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Libye: MHPSS Technical Specialist

“Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity”.
Handicap International is changing his name and becomes « Humanity & Inclusion ». HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

HI has offices in 63 countries.

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HI is currently implementing several programmes in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, supporting vulnerable persons and their families such as people with disabilities (including people living with mental health problems), people with chronic diseases, older persons, displaced and returnees’ persons and families, migrants and refugees. Activities include provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy and psychosocial support, provision of assistive & mobility devices as per needed; capacity building, technical support and donations of assistive devices and/or materials and equipment to health partners; training on inclusion principles to other humanitarian actors and health workers;

Since early 2019 HI is implementing a three-year project entitled ‘Action for Mental Health Assistance in Libya’ (AMAL) as part of wider initiatives to improve the access and quality of health care services in Libya. Implemented in partnership with the Libyan Ministry of Health and a Tunisian NGO, the overall objective of the project is to allow the most vulnerable people in Libya from host communities, those internally displaced and returnees and migrants, suffering from mental health disorders/psychosocial disabilities to regain or to preserve good mental health by accessing quality interventions at community level, primary health care level, and secondary and tertiary level.

In June 2020 HI also started a one year project entitled ‘Strong And Loving Active Minds’ (SALAM) to enhance the development of a culture of peace, cooperation and responsibility – with a focus on youth (male and female) – through improved provision of MHPSS services at community level. This project will strongly rely on Libyan Civil Society Organisations.

HI is also involved in Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) activities. As a response to increased ERW related accidents, HI is also currently resuming its Risk Education activities in greater Tripoli since November 2020.


Under the responsibility of the Country Manager and in collaboration with the Operations Coordinator and HQ MHPSS Technical Referent, the MHPSS Field Technical Specialist will be responsible for the following:

  • to support the Libya mission to develop its strategy, especially with regard to MHPSS intervention and contributing more widely to HI Libya Health and Protection strategy
  • to ensure the technical support and regular follow-up (quality insurance) of the HI MHPSS activities in Libya (direct service provision as well as health system strengthening activities)
  • to oversee the development and adaptation of technical material aiming to build the capacity of the HI staff and partners, through face-to-face or remote trainings and coaching
  • to coordinate with other MHPSS and Protection actors and represent HI internally and externally, whenever necessary


1/HR Management
2/Technical Expertise
3/External Influence
4/Business development

The complete Job Description will be shared with short-listed candidates.


-advanced University Degree (Master’s level or equivalent) in mental health, psychology or related field from a recognized University or academic institute

-at least 7 years of professional experience, including work in low-to middle-income countries
-at least 4 years of experience in the field of MHPSS
-experience of training and technical supervision in the field of MHPSS with NGOs, in protracted crisis as well as in development contexts
-experience and/or technical understanding of the protection sector
-experience in public health and health system strengthening is highly desirable
-experience of INGO representation, donor reporting and project development from technical perspective is highly desirable
-experience/knowledge of scalable MHPSS intervention tools is highly desirable
-experience in patient rehabilitation is an asset
-experience in the field of vulnerability/disability is an asset
-previous experience in the Middle East, and in particular in Libya, is a strong asset

-excellent written and spoken English
-strong capacity building skills
-comprehensive knowledge of the IASC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings guidelines and associated products
-excellent networking capacities for building constructive relationships government bodies and humanitarian actors
-Arabic language is highly desirable and would be a strong plus
-French language would be a plus
-experience in local development would be an asset

Personal qualities:
-high level of motivation and proactivity
-excellent communication and reporting skills
-strong organizational skills
-strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
-capacity to build and promote partnerships across sectors and with government counterparts
-ability to work in a tensed and volatile context with strict security measures


The post holder will be expected to spend 90% of his / her time in Libya including traveling between operational bases in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, along with other international staff. This being said, access to the country can be impaired time to time by security problems, administrative matters (visas, registration and working authorisations) and specific restriction in relation with COVID-19 pandemic.


At HI, the conditions offered are up to your commitment and adapted to the context of your mission. Particular attention is paid to health issues and your personal situation.
We offer an induction and training path adapted to our staff members and we have a HR policy oriented toward mobility and professional development.

• 12 months International contract starting from August 2021
• The international contract provides social cover adapted to your situation:
o Unemployment insurance benefits for EU nationals
o Pension scheme adapted to the situation of our employees: if you already have a personal pension scheme HI will contribute at the same level of your personal monthly contribution with a maximum of 272.53€/month; if you do not have a personal pension scheme, we will open a private pension account with your contribution of 272.53€/month and a contribution of HI of the same amount
o Medical coverage with 50% of employee contribution
o Repatriation insurance paid by HI

• Salary from 2800 € gross/month upon experience
• Perdiem: 676,61€ net/month (Libya) / 426,67 € net/month (Tunisia) – paid in the field
• Hardship allowance: 500 € net/month paid with your salary (only if you are present at least 16 calendar days per month)
• Paid leaves: 25 days per year
• R&R: 1 day of R&R for 8 days spent inside Libya
• Position: unacompanied
• Housing: collective, fully covered by HI

If you are resident in the country: local package

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