Psychologist @ Terre des hommes

Context:

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss child relief agency. With offices in 30 countries around the globe, Tdh delivers assistance to three million children each year.

Tdh is working with the Greek civil society in order to strengthen and support the social services and safety nets that prevent children becoming vulnerable.

Following the wildfires of Monday 23rd July in Attica Region, the deadliest wildfires in Europe in over a century, there has been a huge humanitarian response to the disaster site and the population affected. 

For further information, please visit our website www.tdh.ch/en and www.facebook.com/tdh.greece/

 

General Position Description

The psychologist supports Tdh mental health and psychosocial support interventions (MHPSS) by supporting social workers in all stages for their case management activities: identification, assessment, case planning,  implementation, follow up and review, and closure of cases of concern. The psychologist provides MHPSS technical advice, and also design and implement focused and non-focused PSS activities which respond to identified needs of children, youth, caregivers and community members who require non-specialised mental health interventions.

The psychologist networks and coordinates closely with other mental health and psychosocial support actors including the Hellinic Centre for Disease Controll and Prevention (KEELPNO) in order to map referral pathways, support and stregthen existing interventions and avoid duplication.

The job location depends on assignment and might change on mobile mode based on project’s evolving needs. According to the project needs, related MHPSS tasks might need to be undertaken in wider Athens area and with changing working schedule.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • Support MHPSS needs assessment of the target population and help design relevant response strategies and projects.
  • Assess the need for training, staff care needs and other types of support for external service providers.
  • Support with the mapping and identification of external mental health and PSS services for referrals.
  • Keep social workers informed of relevant referral pathways for MHPSS cases.
  • Design and deliver individual and group focused and non-focused PSS activities according to identified needs and the project plan
  • Ensure activities are delivered in line with international human rights and Greek Law; for example respecting the child protection systems of Greece.
  • Ensure activities are implemented in line with Tdh SOPs and documentation requirements, and adhere to the fundamental principles of Interagency Standing Committee MHPSS Guidelines (e.g. Do No Harm, Multi-layered supports, confidentiality & data protection, coordination, etc.).
  • Support in the identification of cases of concern where MHPSS issues are present.
  • Support social workers with assessment, development of case plans, implementation (e.g. through referrals) and follow up and review for cases of concern where MHPSS issues are present.
  • Support with individual psychological assessment of specific cases only in the case that external assessment options are not available.
  • Be ready to provide immediate response to emergency cases: i.e. high risk / life-threatening issues requiring a response within 24 hours.
  • Make necessary arrangements to provide direct services or referrals to ensure the timely implementation of individual action plans.
  • Accompany target population members to public services and external actors if required.
  • Participate in awareness sessions and trainings if required.
  • Support the delivery of training and staff care sessions for staff of Tdh and other services providers as identified.
  • Collaborate with the monitoring and evaluation team to ensure the timely submission of accurate reports and data respecting data protection protocols and confidentiality.
  • Ensure timely submission of weekly plans and reports to the line manager.

 

Coordination and Representation:

  • Identify and network with external service providers and ensure that an effective referral system is made available for youth, young adults, children and their family members in compliance with the Greek legal framework.
  • Establish and maintain positive and efficient relations with target population, community members and all the other actors. Seek for synergies to optimize resources and time, and strengthen services whenever possible.
  • Participate in fora and meetings at local or regional level and liaise with humanitarian actors, authorities and other sector to disseminate information, best practices, lessons learned, etc when required.
  • Participate in external needs assessments and surveys when required.

 

Risk Management/Other:

  • Comply with the Tdh Code of Conduct and ensure Child Safeguarding standards throughout the organization and with partners; report any concern to Child Safeguarding Policy Focal Point.
  • Comply with all operational risk management policies: Whistle Blowing Policy, Anti Fraud and Corruption Policy as well as with the Security Plan of the organization and strengthen their implementation with the project team.
  • Adhere to and enforce Tdh administrative regulations and procedures as well as Tdh IT and driving policies and SoPs to the team under responsibility.
  • Tdh expects that its contractors’ professional conduct reflect proper behaviour in accordance with local culture and traditions. The psychologist assures the moral protection of the name of Tdh and defends in all circumstances the interests of the movement.
  • Tdh intervenes without any affiliation for politics, religion or financial profit. The psychologist directs activities and engagements without preoccupation of political, racial or religious affiliation
  • Commit to observe discretion on any information related to the organization functioning and related issues.
  • Support the base to identify and analyse the security risks; especially related to project implementation.
  • Report any safety or security incident to security focal point.
  • Guarantee that project donor’s procedures are respected and alert internally in case of need
  • Travelling will be required.
  • Perform other duties as required.

 

Candidate profile:

  • University degree in Psychology with professional license.
  • Previous experience with an NGO is desirable.
  • At least 1 year experience in similar position in the field.
  • Proven track record and experience in emergencies would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of PFA and / or delivering organisational staff care would be an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of Greek legislation with regard to MHPSS care for adults and children and local and national referral pathways.
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian response and development work would be an asset.
  • Ability to work in an inter cultural environment.
  • Good IT knowledge (Microsoft Office, Internet).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluent in Greek and English (oral, and written).
  • Fulfilled Military Obligations (male candidates.)
  • Valid driving license.

 

Terre des hommes provides equal work conditions for men and women. Furthermore, for candidates with equivalent qualifications and for positions with responsibilities, applications from women are strongly encouraged.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and motivation letter in English with reference code ATH_PS_020 at: tdhrecruitment.gr@gmail.com

Tdh will only consider complete online applications. Only short listed candidates will be contacted and the interview will be conducted in Greek/English.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer the post before the closing date.

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