'PSS Officer' based in Nicosia, Cyprus
War Child Holland (WCH) is an international non-governmental organization that works exclusively to improve the well-being and resilience of children and youths affected by violence and armed conflict. From its branch in Cyprus, WCH and its partners support children affected by the conflict in Syria through an integrated mix of child protection, education and psychosocial support interventions, while working closely with their caregivers, families and wider communities for maximum and durable impact.
We are seeking to strengthen our team and we are currently seeking an entrepreneurial and passionate Psychosocial (PSS) Officer to join our dynamic team of professionals dedicated to helping children and their families positively deal with the consequences of being exposed to armed conflict.
Responsible for developing partner capacity in Psychosocial Support programming the PSS Officer will support the PSS Advisor in monitoring implementation quality, advising partner staff with regard follow up, and support in the supervision of PSS field activities.
Effective capacity building:
- Deliver training courses and capacity building sessions to partners via Webex, Skype or Zoom, on PSS methodologies and materials (PSS foundations, DEALS, SRA, PFA and others). Face to face training could be an option where feasible.
- Support the PSS Advisor to contextualize training materials as necessary and convey this to partners. Review IASC MHPSS guidelines and child protection sub-cluster content to ensure capacity building is effective and innovative, with a focus on the outcome on children.
- Contribute to the development of PSS capacity building plans, and use these to move forward after project kick-off, through regular partner reviews and check in meetings.
- Conduct coaching and supervision sessions with partner facilitators.
- Support and follow up with partners to plan and conduct coaching and supervision sessions to build internal capacity.
Reporting & information sharing:
- Compile reports on training sessions and capacity of partners to review action plans and follow up on areas of technical implementation / additional training needs.
- Develop relationships with partner focal points, to facilitate effective capacity building cycles, follow up on PSS implementation within partner organisations, and support staff capacity development in the field.
- Liaise with Programme Implementation team and attend internal update meetings on specified projects, maintaining action plans, and following up on key actions related to PSS delivery.
Expanding networks and coordination:
- Keep up-to-date on the context and explore other trainings that are available in and outside of War Child.
- Attend coordination meetings on behalf of the PSS Advisor when requested, and participate in War Child global PSS working groups as agreed with PSS Advisor.
- Relevant academic background
- At least 3 years of relevant expertise in the fields of Mental Health and / or PSS
- Experience delivering training (remotely if possible) and strong understanding of adult learning pathways
- Previous experience working with children/refugees/vulnerable populations.
- Strong communication skills, fluency in Arabic and English (verbal & written)
- Excellent presentation skills
- Positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills
- Cultural sensitivity
- Attention to detail with strong follow up
- Team oriented, with ability to work efficiently independently
A dynamic and challenging work environment, with opportunities to grow and enhance your skills. A fair salary and comprehensive secondary benefits including opportunities to develop professionally. Working as part of a multinational team who are hands on to make change happen!
Nicosia, Cyprus. Given the current travel restrictions due to COVID-19, a temporary duty station of Amman or Beirut will be considered for the initial work period.
Recruitment is subject to funding confirmation. The contract will be for at least 1 year with the intention to prolong. This is a national position based within the EU with local labour conditions.
Grade D (Scale - Eur 1, 527 – 2, 310 gross per month)
How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to upload their CV and a short cover letter, in English here before 20 December 2020.
The safety of children is essential to War Child. War Child does not tolerate or accept any form of abuse. This subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures.
Moreover, the accepted candidates will be required to state their commitment/ intent to be aware, consider and adhere to the minimum standards applicable in development and humanitarian settings, such as humanitarian values and principles, Sphere Humanitarian Charter, Standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, Core Humanitarian Standard, International Humanitarian Law, Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
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