Deadline for applications: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Location: based in Beirut, (with regular visits to the Bekaa valley)
Working area: Beirut/Bekaa
Job Description

For more than 35 years, Médecins du Monde (MdM), a campaigning medical organization committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organization do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations.


MdM currently works in 44 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, combating HIV and reducing the harm and risks associated with drug use, crises and conflicts.


Since 2011 the conflict between the Syrian army and the opposition has resulted in massive displacements of the population within the country and into neighboring countries, particularly to Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Following assessments in these countries, MdM activities started on Syrian borders in May 2012, offering primary and specialized healthcare services for refugee and displaced Syrian populations.


MdM has been working in Lebanon for nearly 30 years and specifically on the response to the Syrian crisis since 2012. The goal of MdM in Lebanon is to offer care to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese affected by this crisis. Currently, medical assistance is provided through 4 partners in 5 primary healthcare centers (PHCCs) in the Bekaa and Mount Lebanon. MdM is also providing mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) services to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese in 4 PHCCs in the Bekaa and Beirut.


As a complement to its usual activities, MdM in collaboration with researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL, UK), Johns Hopkins University (JHU, USA), American University of Beirut (AUB, Lebanon) and Medical School Hamburg (MSH, Germany) will conduct a new R2HC-funded international clinical study. The main objective of the research project is to adapt, pilot, and evaluate an existing transdiagnostic psychological treatment program (Common Elements Therapy Approach; CETA) for the innovative and scalable delivery over phone in order to increase access to psychological intervention for children in humanitarian emergency/low-resource settings with limited access to mental health services. The study will be conducted with Syrian refugee children based in Lebanon.


Overall, this is an exciting opportunity for the future Research Manager Psychotherapist to play a key role in an international research study. Looking forward to welcoming a dynamic, highly motivated individual to our team.




The post-holder will report directly to the MdM Field Work Coordinator but will also work closely with the local and international research team, particularly the London-based study coordinator, Dr Fiona McEwen, and the principal investigator Dr Michael Pluess (both at Queen Mary University of London).


The main role of the 24-month full-time post will be coordinating and overseeing various activities related to the study besides providing psychotherapy to Syrian refugee children. Research activities will include supervision, and training of local field staff, coordination of clinical work related to the study, data collection, and active involvement in the development of a new protocol/manual for the delivery of psychotherapy over phone, while managing the administrative, logistics, and financial aspects of the project with support of the line manager and team at MdM. Clinical activities will include providing CETA therapy to Syrian children. Initial CETA training will be provided by clinical experts from the international research team. All research activities will be supported by the line manager (i.e., the Beirut-based MdM Field Work Coordinator) as well as the London-based study coordinator and the international research team.


In the country, the post-holder will be the direct supervisor of a small group of case managers, in close collaboration with the MdM Field Work Coordinator.


More specifically, the post-holder’s main responsibilities in research and clinical work include:


Research Responsibilities (approx. 60% of time):                                                                                


1. Research program management

  • Undertake the program of research, under the general guidance of the London-based study coordinator and the MdM Field Work Coordinator.
  • Contribute to management of study tools/procedures and information
  • Contribute to adaptation of Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) therapy to delivery over phone, including the development of the phone-delivered CETA (t-CETA) manual
  • Conduct pilot studies with t-CETA, including training of field staff for t-CETA
  • Keep accurate written and computerized records, ensure that records are stored securely and that confidentiality of all electronically stored personal data is maintained in line with data protection laws


2. Coordination and communication

  • Exchange information, relevant to the project both internally and externally in both written (weekly and monthly reports) and oral form (phone, skype and face-to-face meetings)
  • Act as a liaison between the field workers and both the MdM Field Work Coordinator and the study coordinator in London to ensure smooth day-to-day flow of communications with the project teams and collaborators (per emails and regular reports)
  • Participate in regular coordination meetings with partners and other actors in Lebanon (UN, NGOs, etc.)
  • Report attended meetings with partners and share information with the coordination team
  • Work with external collaborators as agreed with the PI
  • Contribute to t-CETA workshops in Lebanon in order to disseminate findings after completion of the study


3. Reporting

  • Provide weekly and monthly reports to the MdM Field Work Coordinator and the London-based study coordinator
  • Contribute to the drafting, editing and preparation of correspondence, reports and other project related materials
  • Assist with the preparation of reports of appropriate research results for public presentation through seminars, conferences and workshops. Contribute to writing papers summarizing research findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals (of high international standing where possible)


4. Team management

  • Manage the clinical case managers under his/her direct supervision
  • Provide training, expert advice and assistance to the case managers with the help of the clinical experts involved in the research project
  • Carry out annual reviews for your team members


5. Logistis and Financial Management

  • Manage the project related budget
  • Draft the requisitions for the needed purchases
  • Ensure a good follow-up and justification of the operational advances used on the field
  • Liaise with the logistics and administrative teams regarding financial, administrative, and logistics issues related to the research project


This list of activities is not exhaustive and may change depending on the situation.


Clinical Responsibilities (approx. 40% of time):                                                                        


  • Properly diagnose, support and treat child mental health cases with CETA/t-CETA
  • Coordinate with the case-management team on the implementation of all CETA/t-CETA interventions and activities
  • Utilize the referral system between community and PHC Centre as well as to secondary treatment level
  • Analysis, detection and reduction of risk factors influencing the mental health status at community level
  • Precise written clinical documentation of all therapy activities
  • Participation in MdM internal meetings
Experience required: Education degree: Masters Degree Field of education: Master’s degree in Psychotherapy (preferably with children)
Arabic: Very Good English: Good French: Basic
Period: 24 month
Submission guidelines:
Cover letter required? Yes
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