International Consultant MHPSS (Mental Health & Psychosocial Support), Unicef, Myanmar (Open to Non-Myanmar Nationals Only)

  • Contract
  • Yangon

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UNICEF seeks to engage a competent individual consultant with expertise in mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS) to support in the development of targeted MHPSS messages to support children and families in Myanmar. UNICEF seeks to engage a competent consultant with expertise in working with children and families and helping them to manage challenges through engaging and creative approaches to discussing psychoeducation and well-being so that they can reduce their distress through social and emotional learning, through emotional regulation and the identification of coping strategies. The consultant will support in providing MHPSS messages that are culturally adapted that will assist in nation-wide rolling out of digital and audio based MHPSS interventions especially useful for children/adolescents and families living in conflict-affected communities where in-person MHPSS activities has become extremely difficult to support hard-to-reach communities where internet connectivity is unreliable and remote services have become challenging.

The consultant will provide written narrative scripts on key MHPSS messages including psychoeducational storytelling. The narrative descriptions on the key MHPSS messages will include a full description of the story including spoken words, pauses, actions, settings, characters and sounds as well as accompanying movements/activities that go along with the story. The key MHPSS messages will be adapted by a communications agency into audio recordings, picture-based flipbook/booklet (snapshots based on animated video versions) and animated video versions which will be distributed through UNICEF implementing partners and through youth targeted interactive platforms for engagement. The tasks of the consultant will include:

Development of a narrative script of age-specific, interactive psychoeducational storytelling for children/adolescents to promote emotional well-being

Development of narrative script of MHPSS messages developed for parents/caregivers


1 month (22 working days), Full Time, Regular Office Hours

Duty Station:

Home-based (or) Yangon (if candidate is already in Myanmar)

Description of Assignment:

Tasks 1:

Develop 4 x narrative script of age-specific, interactive psychoeducational storytelling for children/adolescents to promote emotional well-being

Deliverables 1:

4 x children/adolescent written narrative script on storylines provided in English and Myanmar with a duration of 6-10 min each if spoken, including pauses in narrative.

  • 2 x targeting ages 4-7
  • 1 x targeting 8-12
  • 1 x targeting 13-17

Tasks 2:

Develop 4 x narrative script of MHPSS messages developed for parents/caregivers

Deliverables 2:

4 x MHPSS messages in written narrative script provided in English and Myanmar with a duration of 2-3 min each if spoken, including pauses in narrative.

Detail terms of reference can be accessed here: 19112021 TOR- MHPSS International Consultant.docx

The Expression of Interest form to complete and include in the application here: 19112021 Expression of Interest – MHPSS International Consultant.doc

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Masters Degree. Requires Degree in mental health, psychology social work or a related field.
  • At least 5 years’ professional experience in the provision of specialized mental health services;

    • Proven professional experience in and ability to provide strategic framework and documents for MHPSS programming, engagement, and coordination with reference to global guidance and standards.
    • Demonstrated expertise and professional experience in developing quality MHPSS material
    • Good understanding of conflict-sensitive programming and previous professional experience in programming in conflict settings a strong asset;
    • Excellent communication, analytical and writing skills;
    • Professional experience working with Ethnic groups in Myanmar, considered a strong asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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