MHPSS Team Leader – IOM


Job Description

OrganizationInternational Organization for Migration
Position TitleMHPSS Team Leader
Duty StationGedaref, Sudan
ClassificationConsultant, Grade OTHE
Type of AppointmentConsultancy, 4 Months
Estimated Start DateAs soon as possible
Closing Date17/10/2021

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.

Check: Harvard University Free Online Courses


Background and rationale:

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.

Since early November 2020, thousands of Ethiopians from the Tigray region have started crossing border into Gedaref state, Sudan, fleeing their country because of an outbreak of war. The Government of Sudan (GoS) through the Commission for Refugees (COR) has quickly set up a response coordination mechanism in collaboration with UNHCR and announced that these Ethiopians are recognized as refugees on a prima facie basis upon arrival in Sudan. The GoS has designated the Umrakuba camp and Tuneydbah camp in Gedaref state for accommodating the refugees while the third camp is currently being set up in the state.

IOM, other UN agencies and international partners have recognized that these refugees have a significant need for mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) due to their traumatic experience back home and through their journey to Sudan and pro-longed stay in the crowded camps with limited privacy.

Under the direct supervision of the National Coordination Officer of Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Gedaref and the overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Migrant Protection and Assistance/ Labour Migration), the successful candidate will be providing support to the IOM’s MHPSS activities in UmRakuba camp, Gedaref. The activities will include setting up and monitoring MHPSS activities, providing relevant training to the IOM’s MHPSS team, liaising with relevant government partners and humanitarian actors and evaluating the activities.

Check: Stanford University Free Online Courses

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise IOM’s MHPSS interventions in Umroukba camp and organize technical support for IOM-hired psychosocial workers and IOM partners’ Trauma Center psychologists (herein after MHPSS team) in the field in coordination with the relevant MHPSS colleagues at country and global levels.
  2. Ensure the timely implementation of MHPSS activities following IOM guidelines,
    including administrative and logistics guidelines. This includes following the monitoring
    and evaluation framework for MHPSS activities, facilitate trainings, sensitization,
    organizing meetings and planning, addressing gaps and ensure that they provide overall
    support to beneficiaries and community in terms of MHPSS and referral to medical, legal,
    sociocultural, and other humanitarian services.
  3. Support the MHPSS team to implement community-based psychosocial support (PSS)
    activities including community-initiated activities, stress management workshops, focus
    group discussions, individual counseling and family support/mediation, with a specific
    focus on vulnerable refugees (such as single mothers, people who grieve from multiples
    death and multiple losses, unaccompanied migrant children, isolated elderly, GBV
    survivors and people with mental disorders, disabilities or other social vulnerability).
  4. Support the MHPSS team in the organization of relevant trainings for humanitarian
    actors, primary health care workers, key community members, community leaders,
    traditional healers and other key stakeholders as relevant.
  5. Ensure maintenance of beneficiary expression and confidentiality during and after all
    MHPSS activities, ensure that the protection principles are mainstreamed, and ensure
    that the data protection is respected.
  6. Document, report and record all psychosocial activities implemented, including weekly/
    monthly or/ and other project related reports as agreed with the MRC National
    Coordination Officer.
  7. Be the IOM protection focal point in the camp, participate in the Protection and MHPSS
    working groups’ weekly meetings and report to the MRC National Coordination Officer in
  8. Ensure the IOM protection facilities, including MHPSS and Women Center are properly
    administered by the protection team in the camp.
  9. Carry out Counter-trafficking and Counter-smuggling awareness raising sessions and
    other interventions in the Umroukba camp in coordination with the MRC National
    Coordination Officer.
  10. Link and collaborate with the other IOM teams present in the camp (such as Health,
    WASH) and link and collaborate with the other sector working groups and organizations
    on behalf of IOM as needed for referral and other relevant matters for the good
    implementation of the activities and in the interest of the beneficiaries.
  11. Be on the lookout for MHPSS related empowerment areas in the interest of beneficiaries.
  12. Perform such other related duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


University degree in Psychology, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, or a related field
from an accredited academic institution with 6 years of relevant professional experience.


  • Experience in project implementation and team management, preferably in humanitarian/
    emergency settings.
  • Experience in psychosocial counselling is an asset.
  • At least 3 years of field-based experience in community-based psychosocial support
  • Familiarity with the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health Psychosocial Services in Emergency
    Setting is an asset.
  • Resilience and flexibility to work in a challenging environment.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and harmoniously with
    colleagues from varied culture and professional backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations humanitarian
  • Experience in report writing and use of Microsoft software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)


The English language courses offered by US EMBASSY

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English language is required. Working knowledge in Arabic language is advantageous.

Desirable Competencies:

  • The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
    Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural
    differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner
    consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and
    committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to
    achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and
    timely manner; is action-oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and
    assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication;
    explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.



The interested applicant is invited to submit to IOM Sudan specific documents as stated below:

  • An updated CV, overview of previous employment undertaken and contact details,
    accompanied by a cover letter detailing the applicant’s motivation.
  • The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
  • The appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment.
  • No late applications will be accepted.


Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

IOM has zero-tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate against HIV/AIDS status.

This position is open to ONLY Sudanese nationals and those authorized to live and work
in Sudan according to Sudanese regulations.

Vacancy close at 23:59 local time in Khartoum, Sudan on the respective closing date.
No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via email: [email protected], by
17 October 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period:

From 10 October 2021-17 October 2021

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview
processing, training, or other fees). IOM does not request any information related to bank

For jobs from International Organization for Migration in Sudan visit: IOM Jobs Page

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.