Jordan

MHPSS Needs Assessment Consultant

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Rationale (NWS/NES):
The aim of the MHPSS needs assessment is to explore the mental health and psychosocial problems expressed by children and adolescent’s experiences, priorities and needs stemming from the Syrian conflict in North West and East Syria. This aims to inform the potential program design of SCI’s MHPSS activities that would fill the existing gaps and support the integration process of MHPSS into existing sectors in both areas.

The MHPSS needs assessment will identify the perceived MHPSS problems, examine the psychosocial distress, its impact on daily functioning, groups at risk, key needs for mental health and psychosocial support services, traditional and existing ways of coping strategies, help-seeking behaviours, stigma and barriers to accessing support, existing MHPSS resources and community priorities regarding MHPSS issues.

The MHPSS assessment will also provide a further in-depth look at those perceived mental health and psychosocial needs of children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having said that, an MHPSS in-depth assessment will enable us to incorporate and build longer-term programming and integrate them into the existing response. The current Global Covid-19 research also do differ in terms of the methodology being used, as it only accommodates remote methods of data collection via online surveys and phone. Therefore, considering the unique context, particularly in NES camps – a face to face approach, namely focus group discussions are required to conduct an in depth analysis. Currently, due to the Covid-19 and a number of restrictions, the methodology will have to be adjusted (potentially remote) as per the status at the start date of the consultant.

The primary objectives include:
* How the crisis has affected the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of community members with particular focus on children and adolescents
* How distress is expressed and experienced in the local context (e.g. local terminology used and relevant cultural beliefs about mental health)
* Local ways of coping and seeking help, especially among children and adolescents
* Existing community strengths and resources that can be reactivated or strengthened to respond to heightened levels of distress, including both formal and informal sources of support
* The data collection process has been completed in NWS, and the consultant will be required to work with the ready dataset, and analyze. As for the second half of the assessment, NES, the consultant will have to lead the entire process from training of enumerators, data collection and analysis.
* In coordination with the Sn. Protection Advisor and Sn. MEAL and Research Manager, the consultant is expected to produce two reports in total, for NWS and NES. The details can be discussed, to whether to have 2 or 1 reports for Syria.

Methodology:

Study Design
The assessment will use a qualitative approach employing a thematic analysis as this will allow SCI to generate conceptual interrogations of the underlying meanings of the data and to develop themes, examine different perspectives, highlight similarities and differences, as well as identify patterns that will reflect the explicit content of the data.

Note; In consideration of the limitations around Covid-19 in NES, the assessment modality could be shifted to KII’s and remote modality. This will be further discussed when the consultancy starts.

Sample - Participants
To overcome the limitations associated with limited resources, purposive-snowballing sampling will be used to recruit participants for both focus group discussions (FGDs). Approximately eighteen focus groups will be carried out, including 3 FGDs per age group per gender) with 8 to 10 participants in each in different settings.

Participants will be children aged 8 to 11 years and youth aged 12 to 14 and 15 to 17 years of diverse backgrounds (Syrian Kurds, Syrian Arabs, Iraqis and Foreign Families) and abilities, in order to present the most vulnerable in the area, including those out of school, not benefiting from NGOs, with disabilities and so on. Groups will be segregated per age and gender (boys and girls).

Size of the Sample
The sample size will be based on data saturation. That is when conducting FGDs no longer leads to the identification of new concepts.

Setting
The sessions will be carried out in children/adolescent friendly facilities like CFS and schools where participants can have easy access and a safe and private environment to express their concerns and experiences in MHPSS. SCI will obtain all the necessary approvals from government officials including key stakeholders, parents/caregivers and others to facilitate this process.

Sample - Participants
To overcome the limitations associated with limited resources, purposive-snowballing sampling will be used to recruit participants for both focus group discussions (FGDs). Approximately eighteen focus groups will be carried out, including 3 FGDs per age group per gender) with 8 to 10 participants in each in different settings.

Participants will be children aged 8 to 11 years and youth aged 12 to 14 and 15 to 17 years of diverse backgrounds (Syrian Kurds, Syrian Arabs, Iraqis and Foreign Families) and abilities, in order to present the most vulnerable in the area, including those out of school, not benefiting from NGOs, with disabilities and so on. Groups will be segregated per age and gender (boys and girls).

Size of the Sample
The sample size will be based on data saturation. That is when conducting FGDs no longer leads to the identification of new concepts.

Setting
The sessions will be carried out in children/adolescent friendly facilities like CFS and schools where participants can have easy access and a safe and private environment to express their concerns and experiences in MHPSS. SCI will obtain all the necessary approvals from government officials including key stakeholders, parents/caregivers and others to facilitate this process.

What is required from the Consultant / Technical Expert, and required qualities:

In accordance with the scope of work, the key deliverables are:

Training:
* Training of enumerators in NES

Work plan:
* Suggested work plan/work flow, that outlines details of the report, milestones and deadlines.
* Report template to be used for the full report
* A full report that is clearly structured, documenting and analysing the findings, conclusions and recommendations.
* Dissemination material, including a power point presentation of the findings that can be shared with different stakeholders, including government officials and representatives of the affected community.
* Deliverables will be subject to Save the Children’s approval.
* The Applicant should have at least 5 years of relevant MHPSS experience
* The applicant should have a relevant mental health degree
* The Applicant should have experience analysing and reporting on qualitative research (i.e. focus group discussions)
* Applicant should be fluent in Arabic
* Applicant should have excellent English writing skills and analysis.

Save the Children’s role:
* The final reports should consider the comments received from Save the Children. The work plan developed by the Applicant in collaboration with Save the Children will outline mutual responsibilities and timelines for review.
* The consultant will be supervised by the Sn. Protection Advisor in regards to her / his deliverables and will be supported by the Sn. MEAL and Research Manager.

How it complements the global Covid-19 research (NES):
The MHPSS assessment will provide a further in-depth look at the perceived mental health and psychosocial needs of children and adolescents segregated by age and gender and will partially complement how those needs also look like during the acute current crisis (COVID-19). Having said that, an MHPSS in-depth assessment will enable us to incorporate and build longer-term programming and integrate them into the existing response. The current Global Covid-19 research also do differ in terms of the methodology being used, as it only accommodates remote methods of data collection via online surveys and phone. Therefore, considering the unique context, particularly in NES camps – a face to face approach, namely focus group discussions are required to conduct an in depth analysis.

Timeline:
Anticipated Consultant Start Date: Mid-June – Early July 2020
Total Consultancy duration: 24 days.

North West Syria:
* Data Collection: Conducted between Dec 2019 – Jan 2020. Dataset of the findings will be provided to the consultant by Sn. MEAL and Research Manager. The consultant is expected to analyze and produce a report in 10 days.
* Analysis of findings and report development: July 2020

North East Syria:
* Data Collection: Planned to be conducted between June – July 2020. The consultant is expected train (remotely) enumerators in NES to roll out the assessment (4 days in total).
* Analysis of findings and report development: July 2020 The consultant is expected to analyze and produce a report in 10 days.

Notes:
* Assessment, data collection, data analysis and write up to be completed by the end of July 2020

Expected effort (1 Month):
* Remote Training of enumerators by the Consultant: 4 days in total, (2 days in each location) in NES to go over questionnaires (children and adolescents), guidelines for note takers, and the data collection tool (excel sheet –same as guidelines for note takers).
* Data Collection: To be completed by Save the Children team under MEAL supervision in each respective location in NES.
* Data Analysis and write up: 10 days for each NES and NWS.

Consultancy Budget:
* 250 USD per day – 24 working days.
* 6000 USD in total.

We are interested in hearing from you if you have experience of working in a similar role in an emergency or you can demonstrate experience of working in similarly complex countries or environments (please outline this in your cover letter).

To apply, please send a covering letter along with up-to-date CV, in English to the link provided. Please note: due to the critical nature of this recruitment, applications will be reviewed as they are received and successful candidates contacted on an on-going basis.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

How to apply

Application Email: m.rawashdeh.58692.3830@savethechildrenint.aplitrak.com