Eur¡ka Yebego Adragot Dirigit (in short: ‘Eur¡ka’) is a local NGO registered in accordance with Ethiopia’s CSO Proclamation No. 1113/2019. We pursue any sustainable action aiming at a visible progress of children’s rights & well-being through projects seeking particularly to: prevent or alleviate poverty; increase households’ food security; enhance health and nutrition statuses; protect or support persons at risk; empower mothers and caretakers; improve access to quality education; expand family planning practices; provide decent shelter and clothing; offer legal assistance and psychosocial counselling, etc.
‘WHEI’, the acronym of our new intervention entitled ‘Women’s Healing & Empowerment Initiative’, funded by the Embassy of France (PISCCA Fund), is to be implemented in the Gamo zone over a period of 15 months until late 2022. The project’s general objective is “to prevent and respond to gender-based violence [GBV] in Arba Minch city and surrounding areas through holistic services to survivors, the promotion of enabling environments and enhanced coordination mechanisms”. The action targets: 1/ girls and mothers victims of GBV in need of a ‘Safe Home’ to get rehabilitated from their trauma and reintegrated in the society in decent conditions; 2/ students in Arba Minch public schools, local leaders and caretakers in rural areas plus radio listeners, for various prevention and awareness activities; and 3/ organizations such as local / international NGOs and public institutions (hospitals / health centres, police and justice departments, etc.) to strengthen referral pathways and networks of GBV stakeholders, set up a coordinated strategy against sexual abuse, etc.
Two (2) Psycho-Social Workers (PSWs) will be hired as key staff to implement WHEI. They will: work in shifts at the Safe Home established for female survivors, report directly to the GBV Coordinator (and indirectly to the Programme Manager), in close collaboration with a team of Nurses / Safe Home ‘Mothers’. The PSWs will notably have the following responsibilities:
1. Patient assessment, case management and follow-up (around 40% of the time): following evidenced-based, trauma-informed and survivor-centered approaches; adhering to the Safe Home’s protocol, to applicable standards and best practices; completing informed consent, screening intake and other forms as required upon orientation, incident, exit, etc.; providing psychological first aid and follow-up support as appropriate (personal notes, phone calls, hospital visits, etc.), including in life-saving situations; developing multisectoral action plans for complex cases – seeking external expertise and referring to psychiatrists as needed – and to respond to depression, anxiety and traumas; conducting individual or family-based counselling sessions (in culturally- and age appropriate fashions) and support the patients in achieving their goals; regularly evaluating the emotional and mental health of all; supporting the effective resolution of disagreements or conflicts; tracking progresses on a systematic basis; performing home visits after discharge; ensuring documentation is properly maintained and sufficiently detailed (up-to-date records); making sure at all times that the survivors are safe, respected, cared for and that their data are protected and kept confidential within the medical team; observing ethical practices and providing services with empathy, a non-judgmental attitude; attending and actively participating in weekly case review committee meetings; compiling monthly reports with accurate, qualitative and quantitative data and information; writing clinical case studies and success stories.
2. Design and delivery (or coordination) of holistic psychosocial support activities (50%): stimulating group dynamic by favouring exchanges and participation in collective sessions on specific topics; developing / providing interactive teaching methods (like therapeutic play sessions or role playing) for group facilitation or mother & children bonding, according to the residents’ needs, so as to ease behaviour change; fostering healthy communication and problem solving / conflict resolution within the families; working to prevent domestic violence and empower victims to move towards self-sufficiency; recognizing / rewarding positive life choices of caregivers and their children; providing literacy classes and social empowerment trainings (life skills, SRHR, prevention of HIV/AIDS, family planning, IYCF, early childhood development, parenting and positive discipline, HTPs, child early marriage, etc.), economic strengthening (vocational training / skills development, financial education, self-help group methodology, material support, etc) and healing through recreational activities (physical, gardening and art therapy) to express feelings and reduce PTSD / levels of anxiety.
3. Any other task as required (10%): liaising with the GBV Coordinator if transport is required by patients for movement or referral; training other staff on psychosocial issues, so they can integrate them within their regular work and better coordinate with the psycho-social team; when necessary, distributing dignity kits or child care and other supplies to the survivors and their children; raising awareness in school clubs; providing community outreach education (child development, positive parenting, mother & child interactions, IYCF practices, etc.) in targeted rural areas; taking part in workshops, events and radio shows on HTPs and child early / forced marriage; occasionally substituting the GBV Coordinator / other colleagues, e.g. managing incoming calls for the 24-hour hotline; drafting / translating / reviewing IEC materials, ensuring key messages are appropriate for the community and conducting pre-testing before dissemination, etc. Performing other tasks as assigned by management.
Number of positions: 2 (two)
Duration: 12 months (with a probability of contract extension)
Required: BA/BSc. degree in clinical or counseling psychology / mental health, social work or other relevant fields (e.g. nursing with additional training in psychiatry).
Preferred: MA/MSc. in psychology / mental health / ICCMH or other relevant fields.
Preferred: Proven track record in a safe house setting or similar social work, undertaking case management and psychological services, counseling / assessing the psycho-social wellbeing of / providing mental health support/training to GBV survivors (women and girls).
Required: Written and spoken proficiency in Amharic; team player; high stress tolerance; flexibility / adaptation capacity; willingness to work in routine shifts (including at night, during weekends and holidays) and to substitute colleagues in case of emergency, so as to ensure adequate 24-hour coverage of the Safe Home in all circumstances; capacity to receive and restrain the expression of strong emotions, as well as to observe, evaluate and analyse the content of a counselling group session with structured tools; ability to build positive relationships through acceptance, cooperation and mutual respect; capacity to maintain clear personal and professional boundaries; rigorous in recording and reporting accurate patient data on a timely basis, according to professional norms; hard-working and a self-motivated person; never convicted and free from substance abuse addiction.
Preferred: Written and spoken proficiency in English; good command of Gamogna; solid understanding of the dynamics of domestic & sexual violence; good knowledge of MHPSS guidelines and of key messaging to vulnerable caregivers and other issues (e.g. TBRI, GBV programming, child development, IYCF, HTPs, CEFM, PSEA, etc.); computer proficiency (MS Word); CPR / first aid certified or willingness to secure the training after recruitment.
How to Apply
Please submit your application (CV, cover letter explaining how you meet the position criteria, plus copies of any certificate) to email@example.com by 18 October 2021 – state ‘Psycho-Social Worker’ on your e-mail’s subject line. The job requires working with girls and women survivors of GBV, hence only applications of female candidates may be considered. The recruitment process will involve a test and interviews: only short-listed applicants will be contacted. The selected candidate is expected to join Eur¡ka’s team in Arba Minch city starting from late November / early December 2021 on a 1-year employment contract.