Mental Health Psychosocial Support Advisor (Myanmar National Only) At Save the Children

Program planning, strategy and program quality

· Provide technical advice and guidance to the CP/other program teams to ensure that thematic programme components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results.

· Provide technical advice and guidance to ensure that approaches are grounded the context of the project locations, particularly in conflict affected areas of Rakhine State. Particularly design and lead the facilitation of training programs on MHPSS (CP).

· Coordinate and cooperate with other child protection advisors for SC Myanmar, as well as other programme team members to ensure full integration of MHPSS with other sectors. These will include integrating sound MHPSS with case management service delivery, and community social work. S/he will lead the MHPSS innovation with other sectors such as education and health.

· Leverage and liaise with technical assistance from Save the Children members, local, regional and international partners and advisors.

· In collaboration with MEAL team members as well as other relevant technical staff (both internal and external), conduct gender sensitive situation analysis, baseline/ end line studies/surveys, programme reviews and evaluations, on-going project monitoring by developing and using quality benchmarks, and evaluations of the Child Protection programme.

· Assist in the development of key guidance notes and tools on child protection/MHPSS. The post holder will focus on contextualizing and integrating suicide prevention guidelines.

· Provide technical support in appropriate, timely and accurate gender sensitive qualitative and quantitative data collection against MHPSS(CP) and program indicators that feed into high quality reports for external and internal audiences and donors.

· Provide input in producing case studies, success stories and promote learning across project/program teams and organization.

· Identify research opportunities and gather evidence to develop innovative, MHPSS(CP) and gender transformative programs.

· Provide inputs to concept notes and proposals on MHPSS(CP) programs.


· Support the identification, assessment, selection and development of technical capacity of implementing and strategic partners.

· Review program reports and measures to ensure high standards and quality.

· Support program team and partners to adhere to SC/inter-agency procedures and standards e.g. MHPSS guidelines, Child Protection Minimum Standards, Gender Equality Principles.

· Provide capacity development for CSO partners including training and ongoing coaching and mentoring.

Strengthen coordination and external communication/advocacy

· Establish and maintain strong relationships with Save the Children members, government ministries, donors, UN agencies, Civil Society Organisations, other INGOs working on child protection, and global Be Protected Team.

· Provide technical expertise in the development of MHPSS strategies within inter-agency coordination forums, ensuring the protection needs of all children, girls and boys, are being addressed.

· Work with other program teams including the education, health and livelihood teams to ensure that MHPSS is fully integrated with SC Myanmar’s program design and implementation.

· Work with the advocacy and Child Rights Governance team to ensure that MHPSS for children is prioritized and fully resourced in the Government’s plan, building on SC’s programmatic evidence-base; where appropriate and necessary, support the development of policies, rules and regulations based.

· Represent SC at technical working group meetings, and other relevant forums and liaise closely with relevant authorities at subnational and national levels. This requires representing SC within the national MHPSS Working Group.

Human Resources

· Support technical capacity of Save the Children staff; access to training and opportunities for learning. The staff includes but are not limited to those working for MHPSS(CP) programs for Rakhine.

· Coach and mentor staff and national/subnational level counterparts technically.

· Support and encourage staff to strengthen knowledge and understanding of gender sensitive and transformative approaches to child protection and MHPSS, including in humanitarian settings and drawing on Save the Children’s gender equality tools and resources.

COVID Adaptations, emergency preparedness and others

· Provide technical leadership in COVID adaptation to MHPSS(CP) programs by working closely with other advisors. These include digitization of group activities and adaptation/development of materials for child wellbeing, as well as remote psychosocial support.

· Support project teams in ensuring continuity of case management/MHPSS services by providing ongoing coaching and mentoring.

· Establish the robust emergency preparedness mechanism, enabling timely response in terms of MHPSS in emergency settings caused by COVID and others.

· Work on other tasks required due to the COVID situations and other emergencies.

Child Safeguarding

· Responsibility to create and promote an environment where the Child Safeguarding Policy is effectively implemented.

Understand and fulfill their specific and additional responsibilities in achieving compliance of Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy standards.


· Social work or clinical psychology qualification, highly desirable (preferably with child protection), or the equivalent

· Post Graduate Degree in Social Work, Psychology or similar, or equivalent field experience.

Demonstrated experience of child protection and MHPSS for children and families, particularly in areas affected by man-made and natural disasters in Myanmar (at least five years)

Skills and Experience:

· At least five years experience in related field


· Post Graduate Degree in a relevant field, or professional qualification are desirable; or equivalent field experience (an additional two years of experience in a supervised environment is requied)

Communication and Technical Skills:

· Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal (SC will carry out an interview in English)

· Excellent personal organisational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

Willingness to travel to field offices and work in difficult environment according to travel requirements

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply an Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae to the link below:

For External Candidates:…

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.

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