HIAS seeks a Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Regional Technical Advisor to support overall direction and technical leadership for its’ MHPSS programming in the Americas including Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, including emergency programming in response to COVID-19. The ever-growing complexity of the migratory context in the Americas has highlighted the psychosocial needs of migrant populations, and the necessity for HIAS to develop a regional position to support emerging and ongoing MHPSS programming. HIAS provides collaborative community-based mental health and psychosocial support services (CB-MHPSS) in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Aruba, Guyana, and Panama. The region is home to vibrant networks of support and long standing efforts to address mental health and HIAS programming is meant to support rather than replace those efforts.
Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its’ Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures forcibly displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and civil rights and social and economic rights including 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination; 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.
CB-MHPSS programming at HIAS includes a focus on individuals, families, and communities. The overall goal of HIAS Community-Based Mental Health Psychosocial Support programming is for forcibly displaced people and vulnerable migrants to have improved mental health and psychosocial well-being helping them to access their rights. This goal may be achieved through three key outcome areas: (1) Family, community, and social structures, including refugee and host communities and public and private partners, promote the psychosocial well-being and resilience of women, men, girls and boys;(2) Individuals and communities develop healthy coping mechanisms; and (3) People with mental health and psychosocial problems use appropriate focused care, including referral to specialized care when needed.
Under the overall supervision of the Director, Resilience Programs, the successful candidate will provide technical support related to program planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation, donor diversification and partnership development, and coordination, working in close coordination with Country Directors, field coordinators, and HQ development, advocacy and M&E teams. The Technical Advisor will ensure quality services are delivered that meet both ethical and global standards and that the programs evolve to meet changing needs and succeed in implementing HIAS Refugee Rights Framework. The Technical Advisor will be responsible for ensuring systems are in place to implement evidence-based programs, both within MHPSS and cross-sectorally, support opportunities for innovation, and build HIAS’ profile in the Americas in the MHPSS sector.
Overall responsibilities fall into four broad functional areas of Technical Support/Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation/Research, Donor Diversification, and Partnership Development and Coordination:
Technical Support & Program Design:
- Guides the development and implementation of MHPSS programming tailored to the Latin America and Caribbean contexts, including emergency program design in response to COVID-19
- Provide ongoing technical support for mental health and psychosocial support programming to HIAS operations in the Americas, including development of Communities of Practice and training materials
- Provides technical oversight and field monitoring of the program staff in close coordination with M&E and program managers to ensure high-quality implementation of MHPSS frameworks and tools.
- Work with country programs to develop and implement staff capacity building plans
- Shares cross-context learning with program staff across the regions
- Review and share program-specific tools/resources/curricula and work with countries and HQ to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials
- Guide strategic programming of MHPSS actions while maintaining strong contacts among MHPSS project teams in Country offices and the Director, Resilience Programs
- As needed, contributes to the development of case studies of successes and lessons learned, and other publications to highlight HIAS’ specific areas of expertise and value added.
Partnership Development & Coordination:
- Contribute to positioning HIAS as key actor and partner of choice on MHPSS in the Americas and Caribbean, through alliance building, direct response to migrant population and generation of evidence and share critical MHPSS developments and best practices in the Americas.
- Serve as HIAS Technical Representative in outside regional meetings and academic fora with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations as requested by the Technical Director.
- Contributes to capacity building to MHPSS staff of key partners and other stakeholders at the regional and national level.
- Facilitate the development, strengthening and expansion of partnerships with national Ministries of Social Services and Health, pertinent UN agencies, and other relevant stakeholders on MHPSS issues
Monitoring & Evaluation, and Research:
- Support regional research projects by helping identify the most relevant research questions based on HIAS MHPSS programming in the region
- Contributes to case studies, promising practices, lessons learned and other knowledge based products to share HIAS’ learning with the broader forced migration field
- Support program monitoring in collaboration with Regional M&E Coordinator and MHPSS project staff and ensure monitoring data is used to inform programming as needed to ensure high-quality implementation of MHPSS programming
- In line with HIAS organizational strategic goals support the diversification of regional and global funding
- Contribute to the review of technical quality of proposals, including review of technical activities and ensuring alignment to the Refugee Rights Framework.
- Support to the Regional Development Officer to mobilize resources in the Country Offices and alliance building for the development of new MHPSS projects in the Americas and Caribbean including emergency response efforts.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Master’s degree or higher in psychology, social work, or related field
- A minimum of 3-5 years of experience implementing MHPSS programming in humanitarian settings, and at least 1-2 years acting in an advisory capacity in MHPSS programming, preferably in Latin America and the Caribbean. Preferred experience working in emergencies or supporting emergency program design.
- Demonstrated experience in implementation of multi-sectoral response to MHPSS, including (but not limited to) GBV, child protection, legal response, and economic inclusion
- Knowledge/experience of mental health considerations and best practices related to the treatment for individuals impacted by displacement, conflict, torture, gender based violence, and other human rights violations
- In depth understanding and practical experience with IASC MHPSS guidelines, in addition to other MHPSS global guidelines and best practices
- Demonstrated ability to train staff and implementing partners on MHPSS, including excellent communication and presentation skills
- Demonstrated capacity and experience in conducting field level assessments and developing assessment tools, e.g. questionnaires, focus group discussions
- Experience in development of theories of change, including output and outcome level performance measurement indicators and targets related to MHPSS
- Collaborative, flexible team player with the ability to think creatively, logically and critically about solutions to gaps in economic inclusion programming
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, including the ability to regularly communicate with, motivate and support field-based staff as well as effectively communicate key program achievements and operational challenges
- Excellent oral and written English and Spanish language skills required.
- Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills required
- Up to 40% travel may be required.