Psychosocial Instructor (National position)
Terms of Reference
Position: Psychosocial Instructor
Location: Jericho. Palestine
Contract duration: 1 year – 3 months’ probation
Schedule: part time / 25 hours per week
Reporting: Program Manager (PM)
Starting Date: ASAP
There are four million Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (1.5 m in Gaza and 2.5 m in the West Bank) of which 49 per cent are below the age of 18. The daily life of children is framed within the context of the Israeli occupation; the conflicts and military operations associated with occupation, the blockade of Gaza (since June 2007), stringent access and movement restrictions, and the existence and further construction of the separation barrier in the West Bank. This context creates vulnerabilities and inequities in the fulfilment of rights that are more pronounced in Gaza, Area C, Ramallah, Hebron old city and East Jerusalem. While threats to life, security, and human dignity are daily realities throughout oPt in general, inequities are observed in those population groups that directly experience violence related to the occupation and the settlements and also, to a lesser extent, the Palestinian inter-factional divide. Children (girls and boys) are routinely affected by injury, displacement, disability, psychological distress and death.
Medicos del Mundo (MDM) Spain is present in Palestine since 2006. During these years, the principal areas of intervention have been mental health and its integration into primary health care, carrying out specific actions to support the public health system in response to urgent or emergency phases caused by the blockade suffered in Gaza. Currently, MdM Spain is executing projects in the West Bank and Gaza.
Currently MDM-Spain- West Bank is developing a MHPSS project integrating a protection approach that has the objective to reduce the psychosocial impact of political violence in the most exposed communities in the center of West Bank. (Jericho governorate, Jordan Valley and Jerusalem periphery / E1 district)
Scope of Work
MdM Spain is seeking a Psychosocial Instructor with demonstrated skills, expertise, and experience in MHPSS field responding to the need of MdM Spain in executing the MHPSS program in the target area of intervention.
General objective of the Job:
The Psychosocial Instructor is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of the MHPSS program, focusing on the child population, with the knowledge and practical skills to carry out psychosocial support activities based on MDM Spain methodology or other methodologies. The PSS instructor shall dedicate 25 working hours weekly to support the MHPSS program executed in West bank, (Jericho governorate, Jordan Valley and Jerusalem periphery / E1 district) during a period of 1 year with three months probation. Upon satisfactory performance and quality of the products, and the needs, the contract can be extended to further period.
Result areas - Execution Level:
-To organize, implement and follow up the community based activities related to MHPSS Early Stimulation Program (ESP)
-To assist MHPSS emergency response focusing on the childhood population affected.
-Participate and provide inputs, for MH and psycho-social aspects, during MHPSS assessments, and be able to coordinate the derivation of cases that demands specialize MHPSS care
-To support MHPSS communication and advocacy activities.
-Contribute to maintain links with the mental health network and/or partners organizations.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
-Ensure the use of MdM Spain MHPSS methodology
-Provide reporting, monitoring and evaluation tools and evidence according to MdM Spain standards.
-Assist in analysing the data collected and reports to assess the quality and the impact of the MHPSS interventions.
Coordination and representation:
-Represent MDM Spain externally, in relevant platforms/ networks focused on MHPSS field.
-Ensure the use of uniform methods, tools and forms in activities, training, etc.
-Support the identification and packaging of PSS advocacy issues.
Knowledge and experience
-Relevant academic background in Social Sciences: Psychology/ Social Work/ Early Childhood teacher
-2+ Experience in individual, family and group activities focusing on childhood population
-2+ Experience in Community Psycho-education activities.
-Understanding of PSS (programming) in (post) conflict environments.
-Understanding of the Palestinian context.
-Previous work experience with international organizations
-Knowledge of MHPSS international guidelines
Skills and competencies
-Good communication and interpersonal skills (Excellent fluent written and verbal English and Arabic)
-Excellent reports writing skills in English and Arabic
-Leadership and organizational skills
-Proven ability to provide (creative/interactive) trainings.
-Positive, respectful attitude and collaborative approach to diversity. Culturally sensitive focus on Bedouin culture.
-Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with team members.
-Resident in Jericho Governorate will be a plus
Qualified applicants are invited to send their resume or CV and a one-page cover letter in English, by e-mail to
Please reference the job title in the subject line of your e-mail
Dead line for receiving the application is 12th May 2016
Please note that MDM Spain will contact only pre-selected candidates and by email, the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified
We thank all candidates for their interest in a position with MDM Spain