Consultant Community Supporter trainer, Northern Province Sri Lanka

Proactive case detection for children in need of psychosocial care.

Introduction

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 well-being of children and youth affected by conflict.

The Project

One of our research projects is focusing on the development of a tool to better understand which children and families might be in need for additional psychosocial care to improve access to these services.

A group of selected and trusted members of the community “Community Supporters”, who are closely connected to children/families in the selected communities will be trained in the use of this tool. The tool gives a series of vignettes (fictional case stories) and illustrations, which describe children and families experiencing clusters of emotional, behavioural and relationship issues. The selected and trained Community Supporters will be asked whether any of the children and families they see in their daily routine match the vignettes and illustrations. After positive identification (a “match” with the tool), the community member will approach the family of the child and support help seeking in a professional way. They will invite the family for an assessment done by trained War Child/partner staff counsellor to assess the needs of the child or family, and to refer the children/families to relevant available services.

The Research

Before implementing the tool, War Child Holland would like to test out whether such a tool is effective in increasing access to relevant and available care for children and/or families. The first phase of the research project will be implemented in the Northern Province and is focusing on the accuracy of the tool; hence, we are trying to answer the question: “How accurate is the tool used by community members in recommending the right children/families in the community for extra help?” This will be done by a comparison of the detection tool outcomes done by the Community Supporters, with the outcomes of an already validated clinical interview (done by a small group of local senior counsellors) and a short questionnaire done by a research assistant. For this practice period, War Child is looking for two consultant trainers with a background in Psycho-Social Support.

The purpose of this consultancy is to successfully deliver a village-level training for three groups of community supporters and lead community-level introduction and awareness raising sessions.

Prior to this consultancy, you will be offered a 2-day mandatory Training of Trainers in the training manual in which your input will be asked to co-create one part of the training and co-create the introduction/awareness raising session.

Your profile

  • You hold a Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Psychology, Counselling, or a related field.
  • You have a strong understanding of children’s and adolescent’s mental health/psychosocial well-being and help seeking behaviour among Tamil families living in the Northern Province.
  • You have at least 5 years professional technical experience, including 2 years implementing similar programs in conflict affected community settings.
  • You have demonstrated experience in capacity building, training and curriculum development.
  • You are fluent in Tamil, both spoken and written
  • You have strong English language skills (ToT will be delivered in English).
  • You are able and willing to travel to villages in the Northern Province, Sri Lanka.
  • You are open-minded; you have a non-judgmental attitude and demonstrated interpersonal skills, including ability to discuss difficult topics with sensitivity and respect.

Deliverables and responsibilities

  • Completed participation in two day ToT and actively participated in practice sessions;
  • Co-development of community awareness raising session;
  • Completed three Community Supporter trainings in the selected locations in the Northern Province;
  • Leads community awareness raising sessions in selected villages.

Reporting

The Trainer reports directly to the International Research Coordinator based in the R&D department in Amsterdam with operational line management by the War Child Hollands Programme Manager in Jaffna.

Conditions

A fixed daily compensation of LKR 4,000

Number of days/hours

  • ToT: 2 days from 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • Training delivery: 6 days from 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM
  • Community Awareness raising sessions: 2 days in total (spread over different days).

Commencement date

Expected training dates are between the end of January and beginning of February 2019. The consultant Flexibility is required, as the starting dates are to be confirmed (depending on IRB ethical approval).

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 04-01-2019. Make sure to send your motivation letter and resume to Duminda.Sarachchandra@warchild.nl

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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