Terms of Reference for conduct a systematic literature review on hope in Africa

The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) seeks to appoint a qualified researcher to conduct a systematic literature review of hope in Africa, in the context of economic hardships, psychosocial and mental wellbeing. The specific study population are low income households which constitutes at least one adult and child.


The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) is a non-governmental organisation with the objective to reduce the social and emotional impact of social and health ills on children and youth across east and southern Africa. In its work, REPSSI partners with governments, international organisations and NGOs to provide programmes that strengthen communities and families to promote the psychosocial well-being of children and youth. REPSSI works at international, regional and national levels in 13 African countries

REPSSI contributes to promoting enabling environments for communities and families in East and Southern Africa to preserve and nurture the mental and psychosocial wellbeing of children and youth.

The organisation seeks to be a recognised authority whose expertise is sought after and rewarded. One of the strategies adopted by RESPSSI is to establish the status of mental health and PSS in the African region, to identify gaps and recommend a course of action for the future.

Working with PSS Thought Leaders, REPSSI has identified position topics to be researched. With intellectual input from Thought Leaders and a small committee of individuals. REPSSI seeks to appoint a qualified researcher to investigate issues of hope in Africa. As an overall intellectual contribution to the field of PSS in the African continent.


  1. Doctoral students or post post-doctoral fellows qualified in the relevant field of psychology (or relevant social science qualification) or mental health. Master’s level students with extensive experience can apply.

  2. Knowledge and ability to conduct a systematic literature review.

  3. Familiarity with the field of mental health or psychology.

  4. Researchers are expected to be African scholars who are familiar with psychosocial support issues at international and regional levels (in the African context).

Duration of Assignment

The assignment is expected to be of 3-4 months’ duration. We expected to have the papers completed by end of April, 2019.

Expression of interest

Potential candidates are requested to submit the following to brighton.gwezera@repssi.org and hradmin@repssi.org by 08 February 2019. For more information or to apply click here.