Mental Health Psychosocial Support Counsellor

Medecins Du Monde

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For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organization committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organization do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations.

 

MdM currently works in 46 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, combating HIV and reducing the harm and risks associated with drug use, crises and conflicts. 

 

JOB TASKS
Under the supervision of the Emergency Team Lead/Mental Health Coordinator, the Mental Health Psychosocial Support Counsellor (within the emergency team) will be responsible for the following main activities in order to ensure the quality of care in the mobile clinics:

1) respond to different crises identified by MdM needs assessment (epidemic and/or sudden mass displacement of population) as part of the emergency team.

2) Once an emergency situation has been stabilised, the Mental health Psychosocial Support Counsellor, along with the emergency team, will be deployed to support the different MdM clinics in Maiduguri, Jere and Damboa LGAs.

The Mental Health Psychosocial Support Counsellor will be responsible for the following main activities in order to ensure the quality of care in the mobile clinics:

  • Contribute to the implementation of the overall mental health and psychosocial support strategies, activities and resources in the specified location
  • Facilitate the delivery of a quality mental health & psychosocial support (MHPSS) for individuals and their communities, as well as to improve communities’ mental health and psychosocial well-being.
  • Contribute to the integration of MHPSS component into existing and new programs according to HQ Mental Health Strategy

THE EMERGENCY TEAM MEDICAL DOCTOR MUST BE WILLING TO TRAVEL AND RELOCATE AT SHORT NOTICE within 72 hrs

TASKS DESCRIPTION:

Programming

  • Supervise and provide technical follow-up to MdM MHPSS staff in specified location
  • Deliver individual and group counselling sessions to identified clients through MDM Clinics, in line with the MdM integrated approach
  • Develop psychosocial activities; community mobilization, awareness raising, creation of family support group, working on family links etc.
  • Support MH Coordinator in delivering training, workshops etc as outlined in the project.
  • Support in the creation of materials including publicity documents, workshops contents.
  • Engage with the community to deliver and promote MDM MHPSS project activities in the designated locations.
  • Assist in writing monthly, quarterly, annual reports, monitoring and evaluation activity and progress reports of project activities including monthly reporting to the MHPSS Coordinator.
  • On request support MH Coordination in specific tasks
  • Maintain a positive image of MdM at all times and in all circumstances.

Reporting:

  • Contribute to weekly / monthly activities reports to line manager (Emergency Team Lead/ Mental Health Coordinator)
  • Report to Emergency Team Lead/ Mental Health Coordinator on a monthly basis regarding mental health activities- to be sent in the first week of the month.

Security:
Apply and respect MDM security rules in the mission

Obligations:

  • Maintain good socio-professional relationships with national and international partners
  • Attend and contribute to team meetings
  • Contribute in preparing emergency plans with the MDM-F team to adjust MDM-F activities and medical resources to the needs in Nigeria.
  • Take part in advocacy and communication activities under the supervision of his/her supervisor.
  • Perform other additional duties on request of the Emergency Team Lead and Mental Health Coordinator.

Behaviour:

  • To behave with self-restraint at all times and respect the dignity of the beneficiaries.
  • Work as part of a team and participate in the required activities.
  • To believe in concepts of equality, human rights, neutrality and impartiality
  • Demonstrate motivation at work
  • Demonstrate willingness to improve own knowledge and skills by participating in any capacity building activities
  • Respect each team member’s position, work and specialty
  • Adapt to special situations or demands from emergency team leader
  • Ability to receive feedback and willingness to improve own capacities

OTHERS:

As the MHPSS focal point in the emergency team, the roving counsellor will be responsible for:

  • Implementing MHPSS project activities with partner organisations in emergency setting by preparing and implementing action and training plans, supervision sessions, field visits, training materials, and monitoring and evaluation of activities
  • Reporting MHPSS needs and identifying gaps in the emergency response and existing MdM clinics
  • Draft MH integration plans and materials for SRH Project; provide trainings, supervision and reports as needed.
  • Prepare MHPSS Reports for Advocacy Uses.
  • Draft EPP/ MH integration training plans and materials; provide training and supervision as needed.

PROFIL REQUIRED:

  • Psychologist
  • Experience in similar position for at least 2 years
  • Good knowledge in nutrition
  • Capacities in team management
  • Strong sense of responsibilities and organization skills
  • Strong work ethic and rigor
  • Languages (spoken and written): English and Hausa
  • Flexibility
  • Team player

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Summary

Company

Medecins Du Monde

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Location

Borno

Specialization

Healthcare / Pharmaceutical

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

Degree

Preferred Years of Experience

1 - 3 years