Clinical Psychologist with military / police experience

Clinical Psychologist with military / police experience


Requisition ID: 20746
Region: Global Deployment Option
Contract type: Open-ended contract

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and protracted crises at the same time promoting respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation of the Red Cross in order to ensure a concerted humanitarian response to address the needs of the people affected by armed conflict or other situation of violence. The ICRC directs and coordinates the international activities conducted in these situations.

Your role

As a clinical psychologist, you will identify the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) needs of people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. You will create and develop MHPSS projects and programs in line with the needs of the population and the priorities determined by the ICRC. You will ensure the ICRC MHPSS framework and performance indicators are used, to guide the implementation of the programs, while considering the local cultural context. You are entirely responsible for the implementation, monitoring, and follow-up of the MHPSS activities in the context in which you will be deployed.

Main responsibilities

  • Conducts an MHPSS assessment to identify people in need of MHPSS support (individuals, families, communities))
  • Designs and implements MHPSS projects and programs, taking into consideration the impacts, needs, coping mechanisms, and cultural practices of the people and context.
  • Creates opportunities for the implementation of programs in partnership with local stakeholders (NGOs, Red Cross/Red Crescent National Society), to ensure a coordinated response.
  • Provides technical advice to allow for optimal assistance to the people affected while reinforcing and developing local networks and their MHPSS capacities to ensure sustainable humanitarian action.
  • Monitors and evaluates the MHPSS program implementation, including individual, and community needs and the MHPSS response.

Education and experience required

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
  • Degree in Psychology and Master’ Degree in Clinical Psychology or equivalent.
  • Valid license to practice in your country of residence.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working directly as a psychologist with the military or police.
  • Fluency in English. A good command of a second language is a strong asset (French, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese).
  • Knowledge of public mental health, including integrating MHPSS intervention models in promotion/prevention and care at primary and secondary health care levels.
  • Proven capacity in planning MHPSS programs and community health interventions to address the psychological and psychosocial consequences of violence.

Desired profile and skills

  • Ability to work under pressure and lead a multicultural team in a complex environment.
  • Significant experience in training and supervision processes for capacity building.
  • Good analysis, problem-solving, and report-writing skills.
  • Positive, flexible, and able to adapt to challenging living conditions and/or unstable security environments.
  • Previous experience within the Red Cross & Red Crescent movement is an asset.

Our operational & field constraints

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country in which they are nationals.
  • Our field staff members must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up before departure to the field.
  • Our field staff members are prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e., no spouse, partner, children, or dependents) for at least the first 24 months.
  • In line with our security guidelines, our staff members must hold a manual driving license.

Our offer in a nutshell

Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
A two-week orientation course and other opportunities for further in-house training
Competitive employment package with attractive social benefits
Be part of the ICRC talent pool and be contacted for future assignments globally.
Length of assignment: 12 months or longer.

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We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

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