Vacancy: Mental Health And Psychosocial Support Advisor

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor

We are looking for a technical advisor with a strong track-record mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes to join our international team in Copenhagen at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Centre).

As our new technical advisor, you will play a key role in supporting the global Red Cross Red Crescent Movement with promoting and enabling the psychosocial well-being of beneficiaries, staff and volunteers in humanitarian contexts as well as in non-emergency situations. You will be involved in assessments, programme design, training and evaluations on MHPSS as well as with development of new guidelines, tools and training materials on community-based psychosocial support.

The PS Centre provides technical support through a combination of on-sight visits and remote channels (skype, email, phone etc.). The position is based in Copenhagen, Denmark but frequent travel (at least 50 days per year) is expected.

Responsibilities

  • Support, mentor and advice Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies on all matters of community-based mental health and psychosocial support as for example assisting with input to programme design, strategies, training curriculum as well as input to project proposal and ToRs.
  • Develop guidelines, manuals and training materials and provide technical input to guidelines, materials and tools from IFRC and other international agencies
  • Develop methodologies and data collection techniques for assessments, indicators, programme management, evaluations
  • Carry out and/or provide input to assessments, baselines studies and evaluations of community-based psychosocial programmes
  • Take part in sharing knowledge and best practices in the communication and advocacy efforts of the PS Centre
  • Ad hoc assignments are part of our daily work and we try to cover for each other when colleagues are away on missions or holiday.

Experience and skills

  • Relevant educational background in mental health, psychology, disaster management, health in emergencies or social sciences.
  • Minimum 5 (five) years of relevant work experience in the field of mental health and psychosocial support and in different contexts such as humanitarian contexts, disaster management, recovery, public health and social welfare situations.
  • Field experience from humanitarian, disaster or development contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing psychosocial programmes, including financial management of programmes.
  • Practical experience in training and/or facilitation of groups and strong participatory facilitation skills.
  • Well-developed writing skills and demonstrated skills in developing training curriculums and manuals that are adapted to local contexts and target audiences.
  • Extensive knowledge of monitoring and evaluations systems and approaches for psychosocial support
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively, including the ability to advocate for and explain difficult psychosocial issues
  • Advanced knowledge of written English is required; knowledge of spoken Arabic, French, Spanish, Danish, Russian and/or Chinese is an added advantage.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office package.

Personal Profile

  • A structured, independent and proactive approach to tasksExperience from working with people with different cultural backgrounds
  • Prepared to contribute to a positive working environment.
  • Positive approach to and ability to take on regular travels
  • Excellent communication, coordination as well as networking and facilitation skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, multi-task, and work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong team-player skills and ability to work independently
  • Excellence writing skills and ability to communicate precisely and persuasively in writing

About the PS Centre

The IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Centre) works under the framework of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), and supports National Societies in promoting and enabling the psychosocial well-being of beneficiaries, staff and volunteers. The PS Centre is hosted by Danish Red Cross.

As a specialised Centre of Excellence, we support the global Red Cross Red Crescent Movement comprising 191 National Societies in promoting and enabling the psychosocial well-being of beneficiaries, staff and volunteers. We achieve this through 1) providing technical support, including trainings, assessments, support in disasters and other emergencies and long-term capacity building, 2) generating and sharing new knowledge, tools and approaches on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and 3) communication and advocacy efforts with relevant stakeholders.

In addition, the PS Centre collaborates with a number of external research institutions and stakeholders in the field of MHPSS. Since 2016, the PS Centre has been co-chairing the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, which consists of more than 30 members, and fosters a unique collaboration between NGOs, UN and International Agencies and academics, promoting best practices in MHPSS in emergencies.

The PS Centre consists of a small, international team of 14 full time staff with complementary technical, strategic and managerial functions. Our day-to-day work is challenging and busy, but injected with humour and a positive spirit. We achieve most of our goals by working closely together and we value our collaborative working environment highly.

Employment conditions

Danish Red Cross is the legal employer and the duty station is Copenhagen. The assignment is to commence 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is classified between DKK 40.000 and 46.000 per month incl. pension, according to qualifications and experience, as per the Danish Red Cross collective agreement (AC overenskomst). The position includes frequent travel.

Deadline for submission of application:  4 December 2018, 23:59 CEST.

Please submit your CV and a motivated application in English to Danish Red Cross via the online application system

Interviews are planned for 12-14 December 2018.

For further information about the position please contact Head of Centre Nana Wiedemann nawie@rodekors.dk or Mette Munk: memun@rodekors.dk

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