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PSS Technical Officer - CSI

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PSS Technical Officer - CSI

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  1. Background


War Child Holland (WCH) is an independent and impartial international non-governmental organization investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. We strive to empower children and young people while enabling adults to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of conflict affected children and young people. In the next five years (2016 – 2020), based on innovation of our approaches, and solid research of our outcomes and impact, War Child aims to evolve towards a globally renowned and recognised expert organisation in the field of psychosocial wellbeing of children and youth affected by conflict.


The Caregiver Support Intervention


The Caregiver Support Intervention (CSI) was developed to improve the wellbeing of children (age 0 to 12) who have experienced war and displacement. The CSI focuses on the role of parents (and other caregivers) in protecting and strengthening the psychosocial wellbeing of their children. Our aims are to strengthen the wellbeing of parents and to increase their knowledge and skills related to positive parenting.


The CSI is a group intervention with nine weekly sessions, each lasting two hours. Separate groups are held with women and men, with 10-12 participants in each group.  The intervention includes several techniques for stress management and relaxation, as well as sessions focused on helping parents strengthen their positive influence on their children’s development and wellbeing. All sessions are delivered by trained, non-specialist providers (i.e. people without a specialist degree or qualification in the mental health or health field). A recently completed pilot study of the CSI provided preliminary evidence that the intervention improves parents’ own wellbeing and strengthens their parenting. It also demonstrated that our study methodology is effective, and we are now ready to test out the effectiveness of the CSI is a larger sample of families.


The current phase of the study is a fully powered randomized control trial (RCT) to test the effectiveness of our CSI. The study will be implemented in two waves, with three assessments in each wave: baseline, endline (immediately after the intervention), and a 3-month follow-up. We will use a waitlist control design. This means that participants in each wave will be randomly assigned to get the CSI program or to receive the CSI after all data are collected following the 3-month follow-up.


  1. 2.         Roles and responsibilities


-       The Psychosocial Support Technical Office (PSSTO) will be essential to the success of this intervention research project. S/he will develop the capacity of implementation staff (group facilitators) to effectively implement the CSI, and will ensure the quality and fidelity of implementation through regular supervision and on-site monitoring of CSI groups.

-       The PSSTO will work within WCH’s Lebanon country offices (Beirut and Tripoli), with training and supervision based primarily in Tripoli and Akkar. S/he will work closely with other staff on the recruitment of CSI group facilitators. Throughout the study, s/he will work in close coordination with the Research Implementation Coordinator, the Research Coordinator, and the Principal Investigator.

-       Assisting the project team with logistics (e.g., ensuring that we have locations for trainings and implementation of the CSI, and helping arrange transportation and refreshments for facilitators and study participants).

-       Regular follow up with the CSI Outreach Worker regarding: recruitment of caregivers to reach study target in different locations, getting parents to the CSI sessions, follow up with WLC participants, and getting parents to all data collection phases.


-       The PSSTO will be responsible for:

  • o   Assisting in recruiting, training, and supervising all CSI facilitators employed during the project, in coordination with other staff.
  • o   Ensuring that all CSI facilitators are trained in, and adhere to, all WCH child safeguarding standards and policies.
  • o   Assisting the research team with arranging all logistical needs (transportation, reservation of spaces, refreshments, etc.).
  • o   Building capacity within the WCH Lebanon PSS team in the CSI. This will likely entail providing additional CSI trainings beyond the specific needs of the research project.
  • o   Participating in regular research team meetings.


  1. 3.         Reporting

The Psychosocial Support Technical Office will report to the Research Implementation Coordinator, and will collaborate with WCH-Lebanon’s PSS Coordinator and CSI Research Coordinator.


  1.          Profile


-       Bachelor or equivalent degree in animation, social studies, psychology or other relevant field.

-       At least one year of experience in delivering trainings.

-       Previous experience working with caregivers is a must.

-       Preferably working with refugee/vulnerable populations.

-       Basic knowledge of child development.

-       Excellent communication skills in Arabic and English (oral and written).

-       Based in Tripoli with willingness to travel to WCH’s Beirut office and nearby field locations (ex: Akkar) on a regular and frequent basis.



  1.          Job Location: Lebanon (North of Lebanon, approximately 80%, Beirut approximately 20%)


  1.          Time frame:  The assignment is expected to start on August 1, 2019. This is a full-time position. Initial appointment will be for one year.


  1.          How to apply


Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before July 5th, 2019. Make sure to upload your English CV and cover letter by using the following hyperlink:




Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


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