Portfolio Lead, Mental Health

Portfolio Lead, Mental Health

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Fundraising events
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Project / programme management
  • Volunteer management
  • Advice / Advocacy
  • Social care / Counselling
  • Training


London, EC1A 2BN
Remote opportunity
Travel limit? No.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
As we are working on a very flexible schedule, the time commitment will be around (6-8 hours/week), but that may vary from week to another.

Team Leader will ensure team leadership and overall direction and management of the global Mental Health portfolio.

What will you be doing?

(A) Lead programme development:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the IYF Global Programme, including the formulation, development and implementation of mental health interventions, projects, programmes and activities;
  • Ensure that the programme effectively contributes to the improvement of the innovative mental health programmes, especially the ones targeting most vulnerable, through a comprehensive conception, formulation and implementation of interventions in the target areas;
  • Ensure that the programme effectively contributes to results in gender equality and the promotion of women and youths in development in line with IYF’s mandates;
  • Leads the mental health team in programme formulation and networking to ensure a programme which is relevant and responsive to changes in the global context;
  • Advises IYF senior management on Global Programme development and delivery, identifies approaches and modalities to achieve programme targets;
  • Identifies and proposes areas for IYF support in light of youth priorities and IYF strategic areas of focus and comparative advantages;
  • Organizes debates, fora and meetings to discuss and share knowledge on mental health issues;
  • Participates in Technical Working groups, thematic subgroups and sector working groups; and
  • Keeps Senior Management regularly updated on key issues emerging from the Technical Working Groups.


(B) Ensures effective management and quality of IYF programmes and projects under the Global Programme:

  • Works closely with the Project Managers to assist in monitoring ongoing projects substantively through review of work plans, progress and performance, evaluation missions and proposes directions and solutions to emerging issues;
  • Ensures effective application of RBM tools, establishes management targets, and monitors the achievement of results.


(C) Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and supports resource mobilization:

  • Contributes to the development and implementation of the IYF partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes; and
  • Ensures effective creation and coordination of partnerships with the funding agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, academic institutions, private sector, civil society etc.

What are we looking for?

Core Competencies

  • Lead (Level-3) Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act as a team towards achieving a common goal.
  • Design (Level-3) Ability to recognize what changes are required and create a path for improvement using existing knowledge, problem solving skills, creativity and original ways of working.
  • Empower (Level-3) Empowerment is a practice of giving team members skills, authority, opportunity and motivation so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve performance.
  • Mobilize (Level-3) Ability to identify resources and activities that individuals and organizations will undertake to support the IYF’s strategic goals and objectives. Engage and influence appropriate donors by building win-win relationships.
  • Inspire (Level-3) Inspiration and lead by example is about energizing and creating a sense of direction and purpose in others, unlocking motivation and momentum for positive change.


Functional Competencies

  • Ability to assist in strategic planning, results-based management and reporting.
  • Ability to assist in corporate strategic initiatives.
  • Excellent computer, internet, social media and information system skills.
  • Excellent communication and coordination skills.


Skills Required for Position

  • Ability to interact cordially and communicate with a diverse community.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to assess and evaluate situations quickly, accurately and effectively.



A minimum of three-years of experience and results preferred in  programme management,  international development, youth empowerment role, development, communications, international relations, youth studies, sport, women empowerment, youth-led organizations or another relevant field.

What difference will you make?

The results of the work of the Team Leader, Mental Health will have an impact on the overall programme management and success in the implementation of the programme’s strategies and particularly:

  • Creating new programme interventions for youth in the area of mental health support
  • Effective implementation and achievement of programme results and objectives
  • Effective implementation of capacity development initiatives with national stakeholders and other partners with strong linkages with other regional programmes

Before you apply

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

  • Local / community
  • Training / employment support
  • Women
  • Young people
  • Organisation type: 
    Not for profit

    The Fédération Internationale de la Jeunesse in English International Youth Federation (IYF), is an international non-profit youth organizations network governed...