Background and Purpose of the Network Enabling Project



This Document sets out the terms of Reference for the Psychnet Consulting Job between 2002 and 2005


UNICEF South East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office in 1999 initiated a move to enhance the capacities of various organizations in the South East Asian region to effectively provide psychosocial care in times of emergencies.


An essential element of this effort is:


1.    the forging of new alliances

2.    the revitalization of existing ties that bind various organizations working in the area of psychosocial response.


The underlying assumption behind the emphasis in this component is that a strong and proactive network of organizations can be relied upon to deliver rapid psychosocial care in times of emergencies in the region. One of the landmarks in this effort is the holding of the 1st Asia and Pacific Regional Experts’ Meeting on Psychosocial Response in Emergencies on August 30 and 31, 2001 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by representatives from the different areas of the region and resulted in the establishment of the Regional Psychosocial Support Network. The network was primarily envisioned to provide:


1.    a venue for the exchange of ideas

2.    the sharing of expertise in the area of psychosocial response.





Among the specific objectives of the network are:


Firstly, the creation of a resource centre consisting of:


1)    a database of human resources,

2)    organizations and their:


i)     services

ii)    relevant ongoing and existing researches

iii)   field practices

iv)   initiatives on local indigenous approaches

v)    healing/building capacities training materials

vi)   assessment tools

vii) guidelines and principles pertinent in emergency situations



Secondly, the development of the region’s capability to provide rapid response in emergency cases.


Thirdly, the identification of a ready list of competent, credible and trustworthy people and institutions that can be called on short notice and quickly deployed in a particular area.


Fourthly, an emergency kit containing:


1)    important materials

2)    guidelines

3)    methodologies and

4)    approaches


that will quickly but adequately prepare a team of 20 to 25 individuals for immediate deployment.


Enabling Role


To provide professional expertise:


1) First, to create a database of resources containing:


i)     written material

ii)    a list of competent people and reputable organizations that can be accessed (by whom) and relied on by parties in need of immediate psychosocial care. 


2) Second, to spearhead:


i)     the conceptualization and

ii)    the consequent production of:


(a)  emergency training kits/modules,

(b)  materials, tools and instruments


that will facilitate the preparation of a core group of experienced individuals for the immediate delivery of psychosocial care in any area within the region.


3) Third, to provide these resources with careful regard to the nuances of the diverse social and cultural environment present in the region.


Work Assignments:



(1)   Network with the relevant organizations and people in the Southeast Asia and the Pacific region to strengthen ties among people and organizations that provide psychosocial care


(2)   Compile an adequately large list of competent and experienced people who have worked and are interested in doing psychosocial work in the region.


(3)   Compile an adequately large list of reputable organizations whose work is relevant in some ways to the delivery of psychosocial care in the region.


(4)   Collect written materials such as books, manuals, articles or bibliographic information related to the delivery of psychosocial care in times of emergencies.


(5)   Review and integrate all the existing approaches, techniques, methodologies, strategies and practices in the region with regards to psychosocial care.


(6)   Collect case studies of good practices that highlight indigenous approaches from the region.


(7)   Develop policies, guidelines and principles in the rapid delivery of psychosocial care in consultation with various practitioners and organizations in the region.


(8)   Produce an emergency training kit/manual that contains culturally appropriate guidelines, principles, assessment tools that can be used in the training of a team of experienced professionals for quick deployment in areas experiencing emergencies.



End Product(s):


1)    Database of organizations with the corresponding description and contact information


2)    Database of competent people with the corresponding work description and contact information


3)    Database of written materials (including all the available full-text articles and bibliographic information) on psychosocial care


4)    Case studies of good practices highlighting indigenous approaches


5)    Training modules


6)    Emergency kit containing information packets, guidelines, case studies, assessment tools, etc.