Consultancy: Mental Health Consultant
Program: Health & Nutrition
Location: Batil Refugee Camp
Relief International is a leading non-profit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. RI’s signature approach emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
Relief International (RI) is implementing a UNHCR funded Livelihoods, Environment and Agriculture for Peace (LEAP II) project. The overall objective of the LEAP II project is to improve communities’ resilience and self-reliance through integrated health, nutrition, livelihoods, and environment programming. Relief International has 2 PHCC (primary health care centres ) (Central and West) in Yusuf Batil camp, Maban, providing comprehensive Primary Health Care with integrated nutrition. Services include outpatient consultation (according to South Sudan PHCC/U and IECHC guidelines), EPI, HIV/AIDS/Reproductive Health services (ANC, skilled delivery and PNC), management of SAM and MAM, health education and referral for emergencies and SAM with complications. Relief International also implements the Care Group model as its behavior change strategy.
The IRR project will see the initiation of mental health programming in Batil camp. Mental health interventions will be implemented at different layers of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) pyramid. RI adopts a mental health and pyscho-social support (MHPSS) approach, ensuring that all health and nutrition services are provided in a way that promotes psychosocial well-being, does not negatively affect mental health and is inclusive for people with specific vulnerabilities, including those mental health disorders or survivors of sexual and gender based violence.
Purpose of the consultancy
The Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) consultant will be responsible for supporting the integration of MHPSS into primary health care service delivery in Yusuf Batil camp in line with WHO / UNHCR mhGAP Intervention Guidelines. He/She will be involved in training and developing the capacity of national and refugee staff and providing them with training and supervision as per WHO /UNHCR and IASC guidelines, build a referral link to the other formal service providers and informal community support groups after identifying the mental health needs in the community.
- Conduct a detailed assessment and comprehensive picture of the mental health and psychosocial needs of the refugee community including vulnerable women and children in Yusuf Batil camp, existing practices, available resources, training needs, and competencies.
- Assist in setting up the mental health integration program in line with WHO / UNHCR mhGAP guidelines together with the national RI’s Mental Health Officer and while also ensuring that psychosocial support is integrated within pre-existing community structures and networks.
- Ensure MHPSS project design and implementation using participatory, community and right-based approach to promote community ownership.
- Conduct field visits to monitor and support MHPSS activities and interventions provided, and support technical quality of programming by providing feedback and mentorship to RI staff.
- Conduct joint training together with the RI Mental Health Officer in the identification and management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of priority mental health conditions in Batil camp in line with WHO mhGAP Intervention Guidelines
- Conduct training together with RI mental health officer in other MHPSS topics as appropriate, depending on identified needs (e.g. key aspects of Psychological First Aid and relevant aspects of IASC guidelines) to RI.
- Develop a system for follow up with RI mental health officer to monitor the quality of services delivered and oversee the coordination with health staff in Batil Camp.
- Develop mental health referral SOPs with support from the Mental Health Officer, train care group promoters in case finding and MHPSS promotion.
- Design community sensitization messages and IEC materials that are aimed at ensuring equal access.
- Provide guidance and technical support for adapting mhGAP guidelines to the local context and on developing specific activities and/or interventions for the refugees in Yusuf Batil camp and host communities.
- Assist in developing and implementing data collection, M&E and quality control measures (e.g. on the job supervision checklists, client satisfaction measures mhGAP training reports) for mental health services, and community-based psychosocial activities.
- Submit a report before the end of the assignment that includes activities undertaken, document training and supervision activities (including training materials, pre post tests and training evaluation results) and provide recommendations that are shared with the RI/UNHCR field teams.
- Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.
- Psychiatrist/Clinical Psychologist with minimum four years of experience working on MHPSS programs, preferably in humanitarian settings.
- Familiarity with IASC Guidelines and MHPSS in Emergency Settings,
- Trained on Psychological First Aid, familiar with mhGAP manual (various versions IG and HIG) and community based MH training material as well as previous training experience to multi-cultural groups,
- Experience in mental health and protection work with displaced persons, refugees and returnees,
- Strong writing and communication skills,
- Flexibility and ability to work under pressure, mange time and prioritize work to deadlines.
- Experience in training and capacity building
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:
- Transparency and Accountability
- Agility and Innovation
Planned Dates: Maban July 9th – July 31st, 2018.
Travel / Itinerary
Juba – Maban (Bunj)
Maban - Juba
Due to the urgency to fill the position, applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position may be filled before the closing date of 20th
About the Organization
About RI: Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in roughly 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.