External experts on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, MHPSS

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External experts on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, MHPSS

TERMS of REFERENCE

External experts on

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, MHPSS

Develop a booklet on strategic interventions and quality support services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings

 

Project name:   GIZ, PaCT

Contract no:     83360483

 

Coherent Development Albania is seeking to contract 2 external experts, one expert on mental health and one expert on psychosocial support for the development of a booklet on strategic interventions and quality support services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings.

 

Coherent Development Albania, is implementing the project entitled “Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (PaCT)”, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The project is working closely with 4 reception centers in Albania, the National Reception Center in Tirana, Vatra, the psycho-social center in Vlora, Tjeter Vizion Association in Elbasan and Different& Equal in Tirana.

The overall objective of the project in ongoing implementation from Coherent Development Albania is the better perspective for the wellbeing of (potential) victims of human trafficking at shelters in Albania being focused on MHPSS, promoting access to and quality of support services.

Target groups: Technical staff and decision makers working in shelters for potential victims of trafficking in human beings and the service users such as women, children and (unaccompanied) minors.

The project works in four main areas of actions: (1) Strengthening the capacities of service providers, staff working in shelters related to MHPSS (2) Promoting the good practices related to reintegration of potential victims of trafficking in human beings into society (3) Partnership with service providers within the referral mechanism (4) support services, mainly enabled during the pandemic  COVID-19 with sanitizing stuff  and expertise on preventing measures against the spread of pandemic in the premises of 2 shelters.

Context

Potential or victims of trafficking also in Albania are in the increased risk of developing mental health problems or disorders caused by a number of reasons, including violence before and during trafficking, restrictions of freedom and difficult living and working conditions while trafficked, as well as a lack of social support after. Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services and assistance offered in shelters vary from psychological assessment, daily monitoring, individual and group counseling, to referrals to specialized institutions within health sector in serious cases. Nevertheless, daily occupational activities are organized to contribute, together with work of specialized staff, to the atmosphere of psychological and physical safety, still more integrated methods and client oriented support is needed, focusing the specific challenges and perspectives of each client in the shelter, but even in a larger scale. Lack of funds, limits the diversification of services provided in the shelters placed in Tirana, Elbasan and Vlora, Albania. The common issue for shelters’ staff turns out to be the new target-group specific approaches to provide MHPSS services. Additional capacity building measures for staff working in shelters with the development of beneficial approaches should be strengthened or introduced to the daily work of shelters. On the other side adequate care systems for professional staff in governmental and civil society organizations are often underdeveloped by missing the opportunities to catch the attention of funding resources. Implementation of systematic and integrated approach to staff care aiming to maintain staff well-being and shelter efficient functioning over the long run, might improve the quality of MHPSS in the shelters.

Tasks to be performed by 2 external experts on mental health and psychosocial support

  • To attend/co-facilitate 2 day workshop on MHPSS, for the technical staff of 4 shelters for victims of trafficking in human beings. Workshop will be carried out during the period June-July 2021. Gathering inputs provided from participants will support the external experts to better understand the status quo of services provided in shelter, typology, referral mechanism, partnership at local level with health care services, mental health community center or services, psychosocial support and case management methodology and good practices developed so far in each of 4 shelters.
  • To elaborate outputs from each day of the workshop, creating a baseline for the development of a booklet on strategic interventions and quality support services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings supporting the staff of 4 shelters with key guidelines on basic provision on MHPSS, to improve the wellbeing and access to quality services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings. The referral system in place, case management, good practices enabled so far for each category (women and girls, unaccompanied minors and children), will be as well complementary parts of the booklet, setting the basis for a deeper expertise on MHPSS, during the upcoming project, referring to the evaluation and implementation of new approaches on MHPSS, that will be elaborated from the Mental Health Institute, Serbia.
  • To develop the booklet on strategic interventions and quality support services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings. Booklet should be written in 2 languages, Albanian and English.
  • To attend the on line forum, that will be organized in July 2021, with relevant central and local stakeholders, by enabling to participants and representatives of key central and local public and nonpublic institutions, to be aware on responsibilities, related to the MHPSS, improving the access to quality services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings.

 

Methodology/questions to be considered

To reach and actively involve as many as possible key central and local stakeholders, in concept design of strategic interventions for the service users in shelters and capacities development approaches for the staff of shelters within the framework of referral mechanism, in 3 areas Tirana, Elbasan and Vlora.

Confidentiality considerations and privacy:  Due to the specificities and characteristic of target groups, the experts are called to pay particular attention to the privacy of data and figures, while might get in contact with data related to service users in shelters, or direct meeting or colloquies with them during the concept design of strategic interventions.

Participation of the target groups in shelters: Both experts should guarantee as well participation of target groups, mainly by organizing virtual meetings via zoom or Microsoft Teams’ platforms, in order to understand and analyze which might be the required and effective strategic interventions to directly affect the person/service user.

 

The service provider is responsible for providing the following services

 

                                               Deliverables Deadlines
Elaboration of outputs from 2 day workshop on MHPSS, creating the baseline for the development of strategic interventions and quality support services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings July 8, 2021
Submission of the 1st draft of booklet on strategic interventions and quality support services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings. July 19, 2021
Submission of booklet on strategic interventions and quality support services for potential victims of trafficking in human beings. July 23, 2021

 

Criteria, qualifications and experiences:

 

  • Master Degree and at least 9 years of experience or PhD and at least five years of substantive experience with the institutions and programs related to the required field of expertise on mental health or psychosocial support.
  • To have experience in developing training programs, reports/studies or policy documents with recommendations in the field of mental health and psychosocial support MHPSS.
  • To have experience in cooperating with national and/or international entities operating in the field of preventing and combating trafficking in human beings.
  • Be able to work independently and efficiently, considering the challenges that might rise;
  • Excellent facilitation/training and reporting skills;
  • Excellent skills in English Language.

 

Terms of service:

 

  • Availability to complete the required assignment within the specified timeframe of 8 working days;
  • Maintaining the confidentiality of data that may be generated or disclosed during the provision of required service;
  • Submission of the working timesheet, and any other supporting documentation, that will be required to verify the efficiency of the required service;
  • Submission of work report on findings at the end of the service, in English language, at the organization’s official e-mail, providing lessons learnt to be taken into consideration in similar services. The report should always be based on the relevant targets and indicators, and focus on the impact/results achieved.

 

Application criteria:

 

The following documentation must be submitted by June 18, 2021, at 16:00, PM, at the official e-mail address of CoDe Albania: info@codealbania.org

  • CV;
  • Letter of interest, describing the competencies to perform the required service;
  • Details of the contacts of the last 3 references related to the required field of expertise;
  • Copies of completed studies or policy documents with recommendations developed;
  • The total budget and the respective costs for the working days, which should include the withholding tax;
  • The application must be submitted in English language.

 

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