Mental Health Psychologist at Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA)

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The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) is an international medical organization, founded in 2009. ALIMA’s aim is to provide a high standard of healthcare in situations of emergency or medical disaster and to improve the practice of humanitarian medicine by developing innovative projects associated with medical research. The specific feature of the association is to base its operating methods mainly on partnership with national medical players. By pooling and capitalizing on their skills, ALIMA and its partners give as many people as possible access to a high standard of treatment.

Since its creation, the association and its partners have successfully developed in line with the increase in humanitarian medical needs, especially in Western and Central Africa: 580,000 patients treated in 2014 including over 25,000 hospitalizations, new governance between the partners of the medical NGO platform in the Sahel, new innovative approaches and operational research projects. ALIMA also responded to the Ebola emergency by opening a 40-bed Ebola treatment centre in Guinea. With operations in eight countries, 15 projects, over 1,200 employees and a budget of €19.5 million, ALIMA is a dynamic NGO, effectively deploying medical aid for the most vulnerable.PURPOSE IN THE ORGANISATION

Provide specialized services: individual and group session psychological support for people with minor/moderate mental and/or emotional disorders in the different areas of intervention.
Provide technical support to Health staff to implement psychosocial support (PSS) activities for children and adults.
The Psychologist is responsible for providing psychotherapy services to beneficiaries in need of MHPSS services to ensure quality of mental health and psycho-social services (MHPSS) in the fields,
The psychologist conduct group sensitization on MHPSS topics
Cultivate the relationship with the MoH stakeholders in order to implement efficiently and ensure the goals as well as to improve targeted population’s health conditions and humanitarian situation.
Work in close collaboration with technical staff (Project Coordinator, Medical Coordinator, MedRef, MHPSS Specialist) for the development of the project’s overall MHPSS component. Reviewing and developing the technical materials, tools, guidelines and documents, and coordinating and ensuring the implementation of all MHPSS.

RESPONSIBILITY / MAIN ACTIVITIES

onduct interviews and focus groups on camp Alima is present on Health facilities in collaboration with the team, Heath promoter, community Health worker, nurses
Assist cases with identified mental or emotional disorders referred internally or externally and SGBV
Conduct case-by-case needs assessments for the diagnosis of psychological disorders and identification of treatment and therapy
Carry out evaluation of mental health needs of patients/beneficiaries and establishing a diagnosis and a plan of treatment following WHO MHGAP approach and ALIMA case management protocols. Referring cases to other health professionals whenever necessary, in order to provide the most appropriate treatment and improve the patient’s condition
Providing psychological support and psychotherapy sessions (individual, family, group) to beneficiaries in need according to ALIMA, MHGAP and other standards protocols in order to improve their psycho-social and mental health conditions
Document progress on cases, maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and consent, and ensure that data protection protocols are respected
Assisting and training staff members (Nutrition and health) and resourceful people whenever necessary in order to enhance the scope of MHPSS activities. Facilitate trainings for internal staffs and communities on psychosocial first aid (PFA)
Strengthen community based psychosocial support and peer support group activities standard protocols and procedures set in order to provide the most appropriate management.
Provide coaching and support to the field staff in the implementation of structured MHPSS activities
Carry out all tasks respecting key protection principles, including but not limited to: do no harm, non-discrimination, confidentiality, accountability and need-to-know principles
Establish and maintain collaborative relations with relevant partners and other project stakeholders working in the project areas
Proactively participate in relevant coordination meetings, as requested by the coordination
participates in multidisciplinary meetings/staff and advises on the clinical situation of patients
Ensures the referral of complex cases and the follow-up of the care of these situations
Perform any other duty as assigned by the organization through the head of the Medical Department or Project Coordinator.

COMPETENCIES:  

Commitment.
Flexibility.
Stress Management.
Results.
Teamwork.
Service

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILL:  

Educational:

University degree in mental health (psychologist)
Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience, including at least one year in NGO providing psychotherapy services
High degree of skill in psychological assessment and evaluation.
Experience working with or conducting research about refugee and/or displaced populations and/or demonstration of the capacity to do so.

 

Required Skills

Computer literacy (Word, Excel, outlook)
Analytical and reporting skills
Respect and adherence to protection principles
Capacity to work under pressure, flexibility
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Have experience of worked in difficult/insecurity area 
Training skills
Well organized with good negotiation and communication skill
Ability to work as part of a team, a part of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team, in emergency and under pressure, to manage stress easily and result oriented
Ability to work in close collaboration with MOH staff
Can work and create teamwork, flexible, and committed to the assigned position 
Interest in and commitment to ALIMA’s activities, enthusiasm to represent the organization to others, to travel to different regions of Nigeria

Languages: Fluency in English, Kanuri, Hausa and Fulbe (written and spoken) and excellent writing skills

Based in Yobe State is an asset

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as applications shall be processed on an ongoing bases

 Contract term: Fixed Term Contract

Salary: NATIONAL PAY SCALE LEVEL 07

NB: This job profile is not exhaustive, as it could change from time to time according to the needs of the mission. Also know that ALIMA INGO is an equal employment opportunity provider. ALIMA INGO would not in any way ask for any form kind of favor from potential applicants.
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