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MHPSS Technical Specialist
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Organization: Heartland Alliance International
Job Title: MHPSS Technical Specialist
Reports To: Program Director
Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the global arm of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a family of organizations that has been leading anti-poverty and social justice work in Chicago for more than 125 years. HAI’s offices in nearly a dozen countries implement programs on a range of global human rights issues, as well as the Chicago-based Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, which serves individuals from more than 50 countries. HAI has significant expertise in the fields of trauma-informed mental health care and access to justice for survivors of rights abuses. It is also an industry leader in access to high-quality and stigma-free health care. Across all of its programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equality.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, HAI addresses the HIV/AIDS epidemic, human trafficking, trauma-informed mental health care for survivors of violent conflict, and empowerment of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. HAI currently maintains offices in Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while also implementing technical assistance programming in Sudan, Swaziland, and Cameroon.
HAI seeks a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) technical specialist to provide capacity building training and technical oversight of the implementation of MHPSS activities in two of HAI’s programs in Nigeria that include an anti-trafficking project as well as the MHPSS components of largescale HIV program. Based in Abuja, Nigeria with some regional travel, the MHPSS technical specialist will report to the Nigeria Program Director and liaise closely with HAI’s global MHPSS Technical Advisor. The MHPSS technical specialist will also be responsible for program development, project start-up, as well as planning and supporting implementation of new trauma-informed components of HAI’s One Stop Shop (OSS) model for HIV prevention, testing, counseling, and treatment for key populations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or competency required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at +1 (312) 660-1431.
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