Purpose of the Consultancy
The International Rescue Committee is looking for a highly qualified mental health professional who is experienced in working with children/adolescents who have faced ongoing challenging and traumatic incidents.
The consultant will be engaged to draft a specialized focused psychosocial facilitator’s manual targeting two age groups 6-11 and 12-17. The manual will be used for activities with children and adolescents who are exposed to ongoing stressors; be it in their communities, in their home and/or their place of work (working on the street, in agriculture, mechanics and/or out of school). Children reached through the curriculum are likely to be children marginalized in their communities, who lack access to basic services (food, hygiene and education).
In addition, components of the curriculum should be catered to the needs of children working with children who are hard to reach, may work with children who irregularly attend PSS sessions, are out of school and as a result may display more challenging behavior to work with and who require a lot of trust building with child protection professionals.
The sessions should be comprised of a mixture of emotional management topics, impact of bullying, healthy, non violent coping mechanisms and promote the development healthy relationships and social networks. The manual will reflect a gender-sensitive approach and do no harm approach.
- Maximum of 10 children, group based support for targeted group of children;
- Length of sessions 2 hours each;
- Facilitators would be child protection or mental health professionals trained in the curriculum
- High intensity implementation given the need to target hard to reach children at high risk of harm.
Children targeted through this curriculum:
- Children exhibiting signs of emotional distress affecting their ability to function,
- Experienced extreme neglect and exploitation;
- children and adolescents who are not accustomed to attending scheduled sessions of play and/or school and who may therefore find it challenging to focus their attention during a PSS session;
- May find it challenging to accept figures of authority;
- May have refused to be referred to a specialized mental health professional, or accept being accompanied to relevant mental health services and/or may not be receiving support from caregivers
- May display aggressive behavior;
- May be hard to reach within their communities and attend activities sporadically;
- May not have the ongoing support of caregivers to access relevant services and support;
- Two written PSS facilitator’s manual with a minimum of 15 sessions for children of two age groups. One manual with session catered for children aged 6 to 11 and one manual catered for children aged 12-17. The facilitators manual to include methodology of implementation, content, practical guidance, exercises including references and handouts as needed.
Training session materials,
Monitoring and evaluation tools to accompany manual implementation & use;
Draft 4 modules related to the impact of Worst forms of child labour for a Parenting Intervention (IRC Parenting Skills Curriculum);
The 4 Parenting modules will be added into the Parenting curriculum and specifically address the worst forms of child labour;
Consult with IRCs CP team and Technical Advisor to draft 4 modules to be included into a contextualized Parenting Skills curriculum;
The most pertinent forms of WFCL include: Street work, construction/mechanics, agriculture;
Modules would focus on the impact and recommendations for caregivers on how to mitigate the risks.
- Week 1: Conduct a desk review of key literature available on specialized focused PSS curriculums used in various context for children with specific needs – working children, children who are out of school and/or exposed to ongoing violence, neglect and exploitation;
- Consult key IRC staff engaged in programming and review feedback of FGD’s conducted with children/adolescents
- Send proposed draft outline to IRC for input and feedback;
- Week 2, 3 &4 : Draft facilitators guide accompanied by focused PSS modules for relevant age groups. Modules to include guidance and activities- Submit modules drafted on a weekly basis for review and feedback;
- Week 5:
- Finalise content, modules, include references, relevant worksheets.
- Draft Monitoring and evaluation tools to accompany the curriculum implementation;
- Week 6:
- Submit tools for review and inputs;
- Week 7: Finalise final inputs from IRC and incorporate necessary changes;
- Week 8: Conduct training of IRC staff on curriculum implementation
Conditions of the Consultancy
The consultant will work in coordination with the Child protection Coordinator, the street and working children manager and M & E officer based in Beirut. The facilitators manual and all its content produced during and for this consultancy will be property of the IRC.
Terms and timing for the consultancy includes two month time frame. Time frame for draft deliverables to be agreed with the CP Coordinator. Completion of consultancy by Mid December 2016.
Beirut or remote based
- Qualified psychologist, mental health professional and/or clinical social worker specialized in children’s issues;
- 5+ years of experience of developing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support curricula for children with specific needs,
- Experience of Middle East and Lebanon a plus;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cross-culturally fluency in written and spoken English, Arabic a plus
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
- Works well under pressure, flexible and ability to adapt;
- Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, prioritize work under pressure
- Experience of drafting modules catered to childrens specific needs;
- Excellent creativity and imagination;
- To be able to work to a brief, solve problems creatively and adapt the modules;
- Demonstrated experience in drafting curriculums, and specialised focused PSS materials
- 5 to 10 years
Education degree: Masters Degree Field of education: University degree in psychology, social work with experience in mental health, or another relevant degree
The consultant needs to include supervision guidelines and tools as an integral part of this curriculum