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UNICEF in Serbia is seeking a qualified consultant for the following assignment:
for Adolescent Mental Health and Psychological
Support Service (MHPSS) web portal
Ref. Number: VN 43 – 540778
Adolescence is a difficult emotional period under any circumstance, but in Serbia and globally the COVID-19 pandemic has made things much worse. Many of the things that teenagers rely on for emotional stability and growth have been suspended – social activities, sports, normal schooling, dating and more. Children and adolescents can struggle with a variety of symptoms such as anxiety, stress, hopelessness, fear for the future and more, and unless we provide adolescents who need it with early support through community and innovative methods, the risk of developing more serious and long-term mental health problems could increase. At the same time, it is difficult for young people to talk about mental health issues and their struggles due to social stigma and toxic cultures that might prevent them from seeking early support and counselling.
UNICEF in Serbia seeks to address the existing prevention and response gaps in mental health and psychosocial support services for children and adolescents. One important step is to “meet children and young people where they are” – namely online. In this regard, UNICEF Serbia seeks a specialist to support the development of a national online MHPSS platform for young people, which will provide a space for comprehensive information and awareness-raising on relevant topics, on the importance of building emotional and mental health resilience among young girls and boys, the benefits of healthy life styles, a space that will provide young people with relevant information on self-care, resilience, positive coping mechanism, sexual and reproductive health, early self-detection of mental health conditions; as well as provide them with relevant information on existing mental health and psychological support and another important services in their communities and ways of reaching out to them.
To support the above-mentioned process, UNICEF seeks to engage an expert for the development of the service algorithm and prototype, as well as the development of recommendations for the service development both online and offline, to enable the national MHPSS platform to become a “one-stop-shop” for young girls and boys wanting to learn more about how to seek support as needed.
The vision of the platform is for young people (aged 13-24, with specific content for specific age subgroups) and all interested (parents, caregivers, school workers, community workers, educators, social workers, mental health professionals, etc.) to obtain relevant, safe, age-appropriate and trusted information on wellbeing, self-care, resilience, early detection on mental health for children and adolescents, in addition to reliable information on sexual and reproductive health and other topics relevant to the age group’s needs.
Duration of the assignment: June – July 2021 (up to 30 workdays)
Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application through link below.
The application must include a financial proposal in RSD as a separate document, providing the following information:
The closing date for applications is 11th June 2021.
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
For every child, you must demonstrate UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Prijavi se do 11/06/21
Lokacija — Beograd