Support for Mental Health Program Development

Eligibility

Open to Philippines RPCVs only

Activity/project background

Since its humble beginnings in the spare room of an apartment in 2003, Glory Reborn has grown into a fully equipped and licensed maternity clinic, operating 24/7 and employing more than 40 staff. The organization has worked with Peace Corps Volunteers for over eight years and continues to see the impact of this fruitful partnership in their programs and outcomes. Glory Reborn was in the early stages of developing a mental health program when the last PCV was evacuated in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Almost two years on, after prolonged lockdowns, socioeconomic disruption, and home-based education in the Philippines, the need for a comprehensive mental health program is greater than ever, not only for patients of Glory Reborn, but also for its frontline workers.

The Virtual Service Pilot Participant will work primarily in coordination with the organization's registered social worker to define the scope of Glory Reborn’s mental health program, to ensure that no patient or staff member is left with unmet mental health needs. The VSPP assignment will also include mental health policy framework development and staff capacity building for mental health promotion and training activities. The VSPP has the opportunity to build on the work of past PCVs and to ensure the organization’s mental health program is sustainable. Additionally, the organization under that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

-Provide technical inputs in defining the scope of Glory Reborn’s mental health program;
-Assist in the development of a mental health policy framework, to include a process flow of education, screening, counseling and referrals;
-Facilitate at least two mental health training activities for Glory Reborn staff and monthly mental health promotion activities for Glory Reborn patients

This engagement is expected to be approximately 24 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, 8:00 am-5:00 pm Philippine time. Specific times will be determined during orientation. The HCA Counterpart shall initiate the weekly calls with the VSPP preferably at around 8:00 am (Philippine time, GMT + 8). Given the wide time zone difference between the US and the Philippines, virtual meeting schedules can be adjusted and mutually agreed upon with the VSPP.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to a computer, internet, email telephone including video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in social work or any related field

Experience: At least two years’ experience working on mental health programs

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education:
-Postgraduate degree in social work or mental health related field
-Counseling certificate

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Language: Basic Cebuano

Experience:
-2 years’ experience in organizing and conducting training activities
-2 years’ experience in supporting multi-stakeholder project
-2 years’ experience in program design and development

Partner background

Name: Glory Reborn Organization

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

Glory Reborn provides compassionate, high quality, holistic care to marginalized moms and babies of Cebu, Philippines, and is saving lives, one mom and one baby at a time.

Glory Reborn aims to birth a generation of Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, and Hopeful Hearts in Cebu, Philippines. At the very heart of Glory Reborn is the vision to build community through care, education, and relationships with each individual, client, and employee. Glory Reborn’s journey with moms and babies extends beyond the clinical walls to improve the lives of generations to come.

As part of their continuous efforts to invest in high quality, evidence-based care, Glory Reborn is looking to develop their continuing education program for health care workers of the organization.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.


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