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Volunteer role: National Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Facilitator

Type of role:Healthcare
Location:Kachin, Myanmar
Partner organisation:UNFPA (Myanmar)
Application Closing Date:18 Apr 2021
Interview date:TBD
Start date:ASAP

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 National MHPSS Facilitator (National Volunteer) will closely work with the VSO international volunteer (MHPSS Technical Officer) to mobilise communities to understand, prevent and end all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Using an innovative peer educator model, the National MHPSS Facilitator will start-up and facilitate women’s, men’s and youth groups to build community activism towards long term social change and the prevention of GBV.

The Volunteer will undertake intensive training of women in leadership through the existing safe space and women’s centres to ensure that women are provided with the tools and skills to express their views.

The National MHPSS Facilitator will work under the direct supervision of the VSO Social Cohesion Programme Manager with additional technical support from the MHPSS Technical Officer.

The volunteer will be based in Southern Shan.

Skills, qualifications and experience

- Bachelor’s degree in development studies, gender and development, public health, social work, psychology or other related fields.
- At least three years’ experience working on gender/GBV, social work, psychosocial support, humanitarian response or community development issues.
- A sound understanding of gender and gender-based violence in Myanmar context, as well as a good understanding of the stakeholder landscape at the local level.
- Extensive experience in training on topics related to the project, and providing technical assistance to local stakeholders.
- Fluent in a relevant local language in Myanmar
- Excellent spoken and written English is essential.
- Knowledge of potential partners in GBV/MHPSS


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.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

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