Programme Officer (MHPSS Technical Working Group)

Closing date

Position Title: Programme Officer (MHPSS Technical Working Group)

Duty Station: Pemba, Mozambique

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 10 November 2021

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Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Belize; Botswana; Cabo Verde;Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Working was formed in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique in January 2021. The purpose of the MHPSS Technical Working Group (TWG) is to bring together all the stakeholders working in MHPSS with the view to enhancing the response to MHPSS needs of affected persons in Cabo Delgado province, and thus improving their access to quality services and support. The TWG aims to achieve this goal through enhanced coordination among MHPSS agencies, detailed mapping of MHPSS activities, sharing of best practices, building of capacities of MHPSS actors and partners in other priority clusters. Additionally, the TWG supports the development of MHPSS policies and strengthens advocacy initiatives with the Government of Mozambique, the humanitarian community and donors. The MHPSS Technical Working Group follows the guidelines of the

Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Global MHPSS Reference Group. The Coordinator of the TWG is hosted by the International Organization for Migration and supported by one co-chair (United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)) and TWG members consisting of stakeholders on the ground and the focal persons from relevant clusters and the Departments of Health (Ministry of Health) and Social Services (Ministry of Gender, Child, and Social Action).

Under the overall supervision of Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Programme Manager (MHPSS/PiHA), the Programme coordinator will be responsible and accountable for the coordination of the MHPSS TWG activities at country level, liaising with relevant clusters and MHPSS actors, governments, donors, universities, and international relevant bodies.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the activities of the Cabo Delgado MHPSS TWG at provincial level in Pemba.

  2. Assist with the formulation of strategies and the annual work plans for the MHPSS TechnicalWorking Group.

  3. Participate in the MHPSS Technical Working Group meetings and provide technical guidance in relevant cluster meetings and inter-agency coordination mechanisms.

  4. Maintain a strong alliance between MHPSS actors, the humanitarian community, the Government, and academic institutions.

  5. Contribute to the design and delivery of capacity building actions such as training of trainers, specialized training and awareness raising initiatives (orientation seminars, mini-trainings, briefings, project reviews) for MHPSS TWG members, MHPSS actors and for the Government of Mozambique.

  6. Update and conduct the 4W mapping for MHPSS activities in Mozambique through relevant clusters (including but not limited to education, general protection, child protection AoR, Gender-Based Violence AoR, CCCM, health cluster).

  7. Contribute to the development of MHPSS tools for Mozambique with particular focus on assessment, monitoring and evaluation tools to be used by national level actors.

  8. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Psychiatry, Clinical or Counselling Psychology, Social Work or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in MHPSS responses in humanitarian contexts;

• Experience working in conflict/humanitarian contexts;

• Experience in working in large scale complex humanitarian emergencies;

• Previous working experience in Africa region is an advantage.


• In depth theoretical and practical knowledge of and the IASC Mental Health and PsychosocialSupport in Emergency Settings guidelines and associated products (e.g., IASC Assessment toolkit, the 4Ws mapping tool, M&E framework, and the Health, Protection and CCCM booklets);

• Strong networking capacities for constructive relationships with all humanitarian actors (e.g., OCHA, ICRC, the Mozambican Cross, Cluster Leads, UN agencies, INGOs, NNGOs and CBOs), Donors and relevant Government Line Ministries;

• Familiarity with the humanitarian architecture (cluster system), humanitarian appeals, humanitarian response plans and common humanitarian funds;

• Ability to work independently and to accept advice from MHPSS coordination group board members.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Previous applicants do not need to re-apply.

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 10 November 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Posting period:

From 01.12.2021 to 10.12.2021

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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