Ended Field Technical Advisor Psychosocial Support (PSS) Consortium

The Job

Duty Station: Sana’a, Yemen  with possible travel
Role Open to Yemeni Nationals Only
Sector(s) linked to: Health, Protection
Line manager:  PSS Technical Coordinator
Staff managed: None
In collaboration with: PSS Technical Coordinator, Consortium Project Manager, Consortium PSS Trainer, MEAL Team

Main Objective of the Position: Under the direct responsibility of the PSS Technical Coordinator, the PSS Field Technical Advisor Consortium is responsible to ensure quality MHPSS training on PFA and basic PSS approaches and interventions to frontline protection actors as well as identify external networks of mental health and psychosocial support actors in order to build/reinforce referral pathways and mechanisms under the DFID funded consortium project in Yemen. 


Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. Handicap International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations. 
Handicap International works in 55 countries affected by conflict, disaster or poverty. More information can be found at http://www.handicap-international.org   
Through its Humanitarian Response Division the organization is committed to: 

  • Provide an adequate response to major natural disasters and conflict situations, anywhere in the world as much as possible within 72 hours 
  • Provide assistance to vulnerable groups affected by a crisis (refugees, IDPs, persons with injuries, elders, children, etc.) addressing essential needs 
  • Constantly monitor chronic crises and/or conflict situations to ensure preparedness and rapid response deployment 

HI in Yemen

HI has been intervening in Yemen on and off for the last 12 years, with its actions initially focused on development issues, notably through the support to the development of physical and functional rehabilitation services for people with disabilities (PwDs) as well as through the capacity-building of the national networks of Yemen Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs).
Since the summer of 2015, HI has had a permanent presence in Yemen and its interventions have been adapted to the current context of conflict in Yemen. With the support of DFATD, ECHO and UNICEF, HI has been supporting two hospitals and one physical and functional rehabilitation centre in Sana'a City, building the capacities of their key staff in early rehabilitation care and psychological first aid (including specifically for children), supplying rehabilitation equipment, and directly providing physical and functional rehabilitation care to war affected people.
In parallel, HI has been implementing an inclusion and protection mainstreaming project, funded by DFATD and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so as to help increase access to wider humanitarian services for the most vulnerable.
In 2017, HI will continue these sectors of activity (integrated rehabilitation and inclusion) and also extend the intervention to health facilities and populations outside Sana’a city, directly and through the development of partnerships. Funding from multiple donors in 2017 (direct and via consortia) has already been secured to fund these activities and new projects. In addition, HI intends to launch new areas of programming in 2017: food security (cash transfer modality) and mine action (mine risk education).


Under the direct responsibility of the PSS Technical Coordinator and in close cooperation with the Project Manager Consortium, PSS Trainer Consortium, and the MEAL Team,  you will be responsible to:

  • Support and uphold the Mission PSS Strategy
  • Coordination with partners and external actors
  • Quality assurance
  • Technical support
  • Reporting and information management


Support and Uphold the Mission PSS Strategy

  • Respect HI’s global and mission level PSS approach within the intervention
  • Identify/monitor PSS needs of persons in Yemen in order to inform, design and revise strategic approaches and technical training protocols as relevant/necessary
  • Participate in need assessments for new projects to be developed and for adaptation of existing projects as needed/appropriate

Quality Assurance of Project Deliverables

  • Develop, review, and update project guidelines, protocols, trainings, and tools
  • Monitor implementation of project guidelines, protocols, procedures, and tools
  • Identify/monitor relevance and activity status of external MHPSS actors for resource mapping and referral pathways

Technical Support to Consoritum Project Staff

  • Participate in recruitment and induction of project staff
  • Assess and identify project staff’s capacities and work in collaboration with line manager(s) to determine appropriate individual technical development objectives
  • Advise and conduct training on use of data collection tools and reporting
  • Support consortium project staff in identification of technical priorities as related to field work and project deliverables (e.g., work planning, field visits, technical supervision and coordination meetings, review and validation of outputs, etc.)
  • Support development of technical resources (e.g., IEC materials, training curriculum and tools)
  • Participate in project coordination meetings as needed

Reporting and Data/Information Management

  • Reporting of activities to his/her line manager on weekly and monthly basis
  • Reporting of project staff performance with feedback and clear recommendations for quality improvement/assurance, capacity building on weekly and monthly basis
  • Contribution and validation of project reports
  • Monitoring and analysis of PSS project data for quality assurance (e.g., outcome/impact indicator data) in close coordination with MEAL team as related to project indicators

Coordination with Partners and External Actors

  • Participation in Cluster/Sub-cluster meetings and working groups (e.g., Health, MH Working Group, PSS Working Group, Protection) as appropriate
  • Contribute to coordination of training with external actors in collaboration with PSS Trainer(s), PM Consortium, and PSS Tech Co
  • Collaboration with external actors  and partners where and when relevant (e.g., mapping of MHPSS actors)



  • Master’s (MA or MS) Degree in Social Sciences –  Clinical Psychology (preferred), Social Work, Sociology  - with knowledge of public health and international development  
  • Training experience required – Trainer of Trainers, an asset
  • Fluency in English, required – Written and Spoken

Previous Experience

  • Minimum 3 years previous experience in humanitarian response in MHPSS sector with progressive responsibilities in role
  • Participating in MHPSS coordination mechanisms and working groups
  • Knowledgeable in and has used IASC MHPSS guidelines and best practices in previous roles
  • Developing training curriculum and protocols, required
  • Previous experience working in clinical setting, an asset

Personal Skills

  • Strong organizational, communication, and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Ability to work under high pressure and short deadlines

Willingness and Ability

  • To work in team and in isolation, be flexible, and work with stressful workloads
  • To travel in and around Yemen
  • Respect agency protocols of ethics and confidentiality
  • Respect and promote HI’s policies and report to his/her line manager any violation of HI policies among team members or partners
  • Address needs and requests in a professional manner
  • Report any incident or act that causes any harm to a beneficiary or to others
  • Contribute to a culture of teamwork


  • Starting basic salary is 1,787 USD and it will be defined according to HI’s existing salary scale .Additionally, the experience will be assessed and considered at the time to decide the salary.
  • Based in Sana’a, Yemen with possible travel inside and out side
  • Start: ASAP
  • Duration: 18 months (renewable conditional upon funding)
  • 30 day leave/year + benefits (transport allowance, health insurance coverage)
  • Normal working hours are 40 hours per week. Note that working time can go up to 48 hours per week (according to the Yemen labor law) if it is required by the volume of activities and by the line manager.
How to Apply
  • Interested candidates please send CV with cover letter in English, with the reference: YEME/HR/2018/PROG/FTAPSSC/SANAA+ Applicant Full Name 
  • Deadline for applications is 11.30pm on the 18th of January 2018
  • Please address all applications to:  jobs@handicap-international-ye.org
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
  • This position is open to Yemeni nationals only
  • Employer: Handicap International
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 11 January 2018
  • Deadline: 18 January 2018