Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Technical Advisor- Romania

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Save the Children International

 

ROLE PURPOSE:

Following the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, more than 800,000 people fled to Romania. Save the Children International sent in an initial response team to assess the needs of children and their families in Romania and is scaling up its programmatic response with Save the Children Romania Member Office (Salvati Copiii), which has been working with asylum seekers and children for over 30 years and has a strong network with local civil society organization and national authorities. The program includes operating safe space for children and mothers in reception and asylum centres, provision of NFI and key information at border crossing points, mental health and psychosocial support and prevention of trafficking and GBV, integration of children in formal and informal education system, supporting child protection system when required, providing counselling support to families in need. Save the Children implements a regional cash and voucher programme in Ukraine and neighbouring countries including targeting people on the move and settling in Romania.

Under the leadership of the Save the Children Romania CEO, the overall aim of the MHPSS TA will be to assess, design and support quality implementation of MHPSS interventions, while building the capacity of the response team (staff and volunteers from Save the Children Romania), and coordinate with international humanitarian organisations and national and local authorities. The post holder is responsible for ensuring program quality in line with international standards and best practices from a range of Save the Children’s emergency responses world-wide. The MHPSS TA will ensure systems and procedures are in place and support their roll out with the SC Romania team. A key element of the role will be to ensure successful integration of the SCI team within the SC Romania team, working towards common goals in line with the humanitarian strategy for the response. This position will report to the Deputy Team Leader Programs.

The post holder will be expected, with limited support, to lead on sectoral assessment, programme design, coordination, capacity building, planning, coordination and representation, and support fundraising and relevant recruitment in support of the SC Romania led response.

Location: Bucharest, Romania

 

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

 

 

  • Lead on MHPSS needs and program assessments, as relevant, using SC assessment processes and tools. Coordinate with other SC thematic areas and/or the MHPSS Taskforce or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a disaggregated analysis of children’s needs.
  • Working with the Deputy Team Leader – Programmes and SC Romania member team to develop MHPSS sector plans and master budgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy. 
  • Lead on the MHPSS sector plan revisions and implementation, focusing on identified and emerging risks and prevention and response to distress for children and caregivers, referral pathways, coordination with relevant service providers, capacity building, implementation of international standards and best practice.
  • Ensure strong monitoring systems for MHPSS issues are in place in coordination with the MEAL team.
  • Ensure learning from projects feed into local and global learning and that data and evidence drive operational and technical decision-making for MHPSS.
  • Lead on MHPSS mainstreaming and integration in other sectors.
  • Working closely with senior staff, support fundraising for MHPSS, including development of high-quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with members and regional technical advisers as needed.
  • Support programme implementation to ensure timely and high-quality delivery of programme activities
  • Support timely programme and donor reports on MHPSS activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Working closely with the SC Romania member team, identify MHPSS staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programmes, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Oversee the process of identifying MHPSS programme supplies needs, and ensure it is in line with the quality standards in the overall procurement plan.
  • Working closely with the SC Romania member office put in place a MHPSS monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build MHPSS and M&E field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Working closely with SC Romania member office and the Accountability lead put in place accountability activities, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
  • Ensure that the humanitarian minimum standards are maintained in accordance with the Inter-Agency Standing Committees recommendations for MHPSS in emergencies, the Sphere Charter and Minimum Standards and the Core Humanitarian Standards.

 

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for SC Romania staff and deliver trainings accordingly.
  • Work as a mentor and role model for less experienced SC Romania staff.
  • Together with other sectors, identify sector-integrated capacity building opportunities and deliver trainings accordingly to SC Romania staff.

 

Representation, Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with senior programme staff, assist in MHPSS advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • In collaboration with SCA MHPSS colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global MHPSS advocacy objectives.
  • Identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.

 

General:

  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

 

 

COMPETENCIES FOR THIS ROLE:

 

  1. Applying Technical and Professional Expertise
    Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shared best practice within and outside the organisation
    Level required: Accomplished
     
  2. Delivering Results
    Takes personal responsibility and holds others accountable for delivering our ambitious goals for children, continually improving their own performance or that of the team / organisation.
    Level required: Accomplished
     
  3. Problem Solving and Decision-Making
    Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation

Level required: Accomplished

 

  1. Leading and Inspiring Others
    Demonstrates leadership in all our work, embodies our values, and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our goals for children.

Level required: Skilled

 

  1. Developing Self and Others

Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realist their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future

Level Required: Skilled

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

 

Essential

  • Significant management or advisor level MHPSS experience working in emergency contexts or fragile states
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential
  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in psychology, clinical social work or similar, or equivalent field experience.
  • Ability to identify the main gaps in MHPSS in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in MHPSS.
  • Previous experience of project management
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating MHPSS programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
  • Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to MHPSS.
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
  • Experience of working with and supporting local partners
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.

Desirable

  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Experience of designing and managing projects funded by institutional donors
  • Experience of working in interagency projects.

 

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This Role is offered on the basis of International terms and conditions. Also, interviews will be held on ongoing basis, adverts will be closed once a person is identified.

 

For non- EU citizens; Visa is to be obtained.

 

The Organisation

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

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

 

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.

 

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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