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CESVI – MHPSS Protection Specialist – Ucraina

Fondazione CESVI sta selezionando un/a MHPSS Protection Specialist da inserire nella sua operatività in Ucraina . Durata 6 mesi rinnovabili. Scadenza candidature 12/02/2023

CESVI is an Italian-based NGO.
CESVI response in Ukraine is focused on the Protection and Psycho Social support of the most vulnerable population affected by the conflict. The ongoing and planned activities include but are not limited to: identification and set-up of a safe space, including space management SOPs, mental health support for staff and volunteers, Screening for vulnerabilities and assessment/monitoring of the needs of the targeted population, Provision of MHPSS services (psychosocial first aid, individual and group support), Information and sensitization on protection risks, Training of local stakeholders on protection approaches and safeguarding.
CESVI is therefore seeking a MHPSS Protection Specialist to set-up these project components, including training of staff and local stakeholders.

CESVI is hiring one MHPSS Protection Specialist with main duty station in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The MHPSS Protection Specialist will be required to carry out frequent missions to the project location (Bucha) and other areas of intervention the Country, according to accessibility and security conditions
The MPSS/Protection Specialist will respond to CESVI Head of Mission and will work in close collaboration with CESVI team in the field.

Main responsibilities:

• Oversee and provide technical guidance on the implementation of protection and MHPSS related activities, ensuring that project deliverables and activities are of high quality
• Work within the framework of the IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings and Sphere standards as well as IMC MHPSS Quality Standards.
• Review and create if needed program materials and tools (e.g. provide training materials, tools and training reports for review, and receive input on development of materials etc.)
• Plan, manage and coordinate with the HoM implementation of the MHPSS and Protection activities
• Provide technical guidance on the implementation of protection and MHPSS related activities, ensuring that project deliverables and activities are of high quality
• Monitor and evaluate all project aspects, including proper identification of beneficiaries, according to CESVI’s standards and procedures, with a view to recommending appropriate action for enhanced project implementation and monitoring.
• Establish and maintain strong partnerships and liaisons with local authorities, local partners, International Organizations, and other actors linked to the implementation of the project
• Keep abreast of policies, international standards, and best practices relating to the rights of IDPs, vulnerable populations, and in particular, protection of women and children’s rights
• Explore possibilities and carry out expanded collaboration with relevant authorities and partners on project-related activities; identify new project possibilities arising from institutional donors
• Prepare general and specific information on program activities as requested by CESVI HQ
• Represent CESVI and the Alliance2015 partners as requested in various cluster and working group meetings
• Supervise the activities implemented by the local partners, and facilitate the narrative and financial process submitted by the local partners.
• Conduct a situational analysis of targeted health facilities and staff and liaise with relevant national and local stakeholders to gather and document information for program planning in coordination with project/program managers
• Produce and share assessment report to guide program implementation
• Perform any other duties as may be assigned.
• In coordination with HQ a follow up on the implementation of the Child Safeguarding (CS) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) policies.
• Ensure adherence to PSEA and Safeguarding Policy



– Bachelor’s Degree in mental health, social work, counseling or fields related to humanitarian assistance, social work, human rights, international law, social studies; Postgraduate degree preferred


– Minimum 5 years’ experience implementing similar programming in emergency or complex emergency settings; of which at least 3 years must be in the field of Protection and PSS in emergency;
– Proven knowledge of IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings and Sphere standards;
– Proven experience of principles and practice of case management approach and can apply to protection programs;
– Proven experience providing psychosocial support, directly or in a supervisory role;
– Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating Protection and PSS focused programs
– Proven experience in adapting and applying protection and PSS in Emergencies Programming and other relevant tools;
– Demonstrates commitment to gender equality; Promote and integrates gender analysis and mainstreaming into humanitarian programming
– Familiarity with the education and protection sectors
– Strategic thinking and planning for protection response


– Solid knowledge of NGO procedures, approaches and operations
– Knowledge of project cycle management
– Ability to produce timely project proposals and high-quality narrative reports
– Proven experience in capacity building of national and international staff;
– Able to apply participatory approaches to engaging with and mobilizing communities
– Solid capacity in managing a variety of internal and external relationships, especially with partners,
– Capacity in networking and build effective partnerships with local stakeholders
– Experience in remote management and training
– Problem-solving and analytical skills
– Strong communication and diplomatic skills
– Self-motivated, able to take initiative, resilient and able to work independently.
– Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work cooperatively
– Adapts and copes with pressure
– High level of IT skills (Office package)
– Fluency in English (written and spoken)


– Prior experience in the Ukraine and/or other security-sensitive environments
– Experience in working with CSOs and local NGOs
– Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian

    GROSS SALARY RANGE € 3.000 – € 3.300 PER MONTH
    Rest & Recuperation (R&R)

Cesvi has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, related persons or partners.
Cesvi commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records checks or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance.

Cesvi pays particular attention to safeguarding the health of all the human resources of the Organisation. Therefore, in order to protect its staff, an assessment of their suitability for the position in each mission is carried out before departure. Such assessment is done by the Occupational Doctor of the Organisation, who will also examine the vaccination coverage, including the anti-Covid19 vaccination.

Please note: due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at the applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their applications.


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