Child Protection & MHPSS Specialist (Call for talent pipeline)


The Opportunity

The purpose of this pipeline post is to identify ready to acquire talents for our Programme Development and Quality Team.

As a member of the Programme Development and Quality Team, the CP/MHPSS Specialist provides quality technical advice for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of CP/MHPSS-related activities that are supported or led by Save the Children (SC) Turkey, both standalone CP/MHPSS activities and CP/MHPSS mainstreaming into our education and livelihood programs. The CP/MHPSS Specialist is responsible for providing technical guidance, supervision and coaching to SC staff and partners, and ensuring that intervention/programmes are meeting CP/MHPSS quality benchmarks and international standards. The CP/MHPSS Specialist also contributes to high quality of proposals and reporting and plays a key role in representation of SC in relevant working groups and towards partners and governmental stakeholders.

Note: 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.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Social Work, Human Rights or other relevant field.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience, with progressively responsible roles, in the field of CP/MHPSS.
  • Familiarity and interest in latest research on child protection/child development and adversity and ability to embed MHPSS within a child protection framework
  • Proven experience of project cycle management (proposal writing reporting, etc.)
  • Proven experience in developing, coordinating, and delivering capacity building (trainings, mentoring, coaching, etc.) with focus on CP/MHPSS.
  • Familiarity with key international standards and quality benchmarks
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and Turkish.
  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work flexible hours in the event of major emergencies.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Positive, solution-oriented mind-set with ambition to achieve results, ability to challenge existing mind-sets and experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Commitment to SC values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy
  • Preferably hands-on experience in delivering CP/MHPSS programming to children, young people and their families – particularly those living in refugee situations.
  • Preferably master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Human Rights or relevant field.
  • Arabic language skills highly desirable. Other relevant language skills are also welcomed, e.g. Farsi.
  • Preferably experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts. Experience in both development and humanitarian sector preferred.
  • Preferably excellent understanding of MEAL processes/methodologies and interest in driving learning and evidence-building agendas.

Position holder will be based in Istanbul, therefore legal right to work in Turkey is necessary at the time of application.

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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Save the Children is committed to create a truly inclusive, effective and representative organisational culture, encouraging equity and diversity among its employees and eliminating discrimination. Having a diverse profile of employees, different age groups, backgrounds, cultures, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientation etc., including a range of different experiences and capabilities helps us understand, represent and serve children better. Therefore all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

Application Information:
Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

How to apply

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