Bangladesh: Project Officer (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support)

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Bangladesh
Closing date: 08 May 2018

Position Title : Project Officer (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support)

Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 08 May 2018

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading

UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and

non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Congo, Cabo Verde, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Guyana, Iceland, Comoros, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission for Bangladesh in Dhaka, the technical supervision of the Head of the IOM Mental Health, Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication Section, and the direct supervision of the Emergency Health Programme Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for implementing IOM’s emergency psychosocial support project in selected camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide direct oversight to IOM’s emergency psychosocial support project in Cox’s Bazar including: a.) Recruitment of consultants and project national staff; b.) Development of strong partnerships with government counterparts including the Mental Health Department under the Directorate General for Health Services as well as emergency and development partners (e.g. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Working Group); c.) Facilitation of initial and subsequent monthly training for community leaders and community counsellors; d.) Coordination of all project activities including in kind support to communities such as recreational activities; e.) Provision of guidance and coordination support for Site Management and Psychological First Aid (PFA) trainings for humanitarian workers and organizations; f.) Monitor and approve all budgetary expenses.
  2. Provide strategic guidance and technical advice on mainstreaming Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MPHSS) considerations into Site Development and Site Management activities, such as trainings. This should include trainings to introduce the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) MHPSS Guidelines for Camp Coordination and Camp Management Actors, offering advice to sector actors and camp managers on mainstreaming psychosocial activities and Do No Harm rules as well as supporting the organisation of a referral mechanism between Site Management and the various MHPSS actors-coordination mechanisms.

  3. In coordination with the Site Management Sector, facilitate field-based trainings on the IASC MHPSS Guidelines for Camp Coordination and Camp Management Actors, and Psychological First Aid for humanitarian actors with direct interaction with beneficiaries.

  4. Monitor and evaluate the progress of all psychosocial projects through the establishment of a mechanism for surveillance, data collection and analysis. Field visits will also be undertaken in order to monitor project activities and increase effectiveness through the recommendation of specific actions.

  5. Responsible for all project reporting, including monthly, interim and final reports, in collaboration with the Migration Health and Programme Support Units.

  6. Identify gaps and opportunities for further MHPSS programming including capacity building of current MHPSS infrastructure. This includes developing concept notes and proposals to respond to unmet needs and providing information for fundraising purposes.

  7. Liaise closely with other IOM counterparts providing Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFI), Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), Communicating with Communities (CwC) and Site Management to ensure psychosocial issues and concerns are mainstreamed throughout all IOM programming.

  8. Represent IOM at the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Working Group and other coordination related meetings, actively liaising and coordinating with national and international partners and development assistance authorities, agencies or organizations regarding strategic planning on MHPSS matters. Key counterparts at central and field levels will include the Bangladesh Directorate General of Health Services, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Non-governmental organization (NGOs) health actors, and the donor community among others.

  9. Undertake field assessments in IOM areas of work on as needed basis.

  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Psychology, Anthropology, Pedagogy, Psychosocial Support, Social Work or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.

• Professional chartered status in psychology and/or social work is an advantage.


• Field-based experience in community-based psychosocial support programmes in refugee and

IDP camps and/or in humanitarian settings in emergencies;

• Field-based experience in working with humanitarian agencies (CCCM, Health and Protection)

in emergencies in low- and middle- income countries;

• Participation in IOM corporate psychosocial support training is an advantage;

• Understanding of cultural diversity and cultural diversity competence;

• Knowledge of United Nations and non-governmental organization humanitarian community, including IASC, clusters, CAP, CERF, and similar mechanisms;

• Previous experiences in Bangladesh, the region and in L3 emergencies is an asset.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Bangla is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 08 May 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 25.04.2018 to 08.05.2018

Requisition: SVN2018/111(P)-ProjectOfficer(MentalHlth&PsychsclSuprt)(P3)-CoxsBazar,Bangladesh

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