Job Opportunity : Mental Health Psycho-Social Support Analyst

Job Opportunity : Mental Health Psycho-Social Support Analyst

National MHPSS Analyst

Job title: Mental Health Psycho-Social Support Analyst

Level: NOA

Position Number: 162019

Location: Buea

Full/Part time: Full time

Fixed term/Temporary: Fixed Term Appointment (FTA)

Rotational/Non-Rotational: Non-Rotational

Duration: 1 year with possible renewal

The position

The Mental Health Psycho-Social Support Analyst will work in close collaboration with the Humanitarian coordinator and the GBV/Gender Specialist, She/He will provide mental health and psycho social support in the interventions related to the project “Provision of integrated lifesaving Gender Based Violence services including COVID-19 prevention and protection to vulnerable IDPs and host communities in the North West, South West, West and Littoral regions in Cameroon” project.She/he will be part of the UNFPA Programme team and work in collaboration with relevant colleagues and create synergies between the development nexus and humanitarian response.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in project results.

Job Purpose

UNFPA is working to intensify and improve the quality of its contribution to the humanitarian crisis in the North West, South West, Littoral, West and Far North Regions.

UNFPA’s Country Programme Document comprises work in four key components: sexual and reproductive health (SRH), adolescent sexual reproductive health (ASRH), and gender and population dynamics. These components reflect the need for supporting the government at various levels to deliver on Country Programme. There are ongoing humanitarian crises in the North West, South West, Far North and Eastern Regions of Cameroon. To address these crises, UNFPA Cameroon has put in place a humanitarian response programme to complement the efforts of the broader UN response. This position falls mainly under the project

“Provision of integrated lifesaving Gender Based Violence services including COVID-19 prevention and protection to vulnerable IDPs and host communities in the North West, South West, West and Littoral regions in Cameroon”

The MHPSS Analyst will support the implementation of ECHO funded project to enhance the capacity of implementing partners to support compliance with IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and The Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies Programming. 

You would be responsible for: 
  • Support and strengthen capacity of implementing partners of ECHO funded project on MHPSS.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to the design of MHPSS interventions within the project’s components being implemented by partner organizations.
  • Assess capacities of multi-sectoral outreach teams and provide technical assistance to integrate basic psychosocial skills and PFA into their work, particularly in light of changes to communication techniques necessitated by COVID-19. 
  • Assess linkages across the continuum of care for MHPSS services supported by the project, including ways in which these may have been impacted by COVID-19. 
  • Evaluate procedures and provide technical support for screening and referral up and down the IASC pyramid to ensure these processes are survivor-centered.
  • Provide technical assistance to implementing partners to ensure that specialized mental health services for GBV survivors adhere to best practices and international standards on MHPSS and GBV.
  • Support adaptation of monitoring tools to ensure MHPSS interventions follow international guidelines and best practices.
Training and Capacity Building
  • Assess capacities of multi-sectoral organizations to integrate psychosocial design and skills into their work, and provide guidance and training as needed.
  • Ensure specialized mental health services provided to GBV survivors adhere to best practices and international standards on GBV and MHPSS.
Knowledge Management and Networks
  • Document good practice examples of the project support to MPHSS including innovative approaches to remote delivery of MPHSS.
  • Engage with the MHPSS TWG to facilitate coordination and collaboration with actors providing complementary services.
  • Perform other relevant duties assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications and Experience:


Master’s degree with specialization in areas such as clinical psychology, clinical social work or mental health. Training on global mental health or a Master’s in Public Health is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience
At least 3 years of specialized experience in community based psychosocial support interventions particularly as they relate to GBV, and experience in this field in a humanitarian context.
She/he will have a minimum of 3 years of progressively relevant experience implementing the minimum humanitarian standards for Prevention and Response to Gender-based Violence and liaising with counterparts in SRH and other cross-cutting sectors.
Demonstrated experience on Counseling skills and clinical supervision of lay counsellors


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