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Gina Donoso – New Host for Latin America & the Caribbean!
November 18, 2014
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Gina Donoso, based in Belgium is the new Regional Host for Latin America & the Caribbean. Gina has more than 12 years of experience working on psychosocial support in post-conflict contexts and transitional justice processes in numerous countries and organizations (International Criminal Court, Truth Commission of Ecuador, Peace Brigades International – Colombia, Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). She currently works as a PhD researcher at the University of Ghent in Belgium. Contact Gina at [email protected] for support in getting the most out of this network in relation to  Latin America & the Caribbean.

The Psychological First Aid Guide During Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks
September 16, 2014
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The Psychological First Aid Guide during Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks is now available online. You can find more information, updates and resources related to the Ebola crisis on the Ebola, West Africa 2014 group on mhpss.net.

Mohamed Elshazly, the New Regional Host for MENA
September 16, 2014
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Mohamed Elshazly, based in Turkey, is the new Regional Host for Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Mohamed is a qualified medical doctor and psychiatrist from Egypt with more than a decade of experience in clinical mental health services, training and MHPSS services in emergencies. He is working now as a psychiatrist trainer at International Medical Corps in Turkey for the project on Syrian refugees. Contact Mohamed at [email protected] for support in getting the most out of this network in relation to Middle East and North Africa.

URGENTLY RECRUITING! Ebola Response – UNICEF Guinee and Liberia
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The second outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has left many in need of humanitarian assistance, and have significantly exacerbated the acute vulnerabilities facing women and children. The Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) call for the rapid provision and deployment of qualified personnel to act in the first eight critical weeks of humanitarian response and provide guidance for action beyond that, moving towards defined benchmarks. In the implementation of its Ebola response plan, the UNICEF Guinée and Liberia Country Offices are still scaling up its Child Protection component. Technical and management support is required in the field and at the capital level and qualified professionals are called to apply for the positions below ASAP: Read more

URGENTLY RECRUITING: Child Protection in Emergency Short term Contract (P3): Psychosocial Specialist – UNICEF Liberia
August 27, 2014
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Reports to: Chief of Child Protection
Duration: 3 months Renewable (15th September 2014 – 15th March 2015)
PURPOSE
The psychosocial specialist will provide technical support to the UNICEF Liberia Country Office in the implementation of the response strategy to the Ebola emergency, specifically in the psychosocial support field.

BACKGROUND
The UNICEF Liberia Country Office is still scaling up its Child Protection component in response to the Ebola emergency. Technical and management support is required in the field and at the capital level. Oversight to ensure adherence to the CCCs of Humanitarian Action by the country office is a critical function during an emergency response. In parallel with the continuous emergency generated needs and protection concerns, UNICEF Liberia is currently developing a more sustainable and community based protection response which will be based on a large psychosocial approach for all its partners’ operational areas. The selected person will need to lead this process and therefore to work in strong coordination with all the other UNICEF’s response sectors as well as fostering an inter-agency approach.

JUSTIFICATION
Children and adolescents in Liberia are facing multiple child protection risks related to the current Ebola crisis and challenging to have fundamental rights protected. It is hence imperative that UNICEF provides appropriate support and leadership to the Child Protection response in terms of psychosocial support and community based programming in order to assure durability for all interventions.
UNICEF is recruiting an international consultant to carry out training needs assessment, conduct training on psychosocial support to UNICEF partners and other child protection actors in Liberia, and provide psychosocial support to children, adolescents and there family. The follow up of training activities and the signing of cooperation agreements with partners require the commitment of a dedicated capacity within UNICEF to provide technical support through training, follow up on the use of tools and common approach, provide on-the-spot mentoring to CP partners working in the IDP sites and returns areas. There is also need to ensure a coordinated response for child protection programming responses, particularly the provision of services through child friendly services, identification of and care for separated and unaccompanied children, as well as working with local organizations involved on monitoring and reporting Ebola cases at community level. This requires that child protection issues are being addressed within a larger psychosocial approach and strategy.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The child protection specialist should focus on (i) design a community based multi sector psychosocial response programming for the UNICEF’s partners operational areas; (ii) mainstreaming of the psychosocial component in all UNICEF programme components;

SPECIFIC DUTIES
 Provide technical support and assistance to UNICEF child protection staff and partners, including government and NGOs, to scale up the psychosocial component of their response programmes, including development or amendment of projects and partnerships in this sector, as needed.
 Launch and coordinate national training programme for all UNICEF’s partners and national counterparts on how to develop inter agency psychosocial approach and tools.
 Identify and use opportunities to work with other sectors to strengthen overall protections for children and women by integrating protection activities within all the sectors.
 Represent Child Protection in Ebola-related meetings, as required.
 Support the CP Chief with oversight and management of funds for the CP emergency response related to psycho social support, or any other tasks as needed.
 Support and participate in assessments of the status of children and monitoring of impact of PSS actions, together with partners in the child protection sub-cluster and/or protection cluster using agreed inter-agency assessment tools.
 Lead the transition from an emergency response to a more community based protection programming by mainstreaming principles of the psychosocial approach with a pilot programme in Monrovia.
 Monitor and report on the trends and emerging evidence of child protection interventions and the response by Government in the psychosocial support provided to children and women, and contribute to the analysis at national level to improve the child protection response in the Ebola crisis.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES
 Weekly updates to Child Protection Chief of section on progresses accordingly to the work plan.
 PSS Protocols for the MoHSW developed and adopted, for all three levels of the moHSW planned response
 Tools to monitor the work of PSS teams.
 Training modules and on-the-job training tools for the PSS teams/staff providing PSS
 Field monitoring monthly reports on the status of the implementation of project activities conducted by NGOs and other partners.
 Report capacity development (both formal and on the job training) for UNICEF’s partners.
 A clear training plan and reports on psychosocial support for protection actors.
 Reports of CP assessments conducted during the contractual period.

DESIRED BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
 Advanced University degree in psychology, sociology, or any other related science, humanities, and Arts related field.
 Minimum 6 years of progressively responsible professional work experience with INGOs, UN agencies, private sectors at national/international levels in Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE).
 Strong knowledge of and experience in CPiE and strategies, as well as programming and procedures in IDP context and interventions.
 Proven experience in child protection programming, capacity development, psychosocial support is required.
 Ability to communicate concepts and ideas effectively orally and in writing including formal public speaking, to work in a team and independently, and to adopt consultative approaches including soliciting inputs of children.
 Fluency in English.
 Previous experience in UNICEF child protection programming in conflict and/or post conflict countries, including IDP’s response.
 Must be flexible to live and work in difficult and environment.

REPORTING

The will work under direct supervision of Chief of Child Protection Programme. The consultant shall prepare monthly progress reports, submit meeting notes and other deliverables to the Child Protection Chief of Section. The consultant shall also submit a final comprehensive report at the end of the consultancy term.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR EVALUATION OF RESULTS
The psychosocial specialist’s performance will be evaluated based on timelines, responsiveness to UNICEF needs, responsibilities, initiative, communication, and quality of products delivered.

Please send CV and P11 to Ruth O’Connell, [email protected] by close of business September 1st.

URGENTLY RECRUITING: Child Protection in Emergency Short Term Contract (P3): Alternative Care Specialist – UNICEF Liberia
August 27, 2014
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Reports to: Chief of Child Protection
Duration: 3 months Renewable (15th September 2014 – 15th December 2015)

PURPOSE
The second outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has left many in need of humanitarian assistance, and have significantly exacerbated the acute vulnerabilities facing women and children, especially orphans. Indeed, the provision of social services to orphans has been severely affected by the EVD. UNICEF alternative care programmes have also been affected, facing several challenges: outbreak of epidemic in orphanages; increased number of children infected with Ebola; increased recruitment of children for orphanages in Ebola stricken communities; cessation of family visits; breaking of family ties; negative psychological effect on children. Under the Supervision of the Child Protection Chief of Section, the CP Specialist on alternative care will assess, design and initiate interventions to address the interim, medium and long term care needs of children. The care advisor will be responsible for ensuring that quality programmes and capacities are initiated to provide care and protection to children in a range of in-country locations. Read more

URGENTLY RECRUITING: Child Protection in Emergency Officer – UNIEF Guinée
August 27, 2014
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SUMMARY

Position : Child Protection in Emergency Officer
Type de contract : Short term contract
Grade : L 3
Period : 3 months renewable
Duty Station : Guinea
Supervisor : Chef Protection de l’Enfant, Conakry Read more

Please give feedback to review of IASC Guidelines on MHPSS!
IASC Guidelines MHPSS

The 2007 Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support(MHPSS) are currently being reviewed by the IASC Reference Group on MHPSS. This initiative is supported by UNICEF and will include a survey, a desk review, programme analysis, case studies and in-depth interviews with key actors in the sector. This is an opportunity for agencies to provide feedback on their experience with the guidelines. We anticipate that the review will promote broader use of the Guidelines, highlight it’s strengths and weaknesses, and identify gaps. Read more

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MHPSS News from Around the World! mhpss.net Newsletter April 2014
April 16, 2014
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Click here for the 1st edition of the mhpss.net newsletter, with the latest news on mental health and psychosocial support from around the world!