The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.
IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 3,000 staff and workers in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Specialist, is responsible for the overall technical oversight of quality MHPSS services for North West and Southern Syria for the health and protection programs. The MHPSS Specialist will provide technical oversight of the clinical and medical management of mental health conditions, to support programs offered inside Syria; additionally the Manager will oversee a range of psychosocial support efforts within Protection and Health programs. She/he will review existing systems and structures within the IRC’s MHPSS services and align procedures and efforts across technical areas, using the WHO/ UNHCR mental health gap action program (mhGAP) training and operational guidelines.
The MHPSS Specialist will also provide technical support to the Child Protection (CP), Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) and Protection Rule of Law Programming (PRoL) for focused non-specialized and community and family MHPSS interventions. She/he will develop standard operating procedures for the provision of psychosocial support and psychiatric care, as well as support and psychoeducation in individual, group and community-based settings. MHPSS services will be specific to the needs of girls, boys, women, and men, and will be informed by an understanding of cultural norms around mental health, gender roles, violence against women and girls, and the neglect, exploitation and abuse of children and other vulnerable refugee groups. The MHPSS Specialist will report to the health coordinator with dotted line to the Protection Coordinator.
• Provision of remote MHPSS technical support to mental health, community health teams and protection providers as well as IRC partner organizations:
o Provide training on the identification and management of priority mental health conditions to general health and protection staff in line with WHO/UNHCR mhGAP Intervention Guidelines (IG) 2.0;
o Provide support for implementation of mhGAP programs utilizing WHO’s supervision and operational guidelines;
o Develop standard operating procedures (SOP) and protocols for mental health and psychosocial support providers for consistent use across IRC programs (supervision mechanisms, care pathways, etc.);
o Provide remote training, supportive supervision and monitoring and evaluation assistance to the psychologists providing psychological interventions, working inside the IRC supported health facilities;
o Develop and ensure integrated data collection tools are used across protection and health teams; with a special focus on referrals and follow up using the IASC MHPSS RG referral tool;
o Identify and raise technical challenges that Protection partners will face in the delivery of community based non-specialized MHPSS services and propose tools and mechanisms to overcome them in a timely manner;
o Conduct/participate in mental health and psychosocial needs assessment among the affected populations. This will include assessments consistent with IASC guidelines and MHPSS WHO assessment toolkit, at different stages of program planning and implementation;
o Support response to the identified needs by providing training for specific psychosocial group and individual level interventions/ activities (adapted and appropriate to each one’s specific needs and capacities);
o Collaboratively set up, monitor and develop community based non-specialized MHPSS activities with WPE, CP and Protection Manager;
Assess partner’s learning using a series of mentorship tools, and support the GBV case managers to assess partner’s field based teams;
o Support the timely information sharing regarding challenges and needs at the field level.
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