REPSSI: Pyschosocial Support Forum Rapporteur

The Regional Psycholocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 16 July, 2015
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The Regional Psycholocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) is a leading African psychosocial support organisation working in thirteen countries in East and Southern Africa. REPSSI’s vision is that all communities and families nurture, protect and empower their children and youth.

REPSSI hosts a biannual Psychosocial Support forum to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of psychosocial support (PSS) and share knowledge on approaches to providing it.  This forum is a high level partnership building platform that brings together stakeholders from regional economic blocks, national governments, civil society, academia, international cooperating partners, media and community implementing partners.
The theme of the third forum, which will take place at the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 1-3 September, 2015, is Love, Care and Protection from Infancy to Adolescence”

Objectives of the PSS Forum:

  • To take stock of the progress that we are making in developing approaches and providing PSS that is appropriate for different developmental stages of boys and girls.
  • To share relevant trends in PSS practice and enrich our knowledge of new research findings and theory.
  • To explore and facilitate the establishment of partnerships between practitioners, researchers, policy makers and funding partners.

The forum to provide a platform for children and youth, researchers and practitioners to influence policy formulation on the provision of age appropriate PSS and build commitment to allocation of resources for this.

REPSSI seeks to appoint a Pyschosocial Support (PSS) Forum Rapporteur, based in Johannesburg.


  • Provide rapporteur services for the PSS Forum in line with the forum objectives
  •  To capture workshop deliberations and draft a forum report and communiqué

Scope of work

  • The rapporteur will be expected to capture the proceedings of the opening and closing ceremony, main plenary and breakaway sessions in line with the outlined objectives of the forum;
  • The rapporteur will produce, in consultation with the Regional Advisor and Advocacy Advisor, a communiqué detailing the recommendations, which will be the immediate output of the forum;
  • The rapporteur will compile a concise report in consultation with the Regional Advisor and Advocacy Advisor, within 10 days of the conclusion of the forum;
  • Collect all presentations made during the forum.


  • On the evening of the 2nd of September 2015, the rapporteur is expected to submit a draft communiqué to the Regional Advisor and Advocacy Advisor, which will be presented to delegates and members of the press at the conclusion of the forum;
  • Within ten days of the conclusion of the forum, the rapporteur will produce an edited draft report on the discussions, recommendations and outcomes of the forum. The report should be written in a clear and concise manner. If the report fails to meet the requisite quality and standard, REPSSI retains the right to withhold the consultancy fee.


  • Have a degree in media, communications, social science or related technical field;
  • Minimum of two years experience in rapporteuring forums and conferences;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of psychosocial support, early childhood development, child protection and social protection technical language;
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing high quality forum and conference reports;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills to prepare written materials in a clear, concise and compelling manner;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including strong verbal communication skills in English;
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Committed to the principles and values of child rights.


The rapporteur will liaise with the Regional Advisor, ahead of and throughout the forum to ensure that all expected outputs are achieved.


All potential consultants that fall into any of the following categories will be excluded from participating in REPSSI projects:

  • If you have been convicted of an offence concerning your  professional conduct by a court judgment;
  • If you have been convicted of an offence concerning child abuse;
  • If you have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means that the contracting authority can justify;
  • If you have not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the tax law of your country;
  • If you have been the subject of a court judgment for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organization or any other illegal activity;
  • If you have been declared to be in serious breach of contract for failure to comply with previous contractual obligations.

All interested consultants must confirm in writing that they do not fall into any of the above categories.

To apply, send your proposal, highlighting the following: 

  • A brief introduction of the bidding firm or person attaching relevant CVs 
  • Your understanding of the Terms of Reference explanation of your ability to deliver on the ToR and provide evidence of similar work undertaken in the past including names of references as well as professional fees 
  • Proposed work plan/ time frame and budget 

All relevant information (CV, motivation letter, copies of testimonials, certificate of works, and contact of three referees) should be sent to
Indicate the consultancy title in the subject of your email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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