Psychologist (Female)

Posted 8 months ago by Handicap International
Location Baghdad Job Type Contract
Salary Sector Medical & Nursing
Under the line management of the Victim Assistance Project Officer, the Psychologist will have to work on the recovery response to the most vulnerable returnee population and host community members. S/he is responsible:
  • To ensure the quality of the assessment, the analysis and the reporting of psychological and psychosocial issues in the population, in support to the outreach psychosocial workers;
  • To answer to the identified needs, by providing direct psychological and psychosocial support and refer externally as needed, respecting confidentiality and the rights of the beneficiary;
  • To support in the design and implementation of specific group and family sessions (adapted and appropriate to each one’s specific needs and capacities).
  • To produce regular reports on activities, assessments, follow-up and other related documents to ensure the quality and reporting of the project.
Based in Bagdad Office, with daily visits of the field, under the direct responsibility of the VA Project Officer, and in close collaboration with the MHPSS Technical Advisor, s/he will: 
Ensure the quality of the assessment, the analysis and the reporting in support to the social workers
  • In collaboration with the psychosocial workers, evaluate the needs of people identified with psychosocial and psychological issues and assess the needs as required;
  • In a close team work system and based in fixed points, assess psychological needs and protection issues;
  • Write specific reports for critical cases;
  • In collaboration with TA MHPSS, write technical advices on referral forms to send to partners.
Address the identified needs, by providing direct psychological and psychosocial support and refer externally as needed, respecting confidentiality and the rights of the beneficiary
  • With guidance of the Project Officer and the MHPSS Technical Advisor, to provide psychological and/or psychological support at group, family and community levels;
  • Organize and implement more specific psychological and psychosocial support activities;
  • Refer beneficiaries with specific needs of specialized psychological/psychiatric support to external services and follow-up on all referrals, in coordination with your line manager, following the appropriate strategy of the project;
  • Inform the beneficiary and his/her relatives about the possible consequences of the illness;
  • Visit and discuss with beneficiaries before referring and ensuring mediation if needed with other stakeholders;
  • Participate in protection monitoring in target areas within the vulnerable population;
  • Participate in mediation between beneficiaries and families or between families and other structures.
  • Ensure a neutral and respectful position within mediation and in regard of HI mandates.
  • Facilitate peer to peer approach, if possible.
Conduct specific group or family session (adapted and appropriate to each one’s specific needs and capacities)
  • When needed/possible, propose the creation and implementation of activities in centers, camps and community with Project Officer validation;
  • Ensure a qualitative follow up of the beneficiaries; 
  • Reporting of activities and evolution of the beneficiaries’ situation.
Produce regular reports on activities, assessments, follow-up and other related documents to ensure the quality and reporting of the project
  • Report on a weekly basis about activities planned and implemented;
  • Analyze and reports on beneficiaries’ psychological and psychosocial status;
  • Ensure a daily quantitative and qualitative reporting through the tools and system in place;
  • Organize the weekly plan within the multi-disciplinary team, with the support of the Project Officer;
  • Any other reports to be made upon line manager’s request and MHPSS Technical Advisor.
Participate and contribute to the analysis and reporting of global issues in the vulnerable population; and participation to impact surveys with a focus on psychosocial and psychological issues
  • In formal and informal meetings with the team, participate to a qualitative analysis of the different kinds of issues, at individual, family and community level;
  • Participate to report with the tools and the internal system all issues identified;
  • Be part of a constructive holistic team to develop a qualitative analysis and response for disabled and vulnerable people.
Demonstrate an ethic and professional practice :
  • Respect beneficiary confidentiality and point of view.
  • Respect and promote HI’s Policies and report to your line manager any non-respect of HI’s policies among the teams or partners.
  • Address needs and requests in a professional way.
  • Report any incident or act that causes any harm to beneficiary or to others.
  • Always interact with children with the presence of their parents or caregivers.
  • Always respect a refusal of treatment.
Demonstrate willingness to improve professional competences and abilities to increase care quality:
  • Demonstrate a constant motivation at work.
  • Demonstrate willingness to improve your own knowledge and skills by participating actively in any training sessions, capacity building activities, review of the PSS activities provided…
  • Participate in the different activities, meetings and training that are common to all HI team members
  • Respect each team member’s positions, work, and specialty;
  • Adapt to special situations or demands from supervisor (reporting, etc)
Note that this job description must remain flexible, to respond to additional tasks or changes as identified by the line manager.
The working hours are the following:
Sunday till Thursday, from 8.00 AM to 4.30 PM with 30 minutes lunch break.  The work duration is fixed but the working hours can vary according to the planning of activities. It can be exceptionally requested to work on Friday or Saturday. In that case a day off is planned between Sunday and Thursday during the previous or following week.
Note that working time can go up to 48 hours per week if it is required by the volume of activities and by the line manager. In that case the overtime will be considered as recovery time to be planned by the line manager in the next days.
Base: Bagdad, with daily movements in Diyala governorate (Jalawla, Saadiya and possible other places)
Line Manager: VA Project Officer
Head of Department: Project Manager RE & VA
Management: No
Technical Supervisor: MHPSS Technical Advisor
Operational link: Referral focal point and database officer, Rehabilitation team, Deputy Project Manager for Risk Education and Partnerships.
Bachelor degree in Psychology, Master Degree in Clinical Psychology would be an asset
Arabic and Kurdish mandatory (oral and written), English is an asset.
  • At least of 2 years of professional experience in the related field
  • Previous experience with international or local NGOs, preferably in emergency context
  • Understanding of a comprehensive approach on disability issues and vulnerability in term of psychosocial consequences
  • Good report writing skills
  • Demonstrated effective communication, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to relate to the target group (be approachable, shows empathy)
  • Ability to propose workable solutions and identify their implications (positive and negative) adapted to the psychosocial needs of beneficiaries
  • Able to handle confidential and sensitive information
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and humanitarian values


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