International Rescue Committee Greece
Job Position Title: Mental Health Nurse
Department: Mental Health and Psychosocial support (MHPSS)
Duty Location: Field Position, Lesvos
Length of Initial Contract: November 2020, with possibility of extension
Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
In response to the influx of refugees in Greece the IRC Protection program aims to ensure that the crisis-affected populations have an improved access to humanitarian services, rights and entitlements and plan to achieve this through culturally sensitive case management, psychosocial support, safe spaces for women and children, protection monitoring and referral.
Job Overview/Summary: Under the guidance and direct supervision of the MHPSS Senior Officer and the MHPSS Manager, the nurse supports the MHPSS team in their work with people suffering with mental health concerns currently living in Moria, who are referred by other actors through the established referral pathway system. She/he will function effectively as a member of the mental health service provider team in the coordination of MHPSS service delivery. She/he will enhance the individual and collective well-being and ensure that vulnerable people, including children and adults are safeguarded from harm.
Reports to: MHPSS Senior Officer
Under the supervision of the MHPSS Snr Officer, the Nurse is responsible for:
- Assessing the conditions of the patient, developing care plans along with MHPSS team, delivering mental health support such as psychoeducation, Psychological First Aid and follow ups for an assigned case load;
- Complete the appropriate intake, assessment, and ongoing monitoring in accordance with policies and procedures for each consultation
- Responsible for the medication distribution and the management of the medication stock
- Contact with the external psychiatrist and coordinate with her/him for the pharmacological treatment plans and for psychiatric follow ups
- Act as a resource for patients on all medication related issues and questions
- Act as a resource for patients on all general medical and mental health issues
- Educate and monitor beneficiaries in regards to medication use and side-effects and monitor compliance to treatment
- Provide appropriate psychosocial support to patients in need
- Offering information, support and individuals and families, including escorting them if necessary to relevant services;
- Liaising with, and making referrals to, other agencies and conduct follow ups to assess progress;
- Contributing to the development of activities and facilitation of group sessions in relation to psycho-social support and increased well-being of the target population;
- Ensuring effective working relations with the Public Services and other actors related to the interventions;
- Working in close collaboration with MHPSS and other IRC colleagues;
- Participating in multidisciplinary teams, case conferences, working groups, ad hoc workshops and thematic trainings when required;
- Maintaining accurate and secured records and update them in a timely manner.
- Communicating regularly with the MHPSS team and if relevant, with other protection staff, for updates on achievements and challenges;
- Participating in MHPSS training, supervision and team meetings.
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
- Preparing and facilitating regular health education sessions for patients at the clinics in coordination with the clinic staff
- The Nurse will not be line managing any internal staff.
- Technical diploma or degree in Nursing, with a valid practice license;
- Minimum of 2 year experience working as nurse in a hospital or primary health care center, preferably with mental health patients and institutions;
- Experience and demonstrated understanding of working with a refugee or migrant population is an advantage;
- Understanding of mental health and psycho-social issues;
- Ability and composure to deal with crises and stressful incidents
- Personal qualities: Team player, flexible, well organized, network-builder, able to handle pressure well and work in cross-cultural setting;
- Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
- Fluency in English and Greek;
- Experience working with international development programs highly desirable.
TRAVEL: Travel will be expected to/from sites of program implementation, and the office, as needed.
- All MH Social Workers are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct every day – in the site and in the community
- Maintain confidentiality
- While in transit sites, all IRC staff must wear appropriate IRC visibility
Adhere to safety and security SOPs and processes, respect the communication
trees and follow the instructions of the Security Focal point
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