International Rescue Committee – Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Technical Advisor

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Specific Responsibilities:
The MHPSS Technical Advisor (TA) will provide parental leave coverage for the incumbent.  The MHPSS TA will spend their time delivering technical assistance in-person and remotely to country program colleagues and coordinate mental health and psychosocial support within the health unit and in collaboration with other units such as the violence prevention and response unit, education and research and learning. This is position will be entirely field facing, supporting the technical quality of MHPSS programs in West and Central Africa, Latin America and Asia. The Technical Advisors’ specific responsibilities are as follows: 
Engaging in business development and program design: 
• Support country program staff to design programs and projects, ensuring that they are: 
o Aligned with the IRC’s strategy, which includes supporting country program staff with contextualizing outcomes and the theories of change, and selecting interventions based on the best available evidence and the local context;
o Responsive to client needs and preferences
o Based on sound context and gender analysis 
• Support use of indicators for country programs aligned with existing IRC MHPSS Health indicators
• Review technical quality of proposals, including review of technical MHPSS strategies, interventions and activities and ensuring alignment to IRC’s outcomes and IRC MHPSS Framework
• Input into go / no go decisions on proposals
• When necessary, write technical narratives of proposals in addition to regular review of technical narratives, workplans, and any program reports
• Provide input on budgets required for project delivery
• Engage with donors and do outreach in support of country programs
Building technical capacity of country program staff to ensure ongoing program quality and innovation:  
• Assist in hiring, mentoring, and technical support to MHPSS and Health staff in country programs
• Establish and/or strengthen country programs MHPSS capacity building plans and MHPSS monitoring and evaluation standards
• Conduct technical MHPSS training and ongoing technical coaching for country program staff, including on IRC outcomes, theories of change, evidence and indicators.
• Share cross-context learning with country program staff across regions, for example through community of practice efforts
• Support senior country program staff recruitment and onboarding
• Coordinate closely with other technical teams in country and technical advisors (e.g. Health, Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Child Protection and Protection Rule of Law, and M&E) to ensure MHPSS approaches across technical teams and activities remain aligned with best practices
• Advocate for the participation of MHPSS staff in country level coordination mechanisms, for example MHPSS Working Groups
Project delivery support:
• Work with country program colleagues and the Health Technical Advisors to help analyze data to inform course correction as needed
• Review and share program-specific tools/resources/curricula and work with technical unit specialists to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials
• Help define approach to teaming/partnering with other organizations
• Support specific MHPSS focused projects within country programs
Management and Coordination:
• Coordinate and plan with country coordinators and primary health care technical advisors the technical assistance country programs receive. 
• Coordination with TAs across the Health Unit
• Coordinate with MHPSS TAs within health and VPRU units for joint MHPSS initiatives 
• Coordinate with other unit TAs as per country programs needs and requests
• Manage and mentor MHPSS consultants and interns where applicable.
Key Working Relationships: 
Position Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor, Specialized Health Programs
Position directly supervises: This position will not supervise any staff 
Other Internal and/or external contacts: 
Internal: Regular communication with education, violence prevention and response, health, economic recovery & development, governance, research, evaluation and learning, and gender equality technical unit teams. Close relationships with regional and country program teams. Interacts with IRC internal departments, including business development, external relations and advocacy departments, to keep them informed of program activities.
Job Qualifications: 
Education: Psychologist/Psychiatrist/Social Worker with Master of Public Health. 
Work Experience: A minimum of 5 years of international field experience, of which at least 3 in managerial/coordination positions with Non-Governmental Organizations in humanitarian or post-conflict settings.   Experience in technical tools and materials development and monitoring and evaluation is highly desired. Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Demonstrated expertise in working with donors, project design, proposal development, and monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action. Able to work with remote, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams. Strong interpersonal verbal and written communication skills and ability to facilitate collaboration. Outstanding capacity to understand the country context, portfolio, and overall programmatic needs, and pull and coordinate the relevant technical assistance from within and outside the health unit. Ability to transfer technical knowledge and skills. Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices.  
Language Skills: Fluency in English and French is required.  
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