Mental Health Psychosocial Support (consultant Service)

HI , Myanmar
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Job Description

Humanity & Inclusion (HI - registered as the Federation Handicap International) is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. HI works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. HI works to meet the needs and defend the rights of children, women and men with disabilities. In emergency, HI’s mandate widens to target the most vulnerable groups within any population taking gender inequities into account – from isolated rural communities, to people with disabilities, to excluded minority groups – to ensure their equal access to appropriate relief aid.

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Professional standards:

HI Worker must adhere to the values and Principles outlined in HI Code of Conduct. In accordance with these values, HI operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti – Fraud, bribery and corruption.

HI’s intervention in Myanmar and Thailand is based on 3 strategic pillars (part of the HI 2018 - 2020 Operations Strategy):

1/ Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) including Victim Assistance and community-based Risk Education

2/ Inclusion with a focus on Disability Inclusion (projects covering Inclusive Humanitarian Action providing technical support to Humanitarian Actors, Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, Inclusive Livelihood)

3/ Health including Physical and Functional Rehabilitation and MHPSS

This includes prevention of disability amongst malnourished children in Rakhine through Early Childhood Stimulation Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation; Physical and Functional Rehabilitation services and Mental Health services in the frame of victim assistance in Kachin & in South East Myanmar amongst others.


The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is characterized by a complex combination of vulnerability to natural disasters, food and nutrition insecurity, armed conflicts, dire inter-communal tensions, statelessness, displacement and human trafficking.

In Myanmar, HI has operations in YaNGOn, Mandalay, Kachin State, South-eastern Myanmar (Kayin State ad Bago), and Rakhine State.

This consultancy will take place in the frame of HI’s intervention in Central Rakhine, in Sittwe township and targeting both displaced people and host communities.

More precisely, this MHPSS consultancy is part of HI’s project funded by MHF and aiming at improving child development and services to children and persons with disabilities affected by displacement in Central Rakhine.

This project has 2 main components interconnected to one another:

1 – Prevention of development delays & disabilities through early detection and referrals amongst children (including children under 5 with Acute Malnutrition) while raising awareness on disability inclusion amongst the community in targeted areas and amongst Protection cluster partners in Sittwe.

2 – Responding directly to the specific needs of children with disabilities and/or children under-five Severe Acute Malnutrition, to access essential health services such as Simulative Physical Therapy & Functional physical rehabilitation.

Early detection and intervention can act as a protective factor to reduce developmental delays, prevent or reduce disabilities. This project is therefore crucial to promote better childhood development and to improve the rate of survival of those children born with severe and life-threatening birth defects and/or impairments by referring children to appropriate services and providing direct access to preventive services at an earlier age.

In this intervention, MHPSS is brought as an essential crosscutting component to be mainstreamed into physical rehabilitation activities (both Early Childhood stimulation and other Physiotherapy care) to strengthen rehabilitation interventions’ benefits and positively reinforce the mental health of vulnerable individuals (particularly but not limited to children and their caregivers) and the wider communities. The foreseen MHPSS mainstreamed intervention will therefore need to take into account not only effects of the context on social cohesion, scarce access to essential resources, physical health but as well the impact of the context on family relationships and bounding capacities.

It is also important to note that this project will deploy particular efforts towards disability, age, gender and diversity approach and conflict sensitive approach which are mainstreamed across the overall intervention – including MHPSS -, fostering inclusion and social cohesion.

Aim and Objectives of the consultancy:

The main objective of the MHPSS Consultant is to:

·Improve HI teams’ understanding of MHPSS issues faced by HI’s beneficiaries and wider communities** including through better understanding of mental health and psychosocial issues faced by the most vulnerable children (with a focus on children with development delays and/or disabilities), their families and wider communities in targeted areas of Rakhine state where HI’s operate

· Improve HI teams’ capacities to include / mainstream MHPSS intervention in their current Rehabilitation intervention through the provision of a set of MHPSS trainings

· Ensure continuity of technical and clinical support to HI teams to foster capacity building and prevent risks of professional exhaustion related to provision of services to the most vulnerable people

· Capture lessons learnt from this experience of mainstreaming better MHPSS in HI’s rehabilitation intervention

Expected Results:

1. Analysis:

A rapid analysis of key specific Rakhine state context’s mental health & psychosocial related issues faced by beneficiaries and the wider community (with a particular attention to children and their families)

This analysis will serve improving HI teams’ understanding of MHPSS issues in this particular context and will be a pre-requisite towards knowledge and capacity building improvement.

2. Provision of a set of trainings to HI teams (Project Manager, Physiotherapist, Community Outreach & Camp based staff)’s knowledge & capacities to:

o Understand MHPSS issues of displaced populations in particular children and their families**

o Understand interactions between social context, physical health, mental health, family relationships (from macro level to micro level)**

o Improve psychosocial core-competencies with the aim to strengthening the quality of the support relationship between HI professionals and project’s beneficiaries. This will encompass:**

o theoretical knowledge on helping relationship**

o specific skills such as active listening, psychoeducation, referencing, acknowledging and recognizing lived experience, non-harmful communication, etc.**

o relational soft skills **

o identification of the nature and severity of MHPSS issues faced by beneficiaries and identification of potential needs for further level of support and referrals**

3. Provision of continuous monthly on-line technical & clinical support to HI teams to foster longer effects of trainings while developing self-development capacities, peer to peer support and prevent potential risk of professional exhaustion

o Group supervision will be at the cross-road of technical & clinical supervision and will have the following main objectives:

o Work on professional issues experienced and felt by HI teams (Physiotherapists, Community and Camps Outreach workers): positions, values, representations around targeted groups, communities and mental health as well as on their work, weaknesses & strength; power relationships; counter-transference; potential feelings of impotence, aggression, anxiety amongst other difficult issues faced and difficult for team members to express and deal with on their own.

o Allow team members to question their attitudes, words, perceptions, emotions, the actions and ethics of their work in order to better define their own working approach.

o Prevent and manage the risks of professional exhaustion or burn-out fostering self-care and peer to peer professional support.

o Complementary individual sessions can be provided for people facing particular difficulties in link with the provision of MHPSS services mainstreamed in their usual work.

4.Organization and facilitation of a lessons-learned workshop**

o Focus-Group discussions will be led by the consultant to collect about the added-value of strengthening relationship skills in the rehabilitation interventions and will lead to a short lesson learned report.

Qualifications and experience expected of the consultant:

Education Background

· Advanced university degree in Psychology, Mental Health or related field such as Sociology if relevant experience in MHPSS.

  • Professional Experiences**

· At least 4 years of experience with prominence in MHPSS assignments including

· Clinical experience supporting directly vulnerable population through provision of MHPSS services**

· Experience in elaborating & conducting trainings and on-the-job capacity building of national and community workers.**

· Experience in case management,**

· Experience working with children with and without disabilities and at family level.**

· Experience in integrating MHPSS services in other services would be an asset (especially in Physical & Functional Rehabilitation therapy)**

· Experience in application of innovative/creative and evidence based psychosocial and mental health models**

Behavioral Skills

· Adaptability to work with people from different socio-cultural backgrounds, languages, and across different managerial levels

· Excellent reactivity and flexibility

· Active listening

· Capacity to organize own work, and manage priorities

· Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

· Emotional capacity to work with persons with severe mental health / protection issues

· Good team member and keen to participatory approach

· Creativity.

Other Skills

· Knowledge and experience of Myanmar context and on specific country related diversity issues is an added value

· Strong analytical skills

· Adaptability to work with people from different socio-cultural backgrounds, languages, and across different managerial levels

· Strong & proven experience in link with taking into account diversity issues

· Strong knowledge and experience of Myanmar context would be an asset

· Strong analytical skills

· Ideally speaking Myanmar, Local languages or English if proposal made with a plan to work with dedicated translator(s)

HI is committed to protecting children and vulnerable adults from harm. All staffs are expected to comply with the child Protection and PSEA Policies. Applicants for this position will be assessed regarding their suitability to work with children and vulnerable adults.

Reference within the advertisement HI Myanmar’s commitment to the organizations Child Protection and PSEA Policies, making reference to the special prevention measures taken to ensure safer recruitment processes are followed.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a police check and self- declaration form to help verify their suitability to work with children.