Consultancy service for the development of guidelines and training curriculum on Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for the Lake Chad Basin.

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Closing date: 16 Mar 2021

Invitation to Bid

Reference No. 83375678

GIZ support to the AU for the operationalization of the APSA Project would like to invite all interested bidders/consulting firms/ who are eligible to participate in this open tender, are herewith requested to submit their proposals to the "Consultancy service for the development of guidelines and training curriculum on Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for the Lake Chad Basin".

Interested bidders who fulfill the following criteria, can request the detailed tender documents via an email address pcc@giz.de starting from Tuesday, 02 March 2021.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The GIZ APSA project supports the African Union (AU) and regional organizations (RECs/RMs) to strengthen and effectively utilize instruments of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), which include the Panel of the Wise, the Continental Early Warning Systems (CEWS), the African Standby Force (ASF) and the Peace Fund. As part of this, the GIZ APSA project supports the Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (CMPCRD) Division, including its activities in the Lake Chad Basin region under the Regional Stabilization Strategy (RSS). The RSS was adopted by the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) in August 2018 and endorsed by the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) in December 2018.

The crisis in the Lake Chad basin has created massive humanitarian challenges. This includes tens of thousands of people killed, millions of people displaced, wide-scale destruction of property, fraying of social ties and increase in tensions. The deep-seated polarization arising out of this has in turn created fear and mistrust among the population with many communities and individuals bearing deep psycho-social scars. To get the affected communities back on the track to recovery, the scores of affected populations must be offered help in a way that increases their utility as actors for broader stabilization efforts. Both security-focused, humanitarian and development responses have to take the psycho-social needs of the affected communities into account. Likewise, mental health and psycho-social support initiatives should contribute to local peacebuilding based on context-specific needs assessments and effective multi-sectoral coordination.

Based on the need for psychosocial support services in the Lake Chad Basin region, the CMPCRD Division, together with LCBC, IOM and GIZ APSA, organized a pilot training in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in November 2019. The pilot workshop aimed to (1) identify knowledge and practice gaps, (2) provide a platform for exchange between participants from affected regions, (3) initiate the creation of a network of providers of community-based mental health and psychosocial support through a multi-tiered and holistic approach. The training supports the implementation of the Humanitarian Assistance Pillar (Pillar 4) of the RSS. The CMPCRD division, together with LCBC and support from GIZ APSA, would like to continue its work on MHPSS in the Lake Chad Basin region. This will entail the development of Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for the Lake Chad Basin as well as the development of a training package on this topic.

The consultancy is expected to commence on 1st April 2021 and will finish by 30th June 2021. The consultant is expected to work no more than 30 days. The consultancy is home-based. There will be no need to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for inception or validation meetings. All meetings will be held virtually.

TASKS:

The consultant is expected to develop Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for the Lake Chad Basin as well as developing a training package on this topic.

(1) Development of guidelines on MHPSS:

  • Development and submission of short outline for review

  • Consultation with AU, LCBC, and GIZ

  • Development and submission of first draft of guidelines

  • Online validation workshop to finalize guidelines

  • Finalization of guidelines

(2) Development of training curriculum on MHPSS:

  • Development and submission of first module for review

  • Development of remaining modules

  • Review of all modules

  • Online validation workshop to finalize curriculum

  • Finalization of training curriculum

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

It is expected that the assignment will be conducted by a consulting firm combining relevant areas of expertise. Consulting firms can bid for this tender with a minimum of 1 expert, or a team of experts. The expert(s) shall fulfil the following qualifications, which will be evaluated according to the technical assessment grid:

Academic Qualifications

Master’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Political Sciences or a related field with a focus on mental health and psychosocial support.

Specific professional experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the provision of mental health and psychosocial support, including the development of guidelines and training curricula.
  • Experience consulting for the African Union Commission and/or the Lake Chad Basin Commission will be an advantage.

Language

Business fluency in English is required; fluency in French is an asset.

How to apply:

  • All bids must be delivered/submitted through the email address E_T_Quotation@giz.de at or before 5:00 PM (GMT+3) on Tuesday, March 16.2021**.
  • All bids must include technical and financial offers. Technical and financial offers have to be separate.
  • Offers shall be as per the issued tender document.
  • Financial offer shall be made as per the bid sheet template attached with the tender documents.
  • The technical offer should include the approach taken by the consulting firm and showcase its previous work in the areas listed above.
  • GIZ support to the AU for the operationalization of the APSA Project reserves the right to cancel the bid fully or partially.


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