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17-354: MHPSS Consultant
Country:Iraq
Department:International Operations
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

 


Background:


 


In response to the current crisis, based on several years of working closely with local service-providers in Iraq, IMC developed Multi-Service Centers (MSCs) or “one stop shops” to serve conflict- affected communities. This innovative approach, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) focuses on bringing services closer to the user by improving access that integrates different services in one place, providing choice and a personalized service for the beneficiary. MSCs serve the wide range of needs of targeted populations (IDP, refugee, returnee, and host populations) through community-based assistance, which entails building trust among the populations and bridging connections with other service providers, such as local government entities, NGOs, hospitals, legal entities, among others. IMC will be working with and building the capacity of local NGOs so that they can manage such centers in the future. This approach is part of IMC’s regional strategy and builds on the successful model developed in Turkey for the large and varied refugee population.


 


The MSC model will create a support mechanism that offers an alternative to other currently overburdened governmental and non-governmental organizations by providing in-house quality primary health care, mental health and psychosocial support, and other social services designed to meet the protection needs of vulnerable populations - most notably GBV survivors and conflict-affected children and youth. It is an inclusive community- based approach, quite unique in Iraq, which provides both medical and social services in one place, accelerating the rate at which beneficiaries receive essential services, and alleviating the challenge of travelling to multiple locations. Given the MSC’s all-encompassing approach, targeting beneficiaries from various conflict-affected communities (IDPs, refugees, returnees, host communities), it is anticipated that social cohesion will also be strengthened. When the needs of displaced populations extend beyond the MSC’s scope of work, effective


referral systems will be established to connect beneficiaries to appropriate governmental and non- governmental services.


 


 


Task Description: Consultant will serve as the MHPSS Consultant on the Health and Protection Services and Capacity Building through Multi-Service Centers (MSC) in Iraq Program  in Iraq.  Specifically, Consultant will complete the following tasks:


 



  • Assessments, evaluation and baseline surveys:

    • Carry out and/or provide input to MHPSS rapid needs assessments within the community at both multi-service centers level in Anbar and Salah Al Din.

    • Ensure that assessment conducted contribute to update baselines survey in both abovementioned locations.

    • Lead on conducting assessment of existing capacities within the MSCs team as well as at the governorate level within the scope of work and geographical locations of the MSCs.

    • Assess and evaluate appropriate community-based psychosocial activities.

    • Write assessment, evaluation and surveys reports and make the necessary recommendations.

       





  • Develop Basic Training Package for MHPSS field and office-based staff on IMC MH and PSS models within the framework of IASC guidelines for MHPSS interventions and WHO:

    • Conduct Psychological First Aid (PFA) and MHPSS Case Management (CM) training of trainers to IMC and non-IMC staff.

    • Conduct trainings on mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guidelines to MHPSS CM Team and the MSC staff.

    • Work on upholding the IMC MHPSS CM approach focusing on the lower levels of IASC intervention in addition to provision of services for person with MH problems (including identification, management (psychosocial), referral and follow up).

    • Introduction to MHPSS Programs and Services

    • Conducting Group Support Sessions (Awareness raising,  PE, PSS Groups fostering understanding of self-care, positive coping and care-for-others).

    • Develop with the MSC team Psychosocial Support Interventions focusing on vulnerable groups such as Children and Youth.

       





  • Staff Supervision, Coaching and Mentoring

    • Set up a system for staff supervision in consultation with the GAC PM and MHPSS Director.

    • Organise and conduct case discussions and other supervision activities to provide support and guidance to the field teams ensuring quality of services delivered.

    • Identify key issues to be identified during supervision process that will require additional training or capacity building working with the team to address them.

    • Work to ensure that IMC integrated approach is respected and fully implemented working with teams to compliment activities under MHPSS, GBV and health.

    • Provide guidance and technical support on developing specific activities and/or interventions for affected-displaced populations and host communities.

       





  • Staff well-being system

    • Work with the team to identify key appropriate activities and ways to provide support to staff.

    • Develop a system for staff well-being that includes staff care, caring for each other and how to improve the staff working environment.

       





  • Monitoring and Evaluation

    • Conduct an assessment on M&E methods to be used  (What type of M&E methods to be used and what type of indicators to be used)

    • Develop an internal indicator system

    • Assist in developing quality control (appropriate methodologies, data collection techniques for assessments, indicators, and evaluations) of mental health specialized services interventions and community-based psychosocial activities;

    • Identify in each level what is required to follow up programmatically – in manager and officer level




 


Deliverables/Due Dates/Payment Schedule:


 



















































Deliverable



Due Date



 



1. MHPSS rapid needs assessments



15 October 2017



 



2. Develop Basic Training Package for MHPSS field and office-based staff on IMC MH and PSS models within the framework of IASC guidelines for MHPSS interventions and WHO:


 



20 October 2017



 



3. Curriculum for suggested PSS activities for a 6 month period


 



15 November 2017



 



4. Report on the recommended system for staff supervision and mentoring model



25 November 2017



 



5. Develop a system for staff well-being that includes staff care, caring for each other and how to improve the staff working environment.



10 December 2017



 



6. Training Completion Reports on the above mentioned subjects


 



31 December 2017



 



7. Develop with the MSC team Psychosocial Support Interventions focusing on vulnerable groups such as Children and Youth.


 



31 December 2017



 



 



 



 



 

Qualifications:

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:


 



  • Master Degree in clinical Psychology or relevant fields.

  • Strong proven knowledge and experience in providing technical support to MHPSS programs in emergency settings.

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in the related field (provision of MHPSS services of different levels and MHPSS community-based approaches).

  • Strong experience in management in a similar context on international level.

  • Proven experience in providing technical support to NGO field teams in emergency context.

  • Training experience required.

  • Fluent in English (speaking & writing). Knowledge of the context and similar experience will be highly considered. 

  • Good communication and teamwork skills.

  • Team player with high ability to work under pressure in a multi-cultural environment.