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Save the Children Denmark (SCD) is looking for a Director of Global Centre for mental health and Psycho-social support (MHPSS) for children


Save the Children Denmark (SCD)


Mandag, 1. januar 2018 - 23:55





Are you an influential leader with a substantial knowledge of children’s development, well-being and resilience in fragile and humanitarian contexts? Do you have an advanced academic background combined with international programmatic experience? Can you manage a team, develop partnerships and raise funds? Do you want to raise the global standard for Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) for children, youth and their families? Then you could be the Director of a new global centre of excellence for child, youth and family focused MHPSS.



A growing body of international research demonstrates that children globally are exposed to unprecedented rates of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect – particularly those in crisis, migration and displacement situations. Exposure to critical incidents, to long-term adversity and the failure of adequate child protection and nurturance leads to profound impacts on children’s physical and mental development. Investing in MHPSS for children and youth, especially in fragile and humanitarian contexts and for children on the move, is a critical precondition for sustainable development.

Save the Children Denmark (SCD) has over the course of the past eight years, been building technical expertise in the area of child-focused MHPSS as part of our contribution to Save the Children International (SCI), the world’s largest independent organization for children. We believe that it is time to scale up our work in this area, and build collaborations with global and local stakeholders to increase quality and impact. To do so, we are looking for a Director who can lead the establishment of a new global centre for child, youth and family focused MHPSS (name of centre to be determined).



While continuing with the existing portfolio of our MHPSS work, you will build a team with a focus on sector-wide collaboration, research, advocacy, and capacity strengthening. This will be further supported by a small team of regionally based advisors. At the same time, you will raise funds to expand the scope and impact of the centre on the global sector and locally. You will have many different stakeholders and work closely with highly specialized and engaged colleagues, internal to SCD and SCI and externally, at the global and field level. You will be reporting to the International Program Director of SCD and be guided by a Steering Committee.


Over the coming four years, you will build a globally recognized centre that serves as a hub for child, youth and family focused MHPSS technical expertise, research and evidence, and a provider of specialized support and capacity strengthening to local and global partners across the entire development-humanitarian spectrum, facilitating exchange, learning and innovation for quality MHPSS programmes for children, youth and families in fragile and humanitarian contexts.


  • Responsible for the establishment of a globally recognized centre for child, youth and family focused MHPSS.
  • Builds a recognized team of experts in the area of MHPSS related networking and collaboration, research, program development, capacity strengthening and advocacy.
  • Further develops and operationalises the vision and strategy for the centre.
  • Builds linkages and collaborations with key partners including academics, research bodies, the humanitarian community and the corporate sector to position the work of the centre, drawing on existing networks in the field of MHPSS and children’s development, wellbeing and resilience.
  • Positions the centre globally within strategic and impactful fora across sectors that can result in improved understanding of issues and programmatic solutions for children’s development, wellbeing and resilience.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations that expand the reach and vision of the centre, and support the work under each of the focus areas.
  • Develops and actively leads fundraising efforts to further resource the centre beyond its existing base funding.
  • Engages a Steering Committee representing key stakeholders, to ensure the relevance and positioning of the centre.
  • Lead and inspires the team to deliver results on both short- and long-term objectives.



You have a relevant tertiary academic education at a Masters level or higher. For example, in psychology, child development or a related field. Furthermore:

  • An advanced level of programmatic expertise and thorough understanding of the key theoretical and practical considerations in the area of child-focused MHPSS (including research trends).
  • Proven experience with MHPSS programming in both longer-term development and humanitarian programming in a variety of contexts, including fragile states.
  • Proven experience creating and driving the execution of visionary strategies and plans.
  • Demonstrated track-record in effective fundraising from a range of donor sources.
  • Motivational leader with proven experience in managing highly professional employees with diverse backgrounds, including employee development and performance management.
  • Strong and demonstrated networking and negotiation skills.

A high level of written and oral English is essential. 



You are leading in terms of knowledge within the professional field of MHPSS for children and combined with your visionary and strategic mindset this enables you to raise the standard and promote evidence-based solutions that ensure enduring transformation for children.

Communication is a key strength of yours, both in the 1:1 dialogues with employees and stakeholders and on a strategic level where you confidently deliver influential advice and briefings to internal and external audiences to build trust, persuade and call for action.

You are a strong networker who actively engages in complex and high-impact relationships and networks. You spot and create new partnerships and working alliances in the sector and beyond, driving cross-boundary collaboration. You understand, navigate and work effectively in a politically oriented, complex and sometimes competitive organization.



You will be employed according to the terms of individual leader contract Agreement between Save the Children Denmark and the AC organizations and HK. The position is without limited working hours. Expected start in early 2018.

Deadline for applications is Monday 1st January 2018. First and second interview interviews will be held in the middle and at the end of January 2018.


Please note that we do not accept applications outside of our recruitment system.


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For further information, please contact International Program Director of SCD Roger Hearn, [email protected], +45 2034 2072


Save the Children Denmark wants to promote equality and diversity. We encourage all qualified to apply for the position - regardless of ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age.

Save the Children Denmark (Red Barnet) is a non-governmental humanitarian organization working to realize children’s rights in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Save the Children Denmark is a member of the Save the Children International, which works in 120 countries.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


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