War Child (WCH) is an independent and impartial international non-governmental organization investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. WCH strives 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 support of the quality of programs, WCH is involved in a platform called EQUIP to develop and test assessment tool to test the competences of practitioners working with children and their caregivers. WCH is intending to conduct testing of the tool with facilitators implementing psychosocial interventions with children using the EASE intervention methodology.
The Research and Development department at WCH has developed a multi-year research agenda that combines work towards evidence-based, socio-ecological, integrated and multi-level care services with validated quality implementation standards. The research agenda therefore goes beyond simply demonstrating evidence for implemented interventions, but improving the understanding of how such interventions can be implemented with sufficient quality in real-world low-resource settings.
As part of that research agenda, WCH is involved in the EQUIP platform to develop and test multiple assessment tools to test the competencies of facilitators working directly with children and their caregivers. Once ready, these tools can assist in recruitment, evaluation and identification of training needs, and as a framework for providing structured and systematic supervision for service providers. WCH is part of a larger research consortium also called EQUIP that will test multiple tools in 7 countries.
WCH will test the use of the competency assessment tools with EASE Facilitators. EASE is an intervention developed by the World Health organisation, with input from War Child Holland. EASE is comprised of seven group sessions for young adolescents and includes evidence-based techniques: psychoeducation, stress management (slow breathing), behavioural activation, problem solving and relapse prevention. There are also three group sessions for caregivers which include the following discrete strategies: 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.
Description of the task:
To evaluate the psychometric properties of the We Act tool, it is required to observe the performance of facilitators while implementing the EASE session with a group of children and caregivers. War Child is seeking the services of a theater group to develop and perform role-plays that will be tested on a group of facilitators pretending them to implement a sessions of the EASE intervention. The actors will perform as children between the ages of 10-14 years old and later as a group of caregivers. The Competency Raters will observe the facilitators and their reactions to behaviors exhibited by the children and caregivers, scoring their performance using the different tools.
The main task for the competency raters is to observe the EASE facilitators and use the four EQUIP Competency Assessment Tools
The competency Raters will also provide information to the research team on how they perceive the acceptability, usability, comprehensibility and completeness of the different tools.
Also all scores of the ratings will be saved as data for the research team.
Furthermore, the Competency Raters should have enough information and commitment to 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.
In detail Competency Raters will:
- Attend and participate in a 3-day training to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to use the different Competency Assessment tools
- Attend and participate in 1 or 2 practice days, and use the rating tools after observing real-life sessions with children or caregivers
- Attend and participate in a 2-day recap training
- Participate in qualitative and quantitative interviews, that will be used as data for the EQUIP study.
- Use the four EQUIP competency Assessment tools to rate the competencies of the EASE facilitators, by observing live-roleplays between a theatre group and EASE facilitators.
- Attend and participate in reflection meetings when needed
Knowledge and Experience
- Fluent in Arabic. Skills in English are a plus
- At least 2 year of previous experience in facilitating PSS groups in Lebanon
- At least 3 years’ experience working with children (teaching, tutoring, scouts, summer camps, or any other relevant activities)
- At minimum must have completed high-school education. Completion of a bachelor-level degree is desirable.
Timeframe – Competency raters
- Training + practice scheduled in early October 2019
- Part time work from approximately November 2019 to August 2020