Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist


The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Specialist provides technical guidance and oversight on implementation across Save the Children’s portfolio in Lebanon with a focus on MHPSS. The MHPSS specialist will project manage an MHPSS grant specifically designed to strengthen and expand our approaches for supporting children’s and their families psychosocial well-being. The position holder is expected to work closely with field operations teams across Lebanon to identify capacity gaps and support teams in ensuring high quality programmes implementing PSS – community based PSS and focused non-specialized PSS-activities and referrals to Mental Health services. S/he will be expected to strengthen partnerships with other MHPSS actors and develop the capacities of staff, partner staff in MHPSS.  S/he must be proactive, results oriented, able to manage a large workload and work with diverse range of people.  S/he will be expected to work in SC’s field locations at least 70% of the time (Bekaa Valley, North, Beirut & Mount Lebanon).


Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.


Reports to: Child Protection Technical Adviser

Budget responsibility: Yes

The MHPSS Specialist ensures the following:

  1.  PSS Programming for children, youth and families is to a high technical quality, utilising available national and regional curricula and resources and/or adapting them if necessary
  2. Referrals to specialised Mental Health Services is scaled up
  3. Lead the scale up of quality PSS Programs and Improve Specialized Mental Health Referrals
  4. In collaboration with SC HR department, front line staff have access to quality MHPSS support
  5. Increased capacity of all/relevant staff on MHPSS guidelines/protocols/tools (through direct capacity development, referring to learning opportunities, etc.)
  6. Quality implementation of MHPSS grant within budget, on time and in scope


Strategic planning

  • Identify programmatic gaps & develop a MHPSS Action Plan for the Lebanon country office with technical support from CP Technical Adviser
  • Develop a holistic and solid understanding of the various MHPSS strategies, interventions and curriculums operating in the country to strategically position SC within those
  • Review national sectoral strategies (together with relevant Technical Advisers) to identify entry points for MHPSS integration into regular activities and referrals
  • Support TAs of the different thematic areas in mainstreaming MHPSS where possible
  • Closely work with the Gender and Inclusion Specialist to ensure MHPSS, inclusion and gender programming are aligned and highly integrated
  • Contribute to Country Strategy Review and Proposal Development with specific indicators and objectives on MHPSS
  • Work with Human Resources department to develop and deliver clear plan for improving staff well-being
Project Management
  • Ensure implementation plan is up to date
  • Follow up on all activities to ensure timely and quality implementation including progress in meeting targets and reporting achievement
  • Responsible for forecasting budget to ensure compliance management of spending
  • Identify risks in management of the award, and identify mitigation measures
  • Lead drafting of high quality reports on project progress
Programme quality and standards 
  • Provide technical assistance to field teams (70% of the time in field offices) in operationalisation of MHPSS approaches and program activities
  • Support the CP Technical Adviser in quality program design focused on structured psychosocial support activities for children, adolescents/youth and caregivers, mental health referrals strengthening, counselling, and staff well-being
  • Contribute to Monitoring and evaluation process as necessary 
Capacity Development
  • Prepare the instruments to conduct a compressive capacity needs assessment and coordinate the development of a technical capacity building plans for SC staff and implementing partners, working with field teams to prioritise training needs and resource these appropriately
  • Lead capacity development initiatives with field teams and partners, on the theme MHPSS including leveraging training resources through other stakeholders, existing available courses etc.
  • Facilitate trainings and coaching sessions on topics of MHPSS programming in line with SCI global training
  • In coordination with the Partnerships Manager, the MHPSS Specialist should lead relationships with national and international relevant Mental Health and PSS stakeholders to ensure Save the Children is participating in relevant discussion and engaging with allies in the MHPSS theme.
  • Undertake a stakeholders mapping to identify MHPSS actors working with children, adolescents/youth and caregivers to identify technical collaboration and opportunities for referrals.
  • Represent SC in relevant national inter-agency forums such the PSS Committee meetings and follow up on agreed actions
  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor degree in social work, psychology, child protection, or related field or equivalent experience
  • 4-6 years of experience in direct implementation of MHPSS programming with children, adolescents/youth and/or caregivers or relevant experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of key MHPSS, Child Protection, Humanitarian Assistance, gender, and Global Development issues including disaster response, humanitarian assistance, conflict affected populations, and other related areas
  • Experience providing technical support and management MHPSS programs
  • Proven written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to work across boundaries
  • Proven ability to lead collaboratively
  • Demonstrated knowledge of development and humanitarian crisis impact on children’s protection, health, education, and overall well-being
  • Commitment to Save the Children Core Values of Accountability, Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation and Integrity
  • Experience working in a range of Middle East contexts and countries
Competencies, Skills and Behaviours
  • Ability to synthesize and develop high-quality knowledge products from diverse data sources including programmatic materials and tools; outstanding gender analysis skills
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to develop strong working relationships across cultural and organizational boundaries with internal and external stakeholders, and managing through influence
  • Works collaboratively with team members to drive forward progress
  • Strong English and Arabic communication and writing skills are essential
  • Comfortable working independently with little supervision, as well as with receiving and accounting for direction and engaging as part of a dynamic team

Other Requirements
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to Save the Children’s Mission, Vision and Values. Previous experience with child rights programming is an asset
  • Adhere to Child Safeguarding policies & procedures
  • Computer literacy including Internet, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) 

Date advertised: 16 Mar 2020

Closing date: 6 Apr 2020 - 00:59 EEST

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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