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Psychosocial Support Technical Officer

 

  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 Program (CSI) is one WCH’s core interventions. The CSI is an 8-session group intervention for parents and other caregivers of children affected by armed conflict and forced migration. The CSI aims to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of parents/caregivers, while also increasing their knowledge and skills regarding effective parenting in settings of adversity. Preliminary research on the CSI in Gaza and Lebanon has shown it to be well-received and perceived as useful by participants. Next steps in the development and evaluation of the CSI include: (1) incorporation of additional material relevant to parents of very young children; (2) small scale implementation of the revised intervention (with the new material) and qualitative assessment of acceptability and perceived usefulness; (3) a pilot cluster randomized control study (CRCT), aimed at developing the methodology and ensuring the feasibility of conducting a full CRCT of the CSI.

 

  1. 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 Coordinator, the Principal Investigator, and the Project Manager of the implementation project in which this study is embedded.
  • 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).
  • The PSSTO will be responsible for:
    • Recruiting, training, and supervising all CSI facilitators employed during the project, in coordination with other staff.
    • Ensuring that all CSI facilitators are trained in, and adhere to, all WCH child safeguarding standards and policies.
    • Coordinating with the Research Coordinator to ensure that all CSI facilitators are trained in, and adhere to, research ethics.
    • Assisting the project team with arranging all logistical needs (transportation, reservation of spaces, refreshments, etc.).
    • 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.
    • Participating in the adaptation of the CSI as needed based on input from the early childhood specialist, on consultation with other NGOs, and based on qualitative data gathered the formative research phase. This includes helping to adapt the CSI manual and training materials as needed.
    • Participating in regular research team meetings.
    1. Reporting
      • The Psychosocial Support Technical Office will report to the Research Coordinator, and will collaborate with WCH-Lebanon’s PSS Coordinator.

 

 

  1. Profile

 

Essential:

-          At least Masters level degree in relevant field (e.g. Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Education, Public Health, Social Sciences).

-          At least 5 years’ experience in humanitarian work in mental health and/or psychosocial interventions, with experience that includes direct implementation, as well as the training and supervision of implementation staff.

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

-          Willingness to either be based in the Tripoli region or travel to WCH’s Tripoli office and nearby field locations on a regular and frequent basis

 

Desirable:

-          Extensive experience working within Lebanon

   
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