Senior Specialist, Mental Health & Psychosocial Support

Washington, DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 1 week



The Child Protection Team leads Save the Children’s efforts across a range of child protection issues, specifically, issues of children without appropriate care (CWAC), preventing violence against children, and providing critical protective services for children impacted by emergencies.  One core element of this work is Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, delivered through the support of case management, specialized mental health referral systems, counselling programs, and our signature psychosocial support program HEART (Healing and Education through the Arts).

The Senior Specialist Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) provides technical support for Save the Children’s MHPSS programs. This will include contributing to strategic directions and plans, developing and maintaining key external partnerships, maintaining links with other departments to strengthen and expanding our approaches for supporting children’s psychosocial well-being.  The Senior Specialist provides technical assistance to country offices to develop, implement, improve, and evaluate MHPSS programming.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Technical Assistance (70%)

In collaboration with the MHPSS and Child Protection Team, Regional, and Country Offices:

  • Provide technical assistance to country offices in formulation of program and country MHPSS strategies and program activities
  • Provide assessment, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation support to regional, and country offices
  • Build capacity of country offices and other sector staff to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate quality programs
  • Support quality program design focused on structured psychosocial support activities, mental health referrals strengthening, counseling, and staff well-being

Program learning and internal/external representation (10%)

  • Monitor new developments in MHPSS programming, management, and evaluation to support SC to apply best practices
  • Communicate the importance of MHPSS with internal and external stakeholders
  • Liaise with key partner agencies as appropriate

Resource Mobilization/Management (10%)

  • Support new/existing relationships with key donors (headquarters and regional/country level) and relevant SC colleagues
  • Contribute to agency knowledge and decision-making concerning pursuit of funding opportunities
  • Support development and submission of quality proposals in response to identified opportunities
  • Support development of donor reports and related assets

Knowledge Management (10%)

  • Support regional and country offices to develop case studies, reports, and other multi-media documentation of program innovation and successes
  • Liaise with communications teams within Save the Children and our partners to share multi-media assets and support local, regional, and global advocacy

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in social work, psychology, child protection, or related field or equivalent experience;
  • 5-7 years of experience in direct implementation of MHPSS programming with children and/or families, or relevant experience;
  • Knowledge and understanding of key MHPSS, Child Protection, Humanitarian Assistance, and Global Development issues including disaster response, humanitarian assistance, conflict affected populations, and other related areas;
  • Experience providing technical support and management MHPSS and/or broader focused Child Protection programs;
  • Knowledge of public and private funding streams, including key donors such as USAID OFDA, BPRM and UNHCR;
  • Proven written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to work across boundaries;
  • Experience in program design and proposal development for private foundations, bi- and/or multilaterals, and/or USAID, BPRM and OFDA;
  • Proven ability to lead strategically and collaboratively;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of development and humanitarian crisis impact on children’s protection, health, education, and overall well-being;
  • Ability to work and think globally and develop diverse relationships with colleagues and counterparts;
  • Commitment to Save the Children Core Values of Accountability, Commitment, Excellence, Innovation and Teamwork.
  • Willingness and ability to travel approximately 40% of the time, often to complex and difficult environments


Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous emergency response or humanitarian experience is preferred
  • Second language proficiency – Spanish, Arabic, French or other relevant languages
  • Previous work with INGOs, CSOs, or UN agencies


Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About Save the Children


Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

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