The Role: Regional Mental Health Advisor, Asia

Fixed-term contract for 6 months/Full-Time (maternity cover)
Reports to:
The Mental Health Director, CBM Global

Job Overview

During a period of 6 months, the position holder will maintain the tasks of the permanent Regional MH Advisor, focusing on specific priority areas of work (highlighted below).

Reporting to the Mental Health Director, the position holder is part of the CMH Technical Area’s Core Team that leads on areas of technical specialism for the organization globally. The focus is on regional work in Asia, but the advisor is also able to support more strategic operational direction, including setting and maintaining quality in program implementation and advocacy. 

Knowledge and experience in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian emergencies is also a part of the Regional Advisor’s role and is a key deliverable for this time period of maternity cover.

The core purpose of the role is to support local partners, including where appropriate, through advisors at the country level (including consultants) with the information and capacity they need to deliver high-quality programming.

This role is guided by the application of CBM Global standards and organizational strategy into the program work of CBM Global, primarily in our core countries in Asia. Strategic direction is defined by the Community Mental Health Plan/Position Papers etc, themselves based on the Federation Strategy.

Based:  We welcome applications from those who have the right to work and live in the Philippines, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Hours:  Full-time (Maternity Cover)

Salary range: The salary offered will be competitive, dependent on skills and experience, as well as country of location. We offer a local contract

Responsibilities and Duties. 
The job holder is responsible for supporting CBM Global Community Mental Health (CMH) work with the following specific responsibilities for our program in priority countries in Asia, namely Indonesia, The Philippines, Lao, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In addition, country-specific or regional/global projects may arise elsewhere.

Priorities for the 6-month maternity cover period:

·       Support CBM Global Country Offices in delivery, monitoring, evaluation, and continued refinement of programs in alignment with the Country Strategic Plan, CBM Global CMH Plan, according to CBM Global’s operating model

·       Support and where appropriate supervise the work of country CMH Country Focal Points Recruit and manage consultants as required to fulfill specific assignments (there is a long-term consultant acting as an advisor in Laos).

·       Deliver on external advisory contracts currently held with WHO, specifically in the development of training for inclusive MHPSS (IASC Guidelines) and delivery of a major DRR and MHPSS training (in Nepal)

·       Work with Humanitarian Action Team to support MHPSS in programs, including by building the capacity of Focal Points.

·       Identify fundraising opportunities and develop, in 3-way collaboration with Member Associations and Country Offices, new programs, both focused on mental health and integrated into other sectoral work.


·       Represent CBM Global in external forums, providing high-quality technical advice, and targeted advocacy at appropriate events and through various groups

·       Represent the Community Mental Health Area of Work in internal CBM Global forums and work processes

·       Develop relationships and networks that support the organization’s mandate and advocacy efforts

·       Other relevant aspects of the work of the CMH Initiative as relevant and within the overall scope of advisory work

The position will be based in a CBM Global priority country in Asia (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Philippines), in the Country Office on a local contract. Some travel to other countries may be required (not exceeding 25%). 

Key outcomes expected from this role. 

·       Work directly with partners, and supervise and maintain close working relationships with country-level Advisors and Focal Points, and Country Offices in Asia, as well as other Regional Advisors

·       Work with MAs, COs, and partners to develop and successfully grow the CMH program portfolio

·       Develop training materials for Inclusive MHPSS (manage consultant) and field test

·       Roll out internal (CBM Good Practice Guide) and external (IASC DRR and MHPSS) technical resources that can be used internally and externally to guide and improve program quality and advocate for global mental health

·       Support the delivery of regional WHO DRR training in Nepal 

Person Specification
CBM Global welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and people with lived experience of disability.
Education, Knowledge & Professional Experience
·       Background qualification in mental health, psychiatry, psychology, psychosocial disability, or a related field

·       Background and experience in development cooperation and mental health, including in applying relevant tools and methods (project management, data, monitoring and evaluation, inclusive and participatory approaches, etc)

·       Understanding of disability-inclusive development, and its application to mental health

·       Experience in humanitarian response and MHPSS desirable

·       Minimum of 3 years working experience in a developing country, preferably in Asia

·       Experience in working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams

·       Experience in operational research, and interpretation and application of evidence in practice. Writing reports and guidelines

·       Experience in developing project proposals and successfully achieving funding for projects


·       English (professional proficiency, spoken and written is essential)

·       Asian languages in CBM Global priority countries (desirable)

·       French or Spanish (desirable)


·       Willingness to learn and use CBM Global project management tools, reporting, statistics formats, Global online, etc

·       Tools and resources specific to mental health work; QualityRights, mhGAP, scalable transdiagnostic psychological interventions, MHPSS in emergencies

·       Good skills in MS Office, including making documents and presentations accessible. Ability to manage budgets in Excel

Employee Benefits

·       We offer flexibility and working-from-home arrangements.

·       As part of our commitment to inclusion, CBM Global aims to encourage applications from people with disabilities and those with health conditions. We have a comprehensive equality and diversity policy.

Useful Information

Shortlisting and Interviews

CBM Global is an equal opportunities employer, committed to ensuring all applications are treated fairly.

All applications are subject to our shortlisting process; if you are shortlisted we will contact you and invite you to attend an online interview. You will also be advised at this point if there will be any skills tasks to complete as part of the recruitment process.

Diversity Policy Statement
Everyone has the right to be treated with consideration and respect. CBM Global is committed to achieving a truly inclusive environment for all, by developing better working relationships that release the full potential, creativity, and productivity of each individual. CBM Global aims to ensure that all staff, volunteers, donors, partners, contractors, and the general public are treated fairly. This will be regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, race (including color, nationality, ethnicity, or national origin), disability, medical status, age, religion or belief, political opinion, social or economic status, or ex-offender status.

Employment Checks

CBM Global is committed to the safety and best interest of all children and vulnerable adults accessing CBM Global-supported services and programs. Relevant background checks including working with children, police, and reference checks will be completed before the preferred candidate’s employment is confirmed.

All applicants must have the right to work in the relevant country. All offers of employment are made subject to the following criteria: Proof of eligibility and satisfactory employment screening, and three references satisfactory to CBM Global.

How to apply

More information about CBM Global Disability Inclusion can be found by visiting the CBM Global website:

Closing date:  Friday, 16th of June

Please: Use this link: to apply
Prepare your CV in English, as you will need to upload it into our ATS system.
Download and complete the Application Form in English, as you will need to upload it into our ATS system.
No email applications will be considered. If you have any problems with the system, please redirect them to our email address  with the following format: Family Name First Name: Regional Mental Health Advisor, COUNTRY.

We also welcome informal inquiries, which should also be sent to the above email address.