United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description


Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters Duty Stations.

The incumbent under direct supervision of the regional Advisor for mental health and substance use consultant at the Regional office EMR will engage and coordinate with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Directorates of Health (DOHs), UN/NGO partners and national focal points for MHPSS to:

  • Provide technical guidance to develop, implement and monitor the MHPSS action plans for catering to the needs of population across the response and recovery phases;

  • Promote a systembased approach to integrate MHPSS in health and related social sectors in Coordination with relevant agencies and entities;

  • Provide Technical Support for the capacity enhancement initiatives in coordination with the national and international stakeholders involved in the current humanitarian response to develop a multi layered MHPSS response;

  • Facilitate development of community based Mental Health services;

  • Coordinate with all stake holders to enhance the capacity of PHC personnel to deliver a basic package of Mental Health Care based on WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme - Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG) as part of the PHC package of care;

  • Coordinate and technically support the development of secondary level psychiatric outpatient /inpatient services to provide referral and Supervisory support for PHC personnel;

  • Contribute to the development of and strengthening of specialist level psychiatric services;

  • Participate with all stake holders and partners to develop IEC materials and raise awareness on mental and psychosocial needs to counter stigma and discrimination;

  • Co-develop, in coordination with national stakeholders, surveillance and monitoring systems;

  • Provide technical advice to partner Civil Society Organizations and other entities, as appropriate, on the issues related to instituting a robust MHPSS program;

  • Assist with Mobilization of adequate and sustained resources for the development and implementation of MHPSS activities and programmes;

  • Provide programmatic support to the mental health and substance abuse programme at the country office;

  • Written periodic updates on MHPSS services, shared with relevant sectors and management;

  • Draft and review technical documents and information products as appropriate.

Master degree or equivalent
  • Masters /equivalent qualification in the area of mental health and/or social sciences.

36 Months
  • Masters /equivalent qualification in the area of mental health and/or social sciences

  • Public health qualification will be an added plus

  • 3-5 years’ experience in mental health and psycho-social programming.

  • Experience working in the Humanitarian context and emergencies;

  • Experience in Capacity Building and in strengthening various duty bearers’ understanding of and response to mental health and Psychosocial Support;

  • Experience working on the inclusion of hard to reach groups of children is a plus

  • Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in MHPSS;

  • Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in written and spoken English;

  • Public health qualification will be an added plus;

  • Knowledge of Arabic and French is desirable

  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;

  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;

  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;

  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with Database Management; and office technology equipment;

  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

  • Arabic(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge

Mental health, Other health related experience, Emergency response, immediate relief operations, and post-conflict humanitarian aid operations

- Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment.


Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Communication, Ethics and Values, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

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