MHPSS Technical Advisor – Uganda

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“Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity”.

Handicap International is changing his name and becomes « Humanity & Inclusion ». HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.
HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

For further information about the association: www.hi.org.

MISSION CONTEXT:

Uganda currently faces one of the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. As of December 31st 2019, there were a total of 1,381,122 refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda from 13 countries hosted in nine districts located mainly in the Northern, Southern, and Western regions of the country. The majority are from South Sudan (62,4%), the Democratic Republic of Congo (28,8%), Burundi (3,3%) and Somalia (2,7%). Of those, 82% are women and children, and 60% children. The continuous fighting and systematic violations of international and human rights in South Sudan and the Congo since mid-2016, in parallel with deteriorating conditions caused by several seasons of drought in the region is the main cause to the massive increase in arrival of refugees. Uganda is now the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, with refugees making up 3.5% of the country’s total population of 39 million.
While the South Sudanese influx has slowed over the course of 2017, the Congolese influx has increased since late December 2017. There are currently 389,276 Congolese refugees in Uganda with 54,993 of those arriving since January 1st 2019. Most refugees are fleeing inter-communal violence in DRC’s Ituri region and North Kivu. They are mainly being resettled in Kyangwali and Kyaka II settlements in Western Uganda.

Strengthening Psychosocial support service for Transformation (SPOT) among the Congolese refugees in Uganda is a collaborative, consolidated and integrated approach among three leading MHPSS humanitarian actors – War Child Holland (WCH), Humanity and Inclusion (HI) and Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) – to bring effectiveness, and harmonization in MHPSS interventions in the refugee response in Uganda. It aims at improving the resilience and well-being of Congolese refugees and vulnerable host populations in South-western Uganda through enhancing their access to quality, holistic, gender-sensitive and inclusive MHPSS services that support positive coping-mechanisms and foster recovery from traumatic experiences, including separation from or loss of family members, abrupt displacement, physical and sexual violence. It is implemented in and around Kyaka II and Kyangwali settlements as well as in the transit centres at the border with the DRC that are anticipated to receive more refugees in 2020 and are considered at high risk and in high need. The project time frame is from 1st February 2019to 31st May 2020.
Through this intervention, the partners are also aiming to support the development of a common basis and understanding of MHPSS interventions in the response.

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION:

Under the supervision of the Operations Coordinator, and within the SPOT Project framework, the MHPSS Technical Advisor will support the MHPSS national Working Group and task team on humanitarian MHPSS sector harmonization to develop MHPSS intervention guidelines specific for the Ugandan humanitarian context, focusing on existing interventions and tools.

The 3 main objectives of the mission will be:

  1. To contribute to draw the global picture of the humanitarian MHPSS sector situation intervention through meetings with key stakeholders including MoH, UNHCR, WHO, main implementing and operational MHPSS partners members of the MHPSS national working Group, field visits and documentation

  2. To develop a core competencies framework in relationship skills of MHPSS staffs according to professional standards (such as WHO/EQUIP) and in line with the integrated core competencies framework being developed internally)

  3. To provide a final document including recommendation on MHPSS interventions (1) and on core competencies of MHPSS staff (2) to be included in the MHPSS intervention guidelines proposed to the MHPSS National Working Group

These objectives will be refined by the National MHPSS Working Group and HI according to the evolving context and level of achievement of the intervention guidelines.

The complete Job Description will be shared with short-listed candidates.

PROFILE SOUGHT:

Education:
-Master degree in Psychology
-Degree in Clinical Psychology is an asset

Experience:
-at least 3 years’ experience in working with NGOs and civil society in developing and emergency interventions
-experience of working on Mental Health/ Psychosocial activities/ Community Based Rehabilitation
-experience in both development and emergency fields is an asset
-experience/knowledge in training process and supervision is an asset

Skills:
-proven ability in mobilizing community networks, awareness raising and advocacy
-experience in participatory approach to work with community based organizations
-excellent reporting capacity (written and oral communication)
-English speaking mandatory
-mastery of office software applications; word, excel, power point
-experience in participatory approach to work with community based organizations
-knowledge in training methodologies / adult education
-experience in Rights of Persons with Disability advocacy
-French speaking is an added value

Personal qualities:
-patience, flexibility and diplomacy abilities
-stress resistant in a very challenging environment
-sense of humor
-respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
-communication aptitude, open-mindedness, creativity, pro-activity
-good problem solving skills
-ensuring effective use of resources
-capacity to work successfully with Disabled People’s Organizations/CBOs

SPECIFICITIES OF THE POSITION:

Kampala is considered a safe and secure capital city, with access to many entertainment, education and health facilities. Kampala is level 1 security and the city is safe, as long as basic safety precautions are taken.
The position will require travel to various project sites, including refugee settlements with specific security constraints including movement restrictions.

JOB CONDITIONS:

• Starting date: 01/04/2020
• Length of the contract: 2 months
• Salary from 2300€ gross/month depending on the experience of the candidate
• Per-diem: 501,76€ net/month
• Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
• Paid holiday: 25 days per year
• R&R: 1 day/month
• Status: position unaccompanied
• Accommodation: collective housing fully covered by HI

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