Mental Health Advisor

Mercy Corps, Gaziantep, Turkey

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd December, 2015

Job Description


Strategy and Vision

  • Conduct/participate in psychosocial needs assessments to create a baseline and measures of impact/change.
  • Establish group psychotherapy sessions in Arabic language and manage the day-to-day operations of these sessions with a special emphasis on individuals who have been impacted by trauma or gender based violence.
  • Collaborate with other interdisciplinary teams to provide an integrated support model.
  • Continually assess development needs of counselors and adapt training and coaching accordingly.

Program Management & Capacity Building

  • Conduct training and training of trainers (TOT) in Psychological First Aid, targeting staff and volunteers working with conflict affected populations.
  • Conduct training and training of trainers (TOT) in GBV Minimum Standards targeting staff and volunteers working in the Community Center.
  • Provide technical support to the youth development team to ensure activities promote psychosocial support and protection principles.
  • Provide technical support in mainstreaming protection principles throughout the program.
  • Contribute to quality program and donor reports on activities, highlighting and documenting best practices and learning.
  • Identify needs for additional technical capacity and recruit and supervise technical consultants.

Finance and Compliance Management

  • Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.


  • Ensure that Mercy Corps’ mental health support is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government.
  • Engage with regional and headquarters’ teams to share lessons and approaches across the organization.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.


  • Advanced degree in Clinical Psychology or Counseling. Master’s degree or equivalent required.
  • Extensive experience providing psychotherapy to survivors of GBV.
  • Understanding of and experience implementing culturally appropriate group counseling, including with individuals who have suffered trauma.
  • Understanding of and experience developing curriculum and providing training for GBV/Protection professionals using interactive methodologies.
  • Experience providing training and sensitization on the effects of trauma and GBV.
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team desirable.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English required. Additional working knowledge of Turkish preferred.
  • International experience required. Experience working in the emergency and war context strongly preferred.
  • Experience conducting assessments and building staff capacity preferred.
  • Understanding of child safeguarding mainstreaming.

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