Psychologist - International Medical Corps, Benghazi

Closing date:  29 Dec 2011

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND In partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Libyan National Transitional Council, International Medical Corps will strengthen existing rehabilitation services in Benghazi and Misurata, to provide urgently needed rehabilitation for persons with disabilities Purpose of the position: The primary responsibility of the Rehabilitation Psychologist will be to provide psychosocial support to war wounded patients in Benghazi Medical Center through training and supervising national staff.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Rehabilitation Psychologist will assure the implementation of the following through training and supervising the national rehabilitation psychologist and social worker: 1-Complete comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments for all patients receiving physiotherapy treatment in the rehabilitation center. Assessment will account for the range of physical, personal, psychosocial, cognitive, and behavioral factors that may be affected, such as neuro-cognitive status, sensory difficulties, mood/emotions, desired level of independence and interdependence, mobility/freedom of movement, self-esteem and self-determination, behavioral control and coping skills, subjective view of capabilities and quality of life

2- Provide effective treatment and community based interventions according to the presenting problems identified by patients and in line with principles of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). This may include: • Pain management • Pre and post operation support • Evidence based interventions for common mental disorders (e.g. PTSD, Depression, Anxiety) • Aiding clients in living and working in their own communities to the greatest extent possible • Facilitating social inclusion and access to opportunities for clients • Relaxation techniques • Stress management techniques. • Relapse prevention for treatment of addictions 3- Support patients, their family members, and other significant people in the individual's social/community circle (e.g. teachers, employers, co-workers, religious leaders, and friends) through psycho education, community support services, and advocacy. 4- Assist in the implementation of confidential documentation of treatment records (e.g. patient history, intake, assessment, progress notes) 5- Undertake efficient and effective role to facilitate the implementation of activities, and to create a harmonized conducive work environment within the hospital, and with all relevant partners with ensured compliance with IMC rules and regulations. 6- Assist in the facilitation of regular supervision and training sessions provided by the IMC MHPSS team. 7- Collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team to provide wrap-around support for each patient including weekly team meetings, treatment planning, and team consultation. 8- Establish supportive patient networks, including peer-to-peer support, and group psycho education and therapy. 9- Provide effective discharge planning and follow-up support for patients of the Rehab Center.

REQUIREMENTS • MA degree in Psychology, Social work, or a relevant degree • Clinical rehabilitation psychotherapy work experience in the public or private sector. • Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings including but not limited to considering influences of culture, ethnicity, language, gender, age, developmental level, sexual orientation, social network, residence and geographic location, socioeconomic status, and relative visibility and/or assumption of disability on attitudes and available services. • Extensive knowledge on public mental health approach and prevention/promotion treatment and rehabilitation models in MHPSS. • Personal qualities include a sense of initiative, strong work ethics, very good communication skills, self-confidence and commitment to humanitarian issues.

• Languages: Fluency in oral and written English, and preferably Arabic as well. • Computer skills: Proficiency in current office software applications.

LANGUAGES - Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret, technical and non-technical in the English language. - Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government and political leaders and other related regional players - Ability to speak Arabic and English a must

CONDITIONS • Accommodation, food and transportation provided by the organization • Medical Evacuation service and competitive benefits provided by the organization • Further information regarding security and situation on the field available during the interview process • While performing duties of the job, the employee may work in a precarious or insecure environment. The employee is employed in an area of civil strife, which often result in an unstable security environment.
 
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