MHPSS Regional Technical Coordinator

Job
from Invisible Children
Closing date: 20 Oct 2019

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Define IC MHPSS strategy of intervention for the Central African Region
  • Design IC MHPSS interventions for the Central African Region
  • Guarantee technical quality of IC MHPSS interventions in the Central African Region
  • Facilitate sharing of tools, best practices, successes and lessons learned within IC teams and among MHPSS stakeholders
  • Ensure representation in relevant regional and national coordination and stakeholder bodies

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Lead drafting of technical proposals for future projects and programs: Technical (e.g., methodology; M&E indicator, analysis and reporting; etc.) and operational (e.g., staffing, assets, work and implementation planning, etc.) in relationship to MHPSS programming.
  • Support troubleshooting of necessary adjustments to ongoing programs (e.g., technical, budgetary, implementation, etc.).
  • Coordinate and monitor the implementation of ongoing MHPSS programming in Central Africa (currently in Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo).
  • Manage and provide technical supervision to IC MHPSS technical program staff: Currently 2 field-based national psychologists (Obo and Zemio, CAR) with roving responsibilities throughout the Mbomou-Uele region; possibility of additional staff in the future, in both countries (CAR and DRC).
  • Coordination and program status updating with Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Head(s) of Base(s), relevant Program Manager(s).
  • Coordination with Implementing Partners for the implementation and monitoring of programs.
  • Coordinate and plan the procurement and distribution of program assets and goods.
  • Design and ensure appropriate functioning of monitoring systems related to program implementation and use of goods and resources.
  • Provide regular/ongoing technical guidance and support for MHPSS program related trainings and supervision, as needed.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor and evaluate the implementation of program activities (e.g., on-site observational supervision of IC technical program staff and Implementing Partner staff, monitoring of programmatic documentation).
  • Act as ‘technical hiring manager’ of future MHPSS program staff recruitment processes.
  • Represent IC at the national level through attendance in relevant coordination body meetings (e.g., MHPSS WG) and with key stakeholders (e.g., relevant government offices, UN Agencies, INGOs, NNGOs, Civil Society Organizations).
  • Report regularly on the above responsibilities and duties.

QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES:

  1. The qualified candidate is a mental health professional (psychologist, clinical social worker, or psychiatrist) with experience in MHPSS program management and coordination.

  2. Minimum of 5 years of professional experience managing and coordinating MHPSS projects in humanitarian settings (experience with remote management an asset).

  3. Knowledgeable in and experience utilizing and following IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergency Settings and international best practices in the sector.

  4. Demonstrable experience preparing successful funding proposals.

  5. Demonstrable technical expertise in the assessment, design, and delivery of responses to pre-existing and conflict induced MHPSS needs.

  6. Demonstrable expertise in MHPSS program development (i.e., defining activities, developing and managing budgets, defining M&E indicators and analysis and reporting schedules).

  7. Demonstrable expertise in development of technical resources and tools including training manuals, protocols and M&E tools for data collection.

  8. Demonstrable capacity and proven track record in national staff and partner training, capacity-building and supervision.

  9. Strong organizational and supervisory skills.

  10. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in different cultural environments.

  11. Ability to work within a team structure or independently, flexible and able to cope with a stressful workload in high-risk environments.

  12. Ability to work in written and spoken French (required).

  13. Accountable, motivated, collaborative, creative, hardworking, and honest.

  14. Previous experience working with INGO(s) in insecure, conflict and post-conflict settings (an asset)

  15. Commitment to and understanding of humanitarian principles and Code of Conduct

  16. Experience working in Central Africa and ability to work in spoken and written English (an asset).

ABOUT INVISIBLE CHILDREN

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Invisible Children (IC) is an international non-profit organization working to end violent conflict and exploitation facing our world’s most isolated and unprotected communities. We partner with local visionaries in volatile conflict zones to build community-led initiatives and drive global policy change to end violent conflict and ensure communities have the safety they deserve. When Invisible Children was founded in 2004, our primary aim was to hasten an end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) crisis in central Africa and support the lasting recovery of communities in the region targeted by the LRA and other armed groups. Our comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local communities to advocacy campaigns targeting international policymakers.

Over the course of 12 years working with remote communities in central Africa, we have contributed to significant progress in ending the LRA crisis, while refining and adapting our programs to address other drivers of violent conflict in the central Africa region. IC’s current work focuses on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to regional insecurity and armed group violence. In recent years, this has included the exploration of community-based initiatives and conflict analysis to address the intersection of human security and wildlife trafficking in the central Africa region.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter via email to jobs@invisiblechildren.com with "MHPSS Coordinator" in the subject line by October 20, 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.