MHPSS Officer

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Switzerland
Organization: Danish Red Cross
Closing date: 18 Jan 2021

Danish Red Cross (DRC) is looking for an experienced Mental Health and Psychosocial support profile to be seconded to the IFRC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The IFRC is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world.

Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The overall aim of the IFRC is to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote humanitarian activities by National Societies to prevent and alleviate human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.”

The IFRC is committed to scaling up and addressing the Mental Health and Psychosocial Consequences of Armed Conflicts, Natural Disasters and other Emergencies as per the Movement MHPSS roadmap that outlines concrete steps in further establishing MHPSS as an integral part of the Movement’s humanitarian services and identity.

The MHPSS officer will work in close collaboration with the IFRC Health and Care Department and the IFRC Psychosocial Reference center with a primary focus to ensure that the overall strategic direction and operationalization of MHPSS initiatives are achieved and well-coordinated internally with National Societies, relevant IFRC departments and teams, ICRC and externally with WHO and other key actors.

The MHPSS officer will report to the Senior Officer -Care in Communities in the Health and Care Department with technical reporting lines to colleagues in the Emergency Health team and the Psychosocial Reference center.

K**ey responsibilities include**

  • Identify current priorities, achievements, challenges, needs, and required actions to strengthen existing and develop new directions, programs, and activities.
  • Provide technical support to IFRC Regional MHPSS colleagues and National Societies’ programmes and services to support piloting, implementation, and scaling up MHPSS interventions.
  • Working with IFRC PS center and regional offices, facilitate capacity building of NS staff and volunteers to develop and implement effectively MHPSS programs at community levels
  • In close collaboration with PS centre, participate and lead the working groups on behalf of IFRC as needed to support the roll-out of the roadmap (2020–2023).
  • Strengthen close professional partnerships with, and position IFRC among, key stakeholders in MHPSS at global and international levels.
  • Contribute to identifying, and engaging with potential donors and partners, and preparing project proposals and documents for IFRC and NS.
  • Ensure MHPSS integration in relevant emergency operations by technical reviewing, roll out and quality assurance of MHPSS components in DREFS, emergency appeals, operations update, and EPoAs (including COVID 19)
  • Participate and contribute to emergency Task Force meetings in Geneva for MHPSS related components in different emergencies.
  • Liaise with the IFRC representatives to the UN providing information on MHPSS to ensure MHPSS is on the global agenda and promote the Movement as a key player within MHPSS and other internal and external bodies/partners promoting the Movement MHPSS.

Experience and qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in implementing MHPSS programmes.
  • Strong experience of working in a large humanitarian organisation with multi-actor coordination experience.
  • Strong knowledge of RCRC Movement MHPSS capacities, policies, tools and practices.
  • A minimum of 5 years mission/field-based experience in disaster/post-disaster environments, preferably from multiple regions. Previous IFRC deployments desirable.
  • Excellent communication, coordination as well as networking and facilitation skills.
  • Proven experience of building the capacity of local partners, including training skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of public mental health and Psychosocial approaches and Integrated MHPSS interventions models in promotion/prevention and treatments at primary and secondary health care level.
  • Emergency roster development and management experience preferred.
  • Relevant academic degree in health and/or psychology or related.

Employment Conditions

The position is based in Geneva, Switzerland and is initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension. The starting date is February 1st or as soon thereafter as possible. There is a 3-month probationary period.

The salary including all allowances and pension payment will be between DKK 45,000 and 48,300 per month depending on qualifications and experience. Accommodation costs in Geneva will be covered by DRC.

Travelling is expected for up to 3 months per year upon the request of line manager.

Further information

If you have questions about the position, please contact Danish Red Cross HR partner Johnny Rønne Hesselholt at

The deadline for applications is 18 January 2021. Interviews are expected to take place at the end of January 2021,

Your application and CV should be uploaded at DRC web page

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