Devex is assisting a leading development organization committed to anti-poverty and social justice work in their search for a French/Spanish speaking Mental Health Officer based in Chicago, USA.
The Mental Health Officer will support the continued growth of a culture and practice of high-quality Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) programming for country programs globally.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Establishes and maintains an internal library of MHPSS resources
- Establishes and maintains a MHPSS community of practice
- Contributes to training curricula development and implementation of capacity building trainings
- Supports the development of guidance documents, case studies, models and other materials related to mental health and psychosocial support for internal and external dissemination
- Supports quality program design and implementation through research and documentation of best practices and approaches
- Supports the development and implementation of staff wellbeing initiatives at the HQ and global levels
- Supports development, annual implementation, and analysis of MHPSS organizational assessment tool for use with field offices to evaluate the level of MHPSS capacity
- Supports the development and implementation of MHPSS workshops for external stakeholders and MHPSS retreat for clinical staff
- As needed, provides MHPSS technical support to country programs
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 post-licensure experience.
- Minimum of 3 years of direct service experience
- Knowledge of global MHPSS guidelines and best practices
- Knowledge of MHPSS approaches in low resource and humanitarian contexts
- Experience working in low resource and/or humanitarian contexts
- Experience with developing and implementing capacity building training
- Experience with completing high quality literature reviews
- Research and/or monitoring and evaluation experience preferred
- Knowledge of child and adolescent mental health and/or gendered approaches to mental health preferred
- Excellent oral and written English language communication skills required
- Advanced proficiency in oral and written French or Spanish required
- 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 Sensitivity – Has experience with and the requisite skills to work cross-culturally. Respects cultural environment in which person is working and does not act in a manner that is offensive to the local community
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange, Windows operating systems
- Proficiency in Excel, SPSS, or another statistical analysis software preferred
Please note: this is a 1-year contract.