Job Opportunity at The International Rescue Committee – Interpersonal Psychotherapy Consultancy

Job Title: Interpersonal Psychotherapy Consultancy

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Consultant

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Kigoma, Tanzania

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers help to people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC is currently working in Tanzania providing mental health and psychosocial support services as one among many other programs including education, Reproductive Heath, Women Protection & Empowerment and Child Protection in Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps all in Kigoma region. As of 31 October 2018, Tanzania host 288,722 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from Burundi (203,781) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (84,320) and others (621). These Terms of Reference relate to the training of trainers (ToT) for Interpersonal Psychotherapy for groups.

Main Goal

The primary goal of IPT-G ToT is to equip the MHPSS counsellors who were previously trained on IPT to train others as well as better implement group interventions for Depression. With an additional number of IPT trainers available, the IRC will be in a better position to cascade the training to other MHPSS actors from different organisations in the camp thus reaching out to a bigger number of clients suffering from depression which is the leading mental health disorder across the camps.

Scope of work

The IPT-G ToT training will be provided by an experienced and certified IPT-G Trainer. The candidate should have a concrete background and experience in conducting such training.

The consultant will be responsible for assessing the capacity and the quality of the IPT trainees, develop a supervision and follow up plan for the team and prepare a final report on the IPT training as well as what needs to be improved for the current implementation of IPT-G.

Objectives of IPT ToT Training:

Build the capacity of the MHPSS staff in providing both IPT training as well as facilitating IPT Groups
Enable participants to improve the IPT group counseling skills
Identify gaps in the current IPT-G interventions
To develop practical and measurable supervision and follow up plan on the ToT trainees
Time Frame and


  • Six (6) working days will be required of the consultant. This will include the 5 days for training and 1 day for report writing.
  • Remote supervision of at least 10 sessions will also be needed from the consultant to the trainees
  • Supervision and implementation plan needs to be developed by the trainer together with the trainees by the end of the training sessionsThe training Report should include recommendations that address the following:
  1. What are the current gaps in the existing of IPT sessions/groups in terms of quality, documentation and supervision?
  2. How best can the ToT be cascaded to other MHPSS actors and incentive staff (if possible?).
  3. A draft final report should include as a minimum:
  4. The methodology used
  5. The analysis, findings and lessons learned – with clear findings for the objectives outlined in this TOR
  6. Clear recommendations for any identified gaps, strengths and other key issues that would lead to project adjustment or future design considerations.
  7. ToT Certificates should be given to participants from a recognised IPT-G Body (not a certificate of attendance).
  8. A final report refined to address comments and feedback received from the team during the validation / review workshop.

Contractual issues

The IRC will provide the following at no cost to the consultant

Travel costs (to and from their location) however no costs associated with preparing the application including proposal submission will be met by IRC

The consultant / team must comply with The IRC rules and procedures related to security and relations with the media
The consultant/ team must respect the ethics related to training
The IRC team will be responsible for the safety of the consultant
Documents of reference (To be availed by IRC)

Relevant project documents as deemed necessary


The consultant will report to the IRC’s Senior Health Coordinator and work closely with MHPSS Senior Manager


The preferred candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Advanced university degree in mental health field
  • Previous IPT-G ToT training certification
  • Familiarity with the Tanzania refugee mental health context
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills
  • Fluency in English, Swahili would be an added advantage
  • Minimum criteria for submission of the proposal for the BID

The consultant /institution should submit a technical and a financial proposal and is expected to demonstrate that it has a track record of not less than three (3) years of experience executing similar assignments.
The Technical proposal should have the following details: Understanding of the assignment and its tasks, Methodology and approach to be used, Operational plan with clear timeline, Outline of the team that will implement the work, with CVs for key personnel and clearly specified roles for each team member (if any)
Past Performance: Applicants must prove that they have enough experience in assignments comparable with the work they are bidding for in terms of scope and complexity as specified in section 6 of this TOR and proven experience in conducting search assignments.

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