Mental Health Officer - National Professional Officer, Qamishli, Syria

Organization: WHO - World Health Organization

Country: Syria

Field location: Al Qamishli

Office: WHO Al Qamishli, Syria

Closing date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021

ROSTER: Temporary

Mental Health Officer

National Professional Officer

( 2103259 )

Grade : NO-B

Contractual Arrangement : Multiple contractual arrangements

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1 year (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)

Job Posting: Jul 14, 2021, 3:22:53 PM

The objectives of WHO’s emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO’s emergency response team are to support Member States by: 1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; 2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency; 3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; 4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.


the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Contribute to the assessment of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) needs, resources and capacities within the country.

Assist in development of mental health service organization plans, with initial focus providing mental health and psychosocial programming in the country.

Promote a system based approach to integrate MHPSS in health and related social sectors, in coordination with relevant agencies and entities.

Work with counterparts in the Ministry of Health and other national entities/ institutions to improve capacity in the MHPSS response at national level.

Provide technical input to partner civil society organizations and other entities, on MHPSS activities.

Participate in the development of community-based mental health services.

Monitor the integration of mental health in the primary health care service of the country.

Prepare briefing notes, meeting reports, information products and content on mental health topics



Essential: A first university degree in Medicine (with emphasis in Mental Health), Psychology or Public Health (with an emphasis in Mental Health).

Desirable: Advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or related field. Specialized training or certification in (a) public health (b) clinical psychology or psychiatry and/or (c) MHPSS in emergency and humanitarian crises.


Essential: At least two years of relevant experience providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS).

Desirable: Experience working in the area of humanitarian and/or emergency response. Experience in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant nongovernmental, health cluster partners or recognized humanitarian organizations.


Technical skills and knowledge in providing mental health and psychosocial support. Strong skills in providing support in mental, neurological, substance use disorders and other mental health related areas. Demonstrated skills in capacity-building activities in MHPSS. Demonstrated skills and knowledge in emergency and humanitarian response activities and how it relates to MHPSS.

WHO Competencies



Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Tags Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) health information health services health systems humanitarian response mental health mental health services primary health care psychosocial social work

Moving forward in a changing environment

Producing results

Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Local.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 25,511 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

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WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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