Requisition ID: req46262
Job Title: Consultant - MHPSS Consultant - Protection Case Management
Sector: Violence Prevention and Response
Employment Category: Consultant
Open to Expatriates: Yes
Location: Remote / Home-based
Project Background: Global Protection Case Management Initiative
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works in more than 40 countries to help people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Our vision is that the IRC will lead the humanitarian field by implementing high-impact, cost-effective programs for people affected by crisis, and shape global policy and practice by sharing our learning and experience with others. The Violence, Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) at IRC implements protection programming that prevents violence against women, children, especially girls, and other vulnerable groups, and responds to it when it does occur.
The value of case management services is well established in specialized sectors, such as Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Child Protection (CP). These services, however, are limited to respond to a narrow sub-set of protection violations; the coordinated and focused support of case management is also essential when applied to other violations, such as the risk of abduction or being killed, persons threatened with violence associated with their perceived political or religious affiliations; those targeted for their association with, or membership of, minority groups, or persons excluded from service provision including persons with disabilities or older persons.
In 2021, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and UNHCR developed the Protection Case Management Guidance [Field-Test Version], in response to this need. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), with IRC and UNHCR, is committed to sharing this resource with protection actors, seeking informal interagency support and elevating protection case management as a critical, core area of protection response.
This project aims to establish a structured approach to protection case management (PCM) at the global level, providing an endorsed interagency standard for case management to affected populations. To achieve this, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and IRC will provide the humanitarian protection sector with the knowledge, tools and guidance needed to develop and scale up a more standardized, coordinated, and quality PCM services. Building on the PCM Guidance [Field-Test Version], the project focuses on three key goals:
- Increaseglobal learning on PCM through incorporation of lessons drawn from country level implementation, leading to the elevation of this intervention to a core protection programming module in the humanitarian program cycle.
- Integrate essential Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services into the revised PCM Guidance in order to support the appropriate skill development of case workers through resources and capacity building.
- Strengthen the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) approach within the revised PCM Guidance to ensure delivery of quality services.
IRC is leading on the integration of essential MHPSS services for the revised PCM Guidance and seeking an experienced MHPSS Consultant to support on specific project activities. While it is globally recognized that case managers have an essential role in supporting the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of their clients, there is a lack of practical guidance and training for PCM on how to provide MHPSS services within their scope of practice. Recognizing this gap, IRC is committed to ensuring that the revised PCM Guidance includes essential MHPSS components.
Scope of Work:
Throughout 2023 IRC has developed a focused MPDuring March April 2023, IRC is collating global resources on best practices for protection actors in MHPSS and conducting a targeted MHPSS review of the PCM Guidance [Field-Test Version].Findings from this review will be shared with interagency actors for feedback and inputs. The goal of this review is to identify key gaps and opportunities for the integration of MHPSS into the revised PCM Guidance and accompanying training materials.
Known gaps in the PCM Guidance [Field-Test Version] include the integration of core MHPSS approaches and principles and guidance on focused, non-specialized MHPSS interventions for caseworkers. IRC will lead on the integration of core MHPSS approaches and principles into the revised PCM Guidance and accompanying training materials. The Consultant will lead on developing the training content on core MHPSS skills that are necessary within case management. IRC will be responsible for integrating the materials developed by the Consultant into the revised Guidance and training package.
The Consultant, IRCs VPRU MHPSS Technical Advisor (TA), and IRCs PCM Project Lead will work together at the beginning of the consultancy to clearly outline and confirm expected deliverables. These IRC focal points will work alongside the Consultant throughout the consultancy to provide supervision and support and ensure that key deliverables align with overarching project goals.The content for MHPSS deliverables will be discussed and approved prior to the Consultant moving into the development phase of this project. Deliverables should be contextually and culturally adaptable across multiple contexts. Materials to be created in English (for later translation into additional languages).
- Participate in working sessions with IRC focal points to brainstorm and finalize key MHPSS content for consultants deliverables 1/2 day
- Develop content on how case workers should address key client needs, specifically high-risk cases (e.g., clients presenting with suicidal ideation, displaying aggressive behaviors, etc.) for revised PCM Guidance 3 days
- Develop complementary training package on addressing high risk cases and necessary skills for cases workers (e.g., PowerPoint Slide decks, Handouts, Facilitation notes, etc.) 8 days
- At least 6 years of experience in MHPSS including clinical work (e.g., social worker, psychologist, mental health counselor, therapist, etc.), ideally within and/or with protection sector
- At least 6 years of previous experience in providing services or overseeing teams supporting displaced populations, migrants, refugees, or conflict affected populations
- Solid technical knowledge of protection rights issues and global standards in protection and MHPSS as they relate to people affected by conflict
- Demonstrated experience in pedagogical skills and learning principles
- Previous experience working on projects that require a highly iterative and consultative process, with the capacity to incorporate multiple levels of feedback and perspectives in final products in developing guidance and training documents
- Flexible work attitude, with the ability to follow direction and work independently across a virtual work environment
- Fluent in English (verbal and written)
Payment Rate and Schedule:
The scope of work is expected to run on a part-time basis from May 2023 until the end of July 2023. As full compensation for the services rendered, IRC shall pay the Consultant agreed upon daily rate within 30 days upon approval of the final version of the deliverables.
All expressions of interest should include:
- Cover letter, maximum 1-page
- Detailed curriculum vitae
- Examples of previous work provided via links or attachments (1-3 examples, if available)
- Financial Proposal (inclusive of daily rate)
How to apply:
Applications for this consultancy should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 November 2023 with Expression of Interest for PCM MHPSS Consultant in the subject line.