Title: Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Specialist
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Type of contract: Temporary Full Time (11 months)
Salary band: $37.75 – $39.50 /hour
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC), an iconic brand and one of the most inspirational not-for-profit organizations on this planet, is seeking a Specialist, Mental Health & Psychosocial Support to join our team in Saskatchewan.
You have a passion for helping others, and want to work with other dedicated individuals? By applying, you are taking a big first step to be part of an exciting organization.
At the Canadian Red Cross, we are guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. We help people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and support them in strengthening their resilience.
Starting with the hiring process, we are committed to having an accessible, diverse, inclusive and barrier-free work environment where everyone can reach their full potential. We encourage all qualified persons to apply, particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized people, and people with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.
We are looking for a Specialist, Mental Health & Psychosocial Support. The incumbent will work with Geographic VP or designate under the guidance of the Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) national team. As part of this national team of MHPSS Specialists, you will contribute towards CRC commitments to delivery services by addressing the psychosocial needs of those affected and contributing to individual and community capacity and resiliency in mental health and psychosocial support.
As a Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Specialist you will:
- Advise the Operations management team on the MHPSS/protection considerations and risks related to the operation.
- Support Provincial Operations Team to deliver MHPSS services in coordination and collaboration with the national MHPSS team.
- In coordination with the MHPSS national team, Field Ops/Virtual Ops and support services, determine MHPSS workforce requirements for field deployment.
- Provide technical guidance to MHPSS staff working in the field.
- Provide mental health care within an Emergency Response Unit (ERU) setting or health-related operation, in collaboration with other CRC service team members.
- Provide mental health care within other service areas as required (mobile clinics, in-patient department, isolation-outbreak areas, phone consultations/referral, etc.).
- Support community mobilization and stakeholder engagement.
- Contribute towards the identification of partnerships at the regional and national level to increase CRC’s surge capacity to provide culturally safe and competent services.
- Support MHPSS national team with ongoing projects.
What we are looking for:
- Professional certification or graduate qualification in medicine, psychology, social work, nursing or other mental health related field.
- Current Professional Registration (registered and in good standing) within the province of operation.
- Minimum 6 years professional experience, including 2 years in a leadership position.
- Experience managing and supporting staff in their professional field.
- Professional experience in infection diseases outbreak management, public health, working in rural and remote environments is an asset.
- Experience with Indigenous populations is a strong asset.
- Demonstrated ability to explore and analyze complex issues and to prepare written evaluations and recommendations for leadership; strong written and verbal communication in English is essential; being bilingual is an asset.
- Service delivery is based on capacity to surge in responses, comprised of various profiles, available for 2-4-week deployment periods, within an activation window of 24–72 hours.
- Field missions can involve working in environments that are unstable and unpredictable requiring very strict adherence to security regulations and with limited access to basic services and will require working non-traditional hours and therefore, a demonstrated ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions is required.
- When outside of response/deployment this position will work remotely and/or from home.
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for this position and operation (the CRC will however adhere to its duty to accommodate those who are unable to be fully vaccinated for a reason related to a human right protected ground).
If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please notify us as soon as possible. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.