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Focused Psycho-Social Support Technical Officer

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Purpose of the EASE Research Study

Early Adolescent Skills for Emotions (EASE) is a psychological intervention, developed by the World Health Organization, aiming to reduce distress and improve wellbeing for young adolescents (aged 10-14). The intervention was developed to address the need for evidence-based services for children with higher levels of distress and emotional difficulties.

 

EASE is comprised of seven group sessions for young adolescents, including evidence-based techniques: psychoeducation, stress management (slow breathing), behavioral activation, and problem solving and relapse prevention. There are also three group sessions for caregivers, including: psychoeducation, active listening, stress management (slow breathing), quality time, praise and showing interest in their child, caregiver self-care and relapse prevention for their child. 

The current research study in Lebanon will evaluate the implementation of EASE to see whether this program is helpful for young adolescents, and to see how we may be able to improve the program to better help others in the future. This research program will take place in several locations in T5 and Akkar governorates.

 

General objective of the job

The focus of this role will be supporting the implementation of the EASE program, and the implementation of the comparison intervention (Psychoeducation for Young Adolescents; PYA), as part of the evaluation study.

 

Position in the organisation

The Focused Psychosocial Support Technical Officer will report to the Research Advisor, while being embedded within the broader War Child Holland PSS team.

S/he does not manage staff.

 

Result areas

 

Developing and implementing trainings and supervision sessions

 

  • Support the preparation and delivery of a 3 day training for PYA facilitators in early July 2019
  • Support the preparation and delivery of a 3 day refresher training for EASE facilitators in mid July 2019
  • Support / provide weekly supervision sessions of EASE and PYA facilitators.

 

 

Coordination and Support

 

  • Coordinate with outreach and study coordination team to schedule EASE group sessions and PYA home visit sessions
  • Coordinate with administrative officer and facilitators to ensure accuracy of timesheets and coordinate payments
  • Participate in regular master supervision sessions with regional PSS advisor, WHO master trainer, and EASE co-investigator
  • Attend and participate in study reflection meetings when needed
  • Collect and documents feedback from the field on the implementation of the methodology including challenges and lessons learnt;
  • Coordinate trainings, workshops and conferences in collaboration with relevant staff;
  • Maintain a safe training environment by following War child safety procedures;

·       Provide recommendations and feedback to the manager and project coordinators when necessary on recruitment of potential facilitators.

·       Provide recommendations and feedback to the manager and project coordinators when necessary on performance and concerns of facilitators.

·       Develop training and progress reports

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Conduct observations of EASE and PYA sessions, complete fidelity checklists, and be responsible for data entry of these records.
  • Ensure regular and accurate completion of facilitator session checklists and attendance sheets, and be responsible for regular collection and data entry of these clinical records. 
  • Checks, supports and follows up on trainees’ comprehension and understanding of the training workshop by using observations and interviews to verify that learning objectives were met;
  • Evaluates and monitors the progress of the trainees through assessing their skills and knowledge in implementing the methodology and other relevant PSS content;
  • Establishes plans to support learning process and the retaining of trainees & skills;

 

Knowledge and Experience

 

-        A bachelor-level degree in Psychology is essential (Masters level training in desirable)

-        At least 3 years experience in working as a psychologist or related role in the field of mental health and psychosocial support

-        At least 2 years experience working with children and parents

-        At least 1 year experience delivery training and supervision

-        Skilled with Microsoft Word and Excel

-        Previous research experience in mental health and psychosocial support, or a related field, is desired

-        Previous experience working with refugee/vulnerable populations desirable ;

 

The Focused Psychosocial Support Technical Officer should have enough information and commitment to the WCH child safeguarding policy, sign the code of conduct, and all policies related to the respect of children rights. WCH will provide the necessary training and support regarding that.

 

 

 

 

 

Skills and Competencies

 

-        Fluent in Arabic and English (written and verbal)

-        Strong interpersonal communication skills;

-        Flexibility;

-        Cultural sensitivity;

-        Familiarity with creative methodologies;

-        Positive, respectful attitude and collaborative approach to diversity;

-        Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with team members;

-       Flexibility to travel for this work, especially throughout T5 and Akkar

 

 

“Commitment to the vision and goals of War Child Holland in Lebanon, including adherence to the Child Safety Policy, is essential”

   
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