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Job opening: MHPSS and EiE Advisor

We are searching for an MHPSS Advisor to oversee our MHPSS and Education in Emergencies portfolio. This is a 1 year contract to cover our colleague's role while they are away on parent's leave.

The MHPSS Advisor is responsible for ongoing development, coordination and oversight of the Collaborative’s key MHPSS thematic work in their portfolio, with a focus on education in emergencies (EiE). They will contribute to scoping, funding, design and implementation of initiatives, with local to global stakeholder engagement, in concert with other team members. They will represent the Collaborative to key donors, technical agencies and relevant international fora relevant to child and family MHPSS. They will position the Collaborative as a key partner for MHPSS policy makers, implementers and researchers working on evidence-based MHPSS for the most vulnerable children and families, and will ensure the Collaborative is recognized for its work in lifting the agenda for quality and scale in child and family MHPSS through their project portfolio. This is a one-year maternity cover starting 1st October 2020.


In your role as MHPSS Advisor you will have 3 over all areas of responsibility:

Technical Leadership 

  • Identify trends and priority gaps in MHPSS knowledge, practice and policy for children and families in adversity, as well as stakeholders and resources for MHPSS implementation and innovation.
  • Develop and sustain partnerships among civil society (including children and families), MHPSS practitioners and programme implementers for meaningful and inclusive engagement and dialogue toward shared solutions to improve quality and scale of child and family MHPSS, with a particular focus on EiE.
  • Support capacity building and implementation science research projects of the Collaborative, and distill and disseminate key information on MHPSS policy, practice, innovation and evidence to make MHPSS evidence available and accessible to partners on the ground, and across the global sector.


Programme Quality and Development

  • Ensure that the work undertaken by the Collaborative is of high quality at design, implementation and evaluation phases. Ensure appropriate levels of technical support are built into Collaborative’s initiatives to enable meaningful engagement of stakeholders from local to global.
  • Ensure programming supports achieving the Collaborative’s strategic and thematic objectives.


Advocacy and Representation

  • Develop policy briefs and position papers, and contribute to advocacy messaging and strategies to a broad audience to lift the global MHPSS agenda within EiE.
  • Represent the Collaborative and advocate with donors, policy makers, governments and other key stakeholders to ensure the Colalborative is recognized for its leadership in convening expertise on child and family MHPSS inovation, quality, scale, contextualization and learning.


  • MHPSS professional with an advanced MHPSS degree (MD, psychology, clinical social work) and 5-10 years relevant field expertise in MHPSS programming and evaluation in fragile and humanitarian settings, with a particular focus on EiE.
  • Strong networking abilities and talent in fostering and maintaining partnerships, from local to global levels.
  • Track record of successful funding and implementation of MHPSS programmes in fragile and humanitarian contexts.
  • Thorough knowledge of MHPSS assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to build personal networks, resulting in new opportunities for the organization, and to work influentially with different stakeholders in MHPSS policy and advocacy for children and families.
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills, particularly communication, facilitation and presentation skills for diverse audiences.
  • Experience in knowledge transfer and learning (e.g., running workshops, seminars, presentation, webinars, creating learning materials and lessons learned reports).


You will be employed according to the terms and conditions of the local Collective Agreement between Red Barnet and the relevant unions. You will work 37 hours per week.

Deadline for applications is 4th August, 2020.


Find the full description of the role and information about how to apply here:

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