Psychosocial Support (PSS) Officer at Search for Common Ground (SFCG)


Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Psychosocial Support (PSS) Officer

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job type: Full Time – Local
Reports to: Psychosocial Support Specialist
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension dependent on performance and funding).

Position Summary

  • The Psychosocial Support (PSS) Officer supports the direct implementation of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project through delivery of Trauma Awareness and Resilience Trainings, in addition to facilitating Transformative Dialogues.
  • The PSS Specialist will also support Case Management Officers in providing specific PSS related technical advice on more complex child protection cases to improve the well-being and safety of beneficiary children.   

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The PSS Specialist will deliver Trauma Awareness and Resilience Trainings to beneficiary children, in addition to Transformative Dialogues, according to project work plan.
  • Coordinate with Community Mobilizing Officers and Assistants to ensure relevant target populations are mobilised. Ensure coordination to capture attendance record and ensure information is stored systematically.
  • Engage in training on Trauma Awareness and Transformative Dialogue delivered by Trauma Specialist.
  • Respond to cases of particular children if more in depth PSS response is required, and ensure coordination with Case Management Officers and Assistants.
  • Support technical capacity building of Case Management Officers, Assistants and Community Case Workers through ad hoc consultations and mentoring on psycho-social support. Deliver in depth trainings when required.
  • Write training activity reports on all trainings facilitated, ensuring rich content is captured through quotations and photos (with necessary consent/ assent), and ensure these are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Represent Search externally where required, for example in MHPSS forums in Borno State.
  • Share necessary security updates with Security Manager in areas of intervention to ensure safety of beneficiaries and team members in ongoing risk assessments
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Qualifications

  • University degree, Diploma or equivalent in Social Work, Psychology, Law or Sociology

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years psycho-social support (PSS) experience, with a particular focus on children.
  • Solid understanding of psychosocial trauma interventions, methodologies and theory.
  • Minimum of 4 years in an advisory/ technical role in the field of PSS.
  • Minimum of 4 years management/ supervisory experience.
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations

Other Requirements:

  • Good understanding of Child Protection Minimum Standards and the Inter-Agency Guidelines for Case Management and Child Protection.
  • Knowledge of types of child abuse and their impact (violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation)
  • Familiarity with referral pathways in and around Maiduguri
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Excellent ability to develop positive helping relationships with children and caregivers.
  • Strong reporting skills capturing case management information.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) a must.

Application Closing Date
15th July, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Procedure
Interested candidates should send the following to our career portal by clicking the link above:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)

Note

  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
  • All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Shared Humanity – Empathy – Impartiality – Inclusivity – Courage – Hope – Humility – Audacity. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud.
  • Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
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