Job Title: Gaza Psychologist / Psychosocial Specialist | Organization: War Child | Job Location: Occupied Palestinian Territory, Gaza Strip
Starting date + period: May 2016, 8 months (possible extension based on funds availability and performance)
Reporting: Program Development Manager (PDM)
About War Child
War Child (WC) 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.
WC believes that children and young people should play an active role in defining the future, not only for themselves but also for their communities. Children are creative and have the ability and skills to shape their lives and cope with adversity, even when they have experienced armed conflict.
Our current program works in partnerships with local organizations to safeguard children’s rights, focused primarily in the areas of protection, participation and advocacy.
Scope of Work
War Child (WC) is seeking Psychologist/ Psychosocial Specialist (PSS) for 8 months (with possible extension based on funds availability and performance) with demonstrated skill, expertise, and experience in responding to the need of WC in identifying psychosocial priorities, respond to funding opportunities and conduct training and capacity building for WC partners. The PSS will work closely with the program development management and WC Gaza team. The PSS will ensure responses are compliant with donor requirements, technically clear and accurate, and adhere to WC style.
General objective of the Job:
The PSS is responsible for the development, coordination and mainstreaming of PSS methods and supports WC staff, partners staff, facilitators and volunteers with the knowledge and practical skills to carry out psychosocial support activities based on WC “Deals” methodology or other methodologies. The PSS shall dedicate 32 working hours weekly to support the psychosocial program and staff in Gaza Strip during a period of 8 months, starting May 2016- December 2016. Upon satisfactory performance and quality of the products, and the needs, the contract can be extended to further period. This 80% part time position is allocated as follows:
Developing and implementing trainings and supervision sessions (60%):
• Design, plan, implement and evaluate training courses on WC PSS methodology, which involves creative tools such as games, songs, fine art, audio-visuals, group discussion, demonstrations, and practice sessions with feedback and role play.
• Ensure that all training requirements are met as outlined in WC training of trainers (ToT) guidelines.
• Conduct supervision of facilitators and volunteers of implementing partners.
• Support the revision of the PSS methodology and the development of new methodologies as required..
• Develop training reports and progress report per trainee.
• Provide recommendations to the PDM when necessary on recruitment of potential facilitators and animators.
Implementing PSS components (20%)
• Provide ongoing support, guidance and advice to program staff in the field of PSS.
• Gather input for program development and monitoring, rolling out standards, methods and tools.
• Define shared PSS programming standards.
• Ensure that WC methods and standards for the implementation of PSS programs are developed/ revised and remain updated based on WC programming practice and international standards.
• Implement WC quality standards and PSS minimum standards.
• Stimulate and monitor PSS programming.
Monitoring and Evaluation (20%):
• Design and implement monitoring and evaluation tools in coordination with the PSS/ protection experts and provide the quality department with the necessary information to assess the program quality.
• Assist in analysing the data collected and reports both quantitatively and qualitatively.
• Ensure the use of WC M&E tools and formats
• Check, support and follow up on trainees’ comprehension and understanding of the training workshop by using observations and interviews to verify that learning objectives were met.
• Visit project site and provide information about progress when required.
• Evaluate and monitor progress of the trainees through assessing their skills and knowledge in implementing WC PSS methodology.
• Establish plans to support learning process and the retaining of trainees skills
Knowledge and experience
• Relevant academic background in psychology.
• Specialist knowledge of current principles and practices of Child Protection with children in (post) conflict areas.
• Minimum 5 years (I) NGO work, preferable with children.
• Minimum 2 years in PSS programming.
• Minimum 3 years in staff capacity building and experience in providing trainings.
• Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation of the projects.
Skills and competencies
• Strong critical analysis and strategic thinking skills.
• Leadership and coordination ability.
• Proven ability to provide (creative/ interactive) trainings.
• Excellent communication skills; ability to give and receive feedback.
• Affinity with children and young people.
• Result – oriented
• Familiarity with creative methodologies.
• Positive, respectful attitude, and collaborative approach to diversity. Culturally sensitive.
• Fluency in English and Arabic.
• Work well in small team, flexible to take on new tasks, comfortable in a flexible working environment and able to work independently.
Interested candidates are invited to send their CV (including contact details of the last two references) and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7 April 2016. Please write “Gaza Psychologist/ Psychosocial Specialist’ in the subject of the email. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Commitment to the vision and goals of War Child including adherence to the Child Safety Policy is required.
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