Mental Health and Psychosocial Support expertise for emergency relief

2020 marks the launch of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) module linked to the Dutch Surge Support (DSS) water programme. On request of international humanitarian organisations, the DSS MHPSS program provides emergency relief support on the subject of mental health and psychosocial support during armed conflict, violence, refugee and migration based emergencies and natural disasters. Experts will be send to assist in ongoing relief efforts for a period of a few weeks to several months. DSS MHPSS is an initiative of the government of the Netherlands, in close cooperation with Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) MHPSS Reference Group (RG) Member Agency and IASC MHPSS RG Surge Capacity Steering Committee.

Approach and conditions for deployment of experts

If you consider working as a MHPSS expert for DSS MHPSS and would like to apply, we ask you to register yourself as an expert through our website by following this LINK. We are looking for experts with expertise in assessments, monitoring and evaluation, conducting 4Ws service mappings, interagency coordination (setting up and temporarily running MHPSS Working Groups) and MHPSS situational analysis of humanitarian response. Additionally, language skills are considered an asset. In the Terms of Reference you will find specific requirements for each mission. Before deployment all experts are required to have completed online safety course provided by the UN, such as BSAFE.

When an international humanitarian organisation (e.g. WHO, UNICEF, UNHRC, RED CROSS RED CRESCENT, IOM) appeals to DSS MHPSS, we send an email to experts that have registered themselves on our website. This email contains information about the mission and starting dates. If interested, we might require a response on very short notice. Experts can be deployed within 48-72 hours. Based on all applications an expert will be selected and introduced to the requesting organisation.

An expert is contracted by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), however, once deployed the expert will fall under the supervision of the requesting organisation. The requesting organisation is expected to provide security precautions and logistical support such as visa, local transport, accommodation, etc. Before departure, pre-deployment documents are submitted by the expert, the expert will be briefed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency/DSS MHPSS officer, and a (Skype) briefing with the country office is organized. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency informs the concerned Embassy in the country about the travel dates and the activities (Terms of Reference) of the expert. The expert will receive back up support/ coaching through the DSS mental health officer or a (remote) specialized expert, in the first year coming from IASC RG.

RVO will reimburse the expenses incurred by the experts and offers aftercare support upon return of the expert to the Netherlands. This includes costs for flights (economy class, without upgrades), necessary vaccinations, and a medical check in case the requesting organisation requires one. For the reimbursement of accommodation and other daily costs we refer to the DSA (daily substance allowance) tariffs as determined by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign affairs.

In addition, a daily fee of maximum €225 is paid for work and travel days.

  • Junior: €110 per working day
  • Medior: €160 per working day
  • Senior: €225 per working day

The daily fee is determined based on working experience and the UN paygrade system. In addition, we provide business insurance through Chubb insurance, and we provide psychosocial support before, during and after the mission through the Antares Foundation.

For international organisations

International humanitarian organisations interested in the deployment of MHPSS experts can contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency by sending an email to mhpss@rvo.nl. Based on previously stated cooperation contracts (standby agreements), a request for support during or after a humanitarian disaster can be submitted.