Psychologist - Tripoli
Background/IRC Summary: The mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) program aims to ensure that crisis affected populations have access to high quality humanitarian services focusing on the promotion and treatment of mental health concerns. The project will address the mental health needs of the migrant population currently residing in Tripoli, Libya.
Job Overview/Summary: The psychologist will be responsible for providing evidence based preventative and curative services to people suffering with mental health concerns currently living in Tripoli who are referred by the IRC health or protection teams within the CDC or by other actors through the established referral pathway system. The psychologist will also be responsible for managing cases, conducting appropriate referrals to a psychiatrist if needed and protection services. The psychologist will provide psychological interventions based on the client’s needs and presenting complaints. There will be a focus on vulnerable populations, specifically, but not limited to separated and unaccompanied children, survivors of gender based violence, and people with serious security and medical concerns.
Reports to: The position will report to the health manager and will receive additional technical support from the MH Technical Advisor.
Adhere to internationally recognized best practices for evidence based psychological interventions and the management of clients with mental health concerns. This includes ensuring the confidentiality of clients and respecting their decisions;
Establish a safe space to conduct private and confidential sessions acceptable to those on the site and safely accessible by women and children.
Assess the client’s needs and presenting complaints and develop a care plan with the client based on those needs, including referrals to other services;
Provide age-appropriate culturally relevant individual and/or group psychological counselling for population at risk including but not limited to survivors of gender based violence, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors;
Support the client(s) coping process and mobilize their internal and external resources for processing extreme adversity;
Identify concerns related to and support adherence to referral protocols and guiding principles for gender based violence, and bring these concerns to the health manager;
Maintain an effective working relationship and regular communication with other health and protection team members working on the same project;
Maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including referral organizations community groups and other implementing partners;
Complete daily case reports and data collection according to guidance provided by the health manager and the MHPSS Technical Advisor.
Collaborate with the rest of the team to exchange information and ensure that IRC programs are responding to the evolving needs of migrants, refugees and local population accessing the CDC;
Attend regular supportive supervision conducted by the external psychiatrist;
Refer patients to other health professionals whenever necessary;
Provide psychoeducation sessions to the family members of clients when needed.
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs;
Participate in weekly team meetings.