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Subject Matter Expert – Healthcare and Mental Health
THIS POSITION IS BASED IN AFGHANISTAN
Reports To: Chief of Team, CSSP
SMEs shall work with their CSSP Afghan counterparts to identify and address gaps in the correctional knowledge, skills, and abilities of their GDPDC/JRD counterparts; they shall develop – in coordination with their Afghan CSSP co-team leads – specific mentoring plans for these counterparts, with milestones showing progress over a specific period of performance and defining an end state. The resulting mentorship plans should be fully owned by GDPDC, and should help GDPDC and development partners formulate a common approach to training. The Contractor shall work side-by-side with GDPDC leadership to assist GDPDC in the performance of its core work requirements while mentoring and training to build the independent capacity of current, new, and prospective GDPDC leadership staff. This position is located in Afghanistan.
Before developing the mentoring plans, the Contractor shall devise and conduct pre-mentorship assessments to determine a baseline capacity for GDPDC/JRD – both specific counterparts and the organization more broadly. By understanding the baseline, CSSP will be able to provide more targeted and effective support.
- Assist GDPDC in adopting and implementing a national prison public health strategy and plan of action, which shall give particular attention to all vulnerable or marginalized groups
- Advocate for transparent reporting guidelines for cases of ill-treatment to AIHRC and GDPDC Gender and Human Rights Directorate
- Provide appropriate training programs for health personnel, including education on health, human rights, and mental health awareness
- Facilitate greater access to families for prisoners suffering from mental health conditions
- Encourage utilization of alternative sanctions to divert mentally ill offenders from formal incarceration to appropriate medical clinics for treatment
- Facilitate continuity of care for prisoners released with substance abuse issues, mental health issues, or chronic illnesses
- Track prisoners who are suffering from mental illness nationwide and help facilitate prisoner transfers to Pol-i-Charkhi, when extreme cases are identified
- Work as a partner with GDPDC staff to foster an environment and build administrative capacity for a realistically sustainable prison health system
- Work with GDPDC to increase recruitment efforts of medical personnel for the prison system
- Assist GDPDC with coordination efforts to medical facilities, hospitals, and MOPH for inmates
- Mentor the GDPDC Chief Medical staff member on international best practices and World Health Organization guidelines
- Evaluate and analyze GDPDC medical department and advise on gaps of expertise
- Encourage more medical ethics, mental health, and medical screening training programs within the provinces and headquarters.
- Working knowledge and experience in managing international development and/or rule of law programs preferred.
- Preferred international experience in conflict or post-conflict areas of operation
- Superior interpersonal skills.
- Superior writing and communication skills
- Education: A bachelor’s degree plus some demonstration of continuing education in the discipline for which the Advisor will mentor (e.g., certificate program)
- Experience: Minimum (3) three years as Associate/Deputy Warden (or equivalent); Preferred (2) two years of corrections experience at the management level, with central office, regional or state-level oversight over multiple correctional institutions and operations; Minimum (12) twelve years’ experience in corrections, at least two of which in the discipline for which the mentor will be advising (e.g., Chief of Classification of Records, Director of Training Academy)
- Security Vetting: Must be able to secure and maintain a MRPT certification
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.
- Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination.
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