Consultancy - Guideline to Promote Psychosocial Support for Children and Adolescents on the move, in the Different Stages of Their Journey - LAC Region
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Purpose of the Assignment

Under the overall guidance of the Child Protection Specialist on Migration, in close collaboration with the Child Protection Specialist in Emergencies and the Regional Advisor Child Protection, the purpose of this assignment is to develop a Guidelines for psychosocial support interventions for children on the move.

The Guidelines will be specific to the psychosocial care of children on the move and their families. It will consider the different stages in the migration process (community of origin, transit, destination, or return), whether they are alone or with family, taking into account their age and maturity, gender, ethnicity or disabilities.

It will consider the migratory context, particularly, the differentiation between interventions in the short, medium and long term.

The Guidelines will answer the questions of what to consider specifically in the design, implementation, monitoring and administration of interventions for children on the move during each stage of their journey.

It will also highlight potential unintended consequences that need to be pre consider during the design, as well as ways to overcome the same.

It will also consider the different modalities for delivering psychosocial support (e.g. virtual, face-to-face). It will be informed by human rights and guided by the accumulated global and regional experience of good practices in the implementation of psychosocial care and the Global Framework on MHPSS.

  • The guidelines will be evidence based with extensive referencing.
  • The Guideline also will be oriented to psycho-social support objectives like :

  • Reduce psychological suffering by adverse experiences, focusing on the acknowledgement of resilience mechanisms for children on the move and ways to supported.
  • Prevent short- and medium-term sequelae, especially those that affect their ability to learn, their way of relating to others and the way they face difficult situations in the future.
  • Reincorporate children and adolescents into their daily activities, especially within the family and school in long term interventions.
  • Identifying situations of violence suffered for children to provide referral orientations.
  • It will also consider both long- and short-term interventions reflecting the stage of the migration journey. Short term could be interventions apsychological first aid approach in migrant holding stations, shelters or similar, services for psychosocial care in borders or for children in transit in host communities.

    Longer term could be support for at community level or at school processes for children on the move, specialized psychosocial care for children and adolescents.

    Specific Tasks

    The assignment will include :

  • A preparatory stage, which includes a conceptual framework for psychosocial interventions for Children : key concepts, interventions, and procedures specifically for children on the move, levels of intervention, diverse types of intervention.
  • This will be complemented by the methodology for the assignment. This methodology may include consultations, evidence reviews, data gathering, etc.
  • An initial outline of the guide would also be proposed.
  • Draft a guideline.
  • Incorporate in the Guideline a complementary bibliography of accessible documents for more information related different areas of psychosocial support interventions.
  • Final Guideline that incorporates reflections from a reference group defined by UNICEF.
  • A presentation in a power point format or similar of the guideline considering their presentation in a webinar for different actors.
  • A reference group will be defined by UNICEF to support the review of the reports and progress in this consultancy.

    All the products will be presented in Spanish and English.

    Expected Results

    The following results are expected at the end of the consultancy :

  • A conceptual model and methodology for the assignment.
  • A first draft of the guideline.
  • A final report with a final version of the guideline.
  • A power point presentation of the product considering their presentation in a webinar for different actors.
  • Deliverables

    To qualify as an champion for every child you will have

  • Education : Master's degree in social sciences, international development cooperation or related technical fields, in combination with an academic background / research experience in psychosocial support and / or migration is required.
  • Work Experience :
  • Work experience in psychosocial support and mental health, specialized in children and it is an asset if specifically, children on the move and their families.
  • A minimum of five years working in the social sectors of international development.
  • Practical work experience in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Languages : Fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese will be considered an asset.
  • Technical knowledge :
  • Proven experience in development of guidelines, reports or protocols.
  • Solid understanding of mental health and psychosocial support programmes in the international context.
  • A good understanding of migration and migration responses in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in psychosocial support initiatives.
  • Others Skills and Attributes :

  • Demonstrated excellent skills for research and systematization of information for reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to work virtually and establish virtual working relationships with many partners.
  • Able to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Basic knowledge in the use ICT tools such as email, Teams, Skype, Zoom.
  • Supervision : The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNICEF LAC Regional Office Child Protection Specialist Migration , in collaboration with the Regional Adviser, Child Protection.

    Workplace : This is a remote, home-based consultancy. The consultant will need to have his / her own resources (laptop, internet, etc.

    and tools (software, etc.) to do the job and deliver the results.

    Duration : The estimated duration of this consultancy is 65 working days within 6 months, with an expected start date of 15 August 2022.

    How to Apply : The Application should be submitted online and should include : Resume, Cover Letter and Financial proposal.

    Qualified candidates are requested to submit daily and monthly fees in their financial proposal.

    For every Child, you demonstrate

    UNICEF values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) and the following core competencies : Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness, Works Collaboratively with others, Builds and Maintains Partnerships, Innovates and Embraces Change, Thinks and Acts Strategically, Drive to achieve impactful results, and Manages ambiguity and complexity.

    To view our values and competency framework please visit the following links : Our Values and Our Competencies.

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