The organization in brief

Human Rights in Mental Health – FGIP is an international federation of not-for-profit organizations that promote humane, ethical and effective mental health care throughout the world. The organization aims to empower people and help build improved and sustainable services that are not dependent on continued external support. The defense of human rights in mental health care delivery is the cornerstone of our work. We consider it our prime obligation to speak out whenever and wherever human rights abuses in mental health practice occur, and work with local partners to amend the situation and make sure the human rights violations in question are discontinued. The basis in all our activities is partnership.

Call for applications

Finance and Logistics Manager - extended deadline until October 29, 2018

Project: Ukrainian CSOs for Change: Promoting Human Rights, Deinstitutionalization and Social Inclusion of People, who have Intellectual and/or Psychosocial Disabilities

About 57,000 persons, who have intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities (PIPD), are confined in 145 social care institutions in Ukraine (UA), which is the main form of mental health (MH) services in the country. Civil society organizations (CSOs) and human rights (HR) activists tend to challenge the existing inhumane form of institutional care and promote community-based services. Nevertheless, UA CSOs, especially those based in the provinces, lack coordination, specific HR knowledge, resources, advocacy and other skills. On the other hand, the best global practices suggest that active CSOs are the driving force to promote deinstitutionalization (De-I) and HR of vulnerable people, and to subsequently watch-dog the quality of newly established community-based services. 

The project is a result of continuous efforts of project’s co-applicants, international experts and key stakeholders, to respond to the needs of PIPD, and seek to reform the outdated health and social care systems inherited from the former Soviet Union. This is especially intended through empowerment of local CSOs and unveiling of the marginalized subject of the HR of PIPD.

For the implementation of this project we are looking for a finance and logistics manager. The function starts on December 15, 2018 and will last for 38 months (with a trial period of 3 months).

The selected candidate will be hired on basis of a consultancy contract according to Dutch labor law and legislation or on basis of a service contract.

Requirements:

  1. At least fifteen years of experience in project management, including financial administration and reporting, with projects larger than 500,000 euro;
  2. Knowledge of the situation in Ukraine, in particular with regard to mental health;
  3. Excellent knowledge of Russian, English and Dutch, both in written and in oral form, knowledge of Ukrainian is an asset;
  4. Experience in working with projects financed by the European Union;
  5. For practical reasons the finance and logistics manager must be resident of The Netherlands, or willing to move to that country;
  6. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and the Exact online bookkeeping program.

Functions:

  1. The finance and logistics manager reports to the Chief Executive of FGIP.
  2. The finance and logistics manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, including:
  • project logistics and administration (including maintaining the project archive)
  • reporting on project achievements
  • printed matter and website.
  1. The finance and logistics manager is responsible for the financial management of the project coordination office. He/she is responsible for:
  • the bookkeeping and financial administration (including maintaining the project financial archive);
  • preparing regular financial reports as required by the Chief Executive of FGIP and the requirements of the donor.
  1. The finance and office manager keeps the Chief Executive of FGIP informed of developments regarding organizational issues as well as regarding financial matters. When necessary, he/she provides financial planning documents and liquidity reports in order to allow a smooth implementation of the project.
  2. The financial manager prepares the financial reports to Chief Executive of FGIP.
  3. The finance manager fulfils all other tasks assigned by the Chief Executive of FGIP.

Remuneration:

The contract will be for 38 months, monthly fee 875 euro including VAT.

 

Envisaged time-frame:

Submission of the application: extended deadline: closing date October 29, 2018

Selection: before November 15, 2018

Starting date: December 15, 2018

Legacy of Soviet Psychiatry

political abuse of psychiatry in Russia increases

 

On September 21, 2018, an international conference was organized at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, organized by the Andrei Sakharov Research Center on Deocratic Development, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FGIP and Vytautas magnus University. The conference discussed the resumption of political abuse of psychiatry for political purposes. This practice was very common in the Soviet Union, when approximately one out of three political prisoners were incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals and tortured with neuroleptics. Many of them were kept for years in Special psychiatric Hospitals and one of them, Victor Davidoff, was speaking at the conference. Only few psychiatrists dared to resist, and all of them paid a heavy price. One of the most famous of them, the Ukrainian psychiatrist Semyon Gluzman, was also at the conference. He spent seven years in camp and three years in exile.

When the Soviet Union disintegrated we thought the political abuse of psychiatry came to an end and we hoped it would never come back. Unfortunately, our hopes were in vain. In several of the former Soviet republics opponents of the regime have again become victim of psychiatric abuse. The most worrying is the situation in the Russian Federation, where dozens of people have become victim, in particular in occupied Crimea. One of the speakers was the Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Ilmi Umerov, who was victim of this recent wave of abuse.

Last year we published a report covering the years 2012-2017, in which several dozen of cases were described. Today we will also present an update on the period 2017-2018, which shows that the frequency is increasing and the practice is becoming more and more widespread.

The English text of the update can be downloaded here

The Russian text of the update can be downloaded here

Latest news

Transformation of social care homes in Ukraine

New report on Ukrainian social care homes

On Friday September 28, 2018 the international foundation “Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP” presented a report on the social care home in Slovyansk and the Svyatoshinsky social care home in Kyiv based on an assessment visit carried out in may 2018, within the framework of the project “Combatting Torture and Ill-Treatment in Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia, financed by the European Union.

The same day, a large meeting was held at the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on the issue of guardianship. More than 130 persons, including officials, professionals and relatives, discussed ways how to end the law on guardianship that makes tens of thousands of Ukrainian citizens legally incapacitated and voiceless. During the same days, several training events were organized, among them a public lecture by Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft, Chairman of the board of FGIP.

The English version of the report can be downloaded here

The Ukrainian version of the report van be downloaded here

 

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