Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency.
The association leads on average 200 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries - in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Europe. Following the intensification of the Chad Lake conflict in Nigeria (North East of the Country), PUI opened its Nigerian mission in 2016. PUI is also assisting the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support Advisor
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Reports to: Medical Coordinator/ HQ MHPSS Advisor
Duration of Mission: 6 months
The Mental Health and Psycho-social Support (MHPSS) Advisor, under the technical supervision of the HQ MHPSS advisor and the responsibility of the Medical Coordinator, provides MHPSS technical support to PUI in Nigeria in order to continue improving the quality of MHPSS activities in our current health programs.
The MHPSS Advisor will have to build the capacity of PUI MHPSS and health staff and the health system overall regarding MHPSS in our areas of intervention.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Programs: In the frame of PUI response in Nigeria, ensures the implementation of MHPSS services and activities, following PUI health policy and intervention framework, and aligned with established national guidelines and internationally accepted standards. Under the technical supervision of the HQ MHPSS Advisor and in collaboration with the Medical Coordinator and the Health Program Managers and other appropriate staff: provides technical support to the effective implementation, monitoring and quality assurance of MHPSS services and activities.
Specific Objectives and Linked Activities
Based on current and planned PUI health activities in Maiduguri and Monguno, recommends and reinforces adequate MHPSS services for each facility supported by PUI (PHCC, health outpost and mobile health clinic)
Enforces the adherence to established MHPSS protocols based on prevailing national guidelines, international standards such as the IASC or mhGAP-HIG and PUI health & MHPSS policies
Supports/advises on an effective referral pathway and decision making for serious mental health patients
Support to the Health Team:
Supports the Program Managers in preparing job profiles and actively participates in the hiring process (interviewing, testing, etc.) for MHPSS positions
Prepares and plans a training curriculum for health facilities staff based on their needs (psychological first aid, psycho-social counselling and support)
Logistic & Administration:
Reviews lists of logistic needs to suffice MHPSS activities and services
Complies with logistical and administrative procedures
Representation of PUI:
Represents PUI at pertinent coordination meetings regularly and other meetings as requested
Participates in Technical Working Groups as relevant to the enhancement of PUI activities and as agreed with Medical Coordinator
Maintains good relations with all stakeholders in accordance to PUI humanitarian principles (neutrality, independence...)
Safety of Property And People:
Ensures that MHPSS health workers are informed on Infection Prevention and Control; and provided with and trained on proper usage of pertinent protective equipment
Contributes to data collection on security & safety by sharing important context information with the person in charge
Follows analyses and reports on MHPSS needs in collaboration with the Medical Coordinator and Program managers.
Participates in assessing and identifying MHPSS needs and gaps and advises on strategies to address them.
Contributes to the development of funding proposals, specifically for MHPSS activities; and relevant communication pieces to highlight PUI’s work related to MHPSS.
Number of people to manage and their position (expatriate/local staff):
Direct management: MHPSS Deputy Advisor
Indirect management: MHPSS staff in all PUI supported health facilities
Required Skills and Know-How:
Training - Trained in mhGAP training, Protection training (SGBV)
Clinical Psychologist (Essential)
Relevant degree in Public Health, Social Science or closely related field
Experience implementing MHPSS project in emergency (Desirable)
Knowledge and Skills:
Good writing skills
Good training skills
Knowledge of internationally validated MHPSS protocols and standards
Knowledge of project management
Self-guided learning skills
Ability to motivate and guide others for knowledge and skills building
Proven clinical experience
Experience in community or public health
Experience in the protection sector
Knowledge on psychosocial care for GBV survivors
Knowledge on nutrition programs
Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment):
Ability to work independently while keeping team spirit oriented behaviour
Ability to withstand pressure
Open-minded & diplomatic skills
Analytical & Strategic skills
Capacity of organization and management of priorities
Proactive and trouble-shooting skills
Ability to work and manage issues professionally and with maturity
Ability to integrate the local environment into operations, in its political, economic and historical dimension
Monthly Gross Income: from 1,980 up to 2,310 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
Cost Covered: round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing in collective accommodation
Daily Living Expenses (« Per diem »)
Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
Application Closing Date
30th September, 2019.
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