Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Advisor – HST – (18000089)

As part of our humanitarian ambition and 2030 global strategy, Save the Children is developing and implementing a new Surge Capacity Model to further improve the efficient deployment of high quality surge staff to support the delivery of our Humanitarian Responses directly and in collaboration with SCI partners.  The model will be a stimulus for other areas of the organisation, demonstrating more collaborative and cost effective ways of working to drive resources closer to children and honour our commitments to sector wide developments including the Grand Bargain and Core Humanitarian Standard.
People surge is a vital component of our humanitarian responses, providing a much-needed expertise and capacity which can be called upon when it is needed most, helping to ensure high quality and timely humanitarian responses and ultimately saving the lives of children and their families.  The postholder will provide dedicated surge support for all categories of humanitarian response efforts, interim cover for critical roles and capacity building to country and regional office staff and SCI partners within humanitarian contexts around the globe.  When not on deployment the postholder will undertake work at the base location agreed with their subject matter line manager and deployment manager and contribute to the further development of the surge capacity model.
This role will be responsible and accountable for the provision of MHPSS Advice within the Global Humanitarian Surge Platform,
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
• Advanced university degree in Psychology, Social Work or similar education
• Minimum 5 years of experience of setting up and leading Mental Health and Psychosocial programmes or MHPSS activities within health, nutrition, child protection and education programs within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state
• Experience in child-focused as well as community-based MHPSS
• Thorough knowledge of and experience in using the IASC MHPSS guidelines and relevant tools.
• Demonstrated experience in supervising and managing international and national staff
• Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations
• Demonstrated ability to set up monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes.
• Experience in capacity building, coaching and staff care, strengthening various duty bearers understanding and implementation of MHPSS
• Experience in overseeing program quality and development
• Experience of working with and supporting local partners
• Experience of senior level representation to government representatives, other INGO leadership and with institutional donors
• Strong people and communication skills, diplomatic and assertive as needed
• Culturally sensitive and able to adapt to difficult contexts
• Good team player, enjoy being part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
• Personal maturity and ability to mentor others
• The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
• A high level of written and spoken English
• Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
• Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
• Fluency in French, Spanish or Arabic is an asset.
Contract length: 24 Months
The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Application Information:
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at
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