22 November 2019

Senior MHPSS Research Advisor - Save the Children Denmark

Responsible for the ongoing development, coordination and oversight of the Collaborative’s research activities.

Are you a researcher with MHPSS experience in fragile and humanitarian contexts? Are you able to engage communities, researchers and practitioners, governmental and non-governmental actors in the field of child and family MHPSS? Would you like to be part of a team setting a new direction for innovation and implementation science linking civil society, academics and policy makers around the globe?

If yes, then this could be your opportunity.

Become part of an innovative new MHPSS Collaborative

Hosted by Save the Children Denmark – a member of one of the world’s leading Child Rights-based organizations – the MHPSS Collaborative is a global platform for MHPSS research, practice, learningand advocacy. We connect key academic and humanitarian actors with local civil society to support quality MHPSS programs at scale for children and families in fragile and humanitarian contexts. Based upon meaningful partnerships and local realities and solutions, the Collaborative works to:

  • Convene keystakeholders local to global for MHPSS sharing, exchange, learning and innovation;
  • Develop and share knowledge to ensure that child and family evidence-informed child and family MHPSS interventions and knowledge are widely accessible and available for frontline stakeholders;
  • Champion MHPSS as lifesaving for children and families through evidence-based advocacy; and
  • Address emerging challenges by identifying and bringing to focus emerging critical issues with tangible guidance and actions to address MHPSS needs of the most vulnerable children and families.

You will

As Senior Research Advisor, you will define, develop and expand the Collaborative’s research strategy and portfolio and position the Collaborative as a key partner for MHPSS academics, researchers, and implementing agencies working on evidence-based MHPSS.  You will ensure that the Collaborative is recognized for its work in child and family MHPSS research and evidence building. Your main responsibilities are to:

  • Identify priority gaps in MHPSS knowledge, practice and policy for children and families in adversity – including emerging issues such as climate change, migration and displacement, etc. – as well as stakeholders and resources for MHPSS implementation research and innovation.
  • Develop and sustain partnerships among MHPSS researchers, practitioners and policy makers, and children and families, and facilitate joint funding proposals for MHPSS implementation research.
  • Distill and disseminate research findings to make MHPSS evidence available and accessible to partners on the ground, and across the global sector.
  • Work closely with other research and knowledge centers to expand potential for MHPSS impacts in global programming, and to participate in relevant local, regional and global practitioner, academic and research forums.
  • Champion evidence-based MHPSS research findings to a broad audience to lift the global MHPSS agenda through policy briefs, position papers and advocacy with donors, policy makers, governments and other key stakeholders.

Your professional & personal profile

You are a research and MHPSS professional with a track record of relevant expertise in implementation science research in fragile and humanitarian settings You have:

  • A PhD and relevant MHPSS degree (MD, psychology, clinical social work) with 5-10 years relevant experience leading and conducting applied MHPSS research in fragile and humanitarian settings. Experience in human-centred design a plus.
  • Track record of successful funding, implementation and publication of operations research in relevant MHPSS fields.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and mutually beneficial working relationship with academic institutions, donors, civil society, and interagency and cross-disciplinary partners in the global South and North.
  • Ability to translate research findings for wide dissemination. to facilitate knowledge transfer and learning (via webinars, presentations, facilitation or workshops, briefs and lessons learned reports), and to communicate with diverse audiences in English.
  • Ability to apply evidence-based MHPSS implementation science to recommendations for field practice in diverse contexts and local to global advocacy.



You will be employed according to the terms and conditions of the local Collective Agreement between Red Barnet and the relevant unions. You will work 37 hours per week.

Deadline for applications is 25th November 2019.