Countries: Aruba (The Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Peru, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Closing date: 27 Nov 2022
HIAS seeks a Technical Advisor, MHPSS, Central America & the Caribbean to support MHPSS programmatic start-up, in addition to overall direction and technical leadership for its’ MHPSS programming in Central America and the Caribbean. The ever-growing complexity of the migratory context in the Americas has highlighted the psychosocial needs of migrant populations, and the necessity for HIAS to develop a MHPSS position focused on the start-up of programming in Honduras and Guatemala while providing technical oversight to the existing MHPSS programming in Panama, Costa Rica and the Caribbean (currently including Guyana and Aruba, from where services are also provided remotely to other North Caribbean Islands). HIAS currently provides collaborative community-based mental health and psychosocial support services (CB-MHPSS) in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Aruba, Guyana, Panama and Mexico. The region is home to vibrant networks of support and long-standing efforts to address mental health, and HIAS programming is meant to support rather than replace those efforts.
The Latin American region continues to face the combination of recurrent climate change, socioeconomic and political challenges combined with unprecedent displacement figures and people in need of humanitarian assistance. The extreme poverty rate rose from 81 to 86 million in 2022, while the poverty rate reached 32.1%. Insecurity, organized crime, violence and inflation are on the rise in the whole region, compounded with political instability and polarization of the region, with special concerns in Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Cuba and Brazil.
CB-MHPSS programming at HIAS includes a focus on individuals, families and communities. The overall goal of HIAS’ Community-Based Mental Health Psychosocial Support programming is for forcibly displaced people and vulnerable migrants to have improved mental health and psychosocial well-being, helping them to access their rights. This goal may be achieved through three key outcome areas: (1) Family, community and social structures, including refugee and host communities and public and private partners, promoting the psychosocial well-being and resilience of women, men, girls and boys; (2) Individuals and communities develop healthy coping mechanisms; and (3) People with mental health and psychosocial problems use appropriate focused care, including referral to specialized care when needed.
Under the overall supervision of the Director, Resilience Programs, and in close coordination with the Regional Technical Advisor, MHPSS, LAC, the successful candidate will provide technical support related to program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, donor diversification and partnership development, and coordination, working in close coordination with country offices, the regional team and M&E teams for NCA. The Technical Advisor, MHPSS, Central America & the Caribbean will ensure quality services are delivered that meet both ethical and global standards and that the programs evolve to meet changing needs and succeed in implementing HIAS Refugee Rights Framework. They will be responsible for ensuring systems are in place to implement evidence-based programs, both within MHPSS and cross-sectorally, supporting opportunities for innovation and building HIAS’ profile in the Americas in the MHPSS sector.
Note, this position can be based in the LAC region, at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland or our office in New York, New York, and we will consider a remote option for applicants who live outside of commuting distance to either of our offices and are based in other states in which we are registered (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin). This position can be based in the LAC region in countries where HIAS has existing operations (Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Aruba, Guyana).
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:
Step 1: Submit your application!
Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.
Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.
Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.
Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.
Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening.
Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!
Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.
Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.
HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.
HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.
Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.
Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim
We Welcome the Stranger
Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek
We Pursue Justice
Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed
We Approach our Clients with Empathy
Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta
We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership
Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz
We Act with Courage to Build a Better World
Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach
We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience
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