International Medical Corps (IMC)

Senior Specialist (MHPSS Co-chair Working Group)

International Medical Corps (IMC)

Job Description

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.

Job Purpose

The presence of a strong interagency Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Working Group is necessary for the assorted humanitarian response activities implemented by numerous actors to adequately respond to the MHPSS needs in Libya. The TWG in Libya has not been functioning consistently for quite some time and the MHPSS TWG Co-Coordinator will address this significant gap by reinvigorating the TWG and working with MHPSS actors in Libya to more cohesively respond to the MHPSS needs in the country.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

  • Work with UN lead agency responsible for overall implementation and sector Coordination, and in accordance with IASC guidelines, to build and foster effective coordination of the MHPSS Sub-Sector to ensure it is functioning at a high standard commensurate with the sector working groups, inclusive of: MHPSS stakeholders, health and protection cluster members, health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society actors
  • Be responsible to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, coherent, and effective planning, communication and coordination of both the MHPSS response and long-term programming.
  • Planning and strategy development-maintain an annual work plan for that supports strategic priorities. The work plan should be inclusive of training and research initiatives which build knowledge and capacity within the MHPSS TWG and the health cluster members (e.g., mhGAP dissemination at the primary healthcare level).
  • Report internally to IMC but will work closely with UN lead agency.
  • Ensure that INGO membership is engaging, contributing to and sharing responsibilities with MoH and NGO members of this working group
  • Provide administrative services to the MHPSS TWG, in close collaboration with the MoH, including organizing meetings, drafting minutes and compiling reports and plans.
  • Support Capacity Building and Technical Support within the sector as needed, applying evidence-based protocols and packages, including WHO mhGAP, PFA, and other well established and relevant treatment interventions and activities
  • Develop tools and resources needed to optimize the MHPSS response including facilitation of actor Mapping to support OCHA’s 4Ws database and updated referral pathways
Code of Conduct

As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.

It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.


  • Typically, a Master’s degree in MHPSS area (psychiatry, psychology, social work) or related from a recognized university or academic institute. Degree in Psychiatry preferred. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
  • Strong experience in facilitation of groups, strategic planning
  • 7+ years of relevant and progressive experience in mental health, including minimum 5 years’ previous work experience working on MHPSS in humanitarian environments, provision of technical advice to field teams
  • Previous experience with Analysis of MHPSS data and information Management Systems
  • Experience in facilitation of workshop and trainings
  • Excellent understanding of MHPSS in emergency situations and knowledge of humanitarian principle
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relationships with members of sectors,
  • Excellent leadership, coordination, communication, capacity, building, planning, and analytical skills
  • Excellent report writing skills and overall proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Willingness to travel to and stay in Libya for extended periods
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
  • Willingness to travel to and stay in Libya for extended periods
  • Eligibility for visas to Libya and Tunisia
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic is preferred
  • Travel between Tripoli and Tunis is to be expected depending on the security context, with an estimated split of 50% of the time in Tripoli, Libya and 50% in Tunis, Tunisia.
Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

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