Terms of Reference: Consultant Psychologist (South Africa) – South Africa


Terms of reference

Consultant Psychologist (South Africa)

June 2022

Who we are

Girl Effect is an international non-profit organization that creates media that girls want, trust and need. From chatbots to chat shows, TV series to technology, our content helps teenage girls in Africa and Asia make choices and change their lives. We create safe spaces for girls, share facts and answer questions about health, nutrition, education and relationships, giving girls the skills to negotiate and redefine what they are told is possible” for a girl”.

Our reach is 20 million and growing, and we use technology to reach girls at scale so that every girl can choose to be in control of her body, her health, her learning and her livelihood.

Because when a girl unleashes her power to make different life-changing choices, it inspires others to do the same. She triggers a ripple effect that impacts her family, her community and her country.

It’s the girl effect.


Over the past 15 years, Girl Effect has pivoted many times to meet the needs of teenage girls. From advocacy groups to donors, we have played different roles in the fight against gender equality at different times. Girl Effect is evolving to become a digital media expert and the primary driver of demand for teenage services, products and opportunities in Africa and Asia. Through our portfolio of brands and digital products, we aspire to solve the issues girls and young women face by empowering them to adopt and sustain new behaviors that will improve their mental well-being, health sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and their economic empowerment.

Young people are increasingly using messaging apps, and in 2018 Girl Effect started testing and building a chatbot as an innovative way to reach girls. To that end, leveraging artificial intelligence, we’ve created a “digital big sister” to provide girls with a safe, private, non-judgmental and accurate source of information on topics they don’t feel comfortable with. comfortable discussing elsewhere.

The chatbot was launched in South Africa in May 2020, focusing on SRH and relationships and received an overwhelmingly positive response. Now in its fourth year of iteration, and to ensure that we meet the growing needs of girls in the country, the thematic focus for us this year, in addition to SRH, is the inclusion of mental health literacy and well-being.

Therefore, we are looking for an experienced psychologist to help develop, verify and streamline our content on the subject to ensure that our information is accurate and grounded in medical reality.

The viewfinder

  • To improve the knowledge of young women and girls about mental health and its close link to sexual and reproductive health, physical health and general well-being.
  • To help collect mental health resources and services that are accessible to young girls in the Anglophone/Zulu belt in South Africa, as well as to guide verification of these services.
  • Support Girl Effect in the development of appropriate and sensitive health, emotional well-being and self-care content to ensure Girl Effect does not harm girls through its digital engagement.
  • Review, audit and guide Girl Effect’s content creation process on mental health literacy and wellbeing issues to ensure it is appropriate, responsive to user needs and aligned with health guidance mental health and its link with the SRH of adolescents and young girls.

Expected commitment

This will be a part-time consultancy contract for an initial period of six months, subject to renewal depending on future needs. The consultant must commit a minimum of 12 hours per month (i.e. 4 hours per week), which may vary depending on our budget and your fees.


The consultant will be based in South Africa and should be able to work with teams in the UK, Sub-Saharan Africa and India.

Planned schedule

  • Specifications published: June 24, 2022
  • Response deadline: July 08, 2022
  • Selection of suppliers, contracting and briefing: end of July
  • Project start: August

Who are you


  • Advanced degree in clinical psychology or psychiatry with a clinical license to provide psychological counseling and/or psychotherapy.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in group and individual therapy with children, adolescents and/or young people, particularly from vulnerable, marginalized and low-income communities.
  • Certification or additional training in relevant areas including child psychology, stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. will be desirable.
  • Experience developing, adapting and designing content for different audiences, especially those unfamiliar with medical/technical literature.
  • Experience or, at the very least, familiarity with addressing mental health issues in the digital world (including use of the internet, social media and cyberbullying).
  • Good understanding of gender issues affecting adolescent girls and how mental health/wellbeing based interventions can contribute to girls’ empowerment.

Skills and expertise

  • Effective communicator and writer in English and Zulu with the ability to synthesize, communicate and simplify complex language concepts as needed by girls and young women.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working in a multicultural team in multiple countries. Sensitivity to cultural differences is essential.
  • Ability to be flexible in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Commitment to realizing girls’ potential and to the vision and values ​​of Girl Effect.


This engagement will be managed by GE’s Global Gender Manager, who will work with the successful consultant to ensure its timely and thorough execution.

Proposal submission

Interested consultants are requested to submit the following in support of their application (Max 5-10 pages):

  • Your understanding of the brief and why you feel well placed to advise us on it
  • Contact details of three referents who can attest to the scope and scale of similar assignments
  • CV with cover letter
  • Proposed consulting fees
  • Copies of your publications or reports in support of your proposal

Evaluation criteria

The criteria against which proposals will be evaluated are listed below:

Technical evaluation

  • Interpretation and understanding of this TOR-10%
  • Staff with relevant experience as evidenced by their CV – 25%
  • Geographical experience in South Africa – 5%
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in the field of clinical psychology or counseling – 20%
  • Proof of a minimum of three contactable references – 10%

Financial evaluation

  • Value for money/proposed budget allocation – 30%

Please note that GE is not responsible for any costs incurred in preparing the award/contract, submitting or negotiating the award/contract. All documents and/or materials submitted will become and remain the property of GE.

Equal opportunities

Girl Effect is committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We are committed to building an organization that is truly representative of the communities we serve. To this end, due consideration will be given to obtaining consultancy services from organizations and individuals with in-depth understanding and experience of our programming markets and from diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds.


You may be required to perform backup checks. Shortlisted consultants will be assessed on our organizational values ​​at the interview stage. The successful consultant will be required to adhere to our Safeguard Policy. We encourage you to read and understand our Backup Policy, a summary of which can be found here. We have zero tolerance for all forms of violence against children, beneficiaries and staff.


Applicants are advised to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their tax situation with respect to the provisions of the tax laws of their local jurisdiction when developing their proposals.


GE reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, the number of shortlisted participants, the right to withdraw from the proposal process, the right to modify this schedule at any time without notice and reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time. moment. time, without notice and without obligation to indemnify and/or reimburse any party. GE will notify the ONLY successful candidate(s). The process of negotiating and signing the contract with the successful candidate(s) will follow.

How to register

How to register

Please submit proposals, as described below, to[email protected] by July 08, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EAT at the latest. Please clearly mark your email with the subject ‘Counseling Psychologist – Big Sis


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