Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) - Technical Officer

Job Summary

The mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) Technical Officer will be responsible for technical oversight of comprehensive MHPSS-focused intervention.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

The mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) Technical Officer will be responsible for technical oversight of comprehensive MHPSS-focused intervention. The intervention is part of the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) Women and Girls First program and aims to increase the capacity of social workers working in local Women and Girls First Centers, government officials, and staff of (inter)national development partners in Kachin/Rakhine State in compliance with Inter-Agency Standing Committee's (IASC) Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.
The volunteers will be based at the UNFPA office and work with/for the Women & Girls First Centers which act as a women and girls' refuge and provide access and services to women and girls only.
The volunteers will be based in Kachin/Rakhine States for 12 months.
The volunteers will work closely with VSO Social Inclusion and Gender, Social Accountability and Resilience Advisors to ensure inclusion, resilience and accountability in women empowerment and financial inclusion initiatives.

Skills, qualifications and experience

- The qualified candidate will have a Master's degree in a relevant discipline (for example, clinical or counselling psychology, clinical social work, psychiatry, mental health care and others) coupled with experience in working on MHPSS programs.
- Familiarity with the Integrative ADAPT Therapy treatment approach is essential.

- Extensive experience of providing training and supervision to others within the discipline and the ability to adapt approaches to conflict-affected and culturally sensitive settings.
- Ability and willingness to work in challenging environments, with basic living conditions (for example, refugee camp setting).
- Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can work well under pressure and with limited resources.
- Ability to be open minded and respectful in new settings.
- Ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in a time-sensitive environment.
- Good command of verbal and written English.
- Ability to work remotely.

Due to the on going COVID situation, the volunteer will be working as an e-volunteer until Myanmar border is opened for international travel.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

Terms & Conditions


- You will be sharing your skills remotely from your home country with implementing partners and other stakeholders on a part-time basis.
- You have an existing source of income to cover your commitments and you have the basic equipment to carry out this assignment e.g. laptop, internet connectivity. VSO will not provide a monthly allowance for this role but will reimburse basic operational costs (e.g. internet costs).


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

Your application and COVID-19

We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic via the following link:

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description via the following link:

To submit your application, click on the Apply Now Button ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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