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Consultancy Title: EQUIP Project Coordinator

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-30

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The Consultant will serve as the EQUIP Program Coordinator on the WHO/UNICEF Global Project: “Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support”. The MHPSS Program Coordinator will report to the MHPSS Specialist based in NYHQ within CPiE, and closely work with the WHO, members of the Project Advisory Group, and other staff of UNICEF and external organizations (e.g. UNHCR, MHPSS.net, MHPSS Collaborative) to ensure that all program activities are completed per the award requirements.

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Consultancy Title: EQUIP Project Coordinator

Section/Division/Duty Station: Child Protection Section/PD (Home Based)

Duration: January 4, 2021 – October 3, 2021 (Number of months: 10 months)

 

About UNICEF 

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.

Background

 

Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) programmatic interventions include prevention and response to grave violations of child rights including the recruitment and use of children by parties to conflict and gender-based violence, as well as family separation, sexual exploitation, and the risks of mines, as well as providing mental health and psychosocial support to children and their families. CPiE unit is part of the child protection response within the Child Protection Section at the headquarters level and leads on strategy development, policy and programming guidelines, generating evidence, and interagency collaboration for norms-setting. 

 

Global priorities show increased need for attention to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), particularly for girls, boys, women and men in communities affected by emergencies and other adversities (e.g., torture, war, intimate partner violence, poverty, malnutrition, amongst others).  Such challenges are worsening following COVID-19 limitations on movement. Some individuals will develop mental health symptoms in the long term (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression) and others will be impacted in less visible ways. While most people are resilient to adversity, best estimates suggest that on, average, 22% of adults report symptoms consistent with mental disorders if they have experienced conflict in previous 10 years. Observed rates of mental health problems after extremely horrific events (e.g. torture, rape) tend be over 40%. Estimates are unclear for children and adolescents, but likely to be similar.  Nonetheless, millions of people, notably those in low resource settings, do not receive evidence-based mental health treatment.  Poor mental health can impair individuals’ functioning, influence children’s behavior, and create barriers to accessing education, interfere with engagement in work or work productivity, and hinder one’s ability to engage in social or community functions. Therefore, integrating MHPSS services across sectors has been essential, but has left a remaining question on the quality of the training and the competency of the workforce. Making certain that the MHPSS workforce across sectors such as education, protection and health are able to attend to these challenges can ensure that individuals with impaired function will have access to effective evidence based MHPSS interventions. Access to a competent and skillful workforce will aid the community as well. In the post-COVID-19 reality, this will be especially prominent given global disruptions to services, incomes and unique changes to social interaction.  

 

Effective, evidence based MHPSS and interventions used by non-specialist mental health and psychosocial support helpers to assist girls, boys, women and men are well established.  However, ensuring, at scale, the quality of helper implementation across sectors is lacking.  EQUIP-II will advance the EQUIP platform to support continued promotion of quality MHPSS, and therefore improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, caregivers, and community globally.

 

This consultant will coordinate closely with the EQUIP Counterpart in WHO/UNICEF.

 

Scope of Work

 

The Consultant will serve as the EQUIP Program Coordinator on the WHO/UNICEF Global Project: “Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support”. The MHPSS Program Coordinator will report to the MHPSS Specialist based in NYHQ within CPiE, and closely work with the WHO, members of the Project Advisory Group, and other staff of UNICEF and external organizations (e.g. UNHCR, MHPSS.net, MHPSS Collaborative) to ensure that all program activities are completed per the award requirements. 

 

Specifically, the Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Coordination: Assume primary responsibility of coordinating and implementing the global project focusing on the development of EQUIP. This includes effective and timely communication and coordination of activities, meetings, and tasks with UNICEF MHPSS Specialist in NYHQ, UNICEF consultants recruited to support EQUIP; as well as with external actors (e.g. WHO, UNHCR, IASC, reviewers, implementing partners), website development staff and donors. This also includes tracking progress on the workplan, activities, budgets and expenses in coordination with UNICEF finance and UNICEF MHPSS team.
  • Support organizations planning to implement trainings for mental health and psychosocial support interventions using the WHO EQUIP competency assessment tools and training materials, including support to use the EQUIP digital platform.
  • Work with researchers and implementers to develop new online training courses, competency assessment tools for additional interventions and examine best online approaches for scale up
  • Promote the use of EQUIP Foundational Helping Skills training across UNICEF, WHO and other organisations;
  • Manage and support translations of online resources and tools;
  • Work with a team to prioritise user features for the EQUIP digital Platform and support its development with contractors;
  • Collaborate with others in the UNICEF CPiE team and across UNICEF sectors on development, scale up and utilization of EQUIP across relevant UNICEF programming;
  • Collaborate with others in the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use on development, scale up and utilisation of brief psychological interventions and non-specialist training;
  • Documentation and reporting: Produce high quality and comprehensive reports and presentations including donor reports in collaboration with WHO consultant and UNICEF MHPSS specialist;
  • Visibility and Communications: Support the development of external communication materials and articles (e.g. website content, blogs, handouts) about this project in coordination with UNICEF MHPSS specialist, WHO and UNHCR. Support UNICEF representation with external actors.

 

General: Work under the supervision of the MHPSS specialist in planning and implementing all project components related to EQUIP, in addition to assuming other MHPSS specific responsibilities as needed and required linked to UNICEF’s overall MHPSS strategy and work within CPiE, and more strategically across sectors in the organization.

 

 

Qualifications

  • Masters or equivalent degree with 3-5years experience in training mental health and psychosocial programs workers for children, adolescents, caregivers, and families in humanitarian settings.
  • Mental health professional with experience in mental health and psychosocial programming, notably training of non-specialist providers in MHPSS
  • Knowledge of IASC MHPSS Reference Group, CP Alliance, CP AOR, INEE and other MHPSS, Protection and Education structures and operation, including knowledge of global guidelines, latest developments and research at global level in MHPSS
  • Demonstrated experience in development of MHPSS knowledge products and resources for agencies working with children and families in humanitarian settings
  • Training and facilitating experience required
  • Demonstrated capacity in writing skills and ability to analyze data/statistics
  • Strong inter-agency collaboration and project management skills
  • Excellent Computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, Access and database software, in-depth knowledge of pivot table/chart and data analysis.
  • Strong understanding of browser-based applications, interfaces, workflows and role-based access.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to work independently and productively with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and to handle requests or issues as they arise.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety/security and other ethical concerns related to the sharing of sensitive data between humanitarian agencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

 

Requirements

Interested consultants are invited to submit all below documents A resume or P11

  • Contacts of three referees who can comment on your suitability to deliver this  assignment
  • Financial proposal that will include your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the  terms of reference (can be downloaded  here: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html
  • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is  required as per TOR.
  • Indicate your availability 
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF. - At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current  health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory  deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables  submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the  deliverables on the part of the individual contractor.

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

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. View our competency framework  at: Here

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives  of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment,  abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding  principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background  checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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