Senior Specialist - MHPSS

Save the Children invites applications for the above-mentioned position. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Minimum requirements will be flexible for the potential female candidates. 

The Opportunity

The Senior Specialist - MHPSS oversees Save the Children’s integrated MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) program with staff, partner staff, and all other programmatic activities across Child Protection, Nutrition, Health, and Education teams. This senior-level position will be responsible for leading, organizing, advocating, and ensuring the mainstreaming of the MHPSS components including situational assessment, developing strategy, operational plans, and ethical consideration, building the capacity of SCI Bangladesh Country office, liaison with national and international professionals with MHPSS approaches, monitoring and measuring the impact at organizational, related actors and program level. S/he is directly responsible for the technical quality of the work done by MHPSS Managers, Coordinators, Officers, and Community Mental Health Workers (CMHW) across different programs. Other responsibilities of this role include providing training, supervision, and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) on MHPSS, as well as maintaining close liaison with managers in other teams for program design, integrated budget, HR, logistic, admin, and MEAL management. The incumbent also engages with a network of external MHPSS actors for referrals, updates on MHPSS status and information sharing, and represents Save the Children in internal and external working groups and forums in coordination and collaboration with SCiB Health, Nutrition, and HIV Director, and MHPSS Backstop.

Qualifications and experience

  • 7 years’ progressive career track record in MHPSS support and service management including at least 3 years in a managerial position(s), preferably in the development/ humanitarian sector
  • Experience in managing program development and enactment in respect to community based psychosocial support and community awareness raising and implementing psychosocial support within child protection, health, and nutrition focused humanitarian interventions
  • Experience in capacity building and training facilitation and working with refugees, internally displaced people, and returnees
  • Comprehensive knowledge of child rights and child protection issues in Bangladesh and capacity to analyze Human Rights and Child Rights situation at the global, national, and local levels
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; can manage and work as part of a team
  • Expertise of MS Office Suite, internet, and relevant computing technologies
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, self-confidence, and a proactive approach to problem solving
  • First-rate skills in planning and organizing, analytical thinking, problem solving and decision making
  • Outstanding networking and coordination skills, including representing MHPSS SCI in coordination meetings in emergency contexts
  • Demonstrable ability to prepare high compliance donor reports, and other documents
  • Advance degree (Masters level or above) in Clinical Counselling, Psychology / Child Psychology, or Global Mental Health

Contract Type: Regular
Job Location: Cox’s Bazar
Number of vacancies: 01 (One)

The Organization

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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

For detailed job description and to apply online, please visit:

Application deadline: October 19, 2021

Only short listed candidates will be invited for interview
‘Save the Children promotes diversity in its workforce’

We need to keep children safe so our selection process 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.