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Terms of Reference (TOR) for Mental Health and Psycho Social Support for front line health care workers in Somalia during COVID-19 Proposed Consultancy – Somalia

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Mental Health and Psycho Social Support for front line health care workers in Somalia during COVID-19 Proposed Consultancy Summary Table

Sector Nutrition and Health
Implementing Partner Action Against Hunger USA
Country Somalia
Duration of project 4 months
Start date September 2021
End date December 2021
Project Language Somalia
Responsible HQ USA
Consultancy type Mental Health and Psychosocial support on COVID Response
Proposed consultancy dates 1st September 2021 – 31th December 2021 (2 weeks per month)


COVID 19 was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020 by WHO. With its rapid outbreak, the number of confirmed cases in Somalia stands at 15,902 while mortalities are 848 as at 16th of August 2021. The Federal government of Somalia has implemented several measures to curb the spread including movement restrictions and lockdowns, social distancing among others. The scarcity of PPE and lack of adequate training among Health care workers and other frontline workers remains a challenge in the country as it is in other parts of the world. COVID 19 cases have been reported among these cadres and when the service providers are infected/sick it has potential to worsen the situation ultimately compromising quality of care for the infected/affected population.

Action Against Hunger Somalia has over 200 front line health care workers and as has become evident during any crisis, addressing mental health and psychosocial needs has become a major area of humanitarian assistance. Mental health and psychosocial support activities occur in a range of sectors, and consensus on good practice is starting to emerge on how better services can be provided by humanitarian workers in the middle of crisis management. This is by helping individuals to better cope with their mental wellbeing as they also take care of the overall quality of health care they are providing.

Action Against Hunger seeks to contract mental health and psychosocial support consultant (individual/firm) to train Front line health care workers who are engaged in COVID 19 response. The mental health consultant will also provide remote Psychosocial support (therapeutic and basic counseling interventions) to eligible staff for up to a period of 4 months depending on availability of funds as the situation evolves.


  1. Design and facilitate a mental health psychological support (MHPSS) for up to 80 frontline Health care workers in Action Against Hunger supported sites in Somalia.


  • Design and develop a 3day training program on MHPSS for Healthcare workers and frontline workers in 4 batches (20 per training session) at SIDA RRM & ECHO Caafimaad Plus supported facilities in Somalia.
  • Develop training materials/package for conducting the above training. The training package will be reviewed by ACF technical team to ensure it meets content requirements before commencement of training.
  • Facilitate a 3-day Training of Healthcare workers and frontline workers 4 batches (20 per training session). On the job training of relevant staff and identification of ongoing Psycho social support services will be a key task of the Consultant. The training could be conducted face to face or virtually, depending on the situation of COVID-19 in the next months.

The content of the training should address the following objectives:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of conducting psychosocial assessment and development of tailored support services
  • Develop skills in identifying common mental health challenges to COVID 19 patients and ensuring effective provision of MHPSS in different settings: Quarantine/Isolation and treatment centers, home based packages of care for family care and support including stress reduction.
  • Integration of Mental health basic practices in general health care settings and community programs.

At the end of the training, the consultant will help the trainees form groups to facilitate referral services and assist in organization for remote or face to face MHPSS services to eligible clients.

  1. Assess and facilitate short and long term mental health and psychosocial support services to healthcare workers and frontline workers including Community heath volunteers. Can be remote or face to face depending on COVID Situation.


  • Work closely with identified team in supported facilities and ACF staff to conduct continuous assessment and identify beneficiaries for MHPSS. The consultant will identify and ensure use of simple assessment tools for screening of mental health cases.
  • Provide remote or face to face basic MHPSS to beneficiaries who are experiencing psychological problems in the community or in hospital care (through referral systems) in Clinical areas that include:
  • Engage in multi-disciplinary discussions to disseminate psycho social support in all ACF programs.
  • Promoting mental health in various platforms to raise awareness and assist with identification of common mental health problems in the Facility and community and work to address them.
  • Offer De-briefing services to staff in need; Assist HCW and frontline staff to adapt to the situation and to find some balance so they can rest (coping)

 Other key deliverables

  • Delivering clear technics and methodology for successful execution of the assignment.
  • Developing and delivering any required training materials (training manuals, practical self-care lessons etc.) to ensure the training is effective.
  • Ensuring that all staff are trained adequately, and have a solid understanding of the training material. This will include administering a Pre and post- test prior and after the training respectively to assess the training’s quality and relevance.
  • Conducting an analysis of the training done and submitting an electronic training report after the training
  • Relevant skills transferred to staff and beneficiaries as appropriate and distant support services established in line with identified need.
  • Establishing high quality MHPSS services in line with identified needs.
  • The trainer shall provide a certificate to the trainees on the last day of the training.

At the end of his/her assignment, the consultant will prepare a final report in English. The report should contain the scope of the psychosocial impact and the consequences based on assessments done and interventions put in place.


  • The Consultancy is for 4 months inclusive training days. Only working days/hrs./sessions will be compensated.


  • The individual consultant is expected to be on call for up to 2 days a week to provide specialized virtual or face to face psychosocial support to Health care workers, frontline workers and community health volunteers depending on need. Each session will last between 1-3hrs.
  • Action Against Hunger will play a coordination role to ensure a conducive environment for successfully delivery of this project; with the consultant reporting to the designated focal at country level.


  • Mental Health professional with a Masters of Arts/Science or equivalent in Counseling Psychology or Clinical Psychology, Clinical social work.
  • At least 5 years of experience in MHPSS in humanitarian settings. A minimum of 2 years working experience in fragile context or disease outbreak. Experience working in Ebola and/or COVID-19 response programs preferred.
  • Experience providing clinical supervision in individual and group settings and setting up supervisory models for large-scale MHPSS programs.
  • Knowledge of public health, protection, human rights, international development, or other relevant field is an added advantage
  • Cross-cultural working experience in the field of community based psychosocial support is desired.
  • Demonstrated expertise in conducting participatory assessments and approaches.
  • Good writing and interpersonal/communication skills;
  • Experience in working with Governments and ministry of health cadres.

Languages: Fluency in Somali Language required. English and Arabic added advantage.

References: Minimum of 3 references from past employers

Remuneration: The consultancy fee will be negotiated before contracting. Each payment will be based on a predefined and formal agreement between Action Against Hunger Somalia country office and the consultant and will be disbursed and payments made based on satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.


The consultant should send a technical and financial proposal detailing his/or her understanding of the TOR and methodology that will be used to undertake the task including proposed training methodology, MHPSS assessments methodology, Facilitative short term and long term counseling, data analysis and final reporting template. Also include profiles of previous tasks carried out in the last 3 years, team composition and CVs of key personnel, detailed work plan and budget.

Proposals shall be submitted before 17th of September 2021 at the following address: procurement@so-actionagainsthunger.org



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