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Danish Red Cross is looking for a Mental health and psychosocial advisor


Danish Red Cross (DRC)


Onsdag, 28. juni 2017 - 12:00


Mental health and psychosocial advisor



Strong mental health and psychosocial support advisor with field experience, preferably from the MENA region. Prerequisite: Fluency in Arabic and English spoken and written language. The position will have a focus on capacity building, caring for volunteers programming and life skills as an entry point to psychosocial programmes.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  1. Primarily focus on capacity building of and with Yemeni Red Crescent National Society with regular travels and stays in the region
  2. Plan and carry out regional and global trainings and facilitate capacity building activities
  3. Provide technical assistance and act as a knowledge broker in the areas of programme design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation in the field of psychosocial support
  4. Carry out assessments of RC volunteers and beneficiaries’ psychosocial needs, produce questionnaires and contribute to monitoring and evaluations in regard to crisis management and community-based psychosocial support
  5. Develop generic manuals and guidelines on psychosocial support topics
  6. Develop and adapt tools, primarily Caring for volunteers and Life skills for the local context of Yemeni Red Crescent National Society
  7. Contribute to quality assurance of Arabic translations and tools in Arabic

Objective of the PS Centre

The Federation Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Centre) is part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The PS Centre assists National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world with capacity building of psychosocial support in areas which have been affected by natural and health disasters and in areas with armed conflict. The PS Centre does not work directly with the affected population but rather assists the National Societies by training staff and volunteers. The Centre aims to improve psychosocial well-being through operational assistance, capacity development of National Societies, competence development of staff and volunteers, knowledge generation and knowledge sharing, and communication and advocacy.

About the position

The purpose of the position of Technical Adviser is to strengthen technical support to National Societies, the Regional Offices and the Federation Secretariat. The Technical Advisor will:

  • Co-operate with partners to develop training materials and tools adapted for local contexts with a special focus on MENA region and Arabic language and successfully implement workshops and capacity building initiatives
  • Deploy at short notice for brief missions in emergencies
  • Provide input to funding opportunities identified by colleagues and undertake resource mobilizing activities
  • Ad hoc tasks as specified by the Head of the Centre.


  • Relevant educational background in preferably mental health, psychology, disaster management, health in emergencies or social sciences
  • Minimum 5 (five) years of relevant work experience in the MENA region
  • Practical field experience in crisis management, disaster or development contexts
  • Practical experience in training and/or facilitation of groups
  • Experience in programme design, implementation and M&E for psychosocial support
  • Experience in conducting field-based baseline assessments
  • Experience in international networking and knowledge management
  • Work experience with Red Cross and Crescent Movement, other international organisations, large NGOs and/or governmental development agencies


  • Demonstrated technical expertise in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support and psychosocial crisis management and support in different international humanitarian contexts, disaster management, recovery, public health and social welfare
  • Well-developed text writing skills and demonstrated skills in developing training curriculums and manuals that are adapted to local contexts and target audiences
  • Strong participatory training and/or facilitation skills
  • Extensive knowledge of monitoring and evaluations systems and approaches for psychosocial support
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively, including the ability to advocate for and explain difficult psychosocial issues
  • Advanced knowledge of written and spoken Arabic and English are required, an additional official Federation language is advantageous
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office package.

Personal skills

  • Able to manage many tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Good team-worker
  • Strong writing abilities and analytical skills
  • Organized and structured regarding working tasks
  • Able to meet deadlines and prioritize work load
  • Proactive and have the desire to learn and build professional expertise
  • Able to focus on results and long-term aims
  • Able to work both independently and in teams
  • Stand for and work in accordance with the Red Cross Red Crescent principles
  • Willing and able to take on regular travels




                                                                                   Required Preferred

Relevant degree; preferably   psychology or anthropology, disaster management, health in emergencies or   social sciences



Relevant professional   qualification; e.g. Red Cross/Red Crescent trainings or education related to   public health in emergencies





                                                                                Required  Preferred

Minimum 5 (five) years’   work experience



Work experience from   the Red Cross and Crescent Movement



Experience in   disaster or development contexts



Practical experience   in training and/or facilitation of groups



Experience in   programme design, implementation and M&E



Experience in   conducting field-based assessments



Experience in international   networking and knowledge management





                                                                                  Required Preferred

Highly organized and   structured



Highly competent user   of Arabic and English as working language, incl. strong written and oral Arabic   and English;



Knowledge of another   Federation working language



Excellent   communication and listening skill



Able to meet   deadlines and multi-task



Ability to work   efficiently under pressure



Good team-worker




Employment Conditions

Danish Red Cross is the legal employer and duty station will be Copenhagen. The assignment is to commence as soon as possible.  Salary level and benefits will be in accordance with the Danish Red Cross' Staff Agreement with AC/HK. The position is classified between DKK 38.900 and 43.200 incl. pension, plus DKK 1700 special allowance for more than 10 years of academic experience per month, according to qualifications and experience.

Hiring manager’s name: Nana Wiedemann, Head of International Federation Psychosocial Centre

Further information please contact Nana Wiedemann [email protected] or Martin Rosenkilde Pedersen [email protected].

Application and CV in English are accepted only through our online recruitment system. Only motivated applications will be accepted.

Deadline for submission of application: Wednesday 28 June. Personal interviews will be conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday 5 July


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