INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.
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Job Title: External Mental Health Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) Supervisor
Duty station: Remote – Roving
Starting date: 17/01/2021
Contract duration: 10 months
Reporting to: Europe Region Director / HoM Greece
Supervision of: n/a
Dependents: Family Duty Station
General context of the project
INTERSOS’ Migration Unit is operative in Europe with two Mobile Medical Units (MMU), providing Primary Health Care in condition of need, with two main aims: ensure health coverage to patients without proper access to local health services (migrants on the move, not integrated migrants, seasonal workers, marginalised individuals or communities) and catalyse better and more inclusive approaches by the Local Agencies for Health with a strong local institutional advocacy and a widespread grassroots movements networking.
In Foggia’s province, up to 6.500 migrants each year are exploited in agricultural seasonal work, being inhumanly, illegally treated, underpaid and living in dramatic conditions in shanty towns, occupied buildings and factories.
Since 2018 two mobile medical units are operational in 8 informal settlement, providing PHC (Primary Health Care) and awareness raising on socio-sanitary rights and health promotion.
with 2 medical doctors, 4 cultural mediators, 2 health promoters, coordinated by the project manager. Since march 2020 the project is providing COVID-19 prevention, pre-triage, identification of cases in the most exposed areas.
In Lesbos, EU and Greek policies continue to curb protection and care for vulnerable cases, and the new Greek asylum law in effect since the 1st of January 20201 has significantly diminished protection for asylum seekers. The law has restricted the right of the most vulnerable, while limiting access to their fundamental right to seek asylum and be protected from serious risks.
According to the Greek law, vulnerable people can, upon identification, be exempted from the geographical restriction that forces asylum seekers to stay on the Aegean islands. Under the new law, though, this is impossible to attain, as their asylum applications are no longer prioritized. In addition, the process of identification of vulnerabilities and consequent re-adaptation of their reception condition is undermined by the consistent shortage in medical staff.
The 2020 assessment in Mavrovouni Reception and Identification Centre (RIC), show a critical condition of single women. Over 30% have reported a vulnerability. Single parents, pregnant women, persons suffering from
disability, elderly persons, survivors of torture and rape, who have not been identified as such, are present. Among them, some had even received a first rejection of their asylum application, forcing them to the camp where they find themselves furtherly exposed to risk.
INTERSOS starts in January 2021 a project answering to the need for mental health support in the camp, especially with regards to vulnerable groups such as GBV survivors, that is significant.
Project’ staff is composed by 2 psychologists, 4 cultural mediator, 1 protection officer, coordinated by Head of Mission.
General purpose of the position
The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Supervisor is expected to provide remote clinical supervision to the staff in Foggia and in Lesbos, with a monthly field visit.
Main Responsibilities And Tasks
- Will provide high level team supervision, with coaching and skill developing, in remote on a bi-weekly basis (Foggia) and on a weekly basis (Lesbos); Monthly by presence (1 field visit in Foggia, 1 field visit in Lesbos); will use project data in order to address coaching;
- Will develop supervision tools (progress checklist, case formulations, diagnostic, intervention skillsets);
- Will provide clinical supervision of the two psychologists operational in Lesbos;
- Communicate on a monthly basis with Greece HoM Greece and Europe Region Medical referent;.
- Participates in assigned activities planning, implementation, and reporting; participates in the collection of medical information and data;
- Will link to the mental health referent of Lesbo’s partner project:
- Locally represents INTERSOS when on duty;
- Assumes the duty of protecting confidential information about the beneficiaries to ensure professional confidentiality, and to keep INTERSOS documents as internal and confidential.
- On the request of the Medical Referent or Staff coordinator, carries out extra tasks (Participation in assessments, reinforcement for a field team, project evaluation).
Required Profile And Experience
- Psychology degree with master degree (In Italy: laurea magistrale)
- Specialization in psychotherapy is highly desirable.
- Minimum 3 years experience as team supervisor.
- Previous experience working in humanitarian field / migration context.
- Experience in labour psychology desirable.
- Qualified to practice as a psychologist and enrolled in the Order of psychologists.
- Excellent Italian, excellent English
- French desirable
- Teamwork, flexibility, commitment, intercultural sensitivity.
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