IRC Zolberg Fellow: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Framework

The Zolberg Institute is pleased to open applications to join the Summer 2019 cohort of Zolberg – IRC Fellows. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019. Please submit a cover letter, CV and three work samples (writing and/or design portfolio) as one single PDF to Meryl Makielski <> with “IRC Zolberg Fellow” and the position for which you are applying clearly in the subject line. 

Team: Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit. Fellow will collaborate closely with the Health and Education Units and the US programs team.

Cohort: Summer 2019, with possibility for extension in Fall 2019

Project Aim: The fellow will work on the recently developed Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Framework. The IRC developed this framework to set out a clear and common understanding on MHPSS according to global standards and best practice following the IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergency Settings and the Mental Health Gap Action Program (mhGAP), and to support the identification and standardization of common terms, entry points for interventions, competencies for delivering quality interventions and principles of good programming to achieve mental health and psychosocial wellbeing outcomes for the people we serve.

The fellow will support rollout of framework, working closely with the MHPSS Working Group, which is made up of members from IRC’s Education, Health, Violence Prevention and Response Technical Units and the US Programs team. Rollout will include the development of dissemination and implementation plans, as well as mapping existing MHPSS resources. In consultation with the working group, the fellow will gain key insights into MHPSS in humanitarian settings, lead development of selected tools, and potentially undertake work in a country program.


  • Mapping of existing resources and identification of gaps;
  • Development of specific MHPSS resources, such as training and supervision plans, standard job descriptions, and measurement plans; and
  • Identification of emerging MHPSS trends and opportunities to inform development of MHPSS strategy and programming and research priorities.

Potential travel involved: Potential for fellow to travel to disseminate and test resources in a select country program.

Student skill sets sought:

  • Design thinking, research, and strategy
  • Specific sectoral knowledge or expertise (nutrition, education, health, etc.)
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