Consultant – Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP – HIG), Anywhere

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World Health Organization (WHO)


Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP


( 2211264 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months

Job Posting: Dec 6, 2022, 3:28:17 PM

Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the management of the project “Strengthening organizational capacity for integrating mental health care in health services in humanitarian settings through training and mentoring” and to contribute to the updating and development of training materials.


The mission of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) is to promote mental health, and human rights for all across the lifespan; to prevent harmful use of alcohol and other substances, to prevent mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) conditions; and to reduce the mortality, morbidity and disability for persons with MNS conditions. One of the objectives of the Department is to increase access to affordable, good quality services and supports for people with MNS conditions, their families and communities within the context of UHC and across the life-course, including in humanitarian contexts.

The mental health needs of people affected by emergencies and displacement are significant, but often overlooked by health-care providers. Most humanitarian health agencies do not routinely address mental health needs and lack capacity in this area. Humanitarian agencies have expressed a great interest in the mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG): Clinical management of Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies (WHO & UNHCR, 2015) and the need for a capacity building project around this guide.

The mhGAP-HIG Capacity Building Project is an initiative that is led by the World Health Organization and is implemented in collaboration with International Medical Corps (IMC) to support the global uptake of WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Program and its Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG).

In this project, humanitarian partners will be enabled to implement integrated, and evidence based mental health programs using mhGAP-HIG. The project aims to build capacity and mental health leadership in humanitarian agencies to use mhGAP-HIG and thereby provide evidence-based care, contributing meaningfully to the goal of alleviating suffering and improving mental health and psychosocial wellbeing among people affected by conflict and other crises.

This project involves capacity building in using mhGAP-HIG clinical guidelines and an orientation on operational aspects of providing mental health as part of general health care in humanitarian settings. The training is followed by advice during agency implementation of mhGAP-HIG, with an evaluation component to document results.


Deliverable 1: Provide updated mhGAP-HIG curriculum and materials date (e.g. pre- and post-training assessments, training evaluation forms, training content and materials, training assignments and exercises) in English and French developed with contributions from the project team and mhGAP-HIG expert trainers.

Deliverable 2: Organize virtual global mhGAP-HIG workshop I for participant of multiple agencies (including preparation phase, workshop administration and follow-up) in collaboration with the project team.

Deliverable 3: Organize virtual global mhGAP-HIG workshop II targeting participants of multiple agencies from francophone countries (including preparation phase, workshop administration and follow-up) in collaboration with the project team.

Deliverable 4: Collect and analyze f project data and complete final project report and mhGAP-HIG multi-country final case study report.

Deliverable 5: Participate in internal and external project meetings, organize community of practice and mentorship calls, and contribute to the development of communication materials (e.g., website content, blogs, handouts) in line with global mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) standards and guidelines.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages.

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree in mental health (e.g. psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, psychiatric nurse, or clinical social worker).


  • Doctorate degree in mental health related field.



  • Over 5 years of relevant experience supporting MHPSS programs in international humanitarian contexts, including in project management and capacity building
  • Experience in integrating mental health care into general health care.
  • Work experience in large humanitarian crises caused by conflict or natural disasters.
  • Experience organizing and conducting training and capacity building workshops.


  • Experience with using the WHO’s mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention for integrating mental health care into general health care in humanitarian settings.
  • Experience in utilizing and managing learning platforms such as Canvas.


  • Good writing skills.
  • Ability to work within and contribute to a team.
  • Strong organizational and skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and written skills, and cross-cultural competency.

Languages required:


  • Expert knowledge in English and French.


Off-site: Home based.


The consultant is not expected to travel.

Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):


Band level B-USD 7,000 to 9,980 per month.

Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):


Expected duration of contract:

11 months part-time at 50%. Remuneration will be pro-rated accordingly.

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