Clinical Psychologist

Posted 11 months ago by mselect
Location Baghdad Job Type
Salary Sector NGO

MSELECT is looking to hire a Clinical Psychologist for an international organization in Baghdad. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible professional experience in psychology. Fluency in English and Arabic is a must.

Job Purpose
The key activities under this project is to support the successful reintegration of children into the society once they are released from the detention centre. One of the key needs of the children in the detention centre and during the reintegration process is Mental Health and Psycho Social Support (MHPSS). The Clinical Psychologist will provide technical support to the project team in dealing with the cases needing MHPSS, build capacities of the project team including government and non- government partners through trainings and working together and provides direct MHPSS services as and when required.

Key Responsibilities

Individual and Group Counselling

  • Supports the project team in quality MHPSS activity planning and implementation as identified in the care plan of the child under case management.

  • Conduct psychosocial assessments, including assessment of mental health needs and suicide risk assessment.

  • Plan and support the implementation of appropriate therapeutic interventions (individual and/or group) utilizing appropriate and evidence-based interventions. Evaluate the outcomes of interventions and identify additional aftercare needs.

Provide Capacity Building to Organization’s and Partners’ Staff


  • Develop training material and provide training and capacity building to projects’ staff, project stakeholders and partners on child and adolescent psychosocial care, MHPSS awareness, positive coping mechanisms in close coordination with CP Coordinator, Access to Justice Coordinator and MHPSS Project Manager. 

  • Ensure technical oversight and field-monitoring of the program staff with particular focus on the Lay counsellors, in close coordination with program managers, notably to ensure quality control and adequate implementation of the planned tools and frameworks.

  • Assess the knowledge gaps of organization’s implementing partners, government counterparts and prepare mid- and long-term capacity building plan in coordination with the Technical Coordinators and Project Manager and support the implementation of the plan.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Support the maintenance of MHPPS database and provide analysis of the data to the Technical Coordinator upon request.

  • Prepare and share reports on MHPSS response, needs, gaps with recommendations with the Technical Coordinators as and when required. 

  • Provide inputs to the periodic internal, external and donor reporting on the part of MHPSS components.

Networking / Coordination

  • Work always in close collaboration and coordination with the project team.

  • Build external relations on the areas of MHPSS with government and non-government stakeholders in coordination with the Project Team and Technical Coordinators.

Other Duties

  • Fully comply with Organization’s Code of Conduct and ensure Child Safeguarding Policy is respected at all times.

  • Ensure adherence to Organization’s standards and quality requirements in all the MHPSS responses. .

  • Adhere to and ensure the team under her/his responsibility follows Organization’s administrative and logistical regulations and procedures.

  • Undertake any other duties as assigned by the CP Technical Coordinator who will further collaborate with the A2J Technical Coordinator for needed guidance.


  • Competencies: This function requires the mastery of Personal, Social and Leadership Competencies (PSLC), Technical and Methodological Competencies (TMC) and Management and Strategic Competencies (MSC)

  • A degree in Clinical Psychology

  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible professional experience in psychology, individual and group counselling with a minimum of 6-month work experience with NGOs.

  • Knowledge of child protection, psychosocial support (PSS), psychological first aid (PFA), case management (CM), gender-based violence (GBV) and others related topics.

  • Strong training and capacity-building skills, particularly using participatory techniques for training on different components of CP programming including case management and MHPSS. 

Other Requirements

  • Significant experience in MHPSS programming in emergency and development contexts.

  • Experience in capacity building.

  • Fluency in spoken and written Arabic and English.

  • Team management and leadership skills and proven supervisory skills.

  • Ability to work independently while remaining a strong team player.

  • Willingness to live, adapt and productively work in insecure, unstable and/or harsh environments.

  • Flexibility, adaptability and high work capacity to ensure activities and technical management/coordination support in a timely manner to achieve project results.

  • Superior interpersonal communication skills.

  • Competent knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.

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