April 19, 2024

Apply for International Consultant for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Job Recruitment on the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). This UNICEF Vacancy and ongoing recruitment is open candidates, so kindly apply as quickly as attainable.

International Consultant for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Job Recruitment on the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Job Title: International Consultant for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)

Job No: 563543
Location: Abuja (with visits to UNICEF area places of work)
Contract Type: Consultant
Duration: 40 working days
Categories: Child Protection
Level: Consultancy

How Can You Make a Difference?

  • This consultancy goals to advance MHPSS programs strengthening inside and throughout little one safety, well being and schooling sectors, in humanitarian and growth contexts.
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) is an institutional precedence for UNICEF and companions as a result of kids, adolescents and households expertise psychological well being and psychosocial issues throughout geographical areas.
  • The COVID-19 disaster additionally exacerbated present vulnerabilities, particularly in relation to the supply of psychological well being and psychosocial companies to survivors of violence.
  • The Nigeria Country Program for 2023 – 2027 has subsequently recognized MHPSS as a precedence space for youngsters, caregivers, dad and mom and younger folks, constructing upon present programming via little one safety, well being and schooling with a concentrate on addressing violence towards kids, sexual violence and dangerous practices resembling FGM and little one marriage and different kids in want of care and safety. This can be nicely mirrored within the Global UNICEF Child Protection stratagic plan for 2021 – 2023.
  • The provision of psychological well being and psychosocial assist care in Nigeria is proscribed in scope because the nation has few psychologists {and professional} counsellors, most of whom are city based mostly.  And but, many kids, adolescents and their households face challenges that have an effect on their emotional and psychosocial wellbeing and who require assist.
  • According to UNICEF (2021) , 1 in 6 younger folks aged 15-24 surveyed  in Nigeria mentioned they typically felt depressed, had little curiosity in doing issues, or had been apprehensive, nervous or anxious.
  • Some of the emotional and psychological challenges amongst adolescents is because of little one safety violations together with sexual abuse. Nigeria has excessive charges of sexual assaults on kids, disproportionately affecting women, together with these of very younger age.
  • A 2014 VAC survey reveals that one in 4 women and one in ten boys have been sexually abused.  Gender based mostly violence together with sexual abuse has devastating results on grownup and little one survivors, their households, and communities.
  • There are in depth quick and lengthy‐time period bodily and psychological well being penalties for survivors. In humanitarian and different contexts, the impression of battle, floods, local weather change and disaster because of inter-ethnic conflicts has drawn consideration to vital pyschosocial wants of kids, adolescents and their households.
  • Given the protracted and cyclical nature of the humanitarian disaster and the existence of armed teams actively creating an atmosphere characterised by concern and insecurity, there’s a want for widespread MHPSS companies starting from peer based mostly pro-social engagements to skilled trauma remedy and therapeutic in addition to counselling and trauma assist offered at colleges both via lecturers, well being employees, social welfare and justice employees in addition to auxiliary little one safety employees.
  • UNICEF and plenty of companions (authorities and NGO) have recognized technical capability gaps to supply the wanted technical assist for the supply of high quality psychological well being psychosocial assist companies supplied to girls, kids and different susceptible populations at federal and state ranges.
  • Areas of focus to be coated by this consultancy embody strengthening interventions and companies as a part of a programs method to MHPSS throughout growth and humanitarian settings, leveraging and constructing on present MHPSS programming and coordination throughout schooling, well being and little one safety, capability constructing and group engagement according to UNICEF’s MHPSS Technical Note (2019) and the Global Multi-Sectoral Operational Framework (2022).
  • Support to Child Protection, Education and Health sectors to ship environment friendly and efficient community-based psychosocial assist companies in chosen states as a part of MHPSS system strengthening.
  • Technical assist to Child Protection, Health and Education sectors to attain the next elements of their workplans.
  • Roll out capability constructing for key actors and employees from little one safety, well being and schooling on MHPSS programming
  • Advance Cross-Sectoral MHPSS work: Ensure linkages between MHPSS and case administration in well being, schooling and little one safety. This additionally consists of evaluation and technical inputs for cross-sectoral work that features MHPSS identification and referrals (resembling between schooling and little one safety for in-school and out-of-school kids and between little one safety and well being for identification and referrals that relate to MHPSS).
  • Create Awareness on MHPSS: Identify goal teams and present proof from throughout the three sectors and counterparts to develop of targeted advocacy messages on MHPSS to: (a) elevate consciousness on psychological well being and psychosocial well-being throughout schooling, little one safety and well being sectors; (b) to strengthen self-care and childcare, and care-seeking behaviors of the audience, and (c) think about messaging that reduces stigma for survivors of sexual violence, folks with psychological well being circumstances amongst others.
  • Strengthen data administration and useful resource mobilisation: Contribute to funding proposals, programme briefs, human-interest tales and displays to assist MHPSS programming in Nigeria and throughout the above-mentioned sectors.
  • Any different MHPSS actions that relate to advancing MHPSS throughout little one safety, well being and schooling programs within the above-mentioned actions in session with the involved supervisor and Chiefs and technical specialists.

To qualify as an advocate for each little one you’ll have:

  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s or greater) or Academic background in Social Sciences, Psychology, International growth, Public Health or comparable related self-discipline.
  • A minimal of 8 years of related skilled expertise in MHPSS programming, mission coordination and administration for youngsters and adolescents, together with in humanitarian contexts.
  • Solid data and understanding of well being and social work programs, humanitarian ideas, little one safeguarding measures and established worldwide requirements on psychological well being and psychosocial assist for youngsters and adolescents.
  • Solid data on gender programming, adolescent women’ programming an asset.
  • Strong coordination, organizational and facilitation abilities each nose to nose and remotely with various stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated expertise with multi-sectoral programme design and data administration, together with distant coordination.
  • Demonstrated skill to work independently whereas coordinating intently with totally different groups.
  • Developing nation work expertise and/or familiarity with emergency is taken into account an asset.

Core Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Drive for outcomes
  • Analytical


  • Superior English-language abilities.

For each Child, you reveal:

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
  • To view our competency framework, please go to  here.

Application Closing Date
14th July, 2023 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).

Method of Application
Interested and certified candidates ought to:
Click here to apply online

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