Position: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator
Reports to: Health Coordinator
Duration: 6 months
About RI: Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in roughly 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty. Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
The MHPSS coordinator will provide technical leadership and support to the RI Health Team and partners for in Turkey based programs.
The coordinator will ensure that programs adhere to international guidelines and standards. He/she will promote strong beneficiary and donor accountability and meet the reporting needs of internal and external stakeholders. The coordinator will provide technical support and coordination to partners in Turkey. A capacity building plan including trainings, regular mentoring and supervision will be developed and implemented in all relevant RI Turkey programs. He/she will contribute to developing RI Turkey’s MHPSS strategic framework. He/she will support and integrate MHPSS into RI Turkey’s MHPSS programs and will contribute to proposal development and needs assessments, as required. The Coordinator will supervise the RI MHPSS specialist and oversee relevant partner staff.
Position Duties and Responsibilities:
RI MHPSS strategy and scope of work:
Under supervision of health coordinator develop RI MHPSS strategy and position paper in consultation with MHPSS specialists, and ensure that the strategy is in line with RI strategy and core values;
Develop MHPSS policies and standard operating procedures for RI, and help RI partners to develop their policies and SOPs in terms of MHPSS;
Ensure the tools and guidelines that used by RI MHPSS team and RI partners are consistent with international standards (IASC, UNHCR MHPSS guidelines etc.) and RI MHPSS strategy;
Define specific activities for MHPSS, and identify key personnel implementing the activities in consultation with the health coordinator;
Work with RI health coordinator and other members to integrate MHPSS activities into wider systems;
Develop/identify minimum standards (quality benchmarks) on MHPSS within the integrated programs and develop tools to measure progress;
Synthesize new research and provide feedback to all stakeholders on the emerging trends;
Participate actively in any comprehensive needs assessment and stakeholder mapping across all relevant areas in Turkey;
Write a comprehensive report on the needs-assessment exercise which will then be used to develop tools and PSS programming;
Conduct an in-depth assessment of the existing MHPSS project activities and practices at RI supported MHPSS center to identify strengths, gaps and provide recommendations for improvements.
Review communication materials (press releases, blogs, human interest stories) related to MHPSS;
Provide technical MHPSS support throughout all stages of the project cycle management including needs assessment, technical strategy, implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation.
Develop a program supervision and feedback mechanism ensuring stakeholder feedback is used to improve program quality
Conduct regular visit (with RI MHPSS specialist) to MHPSS center and community outreach, to observe the activities of program and provide direct technical support and advice to center staff when needed, and then share findings with health team and program.
Help develop IEC material for MHPSS activities and awareness of services
Develop curriculum for PSS sessions and training the partners on them
Develop service provision tools for our work in Syria for subsequent implementation by the field teams.
Conduct a desk review of best practices and lessons learned on delivering MHPSS in crisis settings and present findings to RI Turkey SMT and Program staff.
Review M&E systems for MHPSS programming, in collaboration with MEAL team and implementing partners; including, the development of M&E tools and methodology, management of reporting mechanisms and information flow, and analysis of program data and impact
Develop a proper referral pathway with support from the team for MHPSS services;
Support MHPSS team members to monitor progress and provide feedback;
Develop tools to conduct capacity need assessment for RI partners in MHPSS programming and skills and measure progress/impact throughout the implementation period.
Develop a detailed work plan and capacity building plan to ensure successful implementation of the program from the technical prospective, in line with program strategy and international guidelines
Review the plan for organizational capacity building on MPHSS with induction, on-going training and day to day mentoring. This will include developing the methodology, training materials and training plan (in person, online, appropriate training venues etc.);
Support MHPSS members in mainstreaming and providing psychological first aid training for all frontline responders in northern Syria;
Identify training needs and gaps for current and future staff;
Review the report on the capacity assessment for each partner, with a detailed plan for further improvement;
Coordinate with academic institutions to access latest research and materials to tap into the latest research to identify how to implement the mental health assessment and support component of the program;
Represent RI in routine donor monitoring meetings and other technical forum
Present MHPSS component to stakeholders, donors and others, as requested
Strengthened coordination mechanisms for the delivery of MHPSS services with relevant stakeholders
Participate in coordination meetings (particularly mental health SWG) when needed, to introduce and update RI’s MHPSS programs among partners.
Ensure internal coordination and collaboration of interventions through review meetings and provision of regular updates
Identify MHPSS global workshops/meetings to present program results;
Written monthly updates on MHPSS services, shared with relevant sectors and management;
Qualifications & Requirements:
· A qualified psychiatrist or a psychologist
· 5-10 years’ experience in mental health and psycho-social programming to refugees and IDPs.
· Experience working in the Humanitarian context and emergencies
· Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers’ understanding of and response to 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 and Donor standards and guidelines in MHPSS.
· Cultural awareness and sensitivity, prior experience in the Middle East is a plus.
· Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in written and spoken English. Arabic speaking capacity will be a strong plus.
· We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence.
· We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
· We value
o Transparency and accountability
o Agility and innovation