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24 Aug 2016

Full-Time Psychosocial Support Advisor

CARE – Posted by admin Athina, Athens, Attica region, Greece

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Job Description

Psychosocial Support Advisor

CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg is currently recruiting a

Psychosocial Support Advisor

Duty station: Athens with frequent travels to Thessaloniki

Starting date: ASAP

Duration: One Month

Throughout 2015 an increasing number of migrants and refugees were crossing Greece and the Western Balkans countries on their way to seek refuge from ongoing crises in their home countries, along the so-called “Western Balkans migration Route”, leading from Turkey through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia north towards the EU. CARE started responding to the refugee crisis in late August, with distribution of food and hygiene packages in Serbia and Croatia through local partners. At the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 more and more border restrictions and closures have led to a backlog of refugees on the mainland of Greece. As of 5th of August 2016 UNHCR estimates that there are more than 57.000 refugees in Greece. CARE deployed a first fact finding mission during March and has come to the conclusion that there a serious humanitarian needs and gaps which justify CARE to become active in Greece and have developed a strategic approach focusing on interventions in two key sectors: 1) Food security and NFI support through cash programming; 2) Protection, with a focus on basic legal support, psychosocial support and SGBV referral.

CARE has submitted a proposal for an urban and cash focused intervention which is due to start in August. Against this background and contingent on the funding becoming available CARE is looking for a Psychosocial Support Advisor.

Whilst on assignment s/he will be the Country Office’s primary focal point for ensuring that appropriate psychosocial support methodologies are mainstreamed into CARE’s refugee protection activities and that relevant capacities of the partner organizations are built. S/he will be responsible for developing clear strategies on psychosocial support and will lead in the implementation of these. S/he will work directly with partners to build capacities and provide technical advice/supervision to implementing staff. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Program and Partnership Manager to embed psychosocial support approaches within design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.

This position will ensure alignment of these strategies and actions to CARE global gender equality commitments. Protection activities will be guided by the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and the IASC Guidelines on Gender-based Violence (GBV) Interventions in Humanitarian Settings and the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Adapting and contextualising psychosocial activities and methods used by CARE’s partner organizations
  • Ensure CARE’s partner organizations’ protection teams use appropriate methodologies for psychosocial support activities and case management
  • Carry out trainings and capacity building activities of CARE’s partner organizations’ staff in respect to Psychosocial support with particular focus on partner’s mobile protection teams and counsellors
  • Develop group activities to contribute to the psychosocial wellbeing of different groups including single women, single parents, children, youth and those ages between 18 and 24.
  • Develop and implement a referral mechanism to respond to identified advanced psychosocial mental health needs.
  • Implement appropriate counselling protocols to address specific needs
  • Contribute to the development of beneficiary feedback mechanism
  • Identify existing coping mechanisms of the affected population
  • In all activities ensure maximum participation of the affected population
  • Ensure analysis and intervention strategy addresses the needs of the vulnerable groups and is culturally appropriate
  • Contribute to quality program and donor reports on activities, highlighting and documenting best practices, and learning related to psychosocial support activities
  • Assist Program and Partnership Manager and Head of Mission to budget for psychosocial support activities and monitor partner’s financial reporting of psychosocial support activities
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to ensure that relevant data is collected and responded to
  • Evaluate impact on beneficiaries and document outcomes, lessons learnt, and best practices in relation to psychosocial support activities

    Primary Skills:

  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, or Education. A bachelor’s degree will be acceptable only if the candidate can demonstrate sufficient experience in psychosocial support programming in conflict settings
  • Five years of experience working on psychosocial support issues in humanitarian contexts, including field-level experience in complex humanitarian response and resilience programs
  • Proven experience in designing psychosocial support programs
  • Proven experience of successful capacity-building of humanitarian field staff and partners on psychosocial support concepts, theory and practice
  • Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English. Arabic/Farsi would be a distinct advantage
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural team
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Strong networking capability
  • Ability to organize and facilitate training sessions,
  • Experience in working with local partner organizations
  • Ability to develop capacity building frameworks and work plans

How to apply:

Please note: A working permit in Greece is necessary.

Women and men are equally encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send your complete application package (CV, motivation letter, references) to Ms. Judith Berger at berger@care.de, no later than 4th September 2016. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job Categories: Medicine. Job Types: Full-Time.

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