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Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) Consultant for Sexual Violence Project


In 2018, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) launched its Sexual Violence Project, a three-year initiative exploring the effects of sexual violence against people who have identified as male or were designated as male at birth, including cisgender heterosexual men and boys, gay and bisexual men, and transgender women and transgender men. Through this project, WRC undertook groundbreaking research in three refugee settings: the Rohingya refugee community in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; refugees and migrants traveling the Central Mediterranean route through Libya to Italy; and refugees in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. WRC also piloted community-based projects to facilitate service uptake, established and coordinated the first inter-agency working group on this issue at the global level, and developed field-friendly tools and guidance to support frontline workers in the field. A feminist approach has been critical to center this work within the larger global efforts around addressing gender-based violence against women and girls and the linkages between sexual violence against men and boys and resulting impacts on wives, mothers, sisters, and female community members.

Despite progress, challenges remain. Practitioners lack tools and resources to effectively respond to male survivors, including adolescent boys. Service provider attitudes, biases, and misconceptions are major deterrents for male and LGBTIQ+ survivors to access care. Sexual violence services generally remain under-resourced.

In June 2021, WRC will launch the next phase of the SV Project. While Phase 1 focused on building knowledge and understanding of a little-known issue (through research, pilots, and tools development), Phase 2 will use the knowledge gained from Phase 1 to focus on capacity building at the field level, awareness raising, tool uptake, and expansion of service provision. Phase 2 will also tighten the focus on adolescent boys – including LGBTIQ+ adolescents – who were identified as highly vulnerable during the initial research.

WRC is seeking a consultant to develop a mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) support group training curriculum.


The goal of the consultancy is to increase good quality, appropriate mental health services for adolescent boy and male youth survivors of sexual violence through the development of a training curriculum for MHPSS providers.

Scope of Work

The consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Conducting formative research, including performing a literature review and facilitating key informant interviews, to inform the development of the training package.
  • Developing a comprehensive training package for non-specialized MHPSS providers to conduct support groups for adolescent boys.
  • Developing three complementary training modules for: 1) adolescent boy survivors of sexual abuse; 2) adolescent boy survivors of conflict-related sexual violence; and 3) LGBTIQ+ adolescents generally.
  • Pilot the training package with MHPSS service providers in 2–3 humanitarian settings.
  • Finalize the training package based on findings from the pilot.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Project management

  • Participate in an initial kick-off meeting with the Sexual Violence Project team, including WRC and consultants, to discuss the project, validate critical objectives, agree on scope of curriculum, and develop a work plan to guide the project through completion.
  • Provide weekly updates on progress of assignment to the project supervisor.
  • Participate in virtual meetings with WRC and project team as agreed at the onset of the project.

2. Formative research

  • Work with WRC, project consultants, Child Protection Area of Responsibility’s MHPSS team, and other key influencers and stakeholders to understand existing content and design a formative research study to fill evidence gaps required to design the training package.
  • Work with WRC and partners to implement research to inform the design of the training package.

3. Curriculum development

  • Develop a comprehensive training package for nonspecialized MHPSS providers to conduct support groups for adolescent boys.
  • Develop three complementary training modules for: 1) adolescent boy survivors of sexual abuse; 2) adolescent boy survivors of conflict-related sexual violence; and 3) LGBTIQ+ adolescents generally.

4. Training curriculum pilot

  • Support WRC to identify implementing partners and conceptualize a pilot evaluation to determine the utility, practicality, and accessibility of the training package.
  • Lead the pilot evaluation in 2–3 humanitarian settings in collaboration with partners.
  • Finalize the training package based on findings from the pilot evaluation.

5. Advocacy

  • Support WRC to identify issue champions to assist with advocacy and communications efforts.
  • Support WRC to identify key stakeholders and interlocutors to influence – practitioners, donors, and policymakers.
  • Contribute to the development of a communications and advocacy strategy and implement strategy in partnership with key agencies and actors.
  • Support WRC to push out products and learning, which may include participating as a panelist in webinars, slide content development, presentations at inter-agency working group meetings, and others.

6. Reporting

  • Provide review and input into narrative reports to donor(s), as needed.
  • Potentially support additional fundraising efforts.


  • Minimum of 3–5 years focused on MHPSS and sexual violence, gender-based violence, gender, sexual and reproductive health, or a related field in humanitarian settings.
  • Minimum of a master’s degree (or equivalent) in related field.
  • Strong project management, communication, and writing skills.
  • Understanding of and experience in undertaking qualitative research in humanitarian settings.
  • Demonstrated track record in curriculum development and/or developing training guidance for service providers/practitioners in humanitarian settings.
  • Understanding of intersectional feminism.
  • Strong understanding of and demonstrated experience in addressing sexual violence against adolescent boys, LGBTIQ+ individuals, as well as gender-based violence against women and girls in humanitarian settings is preferred.


  • The work is expected to start once the contract is signed by the Consultant. It is expected to be completed within 2 years, with the potential to extend time and scope pending available funding.

Reports to: WRC SV Project Director/Project Manager
Duty station: Home-based/remote
Level of effort: 35 days/year (part-time)
Time frame: 2 years, anticipated start date: July 2021
Compensation: Up to $14,000/year, contingent on successful completion of deliverables

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.


The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.