Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. The IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC is working in Libya since August 2016, targeting the most vulnerable non-displaced, IDPs, refugees and migrants in hard-to-reach areas. According to assessments, healthcare is considered the priority need in Libya, most urgently in terms of quality health staff, medicines and supplies. Based on the current health situation in Libya and the needs faced by people present in the country, the IRC has the specific goal of ensuring that migrants outside detention centers, vulnerable groups and the hosting population will have access to quality primary healthcare services, including, , mental health and psychological support (MHPSS), reproductive health and non- communicable diseases (NCDs).
IRC’s emergency team is engaging local communities and empowering them to ensure they have equal access to health services while mobilizing outreach medical teams to maintain proximity to the people in need.
This position is responsible for the provision of high quality standardized MHPSS services, the implementation of the MHPSS clinical guidelines and pathways through the provision of technical support of the mhGAP trained clinical staff with regards to diagnoses, treatment plans and follow up of the IRC patients with Mental Health conditions at Primary Health Care Level.
The Psychiatrist/ clinical supervisor will work with IRC’s medical teams in the different supported public health facilities in Misrata and Zliten, she/he will:
Provide ongoing on the job supervision and mentoring to mhGAP-trained medical doctors and other staff as well as group and individual supervision
Ensure follow up of patients is being done properly, including prescription of drugs is being made as per the WHO's recommendations and the national recommendations
Consult on complex cases and respond to psychiatric emergencies in conjunction with the IRC medical team
When needed, provide specialized consultations to the patients in need for psychiatric care
Ensure referral pathways to secondary and tertiary level services are functioning
In coordination with the MHPSS Specialist engage national stakeholders to find sustainable solutions for psychotropic medication supply at the general health care level.
Provide mhGAP training to general health care providers and support in training of paraprofessional staff (e.g. Community Health Workers, refugee volunteers) in mental health and psychosocial support.
Contribute to donor reporting and produce training reports (including data on attendance, pre-post tests and training evaluations) and other reports and visibility materials (e.g. success stories)
Support the development and implementation of Mental Health awareness raising sessions, prevention and promotion activities in the Health Facilities and throughout the local community.
Participate in surveys and health assessment to identify MHPSS risk factors in the affected communities and tailor the project to address such gaps
Work collaboratively with other agencies, local and international and with relevant government bodies
Undertake other tasks as assigned by the MHPSS specialist and the Health Manager to enable and contribute to IRC’s programming.
Key Working Relationships:
Position reports to: Health Manager
Position directly supervises: N/A. S/he will supervise and train GPs and psychologists.
Indirect Reporting: MHPSS Specialist
Other internal: Field Coordinators, Protection Managers
Other external: PHC staff, MoH, other NGOs and UN agencies
Working Environment: This position will be based out of the IRC field office in Misrata and Zliten, Libya with possible visits to Tunisia.