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Research Assistant

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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.

 

Purpose of the CSI Research Study

 

The Caregiver Support Intervention (CSI) was developed to improve the wellbeing of children (age 0 to 12) who have experienced war and displacement through focusing on the wellbeing of parents and other adult caregivers and their role 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. Gender-segregated groups are held with women and men, with 10-12 participants each.  The intervention includes sessions focused on sharing several techniques for stress management and relaxation, as well as others 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. facilitators without a specialist degree or qualification in the mental health or health fields). 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 and impact evaluation tools are effective, thus we are ready to evaluate  out the effectiveness of the CSI in 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.

 

We are seeking research assistants to help with data collection during the RCT at six points (baseline and end-line, and 3 months follow up for each wave). Research assistants will need to be available for trainings and data collection in Tripoli and Akkar governorates.

 

CSI research assistants will be trained in War Child Holland’s child safeguarding policy and all policies related to the respect of children rights and will sign the organization’s code of conduct. Training will also cover research ethics, the basics of intervention research, the use of tablets in data collection, the content of the questionnaires, forming a good research relationship with participants, the informed consent procedure, and War Child’s adverse events procedure.

 

Main Tasks

 

-          Work within a team and have a professional, equitable and ethical attitude towards all involved.

-          Attend and participate in a 5-day training to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to administer the research tasks for the CSI

-          Attend refresher trainings at later stages of the study (TBD)

-          Use data collection software (training will be provided)

-          Incorporate feedback provided by supervisors to improve practice

-          Provide feedback on field observations as requested by supervisors

-          Attend and participate in supervision meetings when needed

 

Knowledge and Experience

 

-          Fluent in Arabic and English

-          University student; background in social sciences

-          Previous research experience highly desirable

-          Previous work with parents (caregivers) and/or and children is a plus

 

The CSI and its corresponding RCT study is under the direction of Dr. Ken Miller, a psychologist and Senior Researcher with War Child Holland. For more information about Dr. Miller’s work, please refer to his website: www.kennethemiller.com

 

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before July 12th, 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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