International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
Background to the Assignment
The mhGAP-HIG Capacity Building Project is an innovative initiative being jointly implemented by the World Health Organization and International Medical Corps in support of WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Program and its Humanitarian Intervention Guide. It (a) involves capacity building in mhGAP-HIG and orientation on the IMC Toolkit for Mental Health Integration into general health care in humanitarian settings and the WHO mhGAP Operations Manual (b) the training is followed by mentoring during agency implementation of mhGAP-HIG (c) the process and results will be carefully documented to ensure learning.
During humanitarian crises, there is an increase in people with psychological problems, and health systems tend to be overwhelmed and unable to meet the demand for basic services. Access to specialists for referral and support is typically limited and existing support systems have broken down, while medication supply lines may be disrupted. It is, therefore, important to scale up interventions in humanitarian contexts. Mental health capacity building in emergencies enables health workers to respond more effectively to the needs of people with mental, neurological and substance use conditions. At the same time, such capacity building may contribute to strengthening of health systems in the period after the immediate crisis is over.
On the basis of the strong need and interest in capacity building for mhGAP-HIG and the recently released new tools to inform implementation, there is momentum to boost leadership and capacity for mental health in emergencies within humanitarian organizations. The program aims to synergize expressed views, and also to build capacity and mental health leadership in humanitarian agencies to use mhGAP-HIG and thereby provide evidence based care, contributing meaningfully to the goal of alleviating suffering and improving mental health and psychosocial wellbeing among people affected by conflict. The objectives include strengthening the implementation capacity of key humanitarian health actors to effectively use the mhGAP-HIG and associated tools within their programs in humanitarian emergencies. Purpose of the Assignment The MHPSS Training Consultant will be responsible for the updating and finalization of a pilot training curriculum and supervision package, and the co-facilitation of a training for the mhGAP-HIG Capacity Building workshop, which aims to strengthen the capacity of organizations to successfully implement mental health integration programs in humanitarian settings. This includes that all assessments, trainings, curriculums, and guidance that is provided is in line with global guidelines, and would be adapted to be culturally appropriate. International Medical Corps’ approach to mental health is heavily based on training and developing the capacity of partners; the successful candidate will therefore have experience in training, mentorship and in building referral links to other formal service providers and informal community supports. The duration of the consultancy is 3 months, on a part-time basis.Scope of the Assignment
COMPLIANCE & ETHICS
Implementation of the Assignment Deliverables
The consultant will take the lead on the deliverables, in collaboration with IMC HQ TU MHPSS Team and WHO MHPSS project team. The majority of work may be done remotely.
The training will be a joint effort amongst 4-5 IMC and WHO trainers; travel will be required to Kiev, Ukraine, to co-facilitate this training.
Code of Conduct
All Consultants are required to adhered to and promote International Medical Corps shared responsibility and obligation to report matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report to International Medical Corps.
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal consultancy opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.