Mental Health and Psychosocial Project Responsible - Ukraine - M/F

ALIMA in Ukraine

Mission Location: Odessa & Mykolaiv

We will focus its effort in South Ukraine to provide emergency primary health care and support to hospitals in the war zone of Mykolaiv Oblast and around. The main objective is to reduce the mortality and suffering among the population affected by the war in this area through 4 axes: 

        Reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with chronic disease and communicable diseases among the isolated population in Mykolaiv Oblast

        Reduce mental health burden through psychological care in Mykolaiv Oblast

        Support hospitals to deliver trauma and intensive health care in Mykolaiv City 

        Ensuring a rapid response mechanism to delivered health care support to affected population


Level 3: As part of his/her duties, the incumbent will visit programs and come into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, a criminal record check or a certificate of good character will be required. In situations where a criminal record check or character reference is not possible, a declaration on honour will be requested.


        He/she reports to the Project coordinator (line manager), and to the Mental Health referent at HQ (technical manager).

        He/she manages the mental health team

        He/she works in close collaboration with the coordinators (medical, logistics and projects).


The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Activity Manager (MHPSS) is responsible for the implementation and smooth running of the mental health strategy for refugees, IDPs, patients, their families, the community and the teams. He/she ensures the functioning of the mental health pole on the project.

  1. Implementation of ALIMA programs

        Implements and evolves the mental health care strategy, care circuit and referral in each intervention site; 

        Ensures the implementation and monitoring of psychological support for beneficiaries in the various sites of displaced populations, patients or people in isolation and families

        Organizes psychological first aid sessions for victims and patients;  

        Organizes time for sharing practices on specific situations

        Ensures the effectiveness of mental health and psychosocial support activities in accordance with the defined action plan and according to the minimum package of mental health activities vs. the complete package, with a focus on psychological first aid, prevention and management of psychotrauma;

       Ensures the development of partnerships for the management, orientation and referral of severe or chronic cases of mental disorders and/or psychosocial problems. 

  1. Monitoring, analysis and reporting

        Participates in external meetings and reports relevant information to the emergency coordinator

        Conducts a weekly summary of mental health activities and reports to the medical coordinator and the project's referring physicians

        Follows the issues and recommendations of the cluster

        Produces a mission report and recommendations

  1. Representation, coordination with other teams

        Ensures networking with the various partners,

        Participates in meetings related to his/her field of intervention on the instructions of the head office mental health referent;

  1. Management of the mental health team

        Organizes the duties and schedules of the mental health worker team

        Ensures the proper transmission of information, provides clinical supervision of teams  

        Collects data for the department's monitoring and activity report 

  1. Capacity building and team facilitation

        Sets up a mental health team in collaboration with the project coordinator (the recruitment, training and reinforcement)

      Ensures that the skills of the mental Health staff are updated according to the evolution of the technical platform and the protocols made available to the mission

       Defines and update job profiles and performance objective plans for team members and participate in the same documents for medical and nursing referents

        Carries out the assessments of its team in an approach of professional course

        Identify the skills that team members need to acquire to master their positions and organize training to reinforce them

        Ensure trainings in accordance with ALIMA's minimum package of mental health activities, and if necessary according to the complete package (psychological first aid, psychosocial activities, psychological support in the practice of medical care, mental health staff, prevention and management of psychotrauma, the relationship between caregivers and patients, and other needs identified upstream).

  1. Team health

        Organizes debriefing sessions / He/she supports the teams in case of critical incident

        Ensures the implementation and follow-up of the psychological support of the teams on the different projects

        Evaluates and validates mental health referral structures with the project's comed or medref

  1. Implementation of prevention measures against abuse of power, gender-based and sexual violence:

          Participate in training and awareness sessions

          Apply standards for abuse prevention  

          Ensure that team members attend trainings and awareness sessions and follow abuse prevention rules

          Contribute to creating and maintaining a nurturing and protective environment

Experiences and Skills

  • Experiences

            Professional Master's degree in clinical and/or health psychology or equivalent 

            Previous experience in humanitarian work

    Qualities of the candidates

            Professional Master's degree in clinical and/or health psychology or equivalent 

            Previous experience in humanitarian work

            An ability to problematize and summarize the main psychological issues and be able to set priorities

            Good teamwork and delegation skills

            A good deal of autonomy and the ability to create one's own position in line with the association's objectives and resources

            Good writing skills

            A good knowledge of psycho-trauma 


            Russian or Ukrainian and English mandatory 

            French is an asset


  •       Contract term: contract under French law, 

          Contract length: 5 months (renewable, based on funding availability and performance)

          Position to be filled: May 2022

          Salary:  depending on experience + per diem

    ALIMA pays for:

          Travel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the mission location

          Accommodation costs

          Medical cover from the first day of the contract to a month after the date of departure from the mission country for the employee

          Evacuation of the employee

How to apply

  • To apply, please send your CV and your answers to our job page.

    Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful. Only full applications will be taken into account. Only accepted applications will be contacted.

    Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.