An Opportunity to Work as a Psychological Support Employee for Women in Syria

Deadline : 15 May 2020

Nonprofit organization: International Rescue Committee

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Study level: Vocational Education

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An Opportunity to Work as a Psychological Support Employee for Women in Syria

IRC requires Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) psychosocial support officer who will be a part of a mobile team that will work in various displaced communities and be responsible for providing emergency psychosocial support for women and girls. They will run peer support groups, provide focused and non-focused psychosocial support services including psychosocial first aid and referrals to needed services within communities in Northern Syria. 

Your Responsibilities:

You will be responsible of:

  1. Carry out psychosocial first aid for persons who have experienced trauma, refer cases to existing services.
  2. Support with establishing formalized referral pathways within the communities of work to available services. 
  3. Ensure follow up of cases in a timely manner.
  4. Conduct community-based psychosocial education of selected topics.
  5. Co-facilitate group based focused non specialized psychosocial support curriculum with women and girls where situation allows to carry out curriculum activities.
  6. Activate social networks through engaging with community to support traditional community structures and support groups.
  7. Promote positive mental health and well-being through provision of key messages on constructive coping mechanisms.
  8. Raise awareness regarding the availability of mental health, psychosocial support and protection services.
  9. Identify and refer cases for more specialized mental health support or case management services.
  10. Participate in capacity building training as directed by supervisor.
  11. Carry out capacity building of other humanitarian actors and IRC staff on GBV and WPE services as requested.
  12. Participate in regular supervision meetings with supervisor.
  13. Follow a pre-prepared schedule of activities in agreed communities.
  14. Ensure that protection is mainstreamed in all PSS activities and that activities are compliant with IRC policies, standard operating procedures (e.g. child safeguarding policy accountability principles).
  15. Oversee activities, provide supervision and coaching for PSS assistants.
  16. Attend training related to line of work.
  17. Coordination with livelihoods center to have strong referral pathway.
  18. Conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions in order to periodically assess needs of women and girls in the community and validate the current curriculum.
  19. Contribute to data entry and analysis of gathered information.
  20. Make sure to follow case management data protection protocol for case files and client identifying personal information.
  21. Contribute to randomized selection of case management beneficiaries for M&E visits, support M&E assistant visits with beneficiaries.
  22. Ensure daily reporting of attendance per activity and ensure that the data collected is accurate.
  23. Compile weekly monthly reports to provide information on activities conducted, topics discussed, challenges faced.
  24. Make efforts to learn and improve activities based on feedback and M&E information.
  25. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant stakeholders including other NGOs, civil society groups, authorities, and UN agencies.
  26. Ensure that other IRC sectors are efficiently and confidentially referring cases to the team based on selected criteria’s.
  27. Other relevant duties as assigned by the supervisor to support the implementation of the program.

About IRC:

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

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