MHPSS Coordinator



Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024


HIAS Greece seeks an experienced MHPSS Coordinator to lead the MHPSS team in Athens and Lesvos. The Coordinator will lead in coordinating MHPSS programming, working closely with their HIAS Greece counterparts to support ongoing operations and ensure that HIAS MHPSS programming is responsive. This includes monitoring and supporting technically existing activities, rolling out training in MHPSS topics, supporting MHPSS service mapping and strengthening referral pathways for those with MHPSS needs. The MHPSS Coordinator will also oversee MHPSS program development, including proposal development, potential expansion of the MHPSS team, monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS activities, and reporting. This position will also provide overall technical oversight of quality MHPSS services, including training, supervision, and monitoring of implementation of activities and interventions. This position will work within the framework of the IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings, Sphere standards, and the HIAS MHPSS operational framework. This position will also work collaboratively with other agencies in Athens and Lesvos and international and other relevant stakeholders.


  • Coordinate and implement long-term MHPSS programming for Athens and Lesvos, Greece, including strategy development and ongoing monitoring of the program
  • Coordinate a multidisciplinary team
  • Provide technical support and liaise closely with a multidisciplinary team, including economic inclusion and legal aid colleagues.
  • Coordinate with local NGO partners and relevant government focal points for the implementation and monitoring of MHPSS projects
  • Prepare and implement MHPSS and other relevant emergency psychosocial support skills training
  • Support the development of the MHPSS program by Identifying potential gaps and needs of persons of concern and contributing to the project proposals

• Work within the framework of IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings and Sphere Standards

• Represent HIAS as requested in various working group meetings

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


• An advanced degree or higher in psychology, mental health counselling, social work, or another relevant field, with knowledge of humanitarian issues, human rights, international development, public health, or another relevant field.

• A minimum of 4 years of relevant MHPSS experience in humanitarian settings, preferably working with refugees and/or forcibly displaced populations.

• Knowledgeable in and has used the IASC MHPSS guidelines and best practices as part of previous work experience.

• Demonstrated technical expertise in the assessment of design and delivery of responses to pre-existing and emergency induced MHPSS needs

• Demonstrated understanding of core MHPSS interventions utilized in emergency settings (e.g., WHO scalable mental health interventions, Psychological First Aid)

• Demonstrated experience in training and supervision of multi-disciplinary teams

• Familiarity with needs-based participatory approach; experience with engagement with communities

• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work on own initiative but also as a member of a team

• Proficiency in English and Greek, both written and oral


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills required or permanent location. Flexibility is essential as we grow and develop. The successful candidate must be comfortable in a fast-paced, changing work environment with many crucial deadlines. All team members may be required to perform duties outside of their normal work hours of responsibilities as needed.


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.


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, political orientation, or other legally protected status.


HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIAS’ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.