The purpose of this engagement is to provide technical support in the development of National Mental Health Forensic Services packages. The consultant will be expected to work closely with MOHCC, WHO, and other mental health practitioners and partners on this. The consultant will facilitate the development of a forensic mental health services package. The consultant will work through the Mental Health Materials Services Package working group with guidance from the Forensic Mental Health taskforce, MOHCC, Ministry of Justice, VSO, the University of Washington, and WHO.
In Alignment With The National Mental Health Strategic Plan And Under The Overall Guidance Of The WHO Representative
In Zimbabwe, The Consultant Will Work Closely With MOHCC, Ministry Of Justice, Local Experts, VSO, WHO Technical Team, University Of Washington, And Other Partners In NCDs And Mental Health To
- Review the legal regime in Zimbabwe and abstract and define the scope of the aspects of Forensic Mental Health in the legislations of the country
- To develop/adapt/adopt a range of mental health services including promotive, preventive, treatment and care services that can be provided when integrated into the health care system, covering all age groups and special conditions through all the levels of the Forensic healthcare system
- Deliver a final version of the National Forensic Mental Health Services packages cleared by the WHO Zimbabwe Country Office, MOHCC, the Ministry of Justice, VSO and partners.
- Develop treatment guidelines/protocols/SOPs and Establish a training program to strengthen and integrate Forensic MH into services at primary, community and social care services (e.g. screening for common MH conditions and substance use, multidisciplinary team support, mhGAP, psychological interventions, PFA, FB and Self Help Plus training)
- Develop a clear referral pathway and an integration strategy
- Develop minimum knowledge and skills required for each level of care
- Concrete deliverables and timelines
- Summary of legal Regime with draft definition of the scope of Forensic Mental Health Services presented to the technical working group within first two weeks of deployment. List of key stakeholders identified.
- First Draft Forensic Mental Health Services presented to the TWG by one month of deployment
- Validation meeting by 8th week
- Final Validated National Forensic Mental Health Services packages document defining each of the healthcare system level (from community to tertiary) covering all age groups and specific health conditions strategy. Delivered by 12th week of the assignment.
- Report on the process and engagements by the 12th week of the assignment.
- Education and Experience
Educational Qualifications Essential:
A Masters degree in Clinical psychology, Psychiatry or Global Mental Health from a recognized university.
PhD in a relevant field will be an added advantage
- Minimum of five(5) years relevant work experience in public mental health facilities
- Familiar with the Forensic, health system and community system in Zimbabwe
- The consultant should have proven record of similar assignment with reputable institutions.
- Experience working with the corporate world, UN system or other global/international
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- Sound technical knowledge on mental health interventions
- Technical writing skills, good facilitation skills, knowledgeable in basic computer programs, efficient organizational and management skills
- Technical Competence
- Overall Attitude at Work
- Respecting and Promoting Individual and Cultural Differences
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