Type of position: Employment contract, full time Length of Contract: Twelve months
Role of the Mental Health Technical Advisor:
As a key member of SEED’s MHPSS Technical Unit, the Mental Health Technical Advisor will provide technical expertise and leadership to support SEED’s mental health services for vulnerable and conflict-affected Iraqis including survivors of torture, trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV), persons with disabilities, members of minority religious and ethnic communities, and LGBTI+ individuals. The Mental Health Technical Advisor will develop guidance and protocols, identify capacity building needs and devise and deliver training accordingly, and provide supervision to SEED’s psychologists to ensure high standards of service delivery. The Mental Health Technical Advisor will also act as a resource for input to all MHPSS existing programs and in designing new programs. The Mental Health Technical Advisor will report to the Director of the MHPSS Technical Unit and work collaboratively with Program Directors and Program Managers across SEED. Although the Mental Health Technical Advisor will be based in Dohuk, he/she will be expected to travel frequently to Erbil for supervision of Erbil-based staff and consultation with Erbil-based members of the Technical Unit.
Technical Leadership (30%)
In collaboration with other members of SEED’s MHPSS Technical Unit and Program Managers, refine specialized mental health approaches and standards for SEED including with regard to counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, groups, and families
With other team members, ensure that a trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach is applied to all programming and services provided to clients and beneficiaries, including mental health, case management, and psychosocial support
Participate in program design and development, and execution of MHPSS programming
Support development of policy related to MHPSS service delivery
Develop clear guidance and standards consistent with international best practice; Identify, share and adapt resources and materials
Develop mental health tools, protocols, processes and policies
Contribute to refining and implementing SEED’s staff care plan
Capacity Building and Supervision of Psychologists (40%)
Provide technical guidance to SEED psychologists; as needed, support other staff members in providing guidance to case managers and community mobilizers
Evaluate staff competencies and identify capacity building needs
Develop and deliver, or organize, training accordingly
Provide intensive supervision on cases, including one-on-one, group, and field-based supervision, and individual and group case conferences
Contribute to staff development plans and performance appraisals
Monitoring and Evaluation (15%)
Support program M&E, including development of tools, to ensure that M&E systems provide adequate feedback
Make recommendations for program development and course correction
Support quality reporting
Coordination and Organizational Representation (15%)
Provide technical guidance to support SEED’s role as co-Chair of the MHPSS Working Group in Dohuk
Represent SEED in additional Cluster and Working Group meetings, with KRG and with donors
Develop strategic partnerships and work closely with partners
Maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders
Provide training for external audiences, as requested, including the Center for MHPSS
Provide content and input on communications materials including website, promotional materials, and social media, and ensure it complies with SEED’s storytelling policy
Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, clinical social work, or similar field.
Three or more years experience delivery mental health services as a psychologist, clinical social worker, or in similar field.
Two or more years overseeing mental health programming in international development or humanitarian settings; Iraq experience preferred.
Experience in providing supervision and training to psychologists and other service providers.
Strong belief in human rights and gender equality.
Good interpersonal skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships.
Good diplomatic and persuasion skills.
Strong ability to work independently
High standard of spoken and written English, with Arabic and/or Kurdish. Please note that Arabic or Kurdish are required.
Good computer skills.
Ability to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments.
Salary, benefits and allowances dependent on skills and qualifications.