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Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services (MHPSS) Consultant – Somalia

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Job Description

Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services (MHPSS) Consultant- Roster  – (2104132)  

Grade: No grade

Contractual Arrangement: External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 6 months or less

Job Posting : Sep 5, 2021, 11:09:07 AM

Closing Date : Sep 20, 2021, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location : Somalia

Organization : EM_SOM WHO Representative’s Office, Somalia

Schedule : Full-time  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings. 

  1. Purpose of the Consultancy

To oversee and monitor the implementation of the Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services (MHPSS) project nationally as reflected and in accordance of the PBF project “Improving psychosocial support and mental health care for conflict-affected youth in Somalia: A socially inclusive integrated approach for peacebuilding” and support the ministry of health and academic institutions in system and academic improvements in the areas of mental health and substance use.

  1. Background

As part of the abovementioned project, WHO Somalia will provide MHPSS training at national and support cascade training at state and regional level for healthcare workforce in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Somali National University.

Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

To be decided

  1. Work to be performed
  • Provide technical guidance to the Federal Ministry of Health, Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse in Revising/developing Mental Health Policy and other relevant policy documents.
  • Advocate for, and facilitate trainings related to Quality Rights Initiatives.
  • Support Somali National University and Ministry of Health in implementation of the cascade MHPSS training to state level/field sites.
  • Provide technical expertise to develop and submit at least one grant application to ensure continuity and sustainability of the project.
  • Provide technical guidance in publishing at least two journal articles for WHO Somalia in reputable peer-reviewed journals on mental health.
  • Partner with Somali National University to develop MHPSS Pre-Service Curricula for adoption by universities and medical training colleges in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
  • Provide mentorship for the trainings across the identified regions for the cascade training and mental health service improvements.
  • Coordinate with the M&E and Research team to ensure quality data collection, report writing and academic journals publications.
  1. Technical Supervision

The selected Consultant will work on the supervision of:

Responsible Officer: MADEO, Dr Marina Email: madeom@who.int
Manager: MALIK, Dr SK MD Mamunur Rahman Email: malikm@who.int

           Specific requirements

Educational requirements:

  • Essential: Master’s in public health preferably in the area of Mental Health.
  • Desirable: PhD in public health preferably in the area of Mental Health

Experience requirements:

  • Essential: Mental health background; with minimum of 7 to 10 years of relevant experience; provision of MHPSS programming/services preferable to refugees and IDPs; MHPSS training/capacity building; experience working in a humanitarian/emergencies context.
  • Desirable: Academic experience in university teaching, programme and curriculum development.

Language requirements:

  • Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English
  1. Place of assignment

Mogadishu, Somalia & Nairobi, Kenya

  1. Medical clearance

The consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness to work

  1. Travel

The selected Consultant may be expected to travel to countries of the Region upon request.

All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.

Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil  visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.

Additional Information

This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this consultancy. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice –https://www.who.int/about/who-we-are/our-values.

Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.

WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.



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