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Fédération Handicap International: External Consultant (deadline 16th October 2016)

Fédération Handicap International is looking for :

External Consultant for  mapping and  baseline study on the current situation of mental health and psycho social support  in Kiziba, Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Mahama I, Mahama II refugee camps and Kigali urban area



“Strengthening Inclusion and Access to Services for Persons with Specific Needs and Persons with Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Needs”

Job title

External Consultant

Technical field

Protection, disability/specific needs

Duration of contract

1 month

Closing date for application

16th October 2016

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  1. Background and Rationale

Handicap International is an independent international organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Since August 2016, HI is implementing the project “Strengthening Inclusion and Access to Services for Persons with Specific Needs and Persons with Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Needs” with the financial support from to BPRM, in collaboration with MIDMAR and UNHCR and in partnership with NUDOR and BSF. One of the 2 components is mental health & psychosocial support.

It is on this note HI would like to hire a consultant who will conduct a mapping and a baseline study in the 5 camps and urban area to determine the situation of mental and psychosocial support. The study is expected to generate information and data on the current situation of refugees with mental and psychosocial support needs, and determine strengths and gaps that the project is expected to meet and respond to.

The Consultant will be recruited by HI. The baseline study is expected to take place between 20th October 2016 and 19th November 2016.

Then, HI is inviting interested Individual Consultant (s) or Consultancy firm(s) to submit their expression of interests to conduct the study to be implemented in the 5 camps refugee Camps and Kigali urban areas told about above.  

  1. Objectives

Through this baseline and mapping study, Handicap International needs to achieve the following objectives:

2.1. Overall objective

The objective of the consultancy is to conduct a survey on the issues faced by persons with mental health and psychosocial support needs in the 5 camps and Kigali urban area.


2.2. Specific objectives


With this baseline study, Handicap International needs to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • To find out information and data on the current situation of refugees with mental health and psychosocial support needs;
  • To identify practices, myths and misconceptions on mental disorders and psychological distress;
  • To inform existing community based strategies focusing on a priority issue identified during the baseline research;
  • To sort out figures of the current situation of refugees with mental health and psychosocial support needs;
  • To find out strengths and gaps among existing services for persons with mental health & psychosocial needs and propose ways of overcoming them as well as referrals and collaboration mechanisms that need to be developed.


  1. Expected Results of the study baseline

From conducting the baseline study, Handicap International expects gaining the following:

  • Survey distinctively describing the issues faced by refugees mental health and psychosocial support needs;
  • Figures of refugees with mental health and psychosocial support needs so far enrolled are sorted out and served as baselines;
  • Mapping and analysis of existing interventions in the area of study;
  • Best practices have served as insights and references for the further project implementation;
  • Recommendations to overcome gaps expected at the implementation phase of the project.
  1. The key learning questions (not exhaustive) to be explored in the baseline assessment are as follows:
  2. What kind of mental health and psychosocial support problems, including mental disorder faced by refugees in camps and Kigali urban area and how many persons of concern?
  3. What kind of knowledge and skills community refugees, service providers and other interveners have on mental health and psychosocial support issues?
  4. What are the attitudes and perceptions of refugees on the mental health and psychosocial support issues?

  5. What kind of services do persons with mental health and psychosocial support needs get in the refugees settings and Kigali urban area?
  6. What kind of strengths and gaps and what actions to undertake to overcome?
  7. How many persons with MHPSS (%) that have received psychosocial support package compared to the identified needs?

  8. Who are resource persons in MHPSS and how many of them have capacity in psychosocial support
  9. Baseline Methods

5.1. Methodology and location

The baseline will be conducted in five refugee camps: Kiziba, Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Mahama 1 & 2, and Kigali urban.  It will be carried out by a Consultant who will propose the detailed methodology and tools to be used for data collection and analysis, and present it to Handicap International for its approval in advance.

The consultant(s) will be responsible for further analysing this data and incorporating it into the research design and s/he will be responsible for contextualizing and implementing this tool including making it accessible to all persons with disabilities.

As noted above, the tools will be modified by the Consultant(s) with guidance from Handicap International to ensure relevancy for the local context. It is the responsibility of the consultant to propose methodological adaptations compatible with the local context and according to the requirements of the goals of the project, to be discussed with, reviewed and approved by Handicap international. It is also the responsibility of the consultant to translate all the tools that will be used for the work and ensure their consistent application across all the communities. Translation must be of the highest standard and double and blind translation is strongly recommended.

The detailed methodology and work plan will be discussed, refined and confirmed by the Consultant and Handicap international.

5.2. Determination of sample size

The study population will be all people with mental health and psycho-social support needs randomly selected from the refugee population in the mentioned locations. The sample size will be determined by the consultant after consulting Handicap international. A systematic sampling approach should be developed to generate a random, population-based sample in the five camps and Kigali urban area. The Consultant will work with Handicap international to develop a sampling approach that is appropriate and feasible, as the refugee camp and urban context can be challenging in terms of data collection.

To ensure consistency and comparability across five Camps and urban area, the baseline assessment will be coordinated by one Consultant/leader hired by Handicap international, with guidance and technical support from HI.

  1. Roles and Responsibilities
    • Handicap International Country Office

The operational coordinator and the project coordinator will oversee the Baseline Assessment and will provide guidance as needed to the Consultant(s) with support from the project manager as well as the HI Rwanda Program Quality, M&E officer.

HI will also facilitate the Consultant(s) with introductory contacts to all refugee camps and Kigali urban area.

HI will organize all fieldwork logistics, inclusive of transportation and training space where needed.

  • The Consultant/Consultancy Firm

The Consultant(s) will:

  • Organize meetings as needed with HI to ensure timely and appropriate progress of the baseline assessment.
  • Review background MHPSS component related project documentation and framework.

  • Review the existing mapping data from both 6 sites.
  • Take the lead on refining and finalizing the tools as specified above to the needs of the current project, with guidance, review, and approval by HI
  • Translate all relevant documents for data collection, inclusive of permissions, consent forms, tools, etc. so that English, Kinyarwanda and French versions are available.

  • Recruit interviewers/data collectors as needed and provide adequate training to ensure quality of data collected. The Consultant will be responsible for managing the enumerators and ensuring their compliance with all the guidance and appropriate procedures for data gathering, entering, and obtaining consent of the interviewer



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