Job Information MHPSS Officer NGO Information Job Information
Contract Duration
Governorate Al Anbar
Job Shift
Nationality Not Applicable
Working Hours Full Time
Posted 2021-07-18
Minimum Education Bachelor Degree
Degree Title
Minimum Experience 1 Year
Required Travel
Job Status
No Of Jobs 1
Published Date 2021-07-18
Deadline Date 2021-08-01
[Ramadi,Iraq ]

Preliminary job information


Job Title

Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Officer

Country and Base of posting

Based in ramadi

Reports to

Deputy MHPSS project manager



General Information on the Mission

Première Urgence Internationale is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. Première Urgence Internationale relies on 30 years of field experience in 50 countries in crisis, as well as on the complementarity of its medical and non-medical expertise, to adapt its programs to each context and to the real needs of the most vulnerable populations.

The association leads in average 180 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. Première Urgence Internationale is providing assistance to around 4 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and France.


Job description

Overall objectives


The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Officer supervise the implementation and monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS components of the program in Anbar Governorate, and contribute to their development In close collaboration and guidance with the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Deputy Project Manager.


Project background: Strengthening quality and access to mental health services in Iraq and KRI.


Important needs and limited capacities in Iraq:

-          Main gaps & needs in MHPSS: Persistent and high level needs for IDPs, refugees, host-communities, and returnees, highlighted by recent assessments done by the partners; low changes in attitudes and behaviours regarding MH stigma, prevention and treatment ; lack of financial resources; retention of trained staff due to the difficult socio-economic situation; lack of technical expertise of MoH at national level; lack of technical capacity in the country; and the lack of coordinated efforts on national level by the MoH.


-          The government’s capacity to provide MHPSS for persons affected by the recent crisis and those with chronic and severe mental disorders including IDPs, refugees and host communities is very limited at a national level, despite WHO and INGOs collaborative efforts for incorporating MHPSS services into priority programming for DoHs, mainly in areas impacted by waves of violence.


-          Most of the psychiatrists providing direct MH care, work out of clinics, centres and hospitals located in urban areas. Mental health services have been integrated into primary health care in less than 50% of primary health care centres in the country; however, turnover rates are exceedingly high in terms of human resources trained on assessment and management of MH conditions due to the difficult economic situation. The budget allocated to mental health is less than 1% of the annual MoH budget. WHO estimates that the prevalence of mental disorders among the population is 35.5%, while the treatment gap for management of mental disorders is estimated at 94%.


Project Outcomes:

-          The MoH in the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan region of Iraq have increased resources and capacity building that will contribute to build sustainable systems and enhance the quality of MHPSS service provision.


-          Access to inclusive, comprehensive and integrated quality MHPSS services, including: identification, provision of care and referral to reinforced specialized care, for populations in need in Iraq is promoted and expanded.


-          This two-year action will strengthen national efforts in supporting national MH policies; train and supervise a total of 1,138 MH specialists, non-specialists and members of Communities Based Organizations (CBOs); allow access to quality services for 21,000 IDPS, refugees, host-community members, and returnees and to reach 12,000 people through awareness and public campaigns.


Responsibilities and scope of duties


-          He/She supports project team and trainers during training phase

-          He/She prepare handouts and materials for training on mhGAP and Basic PSS under the supervision of the technical coordinators.

-          He/She communicate, provides technical guidance, and support to PHCCs staff who involved in the training and MADAD project in collaboration with field technical advisors.

-          He/She supports in the supervision process set up for PHCC staff who participated in the training 

-          He/She supports in the collection of MH data for project follow up, coordinate with the MEAL team and report to the line Manager.

-          He/She supports in monitoring and evaluation, data collection during training, supervision and on the stage of service provision


-          He/She proactively participate in relevant team meetings, as requested by the MHPSS Deputy project manager.

-          He/She debrief on a weekly basis with the PHCCs staff.

-          He/She provides follow up the day-to-day progress of activities at the field level, mainly the activities implemented by the PHCCs staff based on a previous well set plan designed by the Project Manager/Deputy project manager.

-          He/She establish and maintain collaborative relationships with relevant partners and other project stakeholders working in the project areas.


-          He/She ensures documents are recorded and maintained confidentially at all times.

-          He/she ensures that confidentiality and consent processes are in place and adhered to.

-          He/she assists in the development and implementation of the technical monitoring tools for the projects activities for all MHPSS components. 



-          He/She supports follow up of the referred cases, with the patient and the referring doctor.

-          He/She supports in dissemination and implementation awareness campaign

-          He/She supports for the workshops, training, and meetings that hosted as part of the project.

-          Any other duty as assigned by the line Manager


Other Interfaces

  •   Internal: Field Coordinator, MHPSS PM, MHPSS Coordinator/Deputy, MHPSS Deputy advisors, Health Liaison Officers, Deputy Head of Mission, Grants Officer, Administration and Logistics, HR department
  •   External: MHPSS actors and partner organizations
Qualifications & Preferred Skills

Required Profile


Required knowledge and skills




Education /Training


  •   University degree (at minimum BA level) in social science, nursing, psychology, medicine or other relevant field
  •  Experience in mhGAP training and supervision, Protection training (SGBV and Child Protection) and training in Case Management
  •   Monitoring and Evaluation
  •   Training in Community or public health
  •   PSS/GBV
  •  Community mobilization


Professional experience


  •   Humanitarian  
  •   International
  •   Technical
  • Experience of working in the Iraqi / public health care in Anbar / PHCC setting

       Experience of working in a              Consortium



  •   Experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Experience in public health and mental health
  • Experience in working with an international  NGO

Knowledge and skills



  •  Good communication and analytical skills
  •  Understanding of the health system inAl Anbar governorate
  •  Experience in data collection
  •   Knowledge of local areas and community structures in Al Ramadi and Al Falluja.




  •     English
  •     Arabic
  •   Kurdish










  •  Microsoft Office


Microsoft Office skills: PowerPoint, Excel, and Word






Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into team, suitability for the job and assignment/mission)


  •   Integrity
  •   Good organisation skills
  •   Willingness to do daily field visits in unstable environments
  •   Resilience to stress
  •   Appreciation of staff wellbeing
  •   Reactivity and anticipation
  •   Ability to work in an international, cross-cultural team and in a challenging  context
  •   Continuous learning attitude
How To Apply


In order to submit an application, all candidates are invited to fill the following google form by clicking on the link below: 


Premiere Urgence Internationale will proceed to the preselection of candidates on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close the advertisement as soon as a candidate is identified for the position. Therefore, you are kindly invited to submit your application as soon as possible.  

Kindly note that all applications received by email or by paper will not be considered. Only those submitted through the application link will be processed.

Premiere Urgence Internationale thanks you for your interest in the organization.

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