Consultant (National Psychologist)

  • Contractor
  • Mogadishu Somalia
  • TBD USD / Year
  • CTG profile

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Overview of position:
Danwaadag, our clients flagship durable solutions program in Somalia, predominantly engages women & girls through the establishment of Self Help Groups (SHGs). These community based groups serve as platforms for women facing similar challenges, often related to displacement, to come together & create a supportive environment where they can share experiences, knowledge & resources. The primary focus of Danwaadag’s SHG approach is to promote economic recovery & social capital, utilizing a “graduating approach” that encompasses various activities such as mobilization, training, capacity building, savings & credit initiatives & enterprise development.
An expanding body of research has revealed that forced displacement can significantly heighten the susceptibility to poor psychosocial well-being. While there is limited specific data available for Somalia, anecdotal evidence indicates that households affected by forced displacement encounter a multitude of simultaneous stressors, including but not limited to loss of livelihoods, poverty, food insecurity, perilous displacement journeys, substandard living conditions, limited access to service access, disruption of social networks, or the loss of family members, among various other factors. These challenges could directly impact psychosocial well being, or indirectly by giving rise to maladaptive coping mechanisms. Even though a substantial segment of displaced individuals show remarkable resilience, it is vital to acknowledge the necessity of addressing psychological distress & promoting psychosocial well being within displaced populations.
Training modules in essential coping skills are increasingly used to assist individuals in addressing common daily stressors. Such sessions could cover a wide range of topics related to displacement, including stress management, relaxation techniques & psychosocial support, among others. While existing curricula like the ‘women rise emotional support session’ by the International Rescue Committee are already available in Somalia, it is worth noting that previous interventions have primarily focused on victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) & have not specifically been tested for vulnerable women & girls affected by displacement. Considering that operational data from Danwadaag indicates that women & girls constitute the majority of displaced populations in the program’s areas of operation, implementing this intervention could address a critical gap in support services.
Under the supervision of the MEAL & Reporting Officer & working closely with the Regional MHPSS Specialist, the successful candidate will be responsible for designing, delivering & revising a pilot MHPSS curriculum to SHG’s as part of the Danwaadag program.

Speciific responsibilites include but are not limited to:
Support the design of participatory assessment tools to inform the draft manual.
Lead the assessment process, engaging SHG members in quantitative & qualitative participatory data collection activities.
Participate in inception workshops with key stakeholders.
Working closely with the Regional MHPSS Specialist develop a draft manual, taking into account assessment findings & existing materials.
Conduct community sensitization in pilot sites, identifying local resource persons.
Lead the roll out of the draft curriculum with 4 – 5 SHG’s, working alongside local resource persons to enable them to continue the roll out.
Review & give feedback on M&E tools developed by our clients M&E teams.
Collect feedback from the pilot participants using M&E tools & other participatory approaches.
Revise the manual accordingly.

Performance indicators for the evaluation of results:
Successful design & implementation of MHPSS curriculum pilot with SHGs.
Quality assurance & review of the MHPSS assessment before & after the pilot.
Review of the MHPSS curriculum to ensure cultural adaptations.
Facilitation of training sessions in an ethical manner while maintaining professional integrity.

Project reporting:
This role reports to the MEAL & Reporting Officer.

Key competencies:
Bachelors degree in psychology, psychiatry, counselling, sociology from an accredited academic institution & four years of relevant professional experience or high school certificate from accredited institutions with six years of experience in the same field.
Minimum of 5 years implementing MHPSS related activities in Somalia.
Experience in MHPSS assessment or research using both quantitative & qualitative methodologies, preferably taking a participatory approach.
Experience in facilitation & capacity building.
Demonstrated knowledge of our clients, IASC, WHO guidelines on MHPSS in emergency & development settings.
Strong analytical & strategic thinking skills.
Strong facilitation skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to work effectively & harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural & professional backgrounds.
Proven ability to produce quality work accurately & concisely according to set deadlines.
Ability to navigate through differing ideas or perspectives to reach to an independent judgment.
Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience anywhere in Africa is required.
For this position, fluency in English & Somali is required (oral & written).
Respects & promotes individual & cultural differences, encourages diversity & inclusion wherever possible.
Maintains high ethical standards & acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles / rules & standards of conduct.
Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent & committed manner & exercises careful judgment in meeting day to day challenges.
Develops & promotes effective collaboration within & across units to achieve shared goals & optimize results.
Produces & delivers quality results in a service oriented & timely manner, is action oriented & committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
Continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge & innovate.
Takes ownership for achieving the organization’s priorities & assumes responsibility for own action & delegated work.
Encourages & contributes to clear & open communication, explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring & motivational way.

Team management:
This role has no team management responsibililty.

Further information:
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.
The highest educational certificate of the selected candidate will be sent for cross verificaiton.

How to apply

Deadline: 9 Feb 2024

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