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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Delegate- COVID 19

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Kenya
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Delegate- COVID 19

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Closing date (Geneva time zone):03-07-2020
Duty station:KenyaCountry:KENYA
Duty station status: FamilyDuty Station
Accompanied status: Non-Accompanied
Duration:06 months
Category of Staff: Delegate
Grade: C1Vacancy No:IFRC04080

Background
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Organizational Context
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The IFRC is a membership organisation established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The IFRC has its headquarters in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The IFRC is led by a Secretary General who provides the central capacity of to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. The IFRC’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance; ensuring consistency, coordination, and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement; and expanding engagement with partners. The IFRC has five regional offices, as follows: Americas (Panama City); Africa (Nairobi); Asia and Pacific- AP (Kuala Lumpur); Europe (Budapest); Middle East and North Africa-MENA (Beirut). The regional office for Africa supports 49 National Societies to strengthen their humanitarian and developmental work, helping them to remain sustainable, relevant partners of choice and accountable for their actions.

Job Purpose
Reporting to the IFRC Africa Region Head of Health and Care Unit, The Mental Health and Psychosocial support (MHPSS) delegate supporting the Covid-19 response at the Africa Regional Office (ARO) is to support the inclusion and quality of MHPSS programming in African NSs response. The MHPSS Delegate is to develop the ARO work plan for future MHPSS and plan for the recovery phases. The MHPSS delegate will provide inputs for continuing assessments, programme and activities development, implementation and coordination as needed. The delegate will act as the technical advisor in matters of mental health and psychosocial support (PSS), train, supervise, and monitor implementation of activities and interventions and ensure links to relevant IFRC structures in coordination with the technical advisor at the IFRC PS Centre. The MHPSS delegate must have RCRC experience and have knowledge of mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies.

The MHPSS will provide guidance and advice on MHPSS for IFRC ARO and African NSs ensuring that activities are timely, relevant and delivered with quality (in response and recovery phases of Covid19); plan and collaborate with Movement and external partners for appropriate MHPSS response; and Support the assessment and identification of MHPSS needs of those affected by Covid19 in Africa

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assessment, planning and programme development
Provide Quality Assurance of assessment and program tools for MHPSS ensuring a mixed variety of methodologies
Provide remote training for assessment teams to carry out assessments and analyse findings in order to develop National Society Emergency Plan of Action (EPOA)
Support the adaptation of the ARO EPOA (and appeal) ensuring integration of MHPSS
Support mapping of referral services and pathways, and adaptation of relevant referral tools
Support the development of MHPSS PMER tools for ARO and NSs in Africa
Assist planning on appropriate, timely, relevant and quality MHPSS

Capacity building and volunteer management 
Support NSs in recruiting, screening, training, mentoring or supervising volunteers
Facilitate (remote) capacity building for NSs on MHPSS relevant approaches and interventions adapted for Covid19 response.
Support NSs MHPSS focal point(s) in adapting MHPSS activities to Covid19 response

Programmatic area
Adapt/develop a regional monitoring and evaluation system aligned with and based on IFRC and PS Centre standards
Provide input to programmes, interventions and strategies and appeals based on assessment findings that build on global minimum standards and identified best practices
Develop ARO MHPSS strategy
Support the development of country specific MHPSS strategies taking age, gender and diversity into consideration
Support the adaptation/development, of MHPSS materials/tools relevant for COVID19
Support the development of structures and mechanisms for staff and volunteers support

Coordination and communication
Coordinate with relevant MHPSS actors/stakeholders at regional level, Movement partners and other agencies for common interventions such as developing guidelines
Ensure that IFRC actions are in support of Host National Society and are part of a coordinated response with partner agencies
Model accountability and transparency to and among partners, donors and persons affected by Covid19
Advocate for the importance of integrating MHPSS and PGI in a multi-sectorial setting
Provide regular and timely reports
Closely coordinate with IFRC PS Centre Technical Advisor for Africa and other relevant IFRC colleagues
Be available for interviews, identify newsworthy stories and provide input to IFRC, National Societies and Host National Society’s communication departments, international and local media etc.

Education
Basic Delegates Training Course or equivalent knowledge
University degree or equivalent in Social Science, Psychology, social work
Extensive knowledge of health and disaster management objectives, mandate and program orientation of the Federation

Experience
5 years Experience of working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent or international Humanitarian agency
Familiarity with current international standards and guidelines. Previous experience working in the region.
3 Years minimum experience working in MHPSS
Ability to represent the Federation at senior level with potential and existing donors, Government officials and members of the Diplomatic Community.
Ability to engage effectively with NS staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, being results focused and accountable, being a team builder and team player, a good communicator at all levels, having professional mastery over their technical area, having leadership qualities and encouraging others to take the lead when appropriate, having managerial effectiveness.
Relevant experience of managing, coaching, and supporting staff
Experience of project planning & budgeting, supervision and management to include monitoring and evaluation
Experience in working in both emergency and developmental contexts and engaging effectively with beneficiaries especially women and children and other vulnerable groups
Experience of producing narrative & financial reports

Knowledge, skills and languages
Strong skills in general administration, oral and written communication
Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing)
Ability to represent the Federation at senior level with potential and existing donors, Government officials and members of the Diplomatic Community.

Ability to engage effectively with NS staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, being results focused and accountable, being a team builder and team player, a good communicator at all levels, having professional mastery over their technical area, having leadership qualities and encouraging others to take the lead when appropriate, having managerial effectiveness.
Skills in training and developing staff
Fluently spoken and written English
Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic)French strongly preferred

Competencies and values
Teamwork, commitment to the RC/RC movement, National Society relationship skills, integrity and personal conduct, sensitivity to diversity, flexibility and adaptability, initiative and direction, interpersonal skills, results
Management of strategy, coordination, leadership, planning, management of budget and resources, supervision and control,
Reporting, communication, networking,
Team management

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