MHPSS Technical Expert Position Available. Join our team!

Are you a technical expert with MHPSS experience in fragile and humanitarian contexts?

Are you able to engage communities, researchers and practitioners, governmental and non-governmental actors in the field of child and family MHPSS? Would you like to be part of a team setting a new direction for innovation in practice, policy and implementation science linking civil society, academics and policy makers around the globe?

If yes, then this could be your opportunity.


Hosted by Save the Children Denmark – a member of one of the world’s leading Child Rights-based organizations – the MHPSS Collaborative is a global platform for MHPSS research, innovation, learning and advocacy. We connect key academic and humanitarian actors with local civil society to support quality MHPSS programs at scale for children and families in fragile and humanitarian contexts. Based upon meaningful partnerships and local realities and solutions, in the field of mental health and psychosocial support, we:

Convene: key stakeholders – from children, youth and families with lived experience to service providers, researchers, and policy makers – to work together for children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Develop and share knowledge: on the latest innovations and research in MHPSS in fragile and humanitarian settings.

Advocate: to ensure donors and decision makers hear the voices of children, youth and families and prioritize policy and funding for MHPSS.

As MHPSS Technical Expert, you will be responsible for the ongoing development, coordination and oversight of the Collaborative’s key MHPSS thematic work, with local to global engagement of stakeholders. Will lead the scoping, design and implementation of Collaborative initiatives, in concert with other team members, including policy and advocacy.  Will represent the Collaborative to key donors, technical agencies and relevant international fora relevant to child and family MHPSS.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Identify trends and priority gaps in MHPSS knowledge, practice and policy for children, youth and families in adversity, as well as stakeholders and resources for MHPSS implementation and innovation.
  • Develop and sustain partnerships for meaningful and inclusive engagement and dialogue toward shared solutions to improve quality and scale of child and family MHPSS.
  • Identify funding sources and facilitate joint funding proposals for the Collaborative’s MHPSS initiatives.
  • Support innovation, capacity building and implementation science research projects of the Collaborative and contribute to documentation and dissemination of findings, to ensure evidence and innovation are accessible to partners on the ground, and across the global sector.
  • Work closely with other MHPSS research and knowledge centers (e.g., SCD’s Evidence and Learning Unit, Copenhagen University, others) to expand potential for MHPSS impacts in global programming.
  • Participate in relevant local, regional and global practitioner, coordination, policy and research forums.

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 MHPSS initiatives of the Collaborative support and demonstrate best practice in child safeguarding, inclusion and gender mainstreaming.
  • Provides oversight, mentorship and coaching, where relevant, to programme officers, project assistants, post-docs or team researchers, and local civil society partners.

Advocacy and Policy Representation

  • Contribute to advocacy and policy messaging and strategies, together with key partners including SC, to a broad audience to lift the global MHPSS agenda.
  • Develop policy briefs and position papers related to child and family MHPSS.
  • Represent the Collaborative and advocate with donors, policy makers, governments and other key stakeholders at the highest levels in verbal and written communications to ensure the Collaborative is recognized for its leadership in convening expertise on child and family MHPSS innovation, quality, scale, contextualization and learning.

Your personal and professional profile is:

MHPSS professional with a track record of relevant expertise in MHPSS programming and evaluation in fragile and humanitarian settings:

  • Advanced MHPSS degree (MD, psychology, clinical social work).
  • 5-10 years relevant field expertise in MHPSS programming and evaluation in fragile and humanitarian settings.
  • Experience working at the interface of MHPSS with other sectors, and with relevant MHPSS fora and coordination groups.
  • Experience with MHPSS advocacy and policy work.
  • Strong networking abilities and talent in fostering and maintaining partnerships, from local to global levels, including youth engagement and mentorship.
  • Track record of successful funding and implementation of MHPSS programmes in fragile and humanitarian contexts.
  • Thorough knowledge of MHPSS assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Understanding of, or previous engagement with, implementation science research a plus (e.g., ability to interpret research)


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 18.12.2020

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