Mental health coordinator (M/F) Iraq

Employer: Médecins du Monde
Location: Kurdistan - Erbil
Closing date: 17 Aug 2016

For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations. MdM currently works in 40 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, combating HIV and reducing the harm and risks associated with drug use, crises and conflicts.

MdM–F has been active in Iraq since the 1980’s. Due to the worsening safety conditions, MdM delegations left the country in 2004. MdM-F resumed activities in May 2006 to reinforce the local capacity to establish the foundations for emergency health care services at community level (with a special focus on civilian victims of violence) in ten Iraqi governorates. A mental health project started in 2007 with a workshop on the creation of a mental health manual for Primary Health Care Centers, in cooperation with the MoH of Iraq and the WHO.

In July and September 2014, MdM conducted two exploratory missions in KR-I and Kirkuk governorate respectively. The first part of the project started on November 13th in Dohuk governorate.

The actual project of MdM is to support access to health cares in Dohuk and Kirkuk governorates, mainly focusing on IDPs population.

Activities began in Dohuk governorate, through mobile clinics, in order to provide primary health care. Psychosocial activities were introduced in the PHC through the presence of one psychologist per team. Mobile clinics moved into 2 IDPs camps (Dawodia and Chamishku) and at a later stage in fixe structures. Sexual and reproductive health activities began recently. Activities started in Sinjar region of Ninewa governorate as of April 2016.

In Kirkuk governorate, activities began recently and are focusing on primary health cares.


Under the supervision of the general coordinator and in collaboration with the medical coordinator (both based in Erbil), the mental health coordinator is responsible to implement and develop MHPSS activities in Kirkuk, Ninewa and Dohuk, and take part of any assessment conducted by MdM.

More precisely, you will be in charge of :
The technical programme support in activities preparation and implementation.

You will develop and implement patient files, referral mechanisms, specific didactic materials for technical topics, specific data collection system.

You will put in place the necessary tools to centralize and report all information regarding activities (data, weekly reports, monthly reports), respecting quality standards.
The training activities

You will develop appropriate training objectives, planning, contents and didactic materials. You will conduct training for MHPSS team.

You will train and sensitizes the medical staff of the centre to psychological and psychosocial issues
Coordination activities

You will collect data from the different bases and provide an analysis. You will contribute to new proposals, and donor reports

You will represent MdM to in relevant external meetings including but not limited to MHPSS clusters and working group

You will participate to any assessment needed to develop MdM program and MHPSS activities
-Human Resources

You will manage functionally the MHPSS team

You will actively participate in the recruitment process of the MHPSS team

Status : Employee

Contract : Fixed-term contract

Duration : 6-12 months

Possible trips to Dohuk, Kirkuk and Ninewa governorates.

Psychiatrist or Psychologist

Previous supervisory and management experience

Ability to create tools and monitoring process

Good training abilities

Patience and stress management

Reactivity, anticipation, adaptability and capacity to take initiatives to changing requirements

Experience of work in inter-cultural context

Knowledge of public health issues

Capacity to create relationships with the communities

Languages: English

Turkish/Kurdish/Arabic an asset

You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.


Médecins du Monde reserves the right to fill the vacancy before the closing date for applications.

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