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Focused PSS Officer

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Focused PSS 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 interevention 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), behavioural activation, 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 programme 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 programme, and the implementation of the assessments.


Position in the organisation

The Focused Psychosocial Support 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



Coordination and Support


  • Coordinate with outreach and study coordination team to schedule EASE group sessions
  • Work with outreach team to support child transport to the sessions
  • Attend and participate in study planning and reflection meetings when needed
  • Ensure all materials needed for the study are available in centres and with facilitators
  • Collect and document feedback from the field on the implementation of the methodology including challenges and lessons learnt;




Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support research and outreach team on assessment days – including logistics, and supporting child transport to sessions
  • Provide assessment of high risk cases and conduct referrals when necessary
  • Conduct data entry of EASE and PYA session attendance, fidelity checklists, and facilitator notes.



Knowledge and Experience


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

-          At least 1 year experience in working as a psychologist or related role in the field of mental health and psychosocial support

-          At least 1 year experience working with children and parents

-          At least 1 year experience working with refugee/vulnerable populations desirable

-          Skilled with Microsoft Word and Excel

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


The Focused Psychosocial Support Clinical 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;

-          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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