Mental health and psychosocial support officer | Syria | 2021

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 January 2021

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a mental health and psychosocial support officer to support the three-year Syria Education programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) that provides access to safe, inclusive, and quality learning opportunities to children in Syria. More than 2 million Syrian children are out of school and more are at risk of dropping out; more than 90 percent of Grade 3 children are not reading at grade level, and numeracy rates are similarly low. Nearly 6 million Syrian children need educational assistance. Helping communities, education authorities, and other service providers determine what quality and relevant education entails, and how to monitor and evaluate key learning outcomes, is a challenge in non-regime-controlled areas. Moreover, rebuilding and operating successful education systems is an ongoing and long-term challenge. While maintaining a humanitarian dimension to the education response in opposition areas, a strategic shift is occurring toward a longer-term approach toward quality learning outcomes. This requires continued strengthening of systems and policy promotion frameworks. It also requires deliberate and specific planning to scale up access and adopt a strong focus on quality, inclusion, equity, and child protection. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide psychological support and services for children and their families of primary education stage in schools supported by the project
  • Provide specialized support for severe psychological issues including mood disorders (such as depression), stress disorders (such as PTSD and phobia), Hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit, autism and such
  • Assess and analyze psychological needs and gaps, and develop adequate plans to address such gaps
  • Conduct referrals for psychological therapy services and available psychological support services
  • Report regularly on updates and progress in accordance with the agreement made with supervisor
  • Provide staff-care activities and destress services for workers of Educational Directorate in Aleppo and Idleb, and create social support networks amongst peers.
  • Support psychosocial activities conducted in child-friendly spaces, and coordinate with Safeguarding team in schools to ensure a comprehensive response for children and their families
  • Conduct regular site visits for programmatic support and building technical capacity of school staff
  • Complete and audit case-related documents to assure quality services in accordance with MHPSS protocols and relevant international guidelines.
  • Support and conduct targeted research to programme evidence-based MHPSS interventions, including training and supervising staff and evaluate the pilot of interventions.
  • Develop and implement psychological health incorporation strategies through education and safeguarding
  • Uphold a continuous integration of MHPSS on society level including health facilities and available social services and such
  • Conduct and support all monitoring and evaluation processes for MHPSS activities
  • Develop and review MHPSS training materials, M&E tools and beneficiary documentary templates as requested and in cooperation with technical supervisor
  • Represent the project in local meetings regarding mental health and MHPSS guiding principles, and uphold coordination with other relevant agencies


  • Degree in Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychological counseling, or an equivalent university degree with 5-year experience in specialized psychological interventions
  • 3-year experience in psychosocial aid, psychological health or psychotherapy
  • Minimum of 1-year of working with international or local humanitarian organizations (as previous job)
  • Outstanding training skills
  • ICDL (international computer driving license) basic skills

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “MHPSS Officer” in the subject line to by January 21, 2021. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 Recruitment Information

Chemonics International is monitoring COVID-19 activity around the world. The health and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to hire for all open roles with interviewing and on-boarding done virtually. Our new hires and current staff working from our Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and London offices will temporarily work from home until it is safe to return to our offices.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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