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International Consultancy- Psychosocial Support Consultant ( 11.5 Months) ( Addis Ababa, Open for Non- Ethiopian Nationals)

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

UNICEF is looking for a seasoned professional consultant to provide psychosocial support related to the whole Child Protection programme. If you have the required profile, you are highly encouraged to apply. Taking up this assignment is motivating and rewarding.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.


To provide  psychosocial support related to the whole Child Protection programme.

How can you make a difference?

The post-holder will need to be able to provide on-the-spot technical support and guidance to frontline PSS service providers. More specifically:

Under the overall supervision of the Social Welfare Specialist based in Addis Ababa, the consultant is expected to:

  1. Develop a PSS service mapping and assessment of service providers and their intervention capacity upon referrals, as well as other PSS -related capacity and resources, especially for UNICEF's response, and in collaboration with regional and local actors and partners (governmental and non-governmental).  Given the population groups affected it is critical the mapping takes a gender and age approach. Based on the review, and building on existing resources (strengths and weaknesses), develop a standardized minimum quality package for structured and sustained PSS programming, including parenting skills, that is sensitive to genera and age of the population groups to be reached. 
  2. Develop and implement a capacity strengthening strategy, linked to established competency metrics, including relevant technical assistance, training and mentoring, to support in-house  (i.e UNICEF) and partner capacity to deliver PSS programmes in IDP settings, and refugee and host communities in accordance with UNICEF guidelines for child friendly spaces and the IASC Guidelines on Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings. As mentioned, the capacity building also needs to link with/to competency metrics relevant for the Ethiopia context. Where possible, develop PSS case management and referral pathways connecting and training local governmental and non-governmental services in host communities of operation.
  3. Based on observations  including from the UNICEF field offices, provide strategic and operational technical support and advise on PSS-related issues that require immediate action and advocacy and provide technical support to UNICEF programming strategy development (including gender and age-sensitive advocacy, multi-sectoral referral, reporting mechanisms, information sharing, coordination and monitoring/evaluation).
  4. Provide strategic advice to CP-GBV sub cluster and other relevant clusters/sectors (i.e education, health) regarding mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) that require attention at the level of inter-agency coordination, and for which development /agreement on a standard PSS package may be supported under this consultancy.  The package is expected to include training and activities to identify and refer children through child and women friendly spaces and outreach activities relevant to PSS.
  5. Anticipating the different capacities and contexts across Ethiopia, develop a sequenced plan for PSS-related support (with considerations of who, where and how it will be undertaken and sustained through a mix of approaches and partnerships).

Expected results



Estimated Duration


PSS service mapping and assessment of service providers and referral providers are developed, including other PSS-related capacity and resources, in collaboration with regional, federal and other actors and partners (governmental and non-governmental) (workshop and network meetings on a regular basis).


Mapping of service providers and referral mechanisms is developed.





10 weeks


Regular technical assistance trainings and mentoring are conducted to support in-house and partner capacity to deliver PSS programmes in IDP, refugee and host communities. PSS case management is harmonized among UNICEF supported  programmes and partners. NB: this task is linked to deliverable 1.

Capacity building (orientation, trainings, mentoring) on PSS and case management are conducted as per the agreed work plan and schedule.

24 weeks


Technical support is provided on PSS to partners (government and NGO) and field offices on issues that require immediate action and advocacy and technical support to UNICEF colleagues.

Report and de-brief on presentation



Technical support on PSS programming interventions and gaps for inter-agency coordination purposes.

Regular reports on field observations.



Develop a sequenced plan for PSS support across contexts (who, where, how).

NB: this task is linked to deliverable 4


Linked to deliverable 4 above and 10 weeks


Develop a final report on the implementation of deliverables, including gaps and challenges and recommendations with roles/responsibilities and time frames clearly identified

Final report































To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, social work, child psychology, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), community health, education, international relations, or other field directly related to the substantive area identified in the job title.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of eight (8) of relevant professional experience in the area of psychosocial support and child protection including gender-based violence, emergency and non-emergency settings.
  • Demonstrable knowledge, skills and experience in psychosocial support programming including direct service provision in PSS, survivor-centered approaches in GBV, and multi-sectoral approaches and prevention and response to violence, exploitation and abuse.
  • Prior experience in Child Protection Programming and Management, experience in emergency programming is essential, including a good understanding of the refugee situations and response.
  • Experience of working in emergency and non-emergency situation especially in partnership with local Government.
  • Experience in culturally sensitive programming, essential.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods for community development and mobilization.
  • Counseling skills and experience (recommended)
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, coordination and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with other UN agencies and Government.
  • Prior experience working with UNICEF or UN agencies highly desirable.
  • Fluency & Excellent communication skills in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-07

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