Consultant to integrate mental health and psychosocial support into child protection in UNHCR operations

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JOB TITLE: Consultant to integrate the MHPSS into the CP in UNHCR operations

Finalization of recruitment pending donor approval

TEAM/PROGRAM: SC USA – assigned to CP integration project with UNHCR

LOCATION: Home

POSITION TYPE: Consultant

1. DESCRIPTION CONTEXT OF THE PROJECT/CONTEXT OF THE MISSION

UNHCR places the utmost importance on providing effective protection to children of concern. This includes attention to their psychosocial well-being. Many forcibly displaced children may have witnessed or experienced violence and, in exile, are at risk of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation. Recognizing both the vulnerability and resilience of displaced children and their communities, UNHCR uses a rights-based and community-based approach, with a strong emphasis on the inclusion of refugee children in national refugee systems and services. child protection, to address the protection needs and psychological well-being of refugee children and other children of concern.

The insecurity experienced by internally displaced and refugee children can have profound physical, social and psychological consequences affecting their well-being and development. In contexts of forced displacement, parents and guardians may find it difficult to adequately care for their children when livelihood options have diminished and essential services are no longer operational. Parental distress greatly affects and impacts the well-being of their children.

Therefore, it is essential that UNHCR operations take steps to safeguard and improve the well-being of displaced and refugee children, by integrating mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into all aspects of its work as well as implementing dedicated MHPSS support interventions. This requires close collaboration across specialists and sectors to ensure a holistic and child-centred response that promotes the well-being of all children.

Save the Children USA is seeking an MHPSS Consultant under the “Building Cross-Sector Innovation to Center Child Protection and Wellbeing in Humanitarian Action” program, to support UNHCR’s efforts to integrate social protection in MHPSS, in line with minimum standards for children. protection in humanitarian action”

Surveillance: The MHPSS Consultant will work under the supervision of the Senior Child Protection Mainstreaming and Mainstreaming Specialist seconded to the UNHCR Child and Youth Protection (CYP) Global Unit.

2. SCOPE OF CONSULTATION

Under the direct supervision of the CP Mainstreaming and Onboarding Specialist in the CP Unit with technical support from the Senior MHPSS Officer at UNHCR Headquarters, the Consultant will work closely with the Protection Unit of Child Protection and Snr MHPSS Officer at UNHCR HQ to strengthen child protection mainstreaming. and integration into UNHCR’s MHPSS programming and strategies.

The SMSPS consultant will:

  1. Review and update UNHCR child protection Fact sheet on children’s mental health and psychosocial well-being (2014) (more details provided in section 4)
  2. Review and analyze how UNHCR’s MHPSS activities within child protection programming in refugee settings can be strengthened using the MHPSS Minimum Service Package (MSP) and develop a “road map” for CP and MHPSS staff on what to prioritize. This will be done in consultation with CP and MHPSS staff at global level and in 3 selected field operations (more details provided in section 4)
  3. Develop and provide capacity building (webinars, workshops) on the MHPSS roadmap for CP and MHPSS staff in countries and regions (more details provided in section 4)

3a. REPORTING LINES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Reports to: Senior Integration and Child Protection Mainstreaming Specialist

Budget responsibility: N / A

The main deliverables of the consultation are:

  1. A revised and updated version UNHCR Information Note on MHPSS Welfare children (provisionally 3 days)
  2. A Framework for analysis including a roadmap for prioritization and integration of MHPSS MSP into CP programming (provisionally 10 days)
  3. Develop and deliver a capacity building package (webinars, workshops) on the MSP roadmap for CP and MHPSS staff (provisionally 15 days)

Estimated 28 working days

3b. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE TASK, METHODOLOGY/TASK AND ASSOCIATED DELIVERABLES (28 day estimate):

A. Review and update UNHCR’s briefing note on children’s mental health and psychosocial well-being.

  • Compilation and analysis of available relevant literature and resources on MHPSS (i.e. Strengthening Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in 2021, UNHCR Child Protection Briefing Note/ MHPSS and MHPSS minimum service package, among others) and conduct consultations with the senior mental health and psychosocial support officer and CP colleagues in the CP unit.
  • DELIVERABLE: Updated information package (4-6 pages)
  • NUMBER OF DAYS: 3 working days

B. Examine and analyze how UNHCR’s MHPSS activities within child protection programming in refugee settings can be strengthened using the MHPSS Minimum Service Package (MSP) and develop a “road map” for CP and MHPSS staff on what to prioritize.

  • The consultant must have experience with the MSP methodology in all selected areas: inter-agency coordination and evaluation, essential components of all MHPSS programs, MHPSS program activities, building self-help and providing support to communities , providing targeted support for psychological distress or mental health issues, activities and considerations for specific types of emergencies, etc.)
  • Conduct consultations (KII) with MHPSS and CP colleagues in 3 selected countries where UNHCR has operations using the MSP gap analysis to determine/assess the level of knowledge/awareness and use of the MSP.
  • Conduct consultations (KII) with MHPSS and CP colleagues at HQ and regional level to discuss how best to use the MSP to strengthen their work.
  • Based on the analysis of the consultations and the gap analysis, the consultant will produce an analysis determining which are the most relevant/priority components of the MSP MHPSS to integrate into the PC programming.
  • The analysis will also include a phased implementation “road map” defining the main activities and actions to be integrated into the country program programming.
  • DELIVERABLE: MHPSS MSP analysis of priority actions for CP programming in UNHCR operations + implementation roadmap for implementation of core activities. (max 20 pages)
  • NUMBER OF DAYS: 10 working days

C. Develop and deliver a capacity building package (webinars, workshops) on the MSP roadmap for CP and MHPSS staff.

  • Design and delivery of training on MSP MHPSS components and priorities to be implemented (including tools) to CP officers in field offices. Including implementation operation plan. (2/3 days of training)
  • DELIVERABLE: Training materials
  • NUMBER OF DAYS: 15 working days (including preparation of materials and delivery)

4. EXPERTISE REQUIRED

  • A university degree (MA, MSc) in clinical psychology and/or social sciences and social work
  • At least 5 years of experience in MHPSS and child protection
  • Experience on mainstreaming integrated child protection and MHPSS approaches and methodologies
  • Experience with MHPSS MSP. The consultant must have experience with the MSP methodology in all selected areas: inter-agency coordination and evaluation, essential components of all MHPSS programs, MHPSS program activities, building self-help and providing support to communities , providing targeted support for psychological distress or mental health issues, activities and considerations for specific types of emergencies, etc.)
  • Experience in psychosocial support to displaced children
  • Experience in developing capacity building materials for practitioners
  • Training experience in facilitating group support sessions is valuable
  • Advanced knowledge in psychosocial interventions (Child Protection, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), etc…)
  • Experience working on UNHCR operations in refugees and mixed contexts
  • Experience working in NGOs and/or in an emergency context.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Good clinical interview skills with children/adults
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent communication, problem solving, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to adhere to ethical considerations and principles regarding working with vulnerable populations
  • Commitment to Save the Children values ​​and child protection.

5. OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to Save the Children’s mission, vision and values. Previous experience with child protection
  • Adhere to child protection policies and procedures
  • Computer skills including Internet, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

How to register

CV to be sent to: [email protected] and [email protected]

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