Handicap International

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Officer

Handicap International

Job Description

  The MHPSS Technical Officer will organise and manage the MHPSS activities of a short-term project related to a Covid-19 response, funded by UNHCR. Other important aspects of the role include training national and camp-based staff on basic MHPSS delivery, encouraging beneficiary participation, promoting inclusion, liaising with other stakeholders and contributing to the development of MHPSS components for future project proposals. Responsibilities:** Responsibility 1: Plan, monitor, implement the MHPSS activities related to a short-term COVID-19 response Aim: Ensure that MHPSS activities are implemented on time with the adequate quality of services. Benchmarks: activities are implemented on time, beneficiaries’ satisfaction. Activities: Planning: · Provide Psychosocial Support to persons with disabilities, their caregivers/ family members who are selected high risk cases or cases in need of specialized psychosocial support or Mental Health interventions; · Assist the Project Manager in the formulation and development of the project planning, with a focus on MHPSS activities; · Remain overall responsible at the field level for the proper implementation of MHPSS activities; · Provide advice and support to the Project Officers and Project Manager in the implementation of field activities related to psychosocial support; · Contribute to the development of the tools needed for implementing the MHPSS activities and to their review and adjustment; · Supervise a MHPSS need assessment among persons with disabilities supported by HI and identify most at risk cases related to COVID-19 and camps lockdown; · Define containment kits and support the Project Officers for purchase request and efficient distribution; · Develop satisfaction survey tools, in Coordination with DSI Project Manager, Technical Unit Manager and MEAL manager; · Input into the identification and Analysis of the project good practices; · Provide inputs and technical recommendations to be used for future proposal for MHPSS project; · Ensure that his/her Line Manager is regularly informed and reported about concerns or difficulties faced at the field level. Responsibility 2: Empower, build capacity and coach HI national and camp-based staff in regards to basic mental health and psychosocial support. Aim: Build capacity of HI staff to be able to provide community services with high quality standards. Benchmarks: Camp-based and national staff has basic MHPSS knowledge in respect with international (IASC) and HI standards Activities: · Support the DSI Project Manager in the training need analysis of the team; · Develop appropriate and disability-friendly training materials and tools to be implemented at camp level in collaboration with HQ technical advisors and the regional Technical Unit Manager (TUM); · Build basic MHPSS skills of the DSI national and camp-based staff and support their ongoing learning and implementation of competency-based skills and knowledge through coaching, mentoring, case study analysis, in order to implement activities at the field level to the full satisfaction of the project; · Train HI team members on the disability friendly interviews techniques and implementation of psychosocial assessment. Responsibility 3: Ensure communication, networking and coordination at field level Aim: Under the supervision of the DSI project manager, ensure implementation of good practices and good communication. Benchmarks: the project services are involved in mainstream camp services (health, MHPSS, protection etc), moreover partners, camp authorities and camp committee recognise HI activities. Activities: · Reinforce networks for referral of persons with disabilities who are high risk cases and ensure regular follow ups of cases in need of additional psychosocial and mental health support; · Participate and represent HI in relevant working group meetings/Forums (health, MHPSS, protection) at camp and national level to enhance coordination and foster good working relationship with partners · Assist the Project Manager to ensure that disability issues are incorporated at the field level or supported by the organization within a culture of rights-based approach; · Ensure that the internal regulations, operating procedures and security rules are applied at field level; · Maintain good Internal Communication, good team spirit and efficient circulation of information among HI and other stakeholders; · Communicate the project achievements and contribute at the regular coordination meetings; · Enhance HI’s visibility in the refugees’ camp and stakeholders’ networks; Qualification Required: Education: At least bachelor degree in psychology, mental health or related field from a recognized university. Clinical experience is a plus. Experiences: · Minimum of 2 years’ experience with prominence in psychosocial and mental health assignments, · Experience in disability sector strongly recommended, · Proven experience in use of community-based approaches for the management of psychosocial and mental health issues, · Experience in application of innovative/creative and evidence based psychosocial and mental health models, · Experience in case management, · Experience in conducting trainings and on-the-job Capacity Building of national and community workers. Technical Skills & Cross Cutting Skills: · Knowledge and experience in INGO project implementation. · Experience in working with local partners, community-based organizations or public authorities. · Experience in working in temporary shelters in Thailand. Language skills:** Good English and Thai language (oral and written), with good local language (Karen/Burmese) Behavioral Skills: · Ability to work under pressure and without constant supervision. · Excellent reactivity and flexibility. · Active listening. · Capacity to organize s/her work, and manage priorities. · Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills. · Emotional capacity to work with persons with severe mental health / protection issues. · Good team member and keen to participatory approach. · Creativity. JOB CONDITIONS: Local work contract: Fixed-term employment (until 31 December 2021) We offer: competitive package; transportation allowance when going to the field, 15 days annual leave with additional 5 days office closure in December for local staff, Social Security & Worker Compensation Fund, life insurance for employee, health & accident insurance for employee and family, phone credit, 13th month salary, seniority of 2% after the 1st year of employment and training opportunities. Start preferably: January 2021 Interested candidates should submit cover letter, CV and copy of ID card to: recruitment@thailand.hi.org “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Officer” as subject of the email.** IMPORTANT: In the content of the CV please outline responsibilities and tasks from previous & current work, education and training received. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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