Advisor for Mental Health in Peacebuilding

Posted about 1 year ago by GIZ
Location Duhok Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

Job description

About GIZ and GIZ Iraq

As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, we are dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Iraq since 2014 and has maintained a country office in Baghdad since 2018. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the European Union (EU), GIZ is working on the three priority areas in Iraq. GIZ offers support in Iraq to help internally displaced people and host communities improve their living conditions. Here, the aim is to promote social cohesion, create income opportunities and revitalise the local economy. These measures are being implemented in the autonomous region of Kurdistan and in Federal Iraq. 


About the project 

The Civil Peace Service (CPS) is a global programme for the prevention of violence and peacebuilding in crisis and conflict regions. In Northern Iraq, it strengthens the capacities of civil society organizations and governmental institutions in dealing with the past since 2017. Approaches of transitional justice, psychosocial support mechanisms and dialogue processes are synergized and aim at a peaceful coexistence in Iraq.   

The project cooperates with identified partner organizations that have conducted serious investigations into the crimes of ISIS and provide legal advice and care for traumatized survivors and family members from various minorities. The current position will strengthen the synergies and knowledge transfer of mental health methods for organizations working with survivors.  

Your tasks 

Your main activities consist of:

  • Conducting needs’ analyses of partner organisations that provide care for survivors and families of victims of ISIS crimes 
  • Supporting the development and implementation of relevant training concepts in cooperation with CPS partners and the CPS team
  • Strengthening networking and knowledge exchange between CPS partner organisations 
  • Conducting and supporting feasibility studies for the evaluation of psychosocial offers of selected partner organisations 
  • Collecting and analyzing data and information on mental health offers and developments in Iraq
  • Potentially preparing terms of references (TOR) and advising/supervising external consultants during the implementation of their tasks 
  • As part of the CPS team in Iraq, you will work with other national and international experts and contribute to the achievement of the country programme's impact 
  • Duty trips to Nineveh with security measures are expected  

Your profile 


  • University degree in Psychology 
  • At least 4 years of working experience in the humanitarian or development sector (in implementing, planning, or advising project activities) 
  • Excellent knowledge of the current situation, needs and challenges of survivors of ISIS crimes including support systems and involved actors  
  • Experience of providing support to host and IDP (internally displaced persons) or refugee communities in Northern Iraq 
  • Ability to analyses data and information on a very high standard
  • Work experience as a trainer for mental health or psychosocial support is an asset
  • Fluency in English, Arabic and Kurdish 

Important notes for your application

The reference number and position must be mentioned in the subject line of the email, Ref: (DHK-ZFD23-026) Advisor for mental health in peacebuilding Subject line of the application should clearly indicate the vacancy applied for. 

The application shall consist of 

  • CV 
  • Cover Letter 
  • Short essay (400 words) on current challenges and opportunities for mental health provision for survivors of ISIS crimes 

The use of GIZ templates is mandatory, all applications that do not use the template will not be evaluated.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications passed the expiration date of the advertisement will not be considered.

GIZ templates for applications

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