Mental Health Officer

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Mental Health Officer

  • Post Date:May 13, 2024
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  • Career Level Officer
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Health Care
Job Description

Grade: NO-B
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months
Closing Date: May 14, 2024, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Organization: AF_ZWE Zimbabwe
Schedule: Full-time

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The main objectives of the Special Initiative for Mental Health in the WHO Representative Office in Zimbabwe is to assist the Ministry of Health &Child Care (MOHCC), particularly the Mental Health Department other relevant institutions and partners in implementing the five year program by building and consolidating their capacity to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate Mental health prevention, detection, treatment and care activities as well as to strengthen coordination among different partners and stakeholders for effective programming


  • Oversee the overall timeliness and quality of all program deliverables of the Special Initiative for mental health operational work plan, assure compliance with WHO rules and regulations, and efficiently deliver related services/products within the country.
  • Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and other line ministries and their technical departments in the review and implementation of the of mental health strategy through the Special Initiative for Mental Health as part of the Universal Health coverage ensuring care that is timely, efficient, equitable and people centered.
  • Coordinate with the international and national stakeholders (including UN/NGO and civil society organizations and institutions working in the field of mental health to optimize mental health service delivery
  • Contribute to the mobilization of adequate and sustained resources for the development and implementation of mental health activities.
  • Facilitate the development of community-based mental health services and contribute to the development and strengthening of secondary level specialist psychiatric services.
  • Provide technical guidance to develop, implement and disseminatestrategic information, policies and guidelines with stakeholders and partnersas well as monitor and evaluate implementation of mental health plans and the integration of mental health in the primary health care.
  • Monitor implementation of the Grand Challenge Canada Fund (GCC) on the FRIENDZ project
  • Facilitate and advocate for strategic partnerships to enhance public private partnerships for health and fostering joint Mental Health integration into other programs
  • Promote and support Operational/Implementation Research to identify innovative strategies which inform national policies, strategies and enable evidence-based decision making and programming for Mental health and the documentation of best practices in Mental Health awareness, prevention, detection, treatment, and care.
  • Monitor impact of pandemics like Covid-19 and Floods and any emergencies that impact on people’s psychosocial wellbeing and identify innovative strategies to ensure continued delivery of these essential services.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly progress reports of activities accomplished.
  • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



  • Essential: Degree in psychiatry, clinical psychology, social work or allied sciences from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Masters in a mental health field, post-graduate qualification or specialized training in (a) public health (b) clinical psychology or psychiatry; Training in delivering interventions in MNS disorders, training in WHO Quality Rights


  • Essential: At least two (2 ) years of practical experience in the assessment, development and implementation of policies, strategies, and action plans for national level Mental health in a developing country.
  • Desirable: Experience of managing national mental health programme(s) including experience with implementing WHO’s Mental health Gap Action Programme (MHGAP), in capacity building, developing, and promoting collaborative partnerships. Relevant work and in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant nongovernmental, and health cluster partners. A minimum of 3 years of working experience in large public health projects would be an asset


  • Ability to establish harmonious working relationships and to function within multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
  • Ability to consolidate information from multiple sources and prepare strategic information and reports for decision makers
  • Ability to lead and achieve consensus and coordination through team building
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

  • Expert knowledge of English.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 47,096 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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