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International Consultant for conduction of professional certification training on psycho-social support in crisis situations
|Location :||home based, with one mission to Dushanbe, Tajikistan|
|Application Deadline :||08-Sep-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 working days (with one mission/visit to Tajikistan)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||September - November 2017|
Psycho-social rehabilitation is one of the integral components of Victim Assistance component of the Mine Action in general, and the Tajikistan Mine Action Programme (TMAP), in particular.
Physical traumas created by mine/ERW explosions are among the most difficult injuries to treat and to live with. A person who has stepped on landmine usually suffers such severe disruption of the limb(s) that surgical amputation of one or both legs results even when a traumatic amputation is not immediate. If a person is injured while handling a mine/ERW, it often results in the loss of one or both hands, victims are frequently blinded or suffer traumatic injuries to the abdomen, chest and spinal column. While landmine survivors having Critical Incidence Stress (CIS) which is normal response to abnormal event (landmine explosion) are provided by the medical care and rehabilitation, but, as a rule, most survivors of landmine accidents have different immediate and delayed reactions to CIS, however, they usually do not receive first psychological aid (FPA) and psycho-social rehabilitation.
Since 2005 TMAP’s Victim Assistance Programme provided psycho-social rehabilitation support to more than 600 landmine/ERW victims and their families through different types of psycho-social support projects, namely, organizing of peer-to-peer support training for landmine survivors, summer rehabilitation camps for landmine survivors, capacity building training for local doctors and nurses on provision of the first psychological aid to persons with disabilities, including landmine survivors (2013-14). Projects were implemented in close cooperation with the key national partner – Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of RT (MHSPP), the Tajik National University (psychology department) and other VA partners: NGO “Harmony in the World”, “Tajikistan Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions” (TCBL&CM), Public Organization “Psychology Support Centre”, Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan and Society of Persons with Disabilities “Imkoniyat”.
External evaluation of the psycho-social support projects report 2016) revealed some difficulties and shortcomings in this component, namely, that the projects did not provide post-training support to participants, which diminished the projects’ effect. It is proved that educational projects should not end with one training session. Knowledge and skills need to be reinforced and improved after the completion of training, therefore abovementioned report recommended to organize Certification training in order to “prepare a certified team of trainers-cum-service providers, both from beneficiaries ("peer-to-peer" counseling) and medical/social workers”.
Thus, at the first stage, it is proposed to change the approach and organize professional certification training for local doctors from mine-affected areas on provision of the psycho-social rehabilitation support in crisis situations. Training based on best advanced international experience and using innovative approach will contribute to integration of mental health issues into primary healthcare in mine-affected districts and thus will improve the effectiveness of the psycho-social component of Victim Assistance pillar and ensure sustainability of services.
Duties and Responsibilities
Goals and objectives:
UNDP in Tajikistan seeks an International Consultant, who, under direct supervision of Disability Support Unit Advisor and in close consultation with STMAP Project Manager as well as in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population (MHSPP) and other relevant counterparts will conduct professional certification training for medical staff from mine-affected areas on provision of psycho-social rehabilitation in crisis situations, including to landmine survivors, families of victims and other persons with disabilities based on new innovative techniques.
Duties and responsibilities:
The scope of work under this Terms of Reference focuses on preparation and organization of professional certification training for local doctors from mine-affected areas on provision of the first psychological aid and psycho-social assistance in crisis situations. In the framework of Victim Assistance pillar, International Consultant is expected to conduct Certification training on provision of the psycho-social support in crisis situations and thus will facilitate integration of mental health issues into primary healthcare. Specifically, International Consultant will perform the following tasks:
For detailed information, please refer to the Terms of Reference of the the below link.
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Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.