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UNFPA-MHPSS Specialist-P3/P4-Addis and Tigray, Ethiopia

Addis (20%), Mekelle, Tigray, Afar, Amhara (80%), Ethiopia
Interagency Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist (MHPSS)
Surge Capacity
Title: MHPSS Specialist   Level: P3/P4 Depending upon skills and context
Requesting Agency UNFPA Country: Ethiopia
Duty station Addis (20%)
Mekelle, Tigray
Afar, Amhara (80%
Security phase in
country / duty station
Low in Addis
High in Tigray, Afar, Amhara
What type of working arrangement is available now?
In-country international deployment: Yes
In-country telecommuting: Yes
Remote-based support from outside country acceptable: No
Some movement on the ground is permissible: Yes
Requested date of deployment ASAP Requested length of deployment (in months) 6 months
First request (indicate with Yes/No) Yes Extension
(indicate with No. of extension 1,2,3)
What type of emergency is the person to support? (Please select or highlight)
  1. COVID-19 response efforts
  2. Rapid onset emergency
  3. Protracted humanitarian emergency
Combination. Specify:

Mission Specific Considerations during COVID-19
Physical deployments (only fill out if you anticipate surge to physically deploy)
Pre-departure considerations for physical deployments
Does this duty station require candidates to have undertaken SSAFE training? If so, can the office provide training upon arrival?  No
Are there any special/new, specific visa considerations that need to be considered?
The deployee can enter on a regular passport or UNLP with a negative PCR and a 7-day isolation period (see below)
What type of quarantining rules does the local government mandate at this stage upon arrival?
Be sure to include how long for, and possible locations the person will/should be quarantined. i.e., government mandated facilities or pre-approved hotels, etc.
The deployee can do a 7-day isolation at any UN-approved hotel. Currently all UNFPA surge personnel are staying at the International Elily Hotel which is walking distance to the office.
C-19 testing and clearance
Does the Surge need to undertake any COVID-19 testing prior to arrival or upon arrival? Are there any other medical clearances or vaccines deployees need to undertake before travel to this country?
The deployee must present proof of a negative PCR not older than 120 hours (5 days) upon arrival at the airport
Is there any equipment that the Surge should become equipped with prior to travel, e.g., PPE such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc.?
If she/he goes to the field, PPE will be made available
Is there any other paperwork that the local government authorities require upon entry/re-entry into the country? Yellow Fever vaccination proof advisable
On mission considerations (for physical deployments):
What type of accommodation is available for Surge deployees?
 UNDSS approved hotels and apartments are available (see above)
Medical Treatment
Are there any government restrictions or limitations that would adversely impact in-country medical treatment plans or medical evacuation?
Proof of health insurance coverage advisable
What is the capacity of local facilities that can be used to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19? There are reasonable COVID-19 services available in-patient and out-patient
Office arrangement for telecommuting
If the Surge needs to telecommute within the country, can the country office demonstrate that the deployee is realistically able to work in terms of remote connectivity, equipment, etc.?
If the Surge is required to physically deploy, can the country office provide necessary equipment, e.g., masks, gloves, sanitizer?
Is the work supporting COVID-19 response efforts? No
Is the country of intervention on the HRP countries list, and if not, clear justification as to why the support is required in the justification section below? Yes
Can the country office demonstrate that the deployee is realistically able to work in terms of remote connectivity (where necessary) /equipment/protection materials? Yes
Overall COVID-19 Situation in country:
According to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceed 100,000, with a total of 63,866 recovered cases and 1,569 deaths. The MOH and EPHI in collaboration with partners have intensified response efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ethiopia. The national and regional Public Health Emergency Operations Center has been activated and laboratory diagnosis capacity has been expanded to other national institutions, subnational and private laboratories. The WHO and other partners are currently supporting in scaling up preparedness and response efforts and implementation of related recommendations suggested by the IHR Emergency Committee.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
1. Non UNLP holders, you would need to apply for a visa online. You would pay a fee using your credit card (approximately USD 52). You will be reimbursed by UNFPA for the visa fee upon submission of the respective travel claim form (F10 form) and the proof of payment. When applying for the visa online choose the option of "International Organizations".
The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single Web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Click the link below for e-visa services:
International organizations/embassies work visa is issued to foreign nationals with ordinary passports who are invited by international organizations or embassies resident in Ethiopian for different work purposes.
2. UNLP holders, you do not need to apply for the visa online. You will present your UNLP to the immigration authority at the Addis Ababa Airport (upon arrival). The immigration officer (at the Addis Ababa Airport) will stamp the visa in your UNLP.
Quarantine Information:
1. UNLP holders, including their immediate family members, arriving at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, are advised but not required to have a certificate of negative PCR COVID-19 test before arrival to Ethiopia.
2. UNLP holders, including their immediate family members, who come to Ethiopia with a negative PCR COVID-19 test result before arrival to Ethiopia are required to stay in quarantine for seven days in their residence.  The certificate validity shouldn’t exceed 120 hours on arrival from the date sample is given.
3. UNLP holders, including their immediate family members, who come to Ethiopia without negative PCR COVID-19 test result are required to stay in quarantine for fourteen days in their residence or in a government-designated hotel.
4. Non UNLP holders are required to come with a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. Passengers MUST present a negative RT PCR test certificate for COVID-19 before boarding a flight. The certificate validity shouldn’t exceed 120 hours on arrival from the date sample is given. They must quarantine for 14 days in their residence or in a government-designated hotel.
The Government continues to implement enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e., armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)
Addis Ababa:
S E C U R I T Y    L E V E L
LOW (2)
Armed Conflict MINIMAL
Terrorism LOW
Civil Unrest MODERATE
Hazards LOW
Security Level: Low (2). The overall security situation in Addis Ababa is relatively calm and stable. In recent months however, criminality has increased, with armed robbery, robbery with violence, mugging and pick pocketing incidents commonly perpetrated against foreigners, including UN personnel. 2) Additionally, there has been an increase in weapon smuggling, which prompted the arrest of criminals and seizure of large sums of cash, guns and ammunition for varying calibers in 2019.
S E C U R I T Y    L E V E L
Armed Conflict EXTREME
Terrorism MINIMAL
Civil Unrest MODERATE
ToR(s) Attached X  Yes  ☐ No
Relevant supporting documents attached (previous mission reports, IP progress reports, M&E) ☐  Yes  X No
Has the Regional Office been consulted about this mission request?  X Yes       ☐ No
UNFPA Ethiopia has been supporting emergency response programs focused on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and Gender Based Violence (GBV), including supporting the provision of quality life-saving Emergency Reproductive Health kits to prevent maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, GBV response, and to reduce HIV transmission in conflict and drought affected communities.
The current conflicts in the Northern part of the country specifically in Tigray region and in districts of Amhara region bordering Benishangul Gumuz and Tigray regions and in districts in Afar bordering Tigray region  have been  exacerbating the humanitarian situation in the country. Access to the lifesaving SRH and GBV services is difficult; and risk of GBV mainly sexual violence is heightened during the conflict. The service providers including government institutions and local organizations are highly affected by the conflict. As a result, conflict affected population groups mainly women and girls are in critical need of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS). In addition, the existing service providers in limited sites lack proper capacity on how to provide quality MHPSS services for the affected population.
An MHPSS working group has recently been created, led by the Ministry of Health, that is facing some challenges in strategizing the interventions and likely needs technical support to strengthen its mandate. 
At the present there is a scoping mission led by UNFPA MHPSS global roving which aims to prepare the ground for MHPSS surge deployment in line UNFPA scale up activation to strengthen support for women and girls affected by conflict in Tigray.
The purpose of the inter-agency MHPSS Specialist consultancy is to support UNFPA Ethiopia Country Office in implementing an integrated MHPSS response into GBV and SRH activities included in the Emergency response plan developed by Country office to meet the needs of women and girls affected by ongoing conflict in Tigray Region. As. These activities will include the following:
  1. Review and Implement the MHPSS plan developed by MHPSS global roving during scoping mission.
  2. Support implementation of PSS interventions by UNFPA IPs ensuring they aligned with MHPSS UNFPA Policy and IASC Guidelines for MHPSS.
  3. Lead the design of standard and contextual inter-agency MHPSS interventions for GBV/SRH partners in Tigray, including consideration of evidence-based approaches tailored to staff without formal MHPSS qualifications.
  4. Develop a training, mentoring and supervision plan to equip selected GBV/SRH front line workers to deliver specific interventions that address identified needs.
  5. Deliver training sessions and develop follow up/coaching plans for the partners to ensure skill development and application.
  • Assist in any resource mobilisation activities which embed MHPSS needs accordingly
  1. Contribute MHPSS perspective and inputs in assessments, planning and reporting undertaken by GBV/SRH Sub-Sector partners and other relevant interagency initiatives.
  2. Identify a range of MHPSS services available for inclusion in GBV/SRH referral pathways, determine protocols for triage and referral to these services and propose appropriate needs-based referral mechanisms that are effective in addressing specific issues
  • Represent the UNFPA in MHPSS coordination structures and maintain linkage between MHPSS in country working groups.
  1. Actively participate in and support the inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV/SRH and MHPSS coordination groups in Mekelle
Qualifications and Skills Required
  • Master’s degree with specialization in psychology, social work, mental health or related area.
  • At least 5 years of specialized experience in community based psychosocial support interventions particularly as it relates to GBV;
  • Experience in GBV/MHPSS at an international level in a humanitarian context.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergency Settings;
  • Demonstrated experience of training, supervision, and mentoring of non-professional counselling staff;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to work within a team structure, maintain flexibility, and cope with a stressful workload;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within different cultural environments;
  • Strong knowledge of humanitarian coordination mechanisms; and strong cultural awareness and sensitivity.
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