Position: Psychologist ITALY
Starting date: asap
Country : Italy
Base: Reggio Calabria with travel in all the region
I.Context of the mission
Médecins du Monde (MdM) is an international humanitarian organisation whose mission is to provide medical care for the most vulnerable populations, the world over, including France. It seeks to stimulate voluntary commitment from doctors, other health care providers, and from those whose expertise in other fields is needed for its activities, to enlist all competent support required for the achievement of its projects, and to seek at all times to encourage close working relationships with populations in its care. The goal of MdM F is to intervene in the Mediterranean Sea throughout a humanitarian action including a “ground” and “sea” intervention as well as an advocacy dimension.
The crossing of the Mediterranean Sea by migrants is a phenomenon that has existed for over 20 years. It has increased a lot since the Arab Spring; where over 50 000 people have “landed” on the island of Lampedusa. Since then, the escalation of conflicts, in particular in the Middle East and the hardening of home and protection policies in European countries exacerbate this phenomenon.
In 2015, UNHCR estimated at nearly 1,000,000 the number of migrants who crossed the Mediterranean Sea. Among them, more than 150 000 landed in Italy. In that year, the number of people dead or missing in the Mediterranean is estimated at over 3 750 making it the deadliest sea in the world. Number that we can assume widely underestimated. Migrants come mainly from the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt), the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Somalia) and, to a lesser extent, North Africa (Tunisia and Egypt) and Saharan.
MdM has open a mission in Italy end of 2015 and is developing activity for migrants on the ground (South of Italy) and at sea (Search and rescue project).
II. Human Resources of the mission
The team is composed by:
A general coordination based in Rome
A team to implement the project for access to health for migrants in the south of Italy (13 staff)
staff for the save and
A team to implement the search and rescue project with our partner SOS Méditerranée (on the boat: a medical field coordinator, a medical team, a welcome team and a communication officer)
III. Duties and Responsibilities
Provide technical support in mental health and psychosocial support related issues to the migrant program: MdM France staff/partners
Will be responsible of the planning, implementation and follow-up of the mental health activities implemented by MdM France staff /Partners
Assess needs of training for MdM France staff/partners and assist in organizing and/or in providing trainings accordingly
Report MHPSS activities, according to MdM procedures
Develop or adapt specific didactic materials for technical topics and capacity building activities
Keep and improve a referral system for MHPSS cases
Keep and improve the current data collection system for mental health activities according with the needs of reporting
The responsibility of the MH teams / social workers (supervision & follow-up)
To maintain good socio-professional relationships with national and international partners
To collaborate and participate to any workshops in relation to mental health/psychosocial
To take part in advocacy / communication activities under the supervision of the Program Coordinator
To perform other additional duties on request of the medical manager/MHCo/ and program coordinator
An advanced degree in clinical psychology, or in any other relevant field (Bachelor Major in Psychology or Master/Specialization in Clinical psychology)
Valuable experience in training and supervising social workers and psychologists (at least 3 years)
Experience of counseling/psychological support/psychotherapy in emergency situations with people affected by conflicts (at least 3 years) and migrants
Experience related to psychosocial/psychological assessment
Experience in Community Psycho-education
Previous work experience with international organizations
Knowledge of MHPSS international guidelines
Strong communication and facilitation skills
Excellent writing skills and Computer skills (Excel, Word, Power Point)
Italian and English (both written and spoken). French is a plus
This job description can be modified at any time according to changes in MDM activities or in the context, this without prior notice. On demand of the direct supervisor, other tasks might be added to that present list.
Please send your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org . Only selected candidates will be contacted.