Requisition ID: req11836 Job Title: Mental Health Specialist Sector: Health Employment Category: Fixed Term Employment Type: Full-Time Open to Expatriates: Yes Location: Iriba, Chad Job Description Based at Iriba, the Mental Health Specialist, is responsible for the overall management and implementation of quality mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programs in 12 refugee camp health facilities. The Clinical Mental Health Specialist will work closely with UNHCR, IRC, ADES and HIAS to strengthen the health facility’s mental health integration plan. The Clinical Mental Health Specialist will supervise and oversee the Primary Healthcare Workers who are providing prevention, diagnostic and treatment services to patients with mental, neurological, and substance abuse disorders using WHO/ UNHCR mental health gap action program (mhGAP) guidelines and train new providers on the mhGAP model. She/he will develop standard operating procedures for the provision of psychosocial support and psychiatric care, as well as support and psychoeducation in group and community-based settings. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES • Lead a situation analysis in order to identify and assess the MHPSS needs across 12 refugee camps. • Provide training on the identification and management of priority mental health conditions to general health staff in line with WHO/UNHCR mhGAP Intervention Guidelines (WHO mhGAP-IG). In 2015 and 2016 staff have been trained, but due to the rapid staff turnover and the lack of a supervision system the effects were suboptimal. • Provide mental health and psychosocial support consultations and services along with health staff as needed. • Improve community based support for people with mental health problems in close collaboration between health care and community based protection actors. • Develop supervision structures and accountable mechanisms. • Develop a functional referral system to ensure prompt care. • Provide ongoing group and individual clinical supervision for health care workers providing pharmacological and psychosocial intervention using IRC supervision checklists. • Coordinate and collect patient feedback to inform responsible service provision. • Ensure that WHO essential psychotropic medications are available at health facilities and they are being properly stored and prescribed. • Take the lead in collection and reporting of mental health project data including HMIS reporting and patient outcomes. • Actively lead coordination mechanisms and advocate for principles of IASC MHPSS guidelines. • Take a lead in MHPSS program development and proposal writing. • Work closely with the Chadian health services and strive for ultimate integration of services for refugees into the regular health system.
Qualifications • Higher degree in clinical mental health: O Preferably: an MD degree with specialization in psychiatry plus experience in neurology; O Alternatively: Persons with another other degree in clinical mental health will be considered such as an advanced degree in psychiatric nursing, diploma; ‘technicien superieur en santé mentale’ or ‘psychiatric clinical officer. O On top of the clinical degree, an additional degree in public health is preferable. • Knowledgeable in and has used the IASC MHPSS guidelines and best practices as part of their previous work experience. • Experience in assessment, program design, evaluation and technical training and supervision using WHO’s mental health gap action program (mhGAP). • Strong organizational and supervisory skills. • Proficient analytical skills that demonstrate an understanding of the current concepts, priorities, and issues in program monitoring, data collection and evaluation. • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment. • Profound cross-cultural awareness and insight into mental health issues, ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently, extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations. • French language proficiency is required; English language proficiency is a plus. The position is unaccompanied. Standards for Professional Conduct: 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.