Psychologist @ International Rescue Committee / Mytilene, Lesvos Island, Greece

Background/IRC Summary:  The Emergency Protection program aims to ensure that the crisis-affected populations have an improved access to humanitarian services, rights and entitlements. The project will aim to achieve this through protection monitoring and referral, awareness-raising on rights and entitlements and actively supporting affected populations in reclaiming essential documentation.

Job Overview/Summary: The Psychologist will be responsible for conducting case identification, appropriate referrals and perform psychological consultations to people in need of psychological support with a focus on vulnerable population, specifically but not limited to separated and unaccompanied children, separated families, survivors of gender based violence, and people with serious security and medical concerns.

Reports to: The position will report to the Protection Manager and will receive additional technical support from the Protection Coordinator.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to internationally recognized best practices for case management and psychosocial interventions. This includes ensuring confidentiality of clients and respect for their wishes and decisions, as well as considering the best interest of the client when the case involves children.
  • Provide age-appropriate counselling services, including assessment of client needs; basic, crisis counseling; support to clients in pursuing services and support.
  • Provide individual and/or group psychological counselling for population at risk. Support coping process of the population and mobilize their inner resources for processing traumatic experiences
  • Provide services to child and adolescents, including case management as well as best interest determination, age appropriate engagement and decision-making by survivors, and Do No Harm analysis.
  • Establish a safe space to conduct private and confidential conversations acceptable to those on the site and safely accessible by women and children. Ensure that those within the site know where the safe space is and how to access it.
  • Visit beneficiaries at tent/shelter in order to identify potential clients with psychological difficulties and difficult coping process
  • Perform follow ups when required
  • Identify concerns related to and support adherence to referral protocols and guiding principles for gender based violence and child protection, and bring these concerns to the Protection Manager on the site.
  • Maintain an effective working relationship and regular communication with their Protection Counterparts in other IRC sites.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including referral organizations community groups and other implementing partners.
  • Complete daily case reports, according to guidance provided by the Protection Manager and the Emergency Protection Coordinator.
  • Collaborate with the rest of the Protection team to exchange information and ensure that IRC programs are responding to the evolving needs of refugees.
  • Refer patients to other health professionals whenever necessary
  • Provide psycho-education to the camp population on mental health issues and on the ways how to deal with possible mental health difficulties, when required
  • Provide psycho-education sessions to family members of clients when needed.


  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings

Job Requirements:

  • Licensed psychologist
  • Minimum one year professional experience in trauma counselling
  • Desired knowledge of the affected population preferred
  • Knowledge of different therapeutic techniques preferred
  • INGO experience preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for beneficiaries
  • Positive and professional attitude, including ability to work well in a team setting
  • Strong ability to maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, and work in a difficult environment
  • Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
  • Fluency in English. Preferable knowledge of the following languages: Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Kurdish.

Professional Standards

  • All Psychologists are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct every day – in the site and in the community.
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • While in transit sites, all IRC staff must wear appropriate IRC visibility.


IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.




The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles. 


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