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Call for Proposals: Evidence Synthesis on Mental Health in Emergencies. (Deadline- June 16, 2105)

Oxfam GB and Feinstein International Center are pleased to launch a call for proposals for evidence syntheses in the humanitarian field. This Call for Proposals is soliciting applications to conduct evidence syntheses on the following topics (click on each link for more details):

1) mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings

2) child protection

3) WASH in disease outbreaks 

4) urban humanitarian action.

More information can be found at: www.oxfam.org.uk/hep under the ‘Call for Proposals’ tab.

This call is part of the Humanitarian Evidence Programme, which reviews, distils and communicates evidence in order to improve humanitarian policy and practice. The Programme is a partnership between Oxfam GB and Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, funded by UK aid. For more information, please visit: www.oxfam.org.uk/hep.

Watch “Growing Up in Conflict” Symposium Live on MHPSS.net (26-27 May)
May 21, 2015
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The Symposium on “Growing Up in Conflict” will assemble experts on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS); practitioners, especially colleagues from agencies working in conflict-affected countries; academics; and representatives from United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to review the state of field in terms of knowledge and evidence, share insights on current field practice and programming, and make recommendations for advancing knowledge and practice.

The Symposium will be hosted by UNICEF in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands in The Hague and supported by UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy programme, ‘Learning for Peace’, which implements innovative programming on education for peacebuilding in 14 countries around the world. The Symposium will inform a range of initiatives such as No Lost Generation, which addresses the immediate and long-term consequences of the Syria crisis on a generation of children and youth.

The Symposium will feature two days of panels and expert discussions, followed by a day for a core group of practitioners to share experiences in a planning workshop. This third day offers field colleagues from different agencies the chance to collaborate and learn from each other. The Symposium also provides an opportunity for advocacy. In particular, the concluding session of the second day brings together donor governments and practitioners from the field. The outputs of the Symposium will contribute to advocacy around the World Humanitarian Summit and post-2015 Development Agenda discussions..
See http://learningforpeace.unicef.org/media-center/growing-up-in-conflict-symposium/

The Symposium is convened by Unicef and Government of the Netherlands in partnership with the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), City University of New York (CUNY), HealthNet TPO, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS RG), International Medical Corps (IMC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), MHPSS.net, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)/U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), REPSSI, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), War Child Holland, War Trauma Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Vision.

Download the Symposium brochure for more details on the proceedings.

MHPSS.net will be live streaming the Symposium via this link starting at 9:00 am Central European Time on the 26th of May.




Newly published: “Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion Through the Chaos”
May 19, 2015
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The team at New Zealand Red Cross have recently published a book to support leaders in disaster recovery.

This publication is the outcome of a three year process, distilling key themes on leadership and workforce resilience post-disaster from over 100 interviews conducted post-earthquake in Canterbury, New Zealand and across the world from leaders who had worked in the Haiti earthquake, Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Australian bushfires. The Companion shares their hard-won wisdom, practical strategies and tools for people who find themselves in any sort of leadership role during a disaster. The book is specifically designed to be highly visual and easy to read acknowledging how difficult it is to read and process reports under the pressure of disaster recovery.

Have a look here.

Training Course: Mental Health in Complex Emergencies offered by the IIHA

 Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE 11)

September 20-30, 2015 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Course Description

The Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) course is an intensive multidisciplinary ten-day training course for mental health workers and humanitarian program staff who wish to gain insight and competency in establishing mental health or psychosocial programs in (post) conflict areas or in complex disaster settings. It will provide practical orientation and training to equip participants to establish and organize comprehensive programming in mental health and psychosocial support, and strengthen adjunct skills for use in complex humanitarian emergencies and relief situations. Such skills include needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation, understanding the humanitarian context, security and self-care. In the last 3 days of the course students will choose between a workshop on learning clinical or on research skills relevant to a humanitarian setting. More detailed information about course structure and learning objectives is available in the course brochure and on the website.

Course Highlights

  •  Interactive and practice-driven teaching
  •  A choice of specialised workshops in the final three days
  •  Faculty combines academic excellence with extensive field experience
  •  Diverse and international group of students
  • Active alumni network

Qualifications: This is a multidisciplinary training program for participants from a variety of backgrounds. Applicants should have a background in either mental health or social work or have a relevant professional background that allows for future engagement in mental health or psychosocial program in complex emergencies. Participants must be fluent in English. Preference is given to applicants with more than two years of experience in the field. Participants are required to have a university degree.

Course location: This residential course will be held at Asham Resort hotel on the shores of beautiful Lake Bishoftu in Debre Zeit, approximately one hour from Addis. All students and faculty will stay at the hotel together, allowing for more informal gatherings and sharing of experiences outside formal teaching time.

Tuition fees: For those who wish to receive academic credit, the cost is: $1750. Upon successful completion of the program participants are eligible to receive two academic credits from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students seeking academic credit will be required to submit a research paper (1,400-1,600 words) due one month after the conclusion of the course in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Course Directors. For those who do not wish to receive formal academic credit, the cost of tuition has been reduced to $1350 Dollars. These participants will receive a certificate of attendance. 33 W. 60th St., Suite 804 | New York, NY 10023 | www.fordham.edu/iiha | [email protected] | +1 212-636-6294

Accommodation: Accommodation including all meals has been reserved at the hotel: $1050 for 10 days.

Specialist workshop fee for previous MHCE alumni: People who have done the MHCE basic course in the past can apply separately for the 3-day workshops on (28-30 Sept): $1000 for accommodation and tuition

Scholarships: The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), partner organization of the IIHA, offers a limited number of scholarships for tuition fees. To be eligible, you must be a citizen of a developing nation and be currently working within the humanitarian field.

Applications: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in attending this program, please contact the International Programs Coordinator, Alexandra DeBlock at [email protected] for further instructions.

Deadlines: Once an application has been submitted and accepted, the full course fee covering both accommodation and tuition of $2400 (or $2800 if wishing for academic credit) should be paid to Fordham as soon as possible. Accommodation reservations cannot be held after the August 20, 2015. Any applicants accepted after that date will have to apply directly to the hotel for accommodation.

About the organizers:

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) was created at Fordham University in December 2001 to forge partnerships with relief organizations, offer rigorous academic and training courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, host symposia, and publish books relating to humanitarian affairs. Recognizing the need for a universally accepted basic standard of training for all humanitarian workers, the IIHA holds numerous training courses to accommodate the needs and schedules of humanitarian aid workers around the world.

The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) was founded in 1992 to promote healing and peace in countries shattered by war, regional conflicts and ethnic violence.

HealthNet TPO is a Dutch aid agency that works on health and well-being in areas disrupted by war or disasters. By working together with local communities we use ‘health’ as a means to bring people together and to restore mutual trust.

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs in over 30 countries. Mental health and psychosocial support services and activities are a cornerstone of our integrated and comprehensive programming.

Website: www.internationalmedicalcorps.org and https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/programs/mental-health


UNHCR is the United Nations Refugee Agency, mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. In 2013 UNHCR published the ‘Operational Guidance for MHPSS Programming in Refugee Operations’ that formally recognizes the importance of MHPSS as an integral part of its mandate.