TITLE: Mental Health Psychosocial Support Advisor
(For Myanmar National Only)
Save the Children (SC) is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Our breakthrough on child protection is that by 2030, Violence against Children is no longer tolerated. Child protection’s broad strategy has four key sub-themes; Children without Appropriate Care, Addressing Violence against Children, Children and Work, and Child Protection System Strengthening. In Myanmar Save the Children has been working to strengthen the child protection systems that support girls and boys at risk, with a particular focus on child protection case management, social service workforce capacity development, community level child protection, and mental health psychosocial support (MHPSS). Support to the psychosocial wellbeing and mental health of children and their caregivers is central to the protection of children against violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. It is both a programme area in and of itself and a set of interventions that are streamlined into other sectors. It is vital that we strengthen MHPSS support in child protection, as well as integrate MHPSS, where possible, with health, education, livelihoods and other thematic and cross-thematic areas.
The purpose of the job is to support quality, gender-sensitive design, delivery and advocacy within Save the Children MHPSS(CP) programme in Myanmar. The post holder will ensure the quality in the MHPSS(CP) service delivery for protecting the most deprived and/or at risk girls and/or boys. The post holder is responsible for promoting best practice and supporting the alignment of the programme with the global Child Protection Thematic Strategy, Save the Children and Inter Agency principles, priorities and standards. The role is expected to establish strong linkages with the global CP thematic team, with regional and global advisors, as well as the national level MHPSS Working Group under the Protection Cluster. The Advisor is also responsible for building the technical capacity of the CP team/other program teams and partners in MHPSS and keeping up to date with initiatives and developments. This role requires the post holder to also work across humanitarian and development contexts. In addition to this, s/he will provide hands on technical guidance on COVID adaptation to MHPSS(CP) programming across the country.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
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.
- 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.
- 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)
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Minimum five years of work experience in child protection/MHPSS
- Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
- Experience of ensuring plans/approaches are gender sensitive / transformative
- Excellent communication skills including a high level of written and spoken English ( Or a second international language )
- Familiarity with the context, local language and culture
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of adaptability, patience, tact and diplomacy
- Experience in representing Save the Children to inter-agency coordination groups
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
- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation developing effective working relationships to deliver outstanding results for children
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
- Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies, including the Child Safeguarding Policy