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Mapping of the Prevention of Violent Extremism practice in relation to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

UNDP Crisis Response Unit

27 Jul 2020 This opportunity is no longer available Share
27 Jul 2020 This opportunity is no longer available Share
Background and objectives
UNDP's Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) practice encompasses programming in 34 countries, integrating community-based support to livelihoods, governance, dialogue, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. As an important element in the community-based programming to prevent violent extremism by addressing root causes, UNDP is providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) to at risk groups, returned people associated with extremist groups, communities and family members. The UN Volunteer will support the development of a mapping which presents an overview of UNDP's best practices and lessons learned on MHPSS. Another key deliverable will be a stakeholder mapping of civil society organizations, academic institutions and development partners engaging on MHPSS in relation to PVE and peacebuilding. Finally, the volunteer will also support the process of identifying next steps for UNDPs MHPSS programming in relation to PVE.
Crisis and conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution and reconciliation
UNDPs experience from community based programming demonstrates the importance of addressing mental health and psychosocial needs when engaging in prevention of violent extremism, including return and reintegration of people associated with extremist groups. Although this view is shared by many stakeholders and MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) has been applied in other related fields such as GBV, DDR, transitional justice and so forth, efforts remain scattered and an evidence base for best practices doesn’t exist specifically for the PVE field. Mental health and psychosocial needs at individual and community level are not structurally and explicitly factored into PVE programming. Considering that people joining violent extremist groups are among the most vulnerable in communities, this is also a response to the SG call to protect the most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID-19.
Volunteers: 2 needed
6-10 hours per week / 8 weeks
Excellent written English, research and document editing skills. Knowledge of and interest in Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention, Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) or mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) is required. Knowledge of UN terminology is an advantage but not a requirement.

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