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INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY Psychosocial Support Consultant

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INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY

Save the Children International (SCI) Somalia program hereby invites interested consultants to bid for the consultancy assignment detailed below

1 Title of Consultancy Psychosocial Support Consultant
2 SCI Contracting Office Save the Children

Somalia Country Office

3 Period of Consultancy  I year
4 Consultant type required Individual
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs Save the children will provide logistic support for the consulatant, this will cover Ticket, accommodation, security, VISA and other local movement costs. The consultant should provide his/her daily rate fee in the cover letter.
6 Taxation Provisions Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the local Tax regulations applicable at the SCI contracting office named above
7 Travel requirements The consultant is required to travel to all Somalia operational field offices during the consultancy activities.
8 Security requirements Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training prior to travel to Somalia
9 Qualification and Experience Education and Expierence:

  • Advance University Degree in Counselling, Clinical Psychology or related mental health profession. Additional training or certification in Trauma and Stress Management is an added advantage.
  • At least five (5) years of national and international work experience in staff support, mental health, cross cultural communications, counselling and related areas preferably gained within the international development/humanitarian aid sector.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to quickly negotiate effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Ability to quickly build rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
  • Contributes and tries out innovative approaches and insights
  • Fluency in English and Somali is required.
10 Evaluation Criteria The consultant must meet the required qualifications and experience defined above and completeness of application.
11 Application Procedure Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [somalia.vacancies@savethechildren.org].

The applications should be submitted in PDF format as one document comprising Technical and Financial sections as detailed below.

A)   Technical proposal – including but not limited to :

–       Consultants understanding of the assignment and context

–       Approach to the assignment

–       Methodology

–       Tools

–       Deliverables

–       Workplan

B)    Financial proposal – providing a breakdown of all charges related to the assignment.

Applicants should also indicate the date they are available to start working on the consultancy

All applications MUST be submitted on or before the closing date below to be considered for the assignment.

12 Closing date for Applications Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on or before (3rd December 2019)

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

 

13 Terms of Reference (ToR) Complete ToR with details appended below attached herewith as    Annex 1.

Purpose of the consultancy,

Introduction of the project,

Background of the consultancy,

Objectives of the consultancy,

Proposed methodology and approach,

Scope of work,

Key deliverables / outputs

Activity timelines

 

ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference

 

Introduction/Background

Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has seen massive growth in 2017 as a result of the drought response and now has over 543 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bossaso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in Central South Somalia).

Save the Children staff works in harsh zones and travel to a difficult remote areas to reach the most depreived children in Somalia to ensure programme deliverables are done in line with the humanitarian principles which sometimes lead to traumatic situations. In order to design fit-for-purpose solution, the organization launched employee engagement survey. The result of the survey indicated that one area the organization needs to put further emphasis is the wellbeing of the employees. The results of the survey indicated that the physical wellbeing of the emaployees is up to the required international standard. However, the mental wellbeing seem to be overlooked. Thus, the organization wants to hire a skilled professional consultant who provides support on the phycosocial matters to improve staff wellbbeing, alleviating distress & enhancing coping skills in Somalia Country office.

SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the Psychosocial Support program is to mitigate the impact of chronic stress on staff, raise awareness about trauma, develop stress control mechanism, facilitate the provision of assistance to staff experiencing trauma or have work related and/or personal problems, facilitate the provision of immediate support following a traumatic incident, promote social support and other strategies aimed at improving the overall well-being of Save the Children Somalia staff.

Hence; under the guidance and direct supervision of the Human Resource Director, the Psychosocial Support Consultant is expected to work on a daily basis in assisting Save the children Somalia Country Office in developing key Psychosocial approaches, consultations that the Organization can adopt to address Staff & Operational psychosocial aspects. He/ She provide training to raise awareness around mental health issues and the importance of self-care and stress management. The consultant will work with the HR Director to help managers and staff who have immediate need for mental health treatment because of traumatic event in conflict-affected areas.  He/ She will help staff to cultivate skills and coping mechanisms necessary in overcoming their challenges. As mental health counsellor, he/she is expected to provide the report related to counselling sessions to HR Director with key findings, results and recommendations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Psychosocial Advice  & Training – Staff Capacity building

  • Providing support and advice to the leadership and managers in offices on healthy work practices and approaches on how to effectively support staff and encourage resilience.
  • Recommend suitable staff support strategies to managers during and following emergencies and other crises.
  • Assess and monitor psycho-social needs and issues affecting the wellbeing of staff
  • Conducting an intake interview, a mental status evaluation, a biopsychosocial history, a mental health history, and a psychological assessment for treatment planning
  • Design and provide training and awareness raising activities for staff and managers on trauma as well as strengthening healthy workplace practices to the extent possible.

Group Councelling  (Less than 5 pax 5-10 pax or 10-20 pax)

  • Providing staff with group counselling as needed (i.e. assessment, short-term intervention, referral).
  • Maintaining confidentiality in providing professional counselling to help with personal, family, and work issues.
  • Contacting the affected staff member(s) and offering information about typical stress reactions, support- and referral information.
  • Facilitating appropriate traumatic stress interventions, following a critical incident or traumatic event.
  • Promoting optimal human development, wellness, and mental health among staff through prevention, education, and advocacy activities.
  • Able to conceptualize staff problems from within a theoretical rationale.
  • Provides a theoretical rationale for the selection and use of counseling techniques.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use procedures for assessing and managing suicide risk.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply and adhere to ethical and legal standards in clinical mental health counseling such as confidentiality.
  • Works cooperatively with other departments of Save the Children

Indidual Counceling (One Pax)

  • Providing staff with individual and/or group counselling as needed (i.e. assessment, short-term intervention, referral).
  • Maintains the confidentiality of client records and information
  • Contacting the affected staff in privacy and offering information about typical stress reactions, support- and referral information.
  • Facilitating appropriate traumatic stress interventions, following a critical incident or traumatic event.
  • Promoting optimal personal development, wellness, and mental health.
  • Able to conceptualize staff’s problem from within a theoretical rationale.
  • Provides a theoretical rationale for the selection and use of counseling techniques.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use procedures for assessing and managing suicide risk.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply and adhere to ethical and legal standards in clinical mental health counseling such as confidentiality

Deliverables / Outputs

  • Monthly reports summarising the progress of the completion of key deliverables for the Psychosocial support.
  • Analyse counceling reports and produce analytical report on the trends of the traumatics experiences and how is that related to the work itself or the working environment
  • On a quarterly basis develop recommendations to improve the wellbeing of the employee to the HR director.

Required Qualification

  • Advance University Degree in Counselling, Clinical Psychology or related mental health profession. Additional training or certification in Trauma and Stress Management is an added advantage.
  • At least five (5) years of national and international work experience in staff support, mental health, cross cultural communications, counselling and related areas preferably gained within the international development/humanitarian aid sector.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to quickly negotiate effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Ability to quickly build rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
  • Contributes and tries out innovative approaches and insights
  • Fluency in English and Somali is required.

Evaluation Criteria

The Consultant will be assessed based on his/her relevant qualifications and experience, have done similar assignments, provide prove of previous work done on Pyscosocial Support, availability / flexibility and daily rate fee provided.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY:

Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Application process

Deadline for the application will be 8th December 2019.

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