Technical Working Group Coordinator
Position Title : Technical Working Group Coordinator
(Mental Health and Psychosocial Support)
Duty Station : Juba, South Sudan
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 : 25 November 2020
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IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.
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:
- Internal candidates
- Candidates from the following non-represented member states:
Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; 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 Juba,
Republic of South Sudan in June 2016. The purpose of the MHPSS Technical Working Group (TWG) / Network is to bring together all the stakeholders working in MHPSS with the view to enhancing the response to MHPSS needs of affected persons in the Republic of South Sudan, and thus improving their access to quality services and support. The TWG is the technical think tank behind the MHPSS network. It 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 South Sudan, 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 two co-chairs (International Medical Corps (IMC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)) and TWG members consisting of stakeholders on the ground and the focal persons from relevant clusters and the Directorate of Mental Health Services within the Ministry of Health. Under the direct supervision of the MHPSS Programme Manager the successful candidate 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, religious institutions and international relevant bodies.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Coordinate the activities of the MHPSS TWG at National level in Juba.
- Activate the MHPSS TWG in field locations and supervise the work of sub-national coordinators (Unity, Upper Nile, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria States).
- Assist with the formulation of strategies and the annual work plans for the MHPSS Technical Working Group.
- Represent the MHPSS Technical Working Group and provide technical guidance in relevant cluster meetings and National Task Force (NTF) meetings for COVID – 19 response.
- Maintain a strong alliance between MHPSS actors, the humanitarian community, the Government, and academic and faith-based partners.
- 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 South Sudan.
- Update and conduct the 4W mapping for MHPSS activities in South Sudan through relevant clusters (including but not limited to education, general protection, child protection, Gender-Based Violence sub-cluster, health cluster).
- Contribute to the development of MHPSS tools for South Sudan with particular focus on assessment, monitoring and evaluation tools to be used by national level actors.
- Coordinate the production of regular newsletters, update and maintain the MHPSS TWG online page.
- 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 the Republic of South Sudan is an advantage).
• In depth theoretical and practical knowledge of and the IASC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 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 South Sudan Red 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.
For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic, French, Spanish and/or local language is an advantage.
Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.
Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).
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.
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.
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 25 November 2020 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.
For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment
From 12.11.2020 to 25.11.2020
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.
Requisition: SVN 2020 255 Technical Working Group Coordinator (Mental Health and Psychosocial
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