About You: A motivated mid-career mental health professional looking to work alongside an inspiring, dynamic team of leading human rights workers. The candidate will have exceptional clinical service provision skills and embrace a collaborative, team approach to the work they do. This person has experience living and working in challenging operating environments and is eager to apply that experience working on innovative human rights projects that support survivors of torture, their families, as well as families of those who have been disappeared.
About Heartland Alliance International: Heartland Alliance International’s (HAI) mission is to secure the rights and well-being of marginalized people and communities. HAI envisions a world in which those whose rights have been violated are safe and empowered to actively engage in their communities and be at the forefront of social change. In Iraq, HAI provides holistic services focusing on mental health and psychosocial support, legal aid, violence prevention, and social cohesion to diverse vulnerable populations.
The Project: Heartland Alliance International (HAI), together with HI (Humanity and Inclusion, also known as Handicap International in Iraq) and War Child UK (WCUK) have formed a consortium to implement the Marla Ruzicka War Victims Fund. This two-year project comprehensively addresses the challenges civilian victims of conflict and their families and communities face to access the necessary resources to recover in safety and dignity and contribute to the rebuilding of a democratic, just, and inclusive Iraqi state. The project will focus on Baghdad and areas of Anbar and Basra that experienced extreme violence during the recent conflict and where there are significant unmet needs. Advocacy and systems-level work will also take place nationwide, and legal services will reach those in need of assistance with housing, land and property (HLP) issues in Baghdad and Anbar. Finally, the project establishes torture treatment centers in Basra and Baghdad as key civil society institution that enables direct service, medical-legal evaluation, and professional training in southern Iraq.
The program specifically envisages setting up two trauma rehabilitation and treatment centers in Baghdad and Basra which will include physiotherapy, psychiatric, psychological and psychosocial support and case management services, as well as legal assistance to women, men, boys and girls victims of war, including persons with disabilities, whose rights have been grossly violated as a result of the war. The centers will use a case management model and group sessions and will involve both center-based and outreach mobile services.
Under the direct line management of the Project Manager and the technical supervision of the MHPSS Coordinator and MHPSS Director, the Psychologist will implement center-based - community-based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services for survivors of War victims and their families, including survivors of torture and SGBV, LGBTQI violence, and the various traumas of war., , as well as families of those who disappeared. The psychologist will also liaise with other entities to ensure holistic service provision for participants. Overall responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.
Other duties; this Job Description is flexible to respond to additional tasks or changes as identified by the direct line manager
English Proficiency Level Required: Beginner
Arabic Proficiency Level Required: Native
Other Skills and Qualifications (required):
1) Proficiency in Microsoft Office, (2) Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, (3) Outlook/Exchange; (4) Windows operating systems; (5) Quickbooks
Personal Competencies: Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently as well as in a team; commitment to knowledge sharing and teamwork; positive attitude and ability to see through challenges to find solutions; and strong interpersonal skills and an ability to clearly communicate, including complex concepts into layperson language.
Resilience: This project will address sensitive issues. Interested applicants should have a strong commitment to addressing the issues with cultural sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality. Candidates should be flexible, have a sense of humor and patience.
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