHPSS WG members, building when possible on existing MHPSS Sub-WGs coordination opportunities. The Co-Chair will share the responsibility of organizing and co-chairing National MHPSS WG meetings with the National MHPSS WG Chair (co-chairing the meetings and drafting meeting minutes) and the Health Cluster. • Facilitate the collection of information from all members on the 4Ws-Who’s Where, since and until When, doing What, and ensure the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)-managed 4W database is regularly updated. Provide consolidated feedback to all members and the other working groups/clusters on a regular basis. • Ensure that National MHPSS WG members are primarily accountable to affected populations through consultative mechanisms. • Coordinate the establishment and work of the National MHPSS sub-working groups, including taking the lead in supporting one or several sub-groups according to needs and gaps.

Inform strategic decision-making of the National MHPSS WG for the humanitarian response: • Ensure the assessment and monitoring of the availability of MHPSS services provided by all MHPSS actors using the IASC guidelines and WHO/UNHCR toolkit. • Ensure that mental health and psychosocial needs are identified by planning and coordinating joint, inter-cluster, initial rapid assessments. • Mobilize National MHPSS WG members to contribute to establishing and maintaining an appropriate Early Warning Alert and Response Network, and regularly report on MHPSS services delivered to the affected population and the situation in the areas where they work. • Lead and contribute to the joint MHPSS analysis of National MHPSS WG information and data leading to joint identification of gaps in the service delivery and agreement on priorities to inform the development (or adaptation) of relevant plans and strategies. • Ensure that NGO members of the National MHPSS WG are kept fully informed of the meetings and decisions that take place outside of regular National MHPSS WG meetings, especially with external stakeholders.

Planning and strategy development: • In consultation with members, produce an annual work plan for the WG that supports HRP and 3RPs strategic priorities and aligns with the national strategies and plans in addition to overarching humanitarian response. The work plan should be inclusive of training and research initiatives which build knowledge and capacity within the MHPSS WG and eventually the health cluster members. • Include milestones in the work plan to allow progress monitoring. • Promote adherence of standards and best practices by all National MHPSS WG members taking into account the need for local adaptation. • Provide leadership and strategic direction to WG members in the development of the health and protection clusters’ components of appeals, proposals and interagency planning and funding documents.

Advocacy and Resource Mobilization • In consultation with members, develop an annual advocacy strategy and work plan that includes advocacy topics and activities as prioritized by the National MHPSS WG members. • Put forward proposals for funding in consultation with the WG members and share responsibility withal relevant stakeholders for resource mobilization • Take additional steps to ensure that resource mobilization and advocacy efforts, particularly the consolidated annual appeal, fairly represents and benefits NGOs as well as UN agencies.

Contingency Planning/Preparedness/Capacity Building • Lead joint National MHPSS WG contingency planning for potential new events or set-backs, when required. • Identify urgent training needs in relation to technical standards and protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all National MHPSS WG members. • Coordinate the dissemination of key technical materials and share responsibility with the National MHPSS WG on organizing training for the WG members’ response with a special focus on standards and best practice.

Early Recovery and Long-term development: • In a protracted crisis or recovery context, ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of ‘building back better’ and specific risk reduction measures. • Other tasks assigned by the cluster coordinator in agreement with the WG chair.

Guidance for program development and strategic direction: • Ensure that IMC MHPSS programming is aligned with the National MHPSS WG priorities and the strategic direction of MoH. • Provide input to updating the IMC MHPSS strategy and strategic plans. • Meet regularly with Senior management and MHPSS lead to provide guidance concerning strategic planning government and donors’ priorities. • Provide support and guidance to the progress and follow up of the national framework.


• Advanced university degree (Master’s level or equivalent) in mental health, or related fields from a recognized university or academic institute.

Experience • Strong experience in coordinating working groups and strategy development.

Competency • Excellent written and spoken English as well as Arabic are essential. • Demonstrated ability to work on coordination with others sectors particularly health and protection. • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. • Excellent presentation and communication skills. • Building and promoting partnerships across the health/protection clusters and government authorities. • Creating an empowering and motivating environment. • Ensuring the effective use of resources. • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences. • Promotes and ensures technical oversight and guidance to the sector, identifying training needs and facilitating capacity building efforts.

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