National MHPSS (Mental Health and Psycho Social Support) Consultant

15 August 2017


Vacancy Notice No. IC/2017- 003



Terms of Reference

Assignment Title:

National MHPSS (Mental Health and Psycho Social Support) Consultant

Duty Station: 

The consultant will spilit his/her time between Yangon and Maungdaw, Rakhine State with frequent travel to Kachin, Northern Shan State and Kayin.


11 months

Starting Date of Assignment:

As soon as possible

Closing Date for Application:

15 August 2017 (5:00 pm)





The purpose of the National MHPSS Officer consultancy is to assist the Myanmar Country office in supporting the implementation of MHPSS interventions through multi sectoral Gender based violence (GBV) response and prevention services supported by UNFPA with a particular focus on the immediate requirements in the northern part of Rakhine state.


The mental health and psycho social (MHPSS) needs of the population in the northern part of Rakhine state as a result of recent unrest represent new and critical humanitarian needs. Communities living in Rakhine state have been exposed for decades to numerous daily stressors, with repeated exposure to potentially traumatic events.  Recent events in the region have contributed to increased MHPSS needs not least because it has served to reactivate prior traumatic experiences. This has already been observed through existing programming leading to acute levels of distress and impairment of individuals’ psychosocial functioning. This is particularly the case for women and girls who are also caregivers and survivors of gender based violence (GBV).


Under its global mandate to address GBV in humanitarian settings, and as the lead agency for multi sectoral coordination of GBV under the global protection cluster, UNFPA is committed to ensuring that women and girls affected by the different emergencies are protected and that the needs of GBV survivors are met through adequate health responses, psychosocial support and case management in line with international guidelines and best practices. It is vital that frontline local organisations and first responders have the capacity and competency to provide quality response services and care for women and girls to ensure their right to safety from violence and safety in emergencies.


The National MHPSS Officer will support the Myanmar Country office to undertake a range of activities to ensure that the outcomes of the consultancy will increase the capacity of organisations implementing programmes in the areas of UNFPA GBV interventions to support compliance with IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. These activities would include the following:

  1. Increase capacity of existing MHPSS interventions which are currently being implemented by UNFPA implementing partners under the Women and Girls First initiative in Kachin, northern Shan state, Rakhine and Kayin.
  2. Support the design of MHPSS interventions for international and national organisations in northern Rakhine state within existing programmes
  3. Support the design of training material on psychosocial first aid and other MHPSS interventions to support best practices.
  4. Lead and facilitate training on PFA and other MHPSS interventions particularly to support GBV response and prevention programmes for health, non health and community mobilisers
  5. Design and develop IEC material to support the implementing of MHPSS interventions.
  6. Support the development of field manuals for organisations working in particular regions to ensure access to guidance when required.
  7. Development of monitoring tools to ensure MHPSS interventions are in compliance with international guidelines and best practices.
  8. Development of a peer support network and the structures to ensure its continued sustainability.
  9. Engage and support emerging MHPSS coordination mechanisms in Yangon to support international best practice across


The National MHSS Officer will be expected to work closely with the GBV Programme Specialist to support this work; the GBV Programme Specialist will be responsible for engaging with all members and partners of the GBV SS to ensure strong support for ongoing mentoring, monitoring and evaluation of the MHPSS component of UNFPA GBV programmes.


For the first six months of the consultancy, the incumbent will split their time equally between Yangon and Maungdaw in northern Rakhine state. He/she will work closely with an International MHPSS Specialist as well as other technical staff based in Maungdaw and Sittwe to facilitate the capacity building of implementing partner organisations and Government partners to support MHPSS interventions in Rakhine State. For the remaining period of the consultancy the incumbent will be working in areas of UNFPA GBV and sexual and reproductive health and rights programming to support implementation of MHPSS programming.



The National MHPSS Officer Specialist will work under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Myanmar Deputy Representative, with direct supervision of the GBV Specialist who is based in Yangon. When in Maungdaw, the MHPSS Officer will be supervised by an International MHPSS Specialist, who is based in Maungdaw.

  • UNFPA will provide an office space in each of the locations of work including Maungdaw, Sittwe, Yangon, Myitkyina and Lashio.
  • UNFPA will provide access to hardware (printers and other presentation materials (projector, screen)) to support facilitation of training.
  • UNFPA will provide transportation and travel costs for official purposes.
  • The consultant will use his/her personal laptop/computer.



The consultant will be responsible for the following duties and consultation with GBV Programme Specialist in Yangon, will determine the prioritisation of activities:

Partnerships and Coordination

  • Actively participate and support the facilitation of inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV and MHPSS coordination groups at national, regional, and local levels as necessary, including the MHPSS working group in Yangon.
  • Develop, through coordination and partnership, a clear understanding and mapping of the capacity of GBV and MHPSS interventions in townships of UNFPA GBV and RH interventions to support prioirtisation of capacity building needs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships across organisations to ensure mainstreaming of GBV and MHPSS
  • Support reporting and inter-sectoral assessments, responses and evaluations with a view to the inclusion of gender, SRH, GBV and MHPSS perspectives.
  • Where necessary, represent UNFPA in relevant Cluster and other humanitarian coordination bodies to ensure that GBV and MHPSS issues are adequately considered in the context of the humanitarian response efforts.
  • Supports GBV sub-sector to develop a pool of case workers who are equipped to provide quality psycho social care across the areas of the humanitarian response.
  • Support linkages between existing Gender, RH and HIV programmes to ensure synergies between programmes and maximize programme impact.


  • Provide training plans and reports as well as documenting the participants in the central training database. Training reports are to cover as assessment of the standard of participants, effectiveness of the training material as well as any challenges and recommendations associated with the training.
  • Develop monitoring tools for MHPSS interventions to support quality programming in compliance with best practice and international standards and identify challenges for targeted support and intervention.
  • Conducting monitoring and reporting of GBV response and prevention interventions to crisis affected populations to ensure that all interventions are in line with the Guiding Principles, including the IASC Guidelines for Integrating GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and other international standards.
  • Prepare regular progress reports and support the country office on the coordination of humanitarian issues and to prepare reports and SitReps for both UNFPA and the GBV SS, as required.

Capacity Development

  • Development of specialist training material tailored to the particular MHPSS intervention designed for the GBV response and prevention intervention.
  • Development, including the proofing of the translation, of handbooks for PFA and other specialist MHPSS interventions to support access to guidance on MHPSS for case workers in the field locations.
  • Support the capacity building of partners who are operational in the areas of the humanitarian response to provide specialist MHPSS interventions including individual counselling and PSS through training and on the job mentoring and supervision.
  • Provide capacity to implementing partners, including Government counterparts and organisations in areas of the humanitarian response, in providing quality case management and psychosocial first aid responses for survivors of GBV.
  • Establish and supervise a MHPSS Peer Support network among service providers with regular refresher sessions and analysis discussion of use of Peer support network
  • Conduct regular technical monitoring visits to the field sites supported by UNFPA programme to identify constraints and capacity development needs which would also support programme design for MHPSS interventions.
  • Development of appropriate IEC material to support the training and programme implementation for MHPSS interventions as well as reviewing existing IEC material to ensure that they take into account MHPSS aspects of GBV response and prevention messaging.
  • Review existing emergency messages for use during natural disasters to ensure that they incorporate principles to support the MHPSS needs to affected populations.
  • Support the capacity development of UNFPA staff to respond to emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed.

Technical leadership

  • Work with partners to develop and/or revise training materials including a MHPSS Handbook according to local context and implement relevant training sessions for all organisations in each of the areas of the humanitarian response to support quality psychosocial support interventions.
  • Support the development of structures, including peer-to-peer or mentoring systems, to support the sustainability of the training on mental health and psychosocial support
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity development support to Government counterparts with a particular focus on counterparts in the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
  • Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address GBV and MHPSS in the context of broader gender inequality issues.
  • Support development of MHPSS and GBV IEC material which specifically addresses and supports case workers who are providing a direct response to ensure compliance with minimum standards.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation as well as GBV data collection across implementing partners and GBV response organisations.
  • Provides technical updates and training to UNFPA staff and partners in relevant technical areas related to GBV, particularly the MHPSS component.
  • Engage with MHPSS actors and interventions (Common Elements Treatment Approach, sharing circles model) to document best practices and lessons learned in order to build a community of knowledge around MHPSS in Myanmar. 

Programme Management

  • Write monthly work plans, monthly reports and other reports as needed or requested.
  • Assist in writing proposals and engaging in other resource mobilisation efforts to support joint programming.



The consultant will work with the Myanmar country office to determine priority deliverables but will be responsible for delivering the following over the course of the consultancy:

  • Mapping of capacity of service providers and develop training plan
  • Design of MHPSS interventions with UNFPA technical partners
  • Review of IEC Material for use in training
  • Review of training material to adapt for specific MHPSS interventions for technical partners in Maungdaw
  • Commence development of field manuals for the different MHPSS interventions including psychosocial first aid (PFA)
  • Test of training material with partners in Yangon (if possible)
  • Training for technical partners as well as commencement of roll out of specific MHPSS interventions into existing programmes
  • Test IEC material for relevance and conflict sensitivity
  • Continue development of field manuals dependent of different capacities and interventions of organisations
  • Development of mid line evaluation material
  • Finalise IEC material review and submit for printing
  • Continue to develop the field manuals for case workers and community mobilisers for the different MHPSS interventions.
  • Conduct of mid line evaluation
  • Develop mentoring and peer support network, including self care components
  • Distribute IEC material into the relevant service providers and Government agencies
  • Test and finalise the field manuals
  • Mentoring of MHPSS interventions
  • Finalise evaluation report
  • Finalise the field manuals for case workers and community mobilisers for the different MHPSS interventions.
  • Ensure functioning of mentoring and peer support network, including self care components
  • Mentoring of MHPSS interventions
  • Preparation of material for final project evaluation
  • Finalise field manuals for the different MHPSS interventions including for PFA.
  • Conduct final project evaluation
  • Finalise project evaluation report (CERF – nRS)
  • Finalise and submit CERF narrative and financial reporting (nRS)
  • Finalise and submit field manuals (nRS)
  • Finalise and submit reviewed IEC material  (nRS)
  • Finalise and submit training material for the various MHPSS interventions (nRS)
  • Nationwide Peer Support Network ToR and directory
  • Monthly work plans, monthly reports and other reports as needed or requested
  • Mapping of existing services and quality of service provision
  • Monitoring and mentoring of existing programmes within UNFPA supported GBV and SRH interventions to improve and integrate international best practices in in Kachin, northern Shan, Rakhine and Kayin
  • Development of monitoring tools to ensure continued quality service provision
  • Development of tools to support mentoring of MHPSS interventions within SRH and GBV programmes.


The working schedule for the above deliverables will be duscissed and defined when the incumbent joins the post.

The consultant will be responsible for conducting regular monitoring of the project. He/she will be expected to provide ongoing supervision to psychosocial workers to ensure quality MHPSS service delivery as well as produce training reports and assessments identifying recommendations for improved capacity development and MHPSS support.


The consultant will conduct a mid-project and end of project evaluation in coordination with implementing partners.



The National MHPSS Consultant will be engaged for a total of 11 months. 


Terms and conditions will be in accordance with UN procedures. Remuneration will be based on years of work experience in the area of conflict sensitivity and standard rates for UN consultancy.




  • Degree in clinical psychology, clinical social work, public health or mental health. It is desirable to possess a Masters in Public Health.

Professional Experience

  • At least 3 years of specialized experience in community based psychosocial support interventions particularly as it relates to GBV, and experience in this field at international level in a humanitarian context.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergency Settings
  • Demonstrated  experience on Counseling skills and clinical supervision of lay counsellors
  • Demonstrated knowledge of reproductive health issues and/or protection issues in humanitarian settings, and of humanitarian emergency operations and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors.
  • Proficiency in English and in other official languages or the UN required/desirable.
  • Strong Training and supervision experience required

Core Competencies

  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments



Applications are invited from interested Myanmar nationals for this consultancy.

All applicants who have applied for this post are kept on file and need not re-submit.

Interested candidates should submit their application with a motivation letter together and an updated UN P-11 Form, relevant educational certificates showing highest level of educational attainment and the names and contact information of three references.

UNFPA Myanmar operates a strict policy of pre-employment security screening. It is essential that applicants provide full and current contact details for all previous employers, institutions and referees. Applications submitted without these details WILL NOT be processed. The attachments of the application should not be more than 4MB for one transmission.

Applications should be addressed to:


To:                   UNFPA Representative

Attention:        International Operations Manager

                      UNFPA, No. 6, Natmauk Road, Yangon

                      Email: hr.myanmar@unfpa.org



  1. This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex. Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.
  2. UNFPA provides equal opportunities to all citizens in Myanmar. The conditions governing employment are defined in the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules of UNFPA.
  3. There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.
  4. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
  5. UNFPA regrets its inability to reply individually or to attend to telephone queries on the above advertised post.