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A Mental Health and Care Practices Program Manager - Dohuk, Iraq

Duration : 12 months
Start date : ASAP

Our work in Iraq  Salary & Benefits Living & Security conditions in this base

General description of the position

The MHCP Program Manager will have to implement the assigned MHCP project, respecting ACF’s strategy, and following ACF and international standards and national policies. 

Main responsabilities

More precisely your main responsibilities will be:

  • To contribute to the analysis on the strategy and the positioning of the MHCP department
  • To ensure the implementation, monitoring and reporting of MHCP projects
  • To contribute to the quality and accountability processes and assessment of the impact of the program
  • To participate in external representation and coordination with ACF’s partners in the area
  • To train and manage MHCP teams
  • To contribute to the capitalization and technical development within MHCP sector
  • To guarantee and ensure the confidentiality of data collected during the MHCP activities of the mission

Do you fit the requested profile ?

You hold a master’s degree in clinical psychology, preferably combined with a public health diploma. You have knowledge and experience on the organizations of mental health services in public health settings. You have already applied international guidelines for mental health care integration into primary care, and have substantial knowledge regarding programme management in the field, and knowledge of standard logistics, financial and HR procedures and practices. 

You have demonstrated both successful clinical and humanitarian field experiences in mental health and care practices, with at least 1 year in a managerial role, and at least 1 year in volatile security context in a humanitarian NGO. 

Recognized for your relational and communicational skills, you have developed strong training and team supervision capacities. You are also autonomous, organized and self-motivated.  

A previous experience in working on the Syrian crisis or in the Middle East would be ideal.

Your English (oral and written) is fluent, and speaking Arabic would be an advantage.

A first experience with ACF would be an asset.

Specific conditions / Salary

Salaried - Gross monthly salary ranging from €1600 to €1975

For this position, a scarcity bonus will be granted, representing 12% of the gross salary.  

Food and hygiene expenses, per diem, transportation costs, collective accommodation and medical insurance 

25 days of annual paid leaves and 20 days of rest and recuperation (R&R) per year 

Work context

ACF's intervention in KRI started after the sudden massive influx of refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis in August 2013. ACF has been operational in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Diyala, Dohuk and Ninewah Governorates responding to WASH, Protection and Food needs of the Syrian refugees and the IDP population both in camps and non-camp settings. The escalating conflict has left some 3.5 million persons displaced with over 930,000 entering the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have mostly settled in and around the major urban centres, taking refuge in schools, unfinished buildings and public places. This massive influx in a short time has created a grave humanitarian crisis, challenging the capacity of international and national actors to meet even the basic needs of the IDPs. In addition and according to IOM-DTM, since the start of Mosul operations, an adding 142,698 individuals and 23,783 families are currently displaced in and around Mosul, Currently there is an average of 1,744 people per day moving. 

In addition to the violent and terrible situation faced by people, precarious living condition is an additional source of stress and distress and a potential protection concern for people often already traumatized, increases the difficulty to find points of reference and intensifies vulnerability. Moreover, if the IDPs in camps have access to a minimum of assistance, a majority of people in need out of camps have little access to health services with an overwhelmed public health system.


ACF MHCP department is currently working in Ninewa governate (orange and red zone), IDPs camps near Erbil, and IDPs camps and non-camps settlements in Dohuk governate. 

The current situation could evolve in any of multiple scenarios. The likelihood of an improvement in the humanitarian crisis as a whole is therefore, and as the conflict continues, the humanitarian consequences increase.

ACF's experience has shown that displacement, loss of points of reference and support, lack of financial resources, breakdown of social structures and uncertainties of the future lead to social, family and individual upheaval. Adaptive behaviours and coping strategies are further eroded by difficult life conditions (precarious accommodation, hygiene, no privacy). Fear, worry, lack of vision for the future and stress are the most commonly cited feelings and highest ranked MH concerns identified during interviews conducted by the assessment team in the current operational area. Direct consequences are: 

a) Development of mental health troubles (especially among vulnerable groups) such aspost traumatic stress disorders, anxiety, depression, violent behaviours, isolation, suicidal passive and active thoughts,  psychosomatic symptoms, at risk behavioursb) Social disruption and reduced community coping mechanisms of mutual support;

c) Deterioration of child care practices (poor feeding and hygiene practices, limited psychosocial care) and difficulties in parent-infant bonding can have an impact in the long term on mother and child wellbeing, health and nutritional status;

 d) Increase in sexual, gender based and domestic violence due to stress related to hard living conditions, to uncertainty about the future, to perception of non-control, to unstable environment or lack of activities  and also sometimes to the difficulty to express emotions. 


The Program Manager will therefore support the implementation of activities aimed at the urgent need to provide IDPs with psychological and psychosocial support to prevent the development of emotional disorders and risk-taking behaviours for adults, infants and children and to maintain protective care practices for children

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