Role overview – Volunteer role: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MNHPSS) Specialist
The mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) specialist will be responsible for technical oversight of a comprehensive MHPSS-focused intervention. The intervention is part of United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Women and Girls First program and aims to increase the capacity of social workers working in local Women and Girls First Centers, government officials, and staff of (inter)national development partners in Rakhine State and Kachin State in compliance with Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.
UNFPA’s approach to MHPSS is based on a ‘Model of Stepped Care’, focusing on strengthening local MHPSS-activities such as psycho-education, group support sessions, remedial activities, (referral to) assisted self-care and basic counseling. We furthermore seek to develop a contextualized Integrated ADAPT Therapy (IAT), based on the Adaptation and After Persecution and Trauma model, that integrates existing universal principles with the particularities of the culture, history of trauma/conflict and living context to improve the individual’s capability to adapt to a series of psychosocial changes they have experienced in their lives. The model organizes those disruptions in five core pillars: i) safety/security, ii) interpersonal bonds and networks, iii) justice, iv) identities and roles, and v) existential meaning.
The successful candidate should therefore have experience in IAT treatment processes/strategies, training, on the job supervision and (remote) mentoring, coordination, and building referral links to other formal service providers and informal community supports. The MHPSS-specialist will work closely with UNFPA’s MHPSS-consultant based in Yangon, provide technical support to a MHPSS-officer (VSO National Volunteer, based at same location), train a team of local community workers and staff members of development partners, and support all MHPSS-related activities, including data collection and analysis.
Skills, qualifications and experience
Knowledge/qualifications: • The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. clinical or counselling psychology, clinical social work, Psychiatry, mental health care etc.).
Experience: • 3+ years’ experience working on MHPSS programs. • Familiar with IAT-treatment processes/strategies.
Skills/Abilities: • Training and supervision experience required. • Strong organizational and supervisory skills. • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments. • Ability to work in difficult environment under very basic living conditions (refugee camp setting). • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources. • A good command of verbal and written English.
Application Closing Date – 31 October 2019
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