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Mental health and psychosocial support advisor (F/M)

Odessa, Ukraine

Travailler avec Médecins du Monde

 For more than 40 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. 

Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations.  

MdM currently works in 30 countries across all continents where it focuses on 5 priority areas: emergency and crisis, sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction, migrants and displaced populations (health rights), health and environment. 

Three MdM chapters are directly implementing activities in Ukraine:

  • MdM Spain has the lead for global MdM response in the country and covers Kiev and surroundings, Donbass, Kharkiv, Zaporidja
  • MdM Germany covers Dnipro and Vinitsia
  • MdM France covers the Southern part, Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson

In Mykolaiv oblast, MdM-F supports Mykolaiv Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) in restoring access to primary health care and mental health and psychosocial services (MHPSS) for populations affected by the conflict. The component of sexual and reproductive health, as well as gender based violence is part of this project.

In Odessa oblast, MdM-F collaborates with the LIGA association, a LGBTQI+ organisation dedicated to sensitize about LGBTQI+ topics, offering STIs and HIV testing, and offering temporary shelter for IDPs arriving in Odessa because of the war. MdM-F will financially support this organisation, and provide a medical doctor for general consultations to the beneficiaries of LIGA, including sex workers.

Description du poste

Under the supervision of the health coordinator, you are in charge of the implementation, follow-up and supervision of the different mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) activities in Ukraine.  

Your main responsibilities are the following: 

Organization, coordination and supervision 

  • Understand and document the national MHPSS strategy 
  • Carry out and update the mapping of the actors involved in the response to MHPSS and develop a strong network 
  • Lead the definition and adaptation of the strategy for prevention and response to MHPSS
  • Drive the MHPSS and technical aspects in the development of MdM’s strategy 
  • Ensure all MHPSS program activities in all MdM areas of intervention in Ukraine are culturally adapted
  • Lead the implementation of MHPSS activities
  • Ensure that the MHPSS activities adapts to changes in context and population’s needs
  • Support the partners with the development, implementation and monitoring 
  • Create and disseminate tools, guidelines and training and awareness-raising materials
  • Ensure the development, implementation or update of tools for the management of MHPSS activities
  • Actively participate to coordination efforts with MHPSS actors
  • In close collaboration with the health coordinator, develop and monitor local partnerships 
  • Manage the programme’s implementation, follow up the budget and project planning
  • Contribute to the implementation and follow-up of the advocacy strategy of our partner (LIGA)

Team Management/Capacity building

  • Participate to the recruitment 
  • Ensure proper induction and capacity building 
  • Provide technical inputs/support to MHPSS and medical team members
  • Train the relevant staff on the referral system and the reporting tools
  • Support in the training of new MHPSS and medical staff
  • Participate in regular department meetings
  • Define, roll out and supervise the whistleblowing policy and tools

Coordination with NGOs/local associations and representation

  • Participate to the different MHPSS meetings
  • Liaise with the legal or appointed MHPSS authorities
  • Ensure coordination and work in close collaboration with partners
  • Organize work in order to respond the needs and request of our partners


  • Collect datas from the different bases, provide regular analysis and share feedbacks
  • Contribute to internal quantitative and qualitative reporting
  • Contribute to SitRep mission reports
  • Participate in the writing of projects/proposals reports for donors 

Vos conditions d'emploi

Fixed-term contract

6 months


Starting date: as soon as possible
Gross monthly salary: 3119 euros
Premium equal to one month salary paid in two instalments Minimum of 6 months seniority required
Expatriation bonus (10% gross salary per month)
Transportation cost, vaccines and visas covered
Guesthouse housing
22.5 recovery days per year
5 weeks of paid leaves per year
Health insurance (60% covered by MdM and 40% by the employee)
Insurance (repatriation…)
Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility
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Votre profil

Mental health professional (psychologist, etc.)
Master’s in Public Health is an added value
Minimum 1 year experience of work in MHPSS programs in humanitarian emergencies/context with both individual counselling and Psycho-Social Support activities
Experience to build up local partnerships
Training in transcultural approach is highly desirable
Experience in developing training materials and training implementation Capacity to create relationships with the communities
Ability to implement tools and monitoring process in coordination with implementing partners
Use project management tools
Excellent knowledge of Windows environment (word, excel)
English is mandatory (oral and written) Knowledge of any other local language is an asset (Russian, Ukrainian)
You embrace the core values and support the proactive philosophy of Médecins du Monde

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