IOM is supporting the National authorities in the management of all long-term accommodation sites in mainland Greece and aims at ensuring dignified and harmonized reception standards for applicants of international protection.

Roving Psychologist (MHPSS)

Position Title : Roving Psychologist (MHPSS)
Duty Station : Thiva / Pyrgos-Andravida, Greece
Type of Appointment : Special Short-Term Ungraded Contract
Closing Date : 23 February 2021

IOM is implementing activities (Site Management Support, Protection and NonFormal Education) in partnership with a large array of Implementing Partners. Under the overall supervision of the National Protection Coordinator, and the direct supervision of the MHPSS Psychologist Coordinator, the incumbent will be expected to:

Core Functions / Responsibilities

1. Perform an initial psychological assessment on migrants and asylum seekers in the open accommodation centres; Identify and follow-up on pre-existing mental health conditions and their IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible
to apply to this vacancy.

For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates. treatment, as well as cases in need of immediate referral to clinical services, such as victims of SGBV, people with suicidal tendencies, people harmful for themselves and for others, those demonstrating serious psychotic episodes, people with pre-existing psychological disorders in need of continuation of treatment and substance abusers, especially those in abstinence crisis.

2. Map existing national and humanitarian mental health services available that are accessible to the sites residents and refer cases accordingly.

3. Demonstrate time management skills in terms of deadlines and ensure flexibility in emergency situations.

4. Identify gaps (i.e. lack of interpretation services) that should be referred to the project management and local authorities for further action.

5. Develop and maintain an efficient mental health referral system for refugees, in coordination with other governmental and/or partner agencies.

6. Participate in Protection and Case Conference meetings with the national authorities on the sites, to discuss good practices and challenges.

7. Conduct regular individual and group counselling sessions for refugees and other migrants in need and provide referrals to psychiatrists if necessary. Focus on group activities and info sessions, but not therapy sessions.

8. Conduct accompaniments to psychiatric appointments for vulnerable cases, if needed.

9. Engage in adequate and effective coordination with other IOM staff members and inform adequately about changes in the schedule of the mobile team’s visits.

10. Organize psychosocial activities, conduct focus group discussions and awareness raising group sessions with beneficiaries on mental health-related issues.

11. Provide psychological reports to other actors operating at the site or to external partners, for the best interest of the beneficiaries

12. Prepare case reports and statistics and submit to respective IOM teams.

13. Ensure the confidentiality of medical information of the migrants and refugees.

14. Coordinate with the appropriate IOM teams to ensure that migrants’ and refugees’ basic needs are covered.

15. Monitor medical and mental health expenses related to needs of migrants and refugees.

16. Undertake duty travel as requested.

17. Perform other related duties that may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

1. Professional license to practice psychology Education
2. University degree in Psychology (Clinical psychology, Counselling Psychology, or similar) or higher from an accredited institution with minimum three years of relevant work experience.
3. Master’s degree in above fields would be an advantage.
4. Registration or chartered membership with the Greek Psychological Association.

Experience and Skills

1. At least three years of experience in clinical psychology;
2. Experience in emergency response settings would be a distinct advantage;
3. Experience in providing training on mental health;
4. Knowledge of PFA and IASC guidelines for MHPSS in emergencies, as well as health and migration administrative procedures is an advantage;
5. Excellent clinical skills;
6. Capacity to develop and supervise quality control/assurance mechanisms in mental health activities;
7. Excellent communication and negotiation skills, personal commitment, efficiency and flexibility;
8. Ability to work with minimal supervision;
9. Good level of computer literacy;
10. Awareness on migration and refugee issues;
11. Ability to work under difficult conditions;
12. Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is preferred;
13. Strong work ethics and commitment to humanitarian principles;
14. Valid driving license with at least five years of driving experience.


Fluency in English and Greek is required.


1. Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
2. Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
3. Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators

1. Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
2. Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
3. Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
4. Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
5. Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.


IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation. Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

Appointment will be subject to the provision of requirements relevant to the position including academic degree(s), professional licenses, criminal record certificate and declaration of relatives in the Organization.

This post is subject to local recruitment. Only those holding a valid residence and work permit for Greece will be eligible for consideration.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application including a cover letter, CV and a completed Personal History Form in English by email to: Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από τους αυτοματισμούς αποστολέων ανεπιθύμητων μηνυμάτων. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε τη JavaScript για να μπορέσετε να τη δείτε., specifying the vacancy reference number GRCFA21-027, full name and preferred location in the subject line.

Due to the volume of applications received, IOM Greece Human Resources will not be able to respond to all inquiries about the application status and will only contact shortlisted candidates.

Posting period:

From 09 February 2021 to 23 February 2021