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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Mental wellness

Background

The Joint Programme on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in the period 2023-2025 will support the mapping of MHPSS needs and priorities for children and adolescents in Guyana. This programme will be conducted with UNICEF and WHO programme staff at the country level in coordination with the Ministries of Health, Education and Human Services and Social Security. Recognizing this, UNICEF, in collaboration with PAHO/WHO, is now seeking to appoint a consultant to provide intensive support of the implementation of the Joint Programme over a 12-month period.

Methodology

UNICEF Guyana and Suriname Country Office is seeking to contract a consultant to be responsible for coordination of the implementation of the country-level Joint Programme on MHPSS in Guyana. This will include, but not be limited to, the activities listed below. The process should be participatory, bringing together multiple stakeholders to share knowledge and insights, as well as feedback on the progress on the implementation of planned activities.

The Consultant Will

  • Work with UNICEF and PAHO/WHO country office technical staff on the expansion of the existing country-plan for the Joint Programme, building on the country case for support and the existing Joint Workplan as relevant.
  • Liaise between PAHO/WHO and UNICEF country offices and supporting engagement and coordination with country level stakeholders.
  • Facilitate stakeholder consultations, and regular joint planning and review meetings with UNICEF, PAHO/WHO and ministerial staff of the relevant sectors at the national level and the selected sub-national levels as deemed necessary to the implementation of the joint workplan.
  • Support the day- to day implementation of the Joint Programme workplan through the provision of administrative and logistical support to UNICEF, PAHO/WHO and country level stakeholders in the implementation of the planned activities.
  • Perform budget monitoring and reporting. The consultant will produce and submit monthly budget monitoring reports. In addition, the consultant will provide ad-hoc reports as requested by management.
  • Produce narrative reporting on the Joint Programme Monitoring Framework. This includes providing a monthly internal report on the status of the workplan activities, as well as providing inputs for the regional MHPSS reports.
  • Lead the development of strategic documents such as mental health plans or other guidance documents as needed.
  • Draft the terms of reference for all other consultancies required in the implementation of the joint workplan.
  • Support the coordination with UNICEF internal sectors (e.g. Child Protection, Social and Behavioral Change, Education) and the establishment of a social media platform that ensures the integration of different components of MHPSS services to better reach target populations.
  • Work closely with other consultants recruited to support to provide technical support for the development of specific deliverables from Joint Workplan

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A Master’s degree in public health, global health, mental health, psychology, social services, or related areas
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the field of public health including supporting the primary health systems and public health initiatives. Experience related to mental health and psychosocial wellbeing is a plus.
  • Track record of leadership, facilitation, and coordination skills with commitment to delivering timely and high-quality evaluation reports.
  • Previous experience working multiple stakeholders including international development partners, government agencies and civil society groups
  • An excellent understanding of data and monitoring principles.
  • Knowledge of the equity and gender approaches and their application
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Good ability to write reports clearly and concisely.
  • Strong organisational, communication and presentation skills

Desirable

  • Previous work experience with the United Nations System.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

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