A day in the life of a Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Clinical Lead, Middle East
Contract length is 5 months with strong likelihood of extension.
This position is unaccompanied (no spouses or dependents).
- Ensures all Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) staff have the support and materials they need for their work.
- Organizes and manages beneficiary data to ensure proper confidentiality protocols are followed.
- Coordinates with program and technical surge support staff on the development of new curricula and training plans to be implemented in trainings for local mental health practitioners.
- Oversees beneficiary case notes and new referrals to ensure proper follow-up and reporting.
- Organizes the scheduling and payments for Psychiatric and General Practitioners.
- Accompanies staff to the field to observe home visits, trainings, and classes. Offering feedback, mentorship support, and ensuring overall quality of implementation.
- Contributes to the development of appropriate policies, guidelines, and protocols for MHPSS trainings and classes.
- Supports the gathering of data, measuring of results, and writing of program reports.
- Coordinates with Program Manager and family support staff to integrate ministry into programming where appropriate.
- Represents Samaritan’s Purse at relevant cluster and Ministry of Health (MOH) meetings, presenting on Samaritan’s Purse’s programming and approaches.
- Follows policies and procedures of Samaritan’s Purse as set forth in the Policy Manual.
- Other duties may be assigned that are not specifically identified within the content of the job description.
In the role of MHPSS Clinical Lead, you will directly support MHPSS program staff, including the Program Manager, Mental Health Clinician, and Mental Health Officers by being responsible for overseeing all MHPSS activities. This position oversees the day-to-day operation of the MHPSS activities, team, and direction by managing staff, ensuring proper support for staff, and ensuring adherence to industry and ministry standards regarding quality of care, protocols, confidentiality, and coordination. The Clinical Lead will troubleshoot concerns, debrief with staff how implementation is progressing, and provide resources for additional staff development and growth. This grant-funded program is a 5-month contract with a strong likelihood of extension.
Qualifications & Experience
- Professional or clinical degree in Psychiatry (strongly preferred) or other mental health field or equivalent field in Social Science (Psychology, Clinical Social Work or Sociology).
- Knowledge of Public Health, Protection, International Humanitarian Response, or other relevant field (a plus).
- 2+ years related experience in the provision of MHPSS services of different levels and MHPSS community-based approaches.
- Proven management and leadership experience (required).
- Medical management and international experience (strongly preferred).
- Experience implementing community-based approaches to MHPSS programming in low resource settings.
- Knowledge and experience in overseeing MHPSS programs and familiarity with IASC MHPSS guidelines.
- Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation.
- Strong supervisory, organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills. A strong team player and adept at creating a strong team spirit.
- Possess time management, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to communicate and interact well with people of different ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Experience living and working overseas in Middle Eastern cultures (preferred), with ability to be flexible and adaptable.
- Ability to travel to field sites to monitor projects and work in difficult conditions under pressure.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, and Excel).
- Language: Fluency in English (required). Strong English language writing and oral communication skills, and demonstrated ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Language: Arabic skills (preferred).
Job Location: In a Middle East remote location
Type (Full-Time/Part-Time/Associate): Full-Time
Restrictions (Accompanied/Non-Accompanied): Non-Accompanied (no spouses or dependents)
Language Requirement: Fluency in English (required) / Arabic (preferred)
Travel Expectations: Ability to travel to field sites to monitor projects. Maintaining required travel documents and vaccinations for entry into foreign countries will be necessary.
- Career with purpose!
- Medical, prescription, dental & vision coverage
- Disability insurance
- Term Life insurance
- Retirement Savings Plan (after 1 year)
- 10 paid holidays (holiday observance will depend on the host country)
- 12 vacation days per year
- Annual home leave