MHPSS Regional Specialist | ReliefWeb

Launched in December 2016 with funding from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration assists migrants along key migratory routes in Africa through assisted voluntary return and reintegration. It enables migrants who decide to return to their country of origin to do so in a safe and dignified manner, and to help them start their lives over in their country of origin. This is done through an integrated approach to reintegration that supports both migrants and their communities. The EU-IOM joint initiative covers and cooperates closely with 26 African countries in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel and Lake Chad and North Africa. In the Horn of Africa, the main target countries of the EU-IOM joint initiative are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan. An evaluation of the MHPSS component of the program has recently been carried out, based on which a program specific roadmap to strengthen the MHPSS pillar under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative and its follow-up programs is in progress. course of development.

The Regional Migrant Response Plan for East and Horn of Africa 2021-2024 (MRP) is a migrant-focused humanitarian and development response strategy for vulnerable migrants in the Horn of Africa. Africa traveling along the Eastern Route. The objectives of the MRP are to provide protection assistance to vulnerable migrants in the Horn of Africa, to support sustainable and development-oriented approaches for sustainable return and reintegration, to strengthen the protection of migrants in the Horn of Africa by building government capacity and analyzing migration trends between the Horn of Africa and Yemen. The US Office of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) is supporting the implementation of the plan through its funding to IOM.

Under the general supervision of the Deputy Regional Director and Senior Program Manager for the EU-IOM Joint Initiative in the Horn of Africa, the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Protection Specialist and the Regional Protection Officer and in close coordination with EU-JI, BMM, MRP and MHD, the successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination and supervision of MHPSS activities in the region.

Main functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Develop a regional MHPSS strategy/action plan based on prior assessment and in close consultation with governmental and non-governmental MHPSS partners, in line with relevant frameworks, and lead its implementation in the region.
  2. Lead the implementation of the JI MHPSS roadmap, in particular by ensuring the application of the tools included therein;
  3. Improve the MHPSS capacity of IOM staff as well as government and non-government partners, including through trainings, one-to-one on-the-ground support, on-site and off-site mentoring, and facilitation of good practices. practices and lessons learned.
  4. Develop standardized MHPSS training materials based on existing materials and with the contextualization required for each country;
  5. Support country offices and the regional bureau in mainstreaming MHPSS into migrant health and protection work, including on return and reintegration and support for victims of human rights violations, including including victims of trafficking
  6. Provide technical guidance to field offices and partners in the diversification and implementation of MHPSS activities, including through the roll-out of the IOM Community MHPSS Handbook.
  7. Work closely with MHPSS staff and health staff to support the delivery and integration of MHPSS services, capacity building, integration and supervision and partner MHPSS services and monitoring and evaluation of the MHPSS component;
  8. Support the institutionalization of MHPSS work through partnership with regional economic communities, WHO, government health and social care institutions, and academia
  9. Lead the development of IEC MHPSS materials for stranded and returning migrants and their communities as well as partners and ensure adaptation to local contexts;
  10. Develop, standardize and oversee the application of MHPSS-related programmatic tools and associated data management system, including capacity assessment to enable assessment of MHPSS technical capacity of potential (benchmark) partners;
  11. Identify resource mobilization opportunities and mainstream MHPSS in the development of multi-disciplinary proposals and the identification of new donors and thematic areas for technical intervention
  12. Conduct monitoring and support missions in the field; and
  13. Perform any other duties that may be assigned.

Qualifications and experience required:


  • Master’s degree in psychology, psychiatry, counseling, sociology (or in a field related to the subject of the mission) from an accredited academic institution and four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience implementing MHPSS projects in emergency and development contexts
  • Experience in MHPSS work in the East and Horn of Africa region is an advantage
  • Demonstrated knowledge of IOM, IASC and WHO guidelines on MHPSS in emergency and development settings.
  • Strong demonstrated experience in training staff and partners


  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from various cultural and professional backgrounds
  • Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely within set deadlines
  • Ability to navigate through different ideas or perspectives to reach independent judgment


The official languages ​​of IOM are English, French and Spanish.

External candidates for all Professional category positions must be fluent in English and have at least a working knowledge of one other UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Knowledge of French is an asset. Knowledge of local languages ​​spoken in the region is an advantage.

Proficiency in the required language(s) will be specifically assessed during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited universities are those listed in the UNESCO Global Higher Education Database (

Required Skills :

Values – all IOM staff members must respect and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates the ability to work in a calm, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Basic skills– behavioral indicators

  • Team work: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and between units to achieve common goals and maximize results.
  • Give results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed results.
  • Knowledge management and sharing: continually seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Responsibility: takes ownership for the achievement of organizational priorities and takes responsibility for own actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex topics in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

The IOM Competency Framework is available at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff should be mobile. Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy announcement is subject to confirmation of funding.

For this category of staff, candidates who are nationals of the country of the duty station and who do not have previous experience outside the country of the duty station as a professional staff member cannot be considered as eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Vacancies close at 11:59 p.m. local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date.

No late applications will be accepted.

How to register

Interested candidates should submit a technical and financial proposal with examples of previous and relevant research on soft copies, a CV and a cover letter indicating the position title and vacancy number with three professional references (previous and current supervisors ) and their contacts (email and telephone) at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), OR Human Resources Department, by e-mail: [email protected]

CLOSING DATE: June 15, 2022

Only the preselected candidates will be contacted. Please click here for more details.


NO FEES: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, process or training). IOM does not deal with applicants’ bank details.

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From: 02.06.2022 to 15.06.2022

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