MHPSS Officer – Afar, International Medical Corps (IMC) Vacancy Announcement

MHPSS Officer – Afar, International Medical Corps (IMC) Vacancy Announcement, March 24 2024



Organization: International Medical Corps (IMC)

Position: MHPSS Officer – Afar

Location: Chifra, Afar

Employment: Full time

Date of Announcement: March 22, 2024

Deadline: April 1, 2024





Job Description


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A preeminent First Responder, International Medical Corps provides emergency relief to those hit by disaster, and offers the skills needed to rebuild stronger. We train people – giving communities the tools and knowledge to be self-reliant and be their own best First Responders when disaster strikes again.

International Medical Corps focuses on the delivery of community-based primary health care.  We emphasize training and education, and prioritize hiring local staff – in fact, 96% of our field-based staff and health professionals are recruited from the local community. This helps to ensure that skills and knowledge are passed on and remain long after our programs have ended. Through the integration of specialties like emergency medicine, women’s health, nutrition services, water and sanitation, and mental health into the primary health care setting, we ensure that those we serve receive holistic, comprehensive care. The value of International Medical Corps’ integrated approach to community health and well-being and our emphasis on capacity building through training are critical for the long-term growth of ‘conflict and natural disaster-affected communities’ and ‘fragile states’.




This position is a professional position within International Medical Corps (IMC) Ethiopia. The MHPSS Counselor will work under the direction and support of the Senior Mental Health Officer/Senior Emergency Health Response Officer. The position holder’s primary responsibilities include providing oversight of the psychosocial components of the mental health and psychosocial program, MH case consultations, mentoring and supervising mhGAP-HIG trained health workers at assigned intervention area and provide PSS services including counselling services at assigned location.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

    MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSABILITIESo   ·         Conduct MH case consultations in collaboration with other MHNT staff

·         Provide PSS services to the people in need including GBV survivals, woman and girls at risk

·         Train and supervise government and MHNT health care providers on basic MH concepts including mhGAP-HIG

·         Work with other MHNT team and government health workers to support integration of mental health and psychosocial support into general health care

·         Provide psychosocial support services linked to general health care centers

·         Support and collaborate with Senior Mental Health Officer/Senior Emergency Health Response Officer the facilitation of the mhGAP-HIG training and supervision for primary health care staff.

·         Select, provide training and supervision for HEWs and community volunteers on basic MH concepts and referral pathways.

·         Develop culturally appropriate psychosocial activities, including social support activities targeting IDPs or affected host communities.  These include, but are not limited to training in psychological first aid, designing holistic recreational, vocational and social activities; development of material for awareness campaigns.

·         Serve as the primary point of contact between IMC and local partners involved in psychosocial activities and MH case consultations.

·         Provide culturally appropriate counselling services to people with mental health conditions or experiencing psychosocial challenges in accordance with professional ethics and best practices.

·         Strengthen community-facility referral system for IDPs or affected host communities with MHPSS needs.

·         Work in line with IASC guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support and promote guidelines where appropriate.

·         Coordinate/ensure activities implementation with relevant Government Authorities, International and National Organizations, including standardized reporting practices.

·         Organize and lead workshop for mental health club students to promote mental health in the school and create supportive environment for students with mental health conditions

·         Organize and lead workshop for key community representatives, care and support group members, and model families to promote mental health in the community

·         Work closely with other MHNT to ensure coordinated activities implementation

·         Develop and provide culturally appropriate community based mental health care services

·         Develop and organize consultation workshop with the indigenous healers, religious leaders, and refugee representatives

·         Collaborate with informal service providers such as natural healers to facilitate information sharing and referral of mental health cases

·         Collaborate with community and existing institutional structures to ensure protection of those suffering mental health conditions

·         Represent IMC in different coordination meetings when necessary

·         Compile information and prepare written reports as necessary

·         Organize public awareness and de-stigmatization campaigns around mental health issues on a periodic base involving the people of concern

·         Work collaboratively with other agencies, local and international and with relevant government bodies

·         Implement other activities as per the direction and guidance from immediate supervisor

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.



Job Requirements


  • BSC degree in Psychiatry Nursing / MSC in ICCMH with at least 3 years of clinical experience in managing MNS conditions, PSS and Counseling services.
  • At least 2 years of mental health and psychosocial programming experience
  • In depth knowledge and experience of mental health and psychosocial programming in the humanitarian context essential.
  • Familiarity with IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support In Emergency Settings
  • Training experience required.
  • Proven basic counselling skills
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills.
  • Strong writing and reporting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments
  • Honest, hardworking and a self-motivated person
  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources
  • Excellent English verbal and written skills
  • Computer skills: word, excel, and project manager
  • Local language skills is a plus

Compliance & Ethics:

Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these standards to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:

Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.


It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk,  and any form of trafficking in persons.



How to Apply


Interested applicants who meet the above requirements should submit their application letter and CV by clearly stating the position and location  that you are applying for through On OR before April 1, 2024

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Female Applicants are highly encouraged to apply

Note: IMC is equal opportunity employer and hence candidate from all background: religion, ethnic group, qualified women and people living with disabilities, etc are all encouraged to apply



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