Senior Psychologist – Lesvos
Job Position Title: Senior Psychologist
Department: Mental Health and Psychosocial support (MHPSS)
Duty Location: Field Position, Lesvos
Length of Initial Contract: November 2021, with possibility of extension
Background/IRC Summary: The mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) program aims to ensure that crisis-affected populations have access to high quality humanitarian services focusing on the promotion and treatment of mental health concerns. The project will address the mental health needs of the population currently residing in the Reception Identification Center (RIC) of Lesvos (Mavrovouni), while a possibility of also working with cases living in alternative accommodation should not be omitted.
Job Overview/Summary: The Senior psychologist’s role has a dual responsibility, to act as the focal point of the team of psychologists and as a psychologist, providing both individual and group clinical support. The Snr psychologist, with the support of the MHPSS manager, will support in the design and implementation of MHPSS services. He/she will be responsible for ensuring that all psychologists working for the program have a clear schedule of activities and responsibilities and are provided with guidance and support. The Snr psychologist will be responsible for the overview of the team of four psychologists, as well as of a small team of mental health community volunteers. Furthermore, the Senior Psychologist will be responsible for providing evidence-based preventative and curative services to people suffering from mental health concerns currently living in RIC, who are referred by other actors through the established referral pathway system. He/she will provide targeted psychological interventions based on the client’s needs and presenting complaints. There will be a focus on vulnerable populations, specifically, but not limited to, survivors of gender-based violence and torture and people with severe psychopathology.
Reports to: The position will report to the MHPSS Manager and will receive additional technical support from the Senior MHPSS manager, as well as clinical supervision from an external clinical supervisor.
- Ensure that individual, family and group counselling is provided to people in need for MHPSS support
- Ensure regular communication with the MHPSS Manager to integrate appropriate technical priorities in program design, in order to provide updates on achievements and challenges.
- Is responsible for the weekly/monthly roster of the psychologists and coordinates with the MHPSS officer and Interpreters Team Leader.
- Lead weekly team meetings when necessary.
Context analysis & Representation – External & Internal Coordination
- Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, such as local government actors, UN agencies, NGOs, social services and other relevant actors.
- Participate in the MHPSS and other relevant working groups at appropriate levels to contribute to coordination across agencies and sites.
Staff Supervision & Development
- Follow the HR Handbook and legal requirements for staff management practices and processes.
- Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
- Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly reports and other HR management related tasks.
- Ensure training, support, and ongoing capacity building opportunities for MHPSS staff on technical skills.
- Assist with the recruitment of psychologists or other mental health staff if needed, in coordination with the MHPSS Manager
- Facilitate capacity building of other NGO and public sector staff.
- Supervise and offer training opportunities to mental health community volunteers.
M&E and reporting
- Maintain the oversight of the achievements of the program on Lesvos Island.
- Monitor and consolidate information collected from monthly psychologists’ reports.
- Develop and maintain effective and efficient support, quality control and reporting systems and processes.
- With the guidance from the MHPSS manager disseminate information to the appropriate coordinating mechanisms, field teams, beneficiaries and IRC implementing team accordingly.
Major Psychologist Responsibilities
- Adhere to internationally recognized best practices for evidence based psychological interventions and the management of clients with mental health concerns. This includes ensuring the confidentiality of clients and respecting their decisions;
- Provide age-appropriate culturally relevant individual and/or group psychological counselling for population at risk including but not limited to survivors of torture, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors;
- Conduct follow-up sessions as needed and decide with the client when to close the case;
- Identify concerns related to and support adherence to referral protocols and guiding principles for gender based violence and child protection, and bring these concerns to the MHPSS Manager;
- Maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including referral organizations community groups and other implementing partners;
- Attend regular supportive supervision conducted by the MHPSS Manager;
- Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs.
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
- The qualified candidate must have an advanced degree (post-graduate) or higher in psychology with psychosocial programming experience of 3+ years in setting up, implementing, and supervising MHPSS programs
- Licensed Greek psychologist;
- Minimum two-year professional experience providing psychological interventions to refugee populations including but not limited to survivors of torture and/or sexual violence. Knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in MHPSS, such as the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
- Previous experience supervising and managing a team in a cross-cultural setting
- Previous experience in managing MHPSS programs in emergency post-emergency context
- Experience in humanitarian emergencies
- Experience in supervising a team.
- omfortable with report writing
- Good computer skills such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Knowledge of different culturally relevant therapeutic techniques;
- Experience conducting assessments, using screening tools and creating individual care plans for clients seeking mental health services;
- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for beneficiaries;
- Ability to conduct counselling sessions via interpreters/cultural mediators, whenever necessary;
- Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well;
- Knowledge of self-care practices for mental health providers;
- Positive and professional attitude, including ability to work well in a team setting;
- Strong ability to maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, and work in a difficult environment;
- Fluency in English. Preferable knowledge of the following languages: Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Kurdish, French.
Working schedule: 9-5, weekdays, but flexibility is required.
- All MHPSS psychologists are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct every day – in the site and in the community.
- Maintain confidentiality
- While in transit sites, all IRC staff must wear appropriate IRC visibility if required.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.
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