Senior Mental Health Advisor

New Editions provides professional and technical assistance to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Center of Excellence of Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG Center), specifically the Empowerment and Inclusion (EI) Division. The EI Division – comprised of three U.S. Direct Hires, two Fellows and 11 contractors - works across sectors to reduce risks to vulnerable and marginalized populations and to reinforce the capacities of communities, local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and governments to provide services and protect and promote the rights of populations traditionally absent from the development equation. In particular, this includes children in adversity, civilian victims of war and conflict who have acquired mobility related injuries, survivors of torture and trauma, and persons with disabilities.

Among other funding sources, the EI Division has traditionally managed congressionally earmarked funds provided under the Victims of Torture (VOT) fund with annual funding of approximately $10 million. Since 1999, the VOT has devoted extensive resources to the treatment and healing of people affected by torture or trauma related to conflict.  While the primary focus of the Fund is on treatment and healing, it also supports efforts to promote evidence-based research and learning including conducting studies on mental health and psychosocial interventions. In addition to a range of activities managed by USAID Missions globally, the Victims of Torture fund currently works through the Center for Victims of Torture, Johns Hopkins University, Heartland Alliance, and the International Medical Corps, among others.

Job Description

New Editions seeks a Senior Mental Health (SMH) Advisor to support an up to five-year U.S Government contract. The SMH Advisor will be based in Washington, DC and available for periodic travel overseas (average five trips per year @ 1-3 weeks per trip).

The SMH Advisor will use his/her technical expertise to support the management and advancement of VOT initiatives and other country based activities and provide strategic guidance for USAID in the sector. Under the technical oversight of the EI Division Chief and reporting administratively to the New Editions Project Manager, the SMH Advisor will work closely with colleagues from the EI Division, the DRG Center, Global Health and other USAID technical sectors, as well as with USAID Missions and a wide range of implementing partners and stakeholders to advance the EI Division’s mandate.

Specific roles/responsibilities of the SMH Advisor include support for:

  • Project Development, including conducting assessments and developing scopes of work and project monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Project Monitoring, including reviewing and providing technical feedback on work plans, project monitoring plans, quarterly reports, and project site visits.
  • Communications, Reporting, and Technical Expertise, including regular updates to Division and New Editions leadership; the development of briefing materials; contributions to ad hoc and annual reporting requirements; the development of informational material and web and social media content; the development of a New Editions annual work plan and quarterly activity reports; technical expertise responsibilities within USAID and before external stakeholders.
  • Strategic Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration, including within the EI Division, USAID broadly, and with key stakeholders, including partners, professional associations, international organizations, other governments and donors to advance the sector.
  •  Other responsibilities as required

Job Qualifications

Education:  Master’s level or above or able to demonstrate equivalent experience.

Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in international MH or PSS programs.
  • At least 10 years of experience in international development work, preferably related to mental health.
  • Familiarity with USAID-funded programs is strongly preferred.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of international programs related to mental health and psychosocial support. Must be a team player with a track record of working across disciplines and cultures and comfortable working in less resourced settings.

Language: Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English.  Additional languages are beneficial.

Citizenship: Must be US citizen and capable of getting a security clearance.

How to Apply:  Please send resume and salary requirements to hr@neweditions.net.

New Editions Consulting, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of New Editions Consulting, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. EOE/AAP/M/F/D/V.