Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator, Médecins Du Monde -France Vacancy Announcement

Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator, Médecins Du Monde -France Vacancy Announcement; June 12 2023




Organization: Médecins Du Monde -France

Position: Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator

Employment: Contract

Location: Addis Ababa

Salary: 80,870.40 ETB

Deadline: Jun 16, 2023




Job Description

Médecins du Monde or Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian organization which provides emergency and long-term medical care to the world’s most vulnerable people.

Médecins du Monde (MDM) is operating in Ethiopia since 1986 in different types of health projects. MDM–France invites qualified candidates to apply for the following position:

Duty station: Addis Ababa Ethiopia,

Starting date: Immediately /ASAP

Employment Term:12 Months

Basic Salary: 80,870.40 ETB

Reported to: General Coordinator

Job Summary

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator in close coordination with the Medical, GBV and MEAL coordinator is responsible for the success of the mission’s MHPSS strategy and the quality of current and future MHPSS programmes at the definition, implementation and evaluation phases. S/he directly manages and coaches the MHPSS officers

Essential duties and responsibilities.

Program management and partner’s support

  • Contribute to the development of MdM strategy with the coordination team (needs assessment and adjustment of the MHPSS activities).
  • Ensure the achievement of outcomes and implementation of activities, the quality, and the consistence of the MHPSS component of the program with partners and MdM coordination team.
  • Propose and lead lesson-learning and evaluation dynamics, including development of tools and methodologies, in collaboration with the MEAL team and the partners of the project.
  • Develop, update and design MHPSS standards, protocols, SoP’s and good practices, internally with the MHPSS Advisor in HQ and in coordination with partners;
  • Ensure that mental health components of the program are consistent with MDM-F strategy and the national mental health strategy and suggest any corrective measures to adapt the program if necessary (outbreaks, new needs arising etc.);
  • Follow up on the current data collection system for mental health and psychosocial activities and systematize the analysis system.
  • Co-operate with the different department of the mission to ensure timely and quality supply of the programs needs in terms of finance, HR and logistics:
  • Participate in the development, implementation and follow-up of researches in link with universities/relevant institutions in Ethiopia and/or abroad, and the Research and Advocacy pole in HQ.

Team management

  • Ensure the direct supervision of the MH program officer.
  • Support the MH program officers in the supervision of the mental health team (case managers, psychotherapists, nurses, receptionist, DIC centers staff)
  • Provide technical support to the different department of the mission when needed (Human Resource, medical and MHPSS team);
  • Identify the needs of MHPSS staff for the program, draft their job profiles and organize their recruitment;
  • Participate in the briefing and debriefings, annual reviews for MHPSS team members;
  • Participate in regular meetings with the other technical programs.
  • Maintain good inter-team communications engender good team dynamics.

Capacity Building

  • In coordination with the human resources department and program manager:
  • Identify the needs for training/support of the MHPSS team and facilitate the implementation of a global training plan for the MHPSS staff.
  • Ensure the technical supervision of all MHPSS team.
  • Participate in the design of training curriculum for outreach workers, field workers about mental health and psychosocial support.
  • Organize the capacity building to staff working for organizations and partners (MdM Germany, PUI, EIP and other NGOs) to ensure the integration of MHPSS into primary healthcare and implement efficient referral system between actors.
  • Ensure the trainings are properly delivered by the team members and contribute to it if necessary.
  • Provide the team with planning and organization tools.

Coordination with national and international partners

  • Represent MdM in coordination meetings with local authorities and national/international health and mental health partners (Ministry of Public Health, Regional Health Bureau UN agencies, NGOs, working groups/task force, etc.);
  • Participate in other strategic and coordination meetings relevant to the MHPSS program and facilitate coordination between MdM and other relevant actors when needed.
  • Actively participate in technical meetings with the partners of the project to design key standardized documents and tools for MHPSS reporting and data collection and consolidate a legal and strategic framework ensuring access to quality mental health services for all.


  • Provide monthly reporting about MHPSS activities.
  • Participate in fundraising and proposal writing to potential donors when requested.
  • Participate to donor’s reporting when requested.
  • Ensure the production of summaries and analysis of the data collected and compiled.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor in HQ to ensure coordination and information sharing.
  • Write field visits report whenever conducting field visit.

Job Requirements

Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge


  • Psychiatrist or Psychologist with an accomplished specialization degree.
  • Master’s degree in clinical psychology, mental health, or related field
  • Project Management training
  • Experience in leading MHPSS programs and activities
  • At least 3 years relevant professional experience in similar position in humanitarian sector
  • Experience in negotiations with local authorities, partners and staff in difficult contexts is an asset
  • Experience in mhGAP, PM+ PFA
  • Experience in designing community and facility based MHPSS approach
  • Ability to take effective decisions accordingly to the context
  • Ability to work in a volatile security context and to apply strict security rules
  • Ability to manage a team and work with partners in a multi-cultural setting
  • Ability to have a global overview of a program and long-term strategy 

3. Desirable Personal skills required

  • Reactivity, anticipation, adaptability, ability to take initiatives to changing requirements
  • Ability to take quick decisions accordingly to the context in coordination with the team
  • Ability to listen and to be diplomatic
  • Team spirit and willingness to cooperate.
  • Good organizational skills, including time management, and rigor
  • Ability to manage priorities and to meet deadlines as well as work under pressure
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Fluent English essential, including good English writing skills
  • Amharic

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to fill the application form at the following link (Note: All the information that provided in this form is true and accurate) and submit your CV with cover letter through with the subject Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Coordinator / Ethiopia, Addis Ababa


NB: Please notice that if you have not heard from MdM within 15 days of the submission date of the deadline, you should presume you were not short listed for this position. Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted. However, MdM thanks you for your interest and encourages you to apply for other openings where your skills and experience match.





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