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have a “home.” Other findings are applicable to many agencies and actors in the field, and UNHCR can both learn from actions other actors have taken to address these challenges, and take a lead in addressing these issues, for example, monitoring and evaluation, and guidance on MHPSS in non- emergency and/ or urban settings. 70 UNHCR’S MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR PERSONS OF CONCERN
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Finding Key recommendations Implementation strategy Finding 1: UNHCR has not adequately engaged with MHPSS concepts, definitions and approaches 1. UNHCR should strongly and clearly articulate its role in the field of MHPSS by developing and issuing a MHPSS strategy 2. UNHCR should promote and adapt the key principles in the field of MHPSS activities, including the Intervention Pyramid, within the organisation and within current policy approaches 3. UNHCR should seek to build internal capacity to develop, implement and support MHPSS activities 1. Issue MHPSS strategy 2. Utilise forthcoming Operational Guidelines for MHPSS as guidance for implementation of key MHPSS activities for field offices 3. Identify and adopt minimum standards of MHPSS interventions, based on Sphere standards, developing accountability measures to assess fulfillment of these standards. 4. Identify a recruitment initiative through which to build internal capacity on MHPSS, enabling provision of direct technical support and advice to field operations on MHPSS needs and response Finding 2: There is a lack of strong assessment of MHPSS needs, and monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS interventions in the humanitarian sector 4. UNHCR should identify feasible and effective assessment and evaluation methodologies and select commonly implemented MHPSS activities to evaluate, publishing case studies of results 5. UNHCR should play a central role in translating and disseminating research findings to practice and field-settings 1. Create collaborations and partnerships with academic institutions and research teams to answer central questions concerning design, implementation, and impact of UNHCR’s MHPSS activities 2. Increase specific indicators linked to MHPSS indicators in Focus Finding 3: The sectoral nature of UNHCR’s work currently limits integration of MHPSS activities across the organisation 6. UNHCR staff in different sectors should complete a mandatory online course on how to protect and promote the dignity and psychosocial well-being of displaced persons during their daily work. 7. UNHCR should implement models for increased collaboration and communication on MHPSS activities, ensuring that Health, Protection and Community Services sectors utilise a MHPSS framework that enables referral systems and linkages between activities 8. UNHCR should clarify the role of Community Services as lead on Level 1 and 2 activities, linking current activities to best practices in the MHPSS field and ensuring Community Services has the resources and expertise to support these activities 9. UNHCR participatory assessments should be
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