Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advocacy Officer


Join us as our Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advocacy Officer

What do we do at HealthNet TPO? 

We are a professional and passionate organisation with strong national teams working in our project countries, and a small and cost-efficient support office in Amsterdam.

For the past 28 years, we have been working in fragile environments characterised by violence, conflict and a constant degree of insecurity. We help where people are facing the immense task of rebuilding society while they suffer from poverty, diseases and the emotional consequences of conflict. Currently we have field offices in Afghanistan (since 1993), in South Sudan (since 1995), in Burundi (since 2000) and in Colombia (since 2016), where local teams are working together with communities, health workers and government stakeholders.

Our mission is to strengthen communities, help them to regain control and maintain their health and wellbeing, while at the same time strengthening national health care systems to ensure health needs are met. Our community interventions engage local people with local knowledge, and we believe that even the most vulnerable people have the inner strength to (re)build a better future for themselves. 

Even if countries rebuild their communities, systems and economies, and the memories of conflict will fade, there is an enduring need to address MHPSS in fragile environments. HealthNet TPO has a long-standing track record in designing and providing MHPSS solutions in conflict-affected countries. In the years to come we aim to further strengthen our efforts to provide MHPSS services in fragile environments. HealthNet TPO intends to increase its efforts to advocate for models of mental health that incorporate peer support and supported decision-making, alongside systematic interventions to increase the quality of health services and foster community cohesion. These interventions have shown to have positive effects on mental health and well-being.  One of the cornerstones will be the Women Peace and Security projects in Colombia and South Sudan, which will be financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and results-oriented team player who will work with us to advocate for the importance of integrating MHPSS into development programs. In addition, we are looking for a MHPSS professional who has a great interest in communication and representation and who will support the organisation and its teams to carry forward its profile and programs regarding MHPSS. Last but not least we are looking for a colleague who is able to take the lead in ensuring technical oversight and provide support to the Women, Peace and Security programs which will be implemented in South Sudan and Colombia. 

Your profile    

You should be able to convey HealthNet TPO’s ideas and complex concepts to others by adapting language and terminology appropriately to the needs of the audience. We ask you to have proven experience in representation and advocacy within an international organisation. In addition, it is an advantage if you have experience in conducting institutional and policy analysis as well as drafting policy and briefing documents in relevant fields. 

In order to be able to fulfil your role as MHPSS Advocacy Officer you preferably have a Master's degree in Psychology or a similar related post-graduate degree. It is equally important that you have a good understand on how to place MHPSS into a wider Public Health perspective. Excellent English and Spanish oral and writing skills are a must (French and Dutch are an advantage). 

Our offer

You will become part of the small, passionate, dynamic operations team in Amsterdam.

We offer a full-time position based in Amsterdam with frequent travel to conflict-affected areas. Working with HealthNet TPO will give you a unique opportunity to work with people from different cultural and professional backgrounds.

We would like to welcome you on board as of the 15-02-2021.

More information? 

For more information on the position please visit: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advocacy Officer 

Should you be interested to join our team in Amsterdam, please send your CV and application letter/motivation, (maximum 2 pages per document) to: by 12-02-2021. When applying, include the following title in the email subject line: MHPSS Advocacy Officer. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Candidates should be EU citizens or otherwise be in a possession of a working permit to work in an EU country and preferably based in the Netherlands.