Mental Health Advisor
Mercy Corps, Gaziantep, Turkey
Closing Date for Applications:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
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.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- 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.