Mental Health& Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Advisor

  • Contract
  • Ukraine
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD
  • Closing date: 27 Apr 2022

Save the Children

Mental Health& Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Advisor


The MHPSS Technical Advisor will use their technical expertise, in-depth contextual understanding, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic vision for high quality, integrated MHPSS programming in Ukraine, in line with global standards and latest research. This builds on a growing and increasingly well-documented recognition of the critical MHPSS needs in Ukraine, and of the gaps in available national and local services, NGO responses, referral mechanisms and documentation for this constantly growing challenge.

The main purpose of this role is to provide strong technical leadership in Ukraine on Mental health & Psychosocial Support. The aim is to enhance the quality of MHPSS work delivered by SCI and its Partners across sectors and themes, bringing measurable and lasting changes in the lives of children.

The role will lead CO-level strategy development and will oversee the technical design and implementation of high-quality programs that deliver change for children in both emergency and development programming. The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development. It supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners.

The role will work closely with operations colleagues and with partners in Ukraine, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organisations. This role includes a focus on external representation on priority issues around mental health promotion, prevention and access to the care, and the strengthening of an effective and sustainable MHPSS continuum. 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.

Reports to: Programme Quality and Development Director

Role Dimensions: The role will work in close coordination with Ukraine Thematic Advisors and with Regional and Global MHPSS Technical MHPSS colleagues.

The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including Save the Children members, the Country Office Programme Development & Quality team, advocacy colleagues, Regional Advisors, Global Advisors. technical counterparts in other organisation, donors, academia etc. The role is also expected to engage with internal technical working groups and communities of practice.


Strategy and Leadership

  • Provide overall strategic and technical steer to MHPSS emergency response programming in Ukraine, in line with CSP strategic priorities, humanitarian response priorities, and aligned with Regional MHPSS Steer and Global MHPSS Strategic Framework
  • Lead on the development of a country-level MHPSS strategy framework and/or multi-sectorial, integrated action plans, informed by up-to-date appraisal of MHPSS assets and resources, needs and gaps in country, and building on accessible entry points for integration of MHPSS across sectors

Programme Development

  • Support programme development and lead on the identification and design of MHPSS initiatives or components across sectors and themes, at Country or sub-Country level.
  • Supervise the implementation of appropriate MHPSS intervention packages, informed by evidence and relevant to the context and identified needs, across sectors
  • Ensure that sufficient resources are earmarked to build capacity of SC team and partners, monitor, quality-assure, capture evidence and learning, and strengthen quality and needs-based MHPSS programming.

Programme Quality and Technical Support

  • Provide overall technical oversight of programme delivery; identify core strengths and areas for improvement, and build and implement relevant capacity support, training, coaching, mentoring and technical supervision plans across sectors.

Priority will be on IYCF-IE MHPSS activities, Caring Child Survivors of SGBV and any work related to children in institutions.

  • Lead on the development or contextualization of training modules, implementation tools and technical resources, informed by evidence and aligned with regional and global guidance in collaboration with RO MHPSS TA.

Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development

  • Support in ensuring appropriate staffing within the operations component of the project team, within budget parameters for SC team and partners.
  • Advocate for, and technically support, the setup of an appropriate technical supervision system for staff delivering MHPSS supports across sectors and levels of MHPSS care

Representation & Advocacy & Organizational Learning

  • Act as a focal point for Ukraine on MHPSS related activities and represent SCI in relevant groups and fora, including relevant donor meetings as required.
  • Help shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organizational strategic objectives and turn these into action.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability

  • Coordinate the design of MHPSS assessments and supervise their implementation.
  • Work with the MEAL TA and MEAL team to formulate/select MHPSS indicators and to develop indicator tracking plans for all grants, inputting into the development of additional M&E tools as necessary to monitor project progress
  • With the MEAL team, ensure ethical, safe, appropriate, timely and accurate data collection against agreed indicators to enable both internal and external reporting


Ensure full compliance of Child Safeguarding Policy at field level and especially with SC engaged personnel.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Creates a managerial environment in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self and team, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same
  • Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Always acts in the best interests of children



  • Advanced degree in Psychology, Mental Health, Clinical Social Work or other relevant field
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in a similar capacity
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in using key tools and approaches, including the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies
  • Significant experience working in emergency response, protracted crises or fragile state contexts (experience on the refugees’ crisis is a strong advantage)
  • Proven capacity to train, supervise, and coach staff in MHPSS technical skills and coordination, based on evidence-based approaches and intervention packages
  • Ability to write clear and effective assessment and project reports
  • Experience of contributing to successful funding proposals for donors
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent Save the Children effectively in external forums
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

A high level of written and spoken English


  • Language skills in Ukrainian / Russian
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This Role is offered on the basis of International terms and conditions. Also, interviews will be held on ongoing basis, adverts will be closed once a person is identified.

For non- EU citizens; Visa is to be obtained.

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.

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.

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