National Consultant - Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)

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Application deadline 4 days ago: Monday 30 Jan 2023 at 22:59 UTC

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Purpose of consultancy

To strengthen the mental health care system in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char to ensure quality mental health services are available and accessible to host and Rohingya populations.


To strengthen the mental health care system in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char to ensure quality mental health services are available and accessible to host and Rohingya populations.

Summary of assigned duties:

  • Conduct a review of the mhGAP implementation and develop a structured roll out plan in line with the Mental Health Strategic plan and the Health Sector Strategic plans
  • In collaboration with the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) working group, support refining mental health and psychosocial services to meet the needs of the population and as may be required, co-coordinate the MHPSS WG
  • Train healthcare workers on the mental Health Gap Action Program (mhGAP) using the intervention guide
  • Conduct supportive supervision for mhGAP trained staff and when necessary, offer clinical support
  • Provide technical guidance to partners through for an established platform within the Health Sector and crosscutting sectors and sub sectors like Protection sector, Gender Based Violence sub sector, among others
  • Contribute to development and implementation of research in the field of mental health especially for key populations like children, adolescents and other groups, as may be identified
  • Contribute to assessment of the need and the procurement of essential psychotropic medicines to address any identified gaps
  • Coordinated with the respective sectors and ensure that data from mental health services is reported in a quality manner to advise decision making and progress of interventions, in line with agreed frameworks and guidelines
  • Contribute to development of concept notes and proposals for mobilization of resources for mental health and humanitarian response in general.
  • Participate as a resource person in training/orientation programmes in the related areas for capacity building and organize such programmes as required.
  • Ensure timely and technically correct implementation of WHO Mental Health and Psychosocial support related projects as assigned by the functional supervisor, and compile activity reports
  • Ensure smooth collaboration with operational partners (including Government, UN, INGOs, NGOs and other actors) for timely and sustainable implementation of activities.
  • Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor


Output 1:

mhGAP interventions are implemented in line with the current status of the Rohingya crisis response.

  • Activity 1.1: mhGAP implementation is reviewed and structured rollout plan is updated
  • Activity1.2: Conduct training for selected healthcare workers on mhGAP and other interventions
  • Activity 1.3: Regular supportive supervision of mhGAP trained staff is conducted
  • Activity 1.4: Compile activity reports

Output 2:

Ensure WHO’s contribution to MHPSS WG and the Health Sector in refining an implementation plan for the MHPSS strategic plan

  • Activity 2.1: MHPSS implementation plan is developed and updated in support to the MHPSS Working Group
  • Activity 2.2: Trouble shooting on needs for MHPSS improvements among partners on needs/gaps including psychotropic medicines and advise on their procurement
  • Activity 2.3: Co- coordinate and facilitate capacity building initiatives associated with the MHPSS strategic plan
  • Activity 2.4: Compile donor updates, contribute to reports and proposals development WHO Mental Health and Psychosocial support related projects

Output 3:

Support the Health Sector and MHPSS WG in ensuring the overall functioning of MHPSS WG in collaboration with respective chairs within the Cox’s Bazar context:

  • Activity 3.1: Preparing and conducting regular coordination meetings with other sector stakeholders to clarify, update and refine referral pathways
  • Activity 3.2: Develop inputs to or periodic reports/information products as needed by WHO, MHPSS working Group and or the health sector
  • Activity 3.3: Co-coordinate the MHPSS WG as may be requested by the WG and the Health Sector

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Medical degree (MBBS) and Postgraduate qualification in psychiatry and registration as a psychiatrist in Bangladesh.

Desirable: Training in mental health service delivery in emergency settings is and added advantage



  • At least 5 years of experience working in mental health care in low resource settings
  • Familiarity and utilization of global tools for mental health promotion and service strengthening, including WHO mhGAP intervention guides


  • Previous experience of working in Cox Bazar in emergency situations, in service provision or service strengthening including training of health care workers on mhGAP
  • Previous experience of working with WHO or UNHCR on mhGAP capacity building is an added advantage.


  • Ability to interact with government counterparts on administrative and support areas related to emergency health issues.
  • Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
  • Skills and ability to convene meetings of stakeholders,
  • Ability to prepare reports independently.


  • Producing Results
  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Languages required:

Proficient knowledge of both English and Bengali

Computer Literacy:

Proficiency in MS Office applications (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoints, etc.)


On site: _Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh


As per requirement

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

1.Remuneration: National Consultants Pay Band – NO.C

  • Monthly remuneration from BDT 685,950.00 to BDT 907,597, or
  • Daily remuneration from BDT 34,298.00 to BDT 45,380.00

Actual remuneration (monthly or daily basis) will be offered based on the requirements of the terms of reference for the individual consultant contract and in relation to the individual’s academic and professional experience in accordance with WHO’s consultant’s pay band ranges.

2.Expected duration of the contract: Initially one year (extendable)

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