Ukraine: 15-1002: Psychosocial Specialist

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Organization: International Medical Corps
Country: Ukraine
Closing date: 23 Nov 2015

15-1002: Psychosocial Specialist


International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs, seeks candidates for the position of ****Psychosocial Specialist****in the Ukraine.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


International Medical Corps followed a multi-sectoral needs assessment in Mariupol and Donetsk in January 2015 with the Emergency Protection Program to address the needs of the conflict-affected populations in the eastern Ukraine. The program funded by USAID/OFDA covers three key areas, – protection services, particularly child protection, gender-based violence (GBV), and psychosocial support (PSS) services. The intervention was designed to address the immediate needs of approximately 100,000 individuals in Donetsk and Kharkiv oblasts by increasing access to quality protection services, while also supporting capacity-building of local actors to ensure sustained delivery of the vital services for the long-term. International Medical Corps partners with three local NGOs to implement activities. These activities leveraged International Medical Corps’ existing programming in the eastern Ukraine, including the provision of emergency primary healthcare services.


The Protection and Psychosocial Support Specialist will oversee and provide technical and fiscal oversight of all areas of protection programming, including child protection, gender-based violence (GBV), and psychosocial support (PSS), in Ukraine.


  1. Conduct/participate in psychosocial needs assessments consistent with IASC (2013) and WHO/UNHCR (2012) Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Needs Assessment Guidelines.
  2. Global MHPSS & Protection guidelines: Work with local coordination mechanisms and groups to orient national and international actors on the “IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings”, the “IASC Guidelines for Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Settings”, Child Protection principles & Minimum Standards (CPMS).
  3. Coordination: Participate in and contribute to GBV, Child Protection, and MHPSS interagency coordination groups and actively work with and coordinate with other local and international agencies and organizations engaged in MHPSS, GBV and CP programming and services.
  4. Mapping: Work with the MHPSS, GBV and CP Coordination group and local partners to facilitate 4Ws mapping in conflict affected areas and facilitate dissemination of information about existing services and supports.
  5. MHPSS Systems: Strengthen links and referral mechanisms for mental health and psychosocial support services and activities
  6. Protection Systems: Strengthen links and referral mechanisms for GBV and CP support services.
  7. Training and capacity building in Psychological First Aid (PFA): Conduct training and training of trainers (TOT) in PFA together with selected partner organization targeting various staff and volunteers working with conflict affected populations.
  8. Psychosocial Support (PSS) training, supervision and mentorship: Conduct basic training and supervision in the provision of basic psychosocial support interventions and activities for staff, such as psychologists and social workers, from agencies and organizations working with affected population with in collaboration with local partners.
  9. Psychosocial support Messaging: Collaborate with local partners and other stakeholders to develop messages and strategies to promote family and community well-being. Disseminate informational materials and media messages on psychosocial well-being (e.g. coping with distress and helping others) through local partners
  10. Training and capacity building in Gender-based Violence: Conduct training and training of trainers (TOT) in IASC GBV guidelines together with selected partner organization targeting various staff and volunteers working with conflict affected populations.
  11. Protection Case management training, supervision and mentorship: Review partner’s case management approach and conduct training and supervision in the provision of protection case management for staff, such as psychologists, lawyers and social workers, from partner agency and other organizations working with affected population.
  12. Training and capacity building in Child Protection: Conduct training and training of trainers (TOT) in Child Protection Principles and Minimum Standards together with selected partner organization targeting various staff and volunteers working with conflict affected populations.
  13. Protection support Messaging: Provide technical advice to local partners and other stakeholders in the development of messages and strategies to improve awareness of protection services and promote access to these services in a timely manner.
  14. Assist in hiring national staff and volunteers as needed.
  15. Assist with the development and design of proposals, tracking of activities and reporting.
  16. Work in coordination with the IMC Technical Unit Global MHPSS Advisor & Gender-based Violence Advisor to develop and review trainings, materials and other deliverables.

“Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.”


“To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.”

  • The qualified candidate will have relevant educational qualifications such as a degree in social work, counseling or psychology (MA or PhD) with 3+ years working experience
  • Previous NGO project management experience required with demonstrated experience in MHPSS and GBV programming,
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Extremely flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and frustration
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  • Languages
  • English
  • Ukrainian and/or Russian is a plus
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How to apply: Please go to: Psychosocial Specialist and follow the instructions for applying online. “International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran

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