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Programme Specialist (Mental Health and Psychosocial), Kyiv

                    Position Title


Programme Specialist (Mental Health and Psychosocial)

                          Duty Station


 Kyiv, Ukraine



 General Service Staff, Grade G7

            Type of Appointment


 Special Short-Term,

Six months with possibility of extension

        Estimated Start Date


 As soon as possible


                    Closing Date 


 24 September 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.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.  


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and direct supervision of the Emergency and Stabilisation Programme Coordinator and, in collaboration with the Emergency Coordination Officer and the Programme Officer (TRD), the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the  implementation of the Emergency and Stabilisation Unit’s MHPSS activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. In coordination with the E&S Coordinator and relevant unit programme managers, the MHPSS specialist will be responsible for the coordination, and implementation of the MHPSS activities in the ECA including but not limited to monitoring of the current MHPSS hotline and trainings; establish mobile MHPSS teams and participate  in the development/expansion of activities in line with needs identified by the MHPSS and field teams and monitor financial and administrative needs of the project activities.
  1. Provide technical guidance and oversight of MHPSS staff, field teams and implementing partners engaged in IOM’s MHPSS activities; participate in the review, refine and develop of relevant SoPs, referral mechanism structures and assessment documents and support the IM & MEL officer in the development of appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools.
  2. Organizethe implementation of capacity building of staff and partners by MHPSS psychologists to ensure they are more able to effectively assist beneficiaries and better able to manage their own needs. Capacity building training to include but not be limited to psychosocial first aid, burn-out and stress management, community-based psychosocial interventions and conflict mediation and de-escalation. 
  3. Support  E&S management in the development of new MHPSS projects and related resource mobilisation efforts; Provide inputs for reporting purposes and support PD/M&E with inputs for donor liaison purposes and ensure that relevant visibility and outreach material is developed in line with MHPSS and protection guidance;
  4. Participate in all relevant coordination bodies, working groups and other relevant government and non-governmental mechanisms and lead on liaison and engagement with a view to increase IOM’s partnership portfolio.
  5. Support the IM & MEL officer in the mainstreaming of all relevant protection and MHPSS elements and stay abreast of local legislative changes to ensure that MHPSS activities are in line with current Ukrainian law.
  6. Pursue relevant learning opportunities. Propose learning opportunities for other relevant staff to ensure quality, innovative, and evidence-based programming.
  7. Undertake duty travel as needed within Ukraine to meet with beneficiaries, partners, and/or donors; to monitor programme progress; and/or to support staff working on relevant projects.


  1. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • High school diploma or equivalent with at least seven years of relevant work experience


  • University degree in Social Sciences including Psychology, Anthropology, Social Work or Sociology from an accredited academic institution with at least five years of relevant professional experience.


  • MHPSS experience working in an emergency settings in positions that demonstrate progressive responsibility, preferably with resource mobilisation experience
  • Knowledgeable in and has used the IASC MHPSS guidelines and best practices as part of their previous work experience.
  • Training experience with track record of capacity development of organisational staff, partners and government counterparts required.
  • Experience in working with vulnerable groups
  • Experience in project cycle management and managing teams both directly and remotely.
  • Knowledge of the impact of conflict on populations and particularly vulnerable groups and experience of creating tailored interventions
  • Knowledge of the UN cluster system and relevant government bodies and coordination structures
  • Strong communication skills both oral and written
  • Knowledge of project management
  • Strong understanding of MHPSS and protection frameworks with a strong commitment to humanitarian principles


Fluency in English, Ukrainian is required; Russian is desirable.

Required Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


•           Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

•           Integrity and transparency: maintain 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

•           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 innovate.

•           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.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this special vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and security clearances.

A prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications on IOM Personal History Form ( or to [email protected] by 24 September 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement in the subject line of your message.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




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