International Consultant for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

United Nations Population Fund, Myanmar

Skill Required:, Project ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th November, 2020

Job Description

The MHPSS Specialist will undertake a range of activities to enhance the capacity of organisations implementing GBV, Youth and SRHR programmes to support compliance with IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings as well as ensuring sustainable MHPSS interventions through building capacity of institutions including Government.

Strengthening mentoring/supervisory structures 35%

  • Support Peer Support Networks in Maungdaw, Sittwe and Myitkyina and ensure the networks are maintained and strengthened through ongoing supervision of facilitators, engagement in regular review processes and collaborative development of relevant tools and training materials.
  • Support further expansion of Peer Support Network model through encouragement of wider participation (e.g. child case management actors in Myitkyina; SRH actors) and consultation with partners on its development in new areas (e.g. Lashio, HpaAn, Taunggyi etc).
  • Develop PSS mentoring training for GBV case management supervisors and support the roll-out to implementing partners including government departments across key regions. This will include the ongoing supervision of supervisors and set-up of a community of practice between supervisors.
  • Support functioning of MHPSS roster team to provide timely technical support and MHPSS service provision to UNFPA partners as part of COVID-19 response.

Supporting rollout of minimum standards for focused PSS interventions and supporting use of evidence-based MHPSS interventions – 35%

  • Support UNFPA partners in rolling out MHPSS minimum standards for GBV interventions as well as Stepped Care Approach to promote structured and quality PSS service provision
  • Work with UNICEF to support Department of Social Welfare in finalizing the PSS curriculum and organize rollout training
  • Coordinate the wider roll-out of evidence-based MHPSS interventions across health and protection sectors through engagement with research and implementing partners, and donors.

Mainstreaming MHPSS/raising MHPSS awareness – 20%

  • Maintain PFA and PSS training materials and manuals and where necessary adapt to increase MHPSS awareness and practice of basic PSS skills among a range of actors including government departments providing SRHR and GBV services
  • Support PFA/PSS and other mainstreaming MHPSS trainings across sites among a range of partners including government departments, and UNFPA analysts and key staff among implementing partners supported to deliver trainings in line with TOT strategy.
  • Work closely with Department of Social Welfare, Youth Affairs Committee and other partners working with young people to strengthen MHPSS interventions targeting youth

Advocacy and coordination – 10%

  • Act as co-chair for the national MHPSS Working Group, currently a sub-working group of the Protection Sector, and maintain strong links with other clusters/sectors including the Health Cluster. This includes building effective relationship with a range of MHPSS actors in Myanmar and ensuring their activities are coordinated.
  • Further opportunities for expansion of MHPSS programming within UNFPA’s mandate identified and supported through contributing to the writing of funding proposals and donor reports.

Monitoring and evaluation – 5%

  • Existing training evaluation materials refined and rolled-out across all capacity building activities.
  • In collaboration with the M&E specialists, develop/strengthen tools and a clear framework for monitoring the impact of the different tiers of the MHPSS strategy developed and implemented across sites. 


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