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

Duration : 13 months
Start date : 01/10/2019

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

General description of the position

You will be responsible of the implementation of the assigned AFD funded MHCP project, respecting ACF’s strategy, and following ACF’s, international standards, and national policies. The project has a strong component of reinforcement of national System of Health and training of General Practitioners on MH-Gap. You will support the base in identifying new funding opportunities.

Main responsabilities

More precisely, you will have to:

  • implementing development oriented program with overall responsibility
  • Training GP on MH-Gap
  • Supporting selected CBO on MHPSS awareness, referral and follow up.
  • Strengthing MHPSS technical skills within ACF’s MHPSS programs.
  • Support identification of other funding opportunities at mission level

Do you fit the requested profile ?

You hold a Master’s in Clinical psychology (traumatology will be an advantage) and have at least two years’ experience on a similar position with an INGOs

Experience in program management and implementation, strong experience in team management

Ability to manage priorities & take decisions. Pedagogy and focus on capacity building (team quite young, DPM has started in January)

Very Good proficiency in English (written and spoken), Arabic and Kurdish are advantages.

Demonstrated experience and/or personal commitment to promoting gender equity and equality.

Specific conditions / Salary

Status Contract 13 months fixed term contract under French legislation

Remuneration and benefits :

Monthly gross salary from 1600 to 1975 upon experience.

Per diem and living allowance: 454 € (cf eurocost) net, field paid.

+ 12 % of monthly gross salary as country allowance. 

+ 16% of monthly gross salary as reimbursement of retirement insurance for non-French citizen.

+ Child allowance, limited to 5 children.

Transportation and accommodation:

Coverage of transportation costs to and in the mission.

Individual room in guesthouse covered


Medical coverage100% coverage of medical expenses + repatriation insurance.


Leaves and RnR

25 days of paid leaves per year.

+ 20 RnR per year.   

+ 215 € at each RnR period (averagely every 3 months)

Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference.


Training :

Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Crossknowledge ©.

Technical trainings at HQ or regional level (averagely 1 per year). 

Intermission Workshop once a year.

Participation to external trainings costs upon eligibility of the request.


Work context

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:

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

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;

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.

You 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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