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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist (MHPSS) - Ukraine Refugee Crisis Response

Date: 04-May-2022

Location: Globally flexible,, Flexible

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


The Role


The conflict in Ukraine is resulting in a major humanitarian crisis with over 3 million people having fled to neighboring countries, and millions displaced within Ukraine. Plan International is responding to the crisis and working in partnership with civil society organisations in Poland, Romania, and Moldova to meet the key needs of those affected by the crisis as well as host communities.


The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Specialist is responsible for supporting the development and technical quality of Plan International’s mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programming in country. This includes providing technical leadership and support on programme strategy, strengthening the capacity of partners on MHPSS, and ensuring the overall technical quality of Plan’s MHPSS programming.


The MHPSS Specialist will report to the Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist (Lead) and be expected to work closely with other CPiE staff, Plan’s partner civil society organizations, and other members of the Plan International team members, including those working in Education in Emergencies to ensure that MHPSS approaches and aligned across Plan’s programming.


The position will initially be remote but may well be based in one of the 3 countries in the future. 


The Ukraine Hub is a service-oriented structure to support initiation of activities, and to help find solutions to problems as and when arise. Creative thinking and identifying work arounds to problems faced will be a critical element of the role.


About You


Successful candidates will bring the following knowledge, skills and experiences;



  • Excellent knowledge of MHPSS programming approaches, particularly for children, adolescents, and young women, and available services and supports for vulnerable and marginalized groups such as refugees and migrants.
  • Familiarity with the national child protection and MHPSS systems and education system considered and asset.
  • Knowledge of MHPSS standards related to humanitarian action, such as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support considered an asset.
  • University degree in psychology or another related field.


  • Proven progressively responsible professional experience in working with MHPSS or child protection mandated civil society organizations or government agencies.
  • Experience working directly with children and families, including vulnerable or marginalized groups such as refugee or migrant populations.
  • Experience designing programs and activities for children and families, including those in partnership with local civil society organizations and local authorities related to child protection, education, and health.
  • Experience in delivering presentations or trainings to actors such as local authorities, civil society organizations, and volunteer groups.


  • Excellent communication skills and ability to develop well-argued plans for response that can be justified and delivered, persuasive of others.
  • Excellent ability to build collaborative and respectful relationships with local organizations and government authorities.
  • Excellent project design, participatory learning and monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Excellent teamwork skills and ability to ability to work independently.
  • Excellent negotiation, representation, skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse team in a very sensitive environment.


Please follow this link for a full role profile; MHPSS Role Profile

Location: Flexible where Plan International has a legal entity and the applicant has the pre-existing right to work and live. Travel to Poland, Romania or Moldova is likely.


Applicable locations may include: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Type of Role: Fixed Term

Closing Date: 18th May 2022


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.