Senior Specialist, Psychosocial Support Programs, Hurricane Harvey

Job Type

Full Time




2928 Greens Road
United States



The Psychosocial Support (PSS) Senior Specialist for the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Program will lead the delivery of Save the Children’s Psychosocial Support Programs in Texas and serve as Save the Children’s senior technical representative in the state. The position will provide managerial, technical, operational, and logistical leadership for program implementation in all areas including Psychological First Aid, Shelter from the Storm, and Journey of Hope (JoH) during the disaster recovery phase. The PSS Sr. Specialist will be responsible for leading needs assessments, partner identification and relationship management, training, program implementation, ongoing technical support and overall leadership of psychosocial, protection, preparedness and related programs.

The PSS Sr. Specialist will direct the work of the program team, supervise the PSS Coordinator and others as assigned, and will oversee the work of partners implementing Save the Children-funded programs. The position is responsible for recording and tracking monthly and quarterly beneficiary information, program expense tracking, ensuring program materials are supplied to partners, monitoring program progress and fidelity to curriculum intent, and periodic reporting of the program activities to the USPA Team. As a frontline representative of Save the Children, the position holder is required to ensure the safety and protection of children and families that s/he comes in contact with and to represent the agency values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. 


What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Lead the management and implementation of Psychosocial Support and Protection Programs (40%)

  • Lead the process of building and maintaining relationships with schools, child care coalitions, and other state, local and institutional partners to roll out the implementation of PSS programs.
  • Participate in related meetings and conference calls to support the psychosocial and other Texas program efforts.
  • Oversee periodic program reporting.
  • Oversee the PSS Coordinator and Specialist work to manage logistics for program trainings; manage, compile and input program pre- and post-surveys; and track and report on program expenses.
  • Conduct regular site visits and program fidelity checks to ensure that Save the Children’s programs, whether implemented directly or through partners, adhere to the highest technical standards.
  • Coordinate bi-weekly with psychosocial program lead to report on fidelity checks/site visits.
  • Perform other duties as requested by Team Leader.

Oversee work of partner organizations implementing Save the Children-funded programs (35%)

  • Serve as primary point of contact for implementing partners.
  • Ensure that grant agreements with partners implementing PSS programs accurately reflect Save the Children’s technical standards and guidelines.
  • Monitor awardee grant implementation.
  • Collect and record beneficiary counts and evaluations from partners on a monthly and/or quarterly basis. Input beneficiaries into Save the Children's beneficiary tracking in coordination with the PSS Coordinator
  • Order, assemble, and distribute additional program materials to partners as needed.


Representation and Management (10%)

  • As Save the Children’s senior technical position in Texas, the incumbent will serve as Save the Children’s main representative following the departure of the Team Leader
  • Supervise, support, and promote the development of the Psychosocial Coordinator, and other positions as assigned.
  • Ensure that Save the Children is appropriately represented in relevant technical and emergency response and recovery forums.


Operational Support and Liaison (15%)

  • Provide operational support to the program as required to ensure the smooth running of the program, include such things as ordering supplies, equipment and organizing events.
  • Liaise with the Psychosocial Support and Protection Team within SC’s US Programs and Advocacy Division

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate discipline
  • Minimum 5-7 years' work experience in area of expertise
  • Previous experience leading a team of trainers or implementers
  • Outstanding English language communication skills both written and verbal


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Previous experience in a relevant technical leadership role
  • Familiarity with issues related to US domestic emergency response and recovery
  • Spanish language skills a plus.
  • Experience leading and managing similar programs
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office and other appropriate software
  • Highly collaborative team player willing and able to work on tight deadlines, to listen and learn, and to demonstrate SC values
  • Knowledgeable about professional use of Social Media


Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.


What’s In It for You

  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers
  • Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities as well as language learning opportunities


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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