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Terms of Reference (TOR) for Consultant: Training f Childline Staff and Lifeline Counsellors on Suicide Prevention

Terms of Reference (TOR) for Consultant: Training of Childline Staff and Lifeline Counsellors on Suicide Prevention

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Context and Scope of the Assignment: Every year, 700,000 people die from suicide, with an estimated 20 attempts for every death globally. With appropriate support, suicide can be prevented through awareness-raising, recognizing warning signs, promoting help-seeking behavior, and advocating for social and legal change. Crisis lines, such as LifeLine Centres, have been established as community-based suicide prevention resources. Childline Zimbabwe recently launched a Lifeline/crisis line to provide suicide prevention support to children in Zimbabwe via the freephone 116. The 24-hour Helpline/Lifeline offers information and services related to suicide and mental health. Childline seeks the services of a consultant to lead a comprehensive two-day training program aimed at enhancing the proficiency of Childline’s team and Lifeline counsellors to provide quality suicide prevention support and awareness creation. This initiative aligns with our strategic goal of building resilience in children and people. By enhancing our skills in these critical areas, we aim to further our commitment to safeguarding the well-being of children and youth, ensuring our efforts remain in line with Childline’s project outputs and overarching mission.

Duties and Responsibilities: The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks: a. Customized Suicide Prevention Training Program: Develop a specialized training program focusing on raising awareness of suicide prevention and providing support to children and young people with suicidal ideations. Tailor the training content to the local context while aligning with international and regional initiatives. b. Comprehensive MHPSS Coverage: Address key aspects of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) related to suicide and extend the scope to include mental health and psychosocial support for children and young people.

Deliverables: I. Detailed training program, materials, presentations, and handouts. II. Two-day physical training in Harare, tentatively scheduled for 19th -20th February 2024. III. Training report.

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Qualifications and Experience: The consultant should possess the following qualifications and experience: a. Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Science, or relevant field. b. Demonstrated expertise in psychosocial support training, particularly in Mental Health, death and dying, and suicide prevention. c. Experience working with organizations in child protection, adolescent mental health, and youth programming services sectors is an advantage. d. Excellent communication and writing skills, with the ability to convey technical information clearly and concisely to different audiences.

All proposals will be assessed based on: • Qualifications • Relevant experience and costing of the assignment • Independence of consultancy (consultants not employed by Childline Zimbabwe or KNH).

For additional information, email questions to recruitment@childline.org.zw.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a proposal covering:  An expression of interest.  A detailed technical proposal demonstrating an understanding of this TOR, including: • Previous experience coordinating similar trainings. • Proposed training plan. • Financial proposal. • Team composition and level of effort. • Similar mandates and experience.  Curriculum Vitae(s) of proposed team members, with relevant experience.  Three recent contactable references.

Applications should be addressed to recruitment@childline.org.zw, with copies to advocacy@childline.org.zw and programmes@childline.org.zw, titled “Training of Childline staff on Suicide Prevention and Management.” Deadline for applications: 8th January 2024.

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