MHPSS/ Child Protection Specialist

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

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 Mental Health and Psychosocial Support / Child Protection Technical Specialist will support all MHPSS/CP programming for the country’s response, primarily in the designated areas of eastern Ukraine, and will support directly two Psychologist and 2 program staff as well as monitor IMC’s partnership with local partners for the implementation of various MHPSS / CP projects. The MHPSS/CP TS also serves as the co-chair of the MHPSS working group, with representation in Kyiv (as co-chair) and Mariupol (chair) as well as through focal points in Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk.

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.

  • Coordinate the MHPSS/CP programming for the country, including supporting SMT in strategy development and monitoring of projects

  • Ensure case-management recording systems are in place, effective and utilized

  • Manage the MHPSS/CP team; providing clinical supervision, on the job coaching, performance reviews, and professional development of staff

  • Provide continual technical guidance and support for MHPSS/CP-related activities and community trainings as needed

  • Prepare and implement training on evidenced based psychological interventions such as WHO’s Problem Management Plus (PM+) and Self-Help Plus (SH+), Psychological First Aid (PFA), and other relevant topics

  • Support and supervise WHO’s mhGAP (Mental Health Gap Action Program) trainings and integration into the local health care settings

  • Support the development and appropriate use of CP/MHPSS referral pathways with partner NGO(s) and external service providers to strengthen links to available MHPSS- and Protection-related services

  • In collaboration with local partners, engage community leaders, community-based organizations, and other service providers in supporting beneficiaries to access MHPSS/CP services as well as ensuring their feedback for quality monitoring and accountability

  • Design, co-ordinate and oversee timely and contextually appropriate mental health and psychosocial needs assessments consistent with IASC (2013) and WHO/UNHCR (2012) Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Needs Assessment Guidelines

  • Finalise the local contextualisation of IMC's MHPSS/CP-related IEC materials and support dissemination

  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS/CP programming, and development of M&E tools and collection and analysis of program data

  • Prepare MHPSS/CP reporting on a regular basis, as the focal point for the MHPSS/CP team

  • Work closely with support departments to support program administration and the logistical implementation of activities in program sites

  • Work with local coordination mechanisms and groups to orient national and international actors on the “IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings”, Child Protection principles & Minimum Standards (CPMS)

  • Participate in and contribute to Child Protection and MHPSS sub-clusters and actively work with and coordinate with other local and international agencies and organizations engaged in MHPSS and CP programming and services, advocating for best practices and adherence to IASC MHPSS guidelines.


It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.


  • The qualified candidate will be a mental health and psychosocial professional (Psychologist, clinical social worker, or child protection specialist) with experience in MHPSS and CP program coordination


  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience coordinating MHPSS/CP projects in humanitarian settings

  • Knowledgeable in and experience following IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergencies and Child Protection principles & Minimum Standards

  • Demonstrable technical expertise in the assessment, design, and delivery of responses to pre-existing and emergency-induced MHPSS/CP needs

  • Training experience required, preferably in WHO’s psychological interventions and mhGAP interventions; capacity and proven track record in national staff and partner training and capacity-building

  • Demonstrable expertise in providing clinical supervision and on the job coaching

  • Experience with and knowledge of coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs

  • Ability to work within a team structure or independently, flexible, and can cope with stressful workload

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within different cultural environments.


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.

This vacancy is archived.

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