Mental health and psychosocial support manager (M/F) – Dohuk, Iraq

Job Description


Monday, 09 September 2019

Médecins du Monde


For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies.
Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations.
MdM currently works in more than 40 countries across all continents where it focuses on 5 priority areas: emergency and crisis, sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction, migrants and displaced populations (health rights), health and environment.
In Iraq, MdM is involved in emergency, post-emergency and development programs. MdM’s objective is to support health care including sexual and reproductive health access in Dohuk, Ninewa and Kirkuk governorates, focusing on IDPs, returnees and host communities. Psychosocial support activities have been introduced in all the projects.


Under the responsibility of the field coordinator and with the technical support of the mental health coordinator based in Erbil, you will manage the implementation of the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) activities at base level.

More specifically, your responsibilities are to:

-Plan activities and ensure that timelines are met
-Make sure that beneficiaries and local populations understand the project objectives and participate in their implementation
-Work in close collaboration with the mental health coordinator on the mental health strategy for projects, the quality of activities, the technical choices to be made and reporting obligations
-Manage directly the MHPSS officer
-Ensure follow-up and analysis of data
-Undertake needs assessments of programmes
-Ensure the implementation of monitoring and/or evaluation
-Ensure that internal procedures are known and respected by the team
-Prepare job profiles and participate actively in the hiring process
-Identify the training needs of the team and address them
-Ensure that the monthly budget tracking of the programmes is up-to-date, participate in analyses, detect possible anomalies and propose adjustments
-Participate in the strategy development of the mission
-Participate in identifying mental health and psychosocial support needs and contribute to proposal writing
-Represent MdM and ensure good relations with stakeholders, local authorities, DoH and other NGOs
-Participate actively in camp-level coordination meetings
-Contribute to efforts aimed at ensuring compliance with safety rules, and transmit all information related to safety concerns to immediate supervisor


Status: Employee

Fixed-term contract: 6 months

Starting date: mid-June 2019
Regular visits to the interventions sites
Gross monthly salary: 2 763 euros
Premium equal to one month salary paid in two instalments – minimum of 6 months seniority required
Expatriation bonus (10% gross salary per month)
Transportation cost, vaccines and visas covered
Guesthouse housing
Break policy
22.5 RTT (recovery days) per year
5 weeks of paid leaves per year.
Health insurance (60% covered by MdM and 40% by the employee)
Insurance (repatriation…)
Punctual teleworking agreement (after 6 months)

Single posting
Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility


Master’s degree in psychology
Relevant experience in clinical care and proven experience in similar position
Experience in Middle East context
Experience in negotiations with local authorities, partners and staff
Capacity to create relationships with the community structures (community leaders and volunteers)
Languages: Fluent English is compulsory, Arabic would be an asset
Ability to transfer skills and provide capacity building
Anticipation, adaptability and capacity to take initiatives to changing requirements
Listening and diplomacy skills
Team spirit
You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.

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