About us

Who are we and what do we stand for?

Our purpose

What We Stand For

The MHPSS Collaborative is a global platform for research, innovation, learning and advocacy. In the field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), we connect key academic and humanitarian actors with local civil society to give children and families in fragile circumstances the possibility to thrive.

The MHPSS Collaborative was born out of a response to a growing body of research on the impacts of Children’s exposure globally to unprecedented rates of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, particularly those in crisis, migration and displacement situations. Exposure to critical incidents and long-term adversity, and the failure of adequate child protection and nurturance, leads to devastating impacts on children’s physical and mental development, their potential to actively engage in the building of inclusive, peaceful societies, and the socio-economic development and stability of communities as a whole.

Investing in resilience-building and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for children, youth and families in fragile and humanitarian contexts is a critical precondition for sustainable development that leaves no one behind.

The MHPSS Collaborative works across the sector to:

  1. Convene and facilitate partnerships to engage a broad range of stakeholders
  2. Develop and share knowledge, and advance local-to-global research
  3. Advocate toward donors and decision-makers for MHPSS as a life-saving measure

We focus on emerging challenges that require immediate attention for children and families in adversity:

  • Education in emergencies and the importance of integrating MHPSS
  • Migration and displacement: cross border care for children and families on the move
  • Climate change and the cycle of impact on children’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
  • Suicide prevention in humanitarian settings

Our Values

The voices of children and families matter

Meaningful partnerships are essential

Local and global knowledge and experience must come together

Open positions

Research coordinators in Colombia and Greece – Deadline extenden

The research coordinators are national positions to be located within the research countries for six to eight months. The positions are part time, 60 days over six to eight months (approximately August 2022 to May 2023).

Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in Education in Emergencies (EiE), including social-emotional learning (SEL), has been identified as a potential pathway to address both children’s mental health and psychosocial needs and to improve learning outcomes and student retention. While there is widespread interest in this type of programming, and even more during Covid-19 pandemic, this interest is not matched by evidence to support effectiveness in terms of type of MHPSS in EiE intervention or implementation method.

This research seeks to examine and understand the enabling environments for MHPSS interventions delivered in education settings in humanitarian contexts, via mixed methods research to capture the perceptions of children, teachers, and caregivers, as well as implementers and programme staff. This two-year research project will build on Phase 1 and begin with a “research protocol design” phase lasting approximately three months.

This will be followed by primary data collection with children, teachers, caregivers, other education stakeholders, and programme staff in three locations (Colombia, Kenya, and Greece) between August 2022-June 2023. Data analysis, validation workshops, report and article production, and dissemination of learnings will take place over the rest of 2023.

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, and dissemination phases of research in their country of research. The research coordinator will work closely with the MHPSS Collaborative global project team. In the research country, the research coordinator will be embedded with the local implementing partner and work in close collaboration to strategically plan and carry out all primary data collection tasks. They will additionally work with a range of local, regional, and national stakeholders relevant to the provision of education for children in context. The exact timeline of research design and planning; data collection and analysis; and finalization and dissemination will be determined collaboratively with the research coordinator and the implementing organization during the research inception phase for the site (approximately July-August 2022).

The deadline for all three positions is 30th July 2022.

Please see the terms of reference for each position for more information about the scope of work, required qualifications and procedure for applying.

Who we are

The team

Ashley Nemiro

Acting Director

Dr. Ashley Nemiro has worked as a global mental health professional in humanitarian settings since 2011 following a career as a licensed family therapist and refugee resettlement program coordinator. She received her doctorate from North Carolina State University where she spent three years travelling to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct her dissertation research and run a non-profit alongside Congolese women. Ashley focuses on integrating mental health care into health, education and protection services, developing supervision systems and training and supporting staff on the use of psychological interventions for children and adults across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Marie Dahl

Director - on maternity leave

Marie Dahl is a humanitarian professional with 13 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, with a core focus on children and youth‘s rights to protection, education, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. Marie brings field experience from across Asia, the Middle East and Africa on humanitarian response, interagency coordination, capacity building, strategy and advocacy. Her academic background includes a BA in International Social Work and a MA in International Humanitarian Action.

Jura Augustinavicius

Research Advisor, Lead on Climate Change

Dr. Jura Augustinavicius is a global mental health researcher and an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she teaches courses on Climate Change and Mental Health. She completed a doctorate and postdoctoral fellowship in Public Mental Health with special training in global mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her current work focuses on climate change and mental health,  youth engagement, and MHPSS in humanitarian settings.

Karlo Dukic

Programmes officer

Karlo Dukic has more than three years of experience at the intersection of humanitarian and development programming in development consultancy, INGO, and the public and private sectors. Karlo has worked on several assignments in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Yemen, Nepal, Denmark, and Croatia, focusing on livelihoods, food security, nutrition, education, and MHPSS. Karlo holds BA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Dag Hammarskjöld University College in Zagreb and an MSc in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen. Karlo is currently supporting the development of the Child & Family Global Course for front liners in emergency contexts as well as Joint Ukraine Response in Child and Family MHPSS for national and international agencies

Louise Juul Hansen

Advocacy and communications advisor

Louise Juul Hansen is an advocacy and communications specialist with a master’s degree in media studies from the University of Copenhagen. Louise has worked with advocacy and communication in the field of MHPSS at the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support supporting both communication, advocacy and development of training material, handbooks and guidelines. She has a special expertise in dissemination and communication of EU funded research projects and is currently leading the communications and dissemination work for the REFUGE-ED project.

Kate Harris

Programmes Advisor

Kate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Global Studies, focusing on the experiences of asylum seekers living in limbo in Sweden. She has worked in the legal, NGO, and education sectors in Australia, Mexico, Sweden, and Denmark, providing project support and management. In her current role, Kate oversees the Collaborative’s portfolio and budgets, and manages the MHPSS in Education in Emergencies projects, and UNICEF partnership agreement.

Andreas H. Jespersen

Programmes Officer

Andreas Jespersen holds a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a master’s degree in Global Refugee Studies, focusing on the experience of different aspects of the migration and refugee experience, including MHPSS needs and social stigmatization. Andreas has worked on several international project prior to joining the collaborative, and is currently in charge of compliance, and is supporting our portfolios in MHPSS and migration, MHPSS and Climate Crisis, as well as our work with youth.

Isabelle Amorim de Souza

MHPSS Technical Advisor

Dr. Isabelle Amorim is a Clinical Psychologist and a Mental Health Humanitarian professional with 15 years’ experience working in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South America focus on capacity building, education, inter-agency coordination and integration of mental health into different sectors. Her academic background includes a BA in Psychology, a MA in International Humanitarian Action, a MA in Psychoanalysis, and a Ph.D. in Sociology: Knowledge for Open and Inclusive Societies. In her current role, she supports the collaborative in the development of a Child & Family Global course for frontliners in emergency contexts.

Victor Ugo

MHPSS and Youth Engagement Advisor

Victor is a medical doctor and the founder of Nigeria’s and one of Africa’s biggest youth-led and user-led youth mental health network, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI). With an MSc in Global Mental Health from Kings College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Victor has been at the forefront of elevating the global discourse on youth mental health and is passionate about conversations regarding the decolonialisation of mental health as well as representation in the global mental health sector.

Our steering committee

Our partnerships

We are hosted and funded by

The MHPSS Collaborative is hosted by Save the Children, sharing a location in its offices in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are grateful to Danida for providing the seed funding for our core activities and existence. Danida is Denmark’s development cooperation, an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

We are proud to work with

Working in partnership is one of our core values. We are proud to have current and past partnerships with these outstanding entities, working together to solve critical issues for child and family mental health and psychosocial wellbeing.

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