Consultancy – Support Mental Health And Substance Abuse Unit

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-10
  1. Purpose of the Consultancy
The purpose is to recruit a national consultant to support mental health and substance abuse unit in WHO/EMRO to scale up implementing the global action plan on mental health 2013–2030 and regional frameworks for mental health and substance use.
  1. Background
The objectives of the Program on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (MNS) in WHO/EMRO are to support Member States in the development, adaptation and implementation of evidence informed policies, plans, legislations and interventions aimed at promotion of mental health and prevention of mental, neurological and substance use disorders, delivery of services based on best practices and standards of care promoting recovery and observance of human rights in an inter and multisectoral milieu. The Action Plan sets out goals and objectives to be achieved by 2030. The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region in WHO has developed a framework for operationalizing of the global Action Plans on mental health – 2013-2030. The identified interventions span the domains of Governance, health care, promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders and Strengthening information and evidence and research in developmental as well as emergency settings. The framework also incorporated intermediate indicators to monitor progress towards the global goals and objectives.
  1. Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)
Start date: 01/01/2022 End date: 30/05/2022
  1. Work to be performed
In close coordination with the mental health and substance abuse unit at the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), the national consultant will produce the following deliverables:
Review the global action plan on mental health 2013–2030 and regional frameworks for mental health and substance use to scale-up mental health in EMR countries.
Review the global action plan on mental health 2013–2030 and regional frameworks for mental health and substance use to scale-up mental health in EMR countries.
  • Deliverable 1.1: Participate in relevant meetings with counterparts in the COs and prepare Consultation reports conducted during the consultancy period.
  • Deliverable 1.2: Review and update the online courses: mental health in schools’ package, Covid-19 response: mental health and psychosocial support for community health workers, Integration of mental health in PHC package.
  • Deliverable 1.3: Review and update WHO/EMRO’s mental health and psychosocial support online platform that was developed in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Output 2: Support the mental health and substance use programs in developing models of care in compliance with quality and human rights standards
  • Deliverable 2.1: Provide technical input in the development of an Eastern Mediterranean Regional report of Mental health ATLAS 2020 mapping resources on mental health policies, legislation, financing, human resources, availability and utilization of services and data collection systems in the Eastern Mediterranean Region countries.
  • Deliverable 2.2: Collect data and draft an ATLAS report on Eastern Mediterranean Country Resources for Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD) comprising of regional and individual country profiles.
  • Deliverable 2.3: coordinate with countries’ on the day to day implementation of the special initiative on Mental health, WHO -UNICEF joint strategic collaboration and development of proposals for the Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health.
  1. Technical Supervision
  1. Specific requirements
The selected Consultant will work under the supervision of: Responsible Officer: Dr Khalid Saeed, Regional Adviser, MNS Manager: Dr Asmus Hammerich, Director, UHC/NMH Specific requirements - Qualifications required:
Essential Education:
First university degree in public health or mental health related fields (psychiatry, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychiatric social work).
- Experience required:
Essential Up to 5 years of working experience in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. Work experience within UN System is an asset.
  • Up to 5 years of working experience in the areas of mental health and substance abuse.
  • Work experience within UN System is an asset.
Skills / Technical skills and knowledge: The selected candidate should demonstrate a wide set of technical and soft skills including:
  • Ability to rapidly gather and consolidate information from multiple sources.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to produce documentation to a high standard.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to perform efficiently under work-pressure and actively work towards continuing personal learning and development.
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including good knowledge of various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with office technology equipment.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.
Other Skills (e.g. IT) Knowledge of office software applications. - Language requirements: Essential: Excellent English and Arabic language skills
  1. Place of assignment
Cairo, Egypt .
  1. Medical clearance
The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.
  1. Travel (If travel is involved, a medical certificate of fitness for work will be required.)
All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance. Visa requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs excluded)
Remuneration: national consultant (Pay band level A)
Additional Information section:
• This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
• Successful candidates will be included in the roster for consideration for future contractual engagement via a consultancy, as they become available. Inclusion in the roster does not guarantee any future contractual relationship with WHO
• A written test may be used as a form of screening.
• If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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• WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
• WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
• Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
• WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
• Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
• WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.

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