Heartland Alliance International – Nigeria, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty and a services based human rights organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society.

We are currently recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Specialist
Req ID: 4929
Reports To: Program Director

Overview

HAI seeks a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Specialist to oversee the implementation of the technical aspects of a MHPSS response focused on the internally displaced population in Borno State, Nigeria.
The MHPSS Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that the MHPSS activities are aligned with global guidelines and best practices in the field of MHPSS and for providing supervision and capacity building of national MHPSS providers. The MHPSS Specialist will report to the Program Director and will liaise closely with HAI’s global MHPSS Technical Advisor.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Guides the implementation of MHPSS programming with a focus on technical aspects and quality assurance through close monitoring and supervision
Ensures that MHPSS program components are implemented according to approved work plan to achieve program deliverables. Through strong planning and monitoring, identifies potential obstacles to programmatic success in a timely fashion, and implements corrective actions as needed
Ensures technical oversight and field-monitoring of the program staff in close coordination with program managers, notably to ensure quality control and adequate implementation of the planned tools and frameworks
Provides capacity building training and supervision to national MHPSS staff
As needed, contributes to the development of case studies of successes and lessons learned, and other publications to highlight HAI’s niche areas of expertise and value added
Provides regular comprehensive program updates to supervisor as to program status, current and emerging issues
Oversees the recruitment of MHPSS field staff
Attends relevant coordination groups
Develops scopes of work, project deliverables and monitoring and evaluation indicators and targets together with the Program Development team and HQ MHPSS Technical Advisor for grant and service delivery partners as required
Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or competency required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:

Master’s degree or higher in Mental Health, Social Work, Counseling or related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience
Technical Skills:

At least two years of experience implementing MHPSS programming in humanitarian settings, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
Program implementation experience
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement capacity building training of staff on MHPSS
Experience with MHPSS programming for survivors of gender based violence preferred
Experience in mental health and psychosocial support interventions for children and adolescents preferred
Language Skills:

Excellent oral and written English language communication skills required
Other Competencies:

Time Management – Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time and complete projects in a fast-paced, changing environment with minimal supervision.
Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data
Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively;
Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
Cultural Competence – Ability to work in diverse cultural contexts; Sensitivity to and respect of cultural norms
Computer Skills:

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange, Windows operating systems
Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives.
The employee is required to travel regularly to often insecure and limited-resource environments.
Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

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