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MHPSS Caregiver Intervention Adaptation Consultant

Department: International Programs
Location: Remote, RM

Position Summary:

HIAS has a long history of providing legal and humanitarian assistance to forcibly displaced persons, refugees, and asylum seekers in Ukraine since 2001. HIAS is a member of the Ukraine Protection Consortium, with the objective of preventing and responding to protection issues, improving the well-being and resilience of conflict-affected communities, and strengthening the safe environment for forcibly displaced people in Ukraine through an Integrated Multi-sector response. As part of an integrated multi-sector response approach, PSS intervention within protection aims to improve the availability of appropriate PSS care for conflict-affected individuals and communities and to strengthen protective environments.

HIAS is looking for an Emergency mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) consultant to design and adapt an integrated psychosocial support curriculum for caregivers, supporting children with protection vulnerabilities as a result of the situation in Ukraine. The consultant is expected to design the PSS curriculum's content based on already-existing materials that are focused on parenting stress management and healthy coping methods developed by Save the Children and others for emergency situations. The consultant will coordinate closely with HIAS technical MHPSS leadership, including the Director of Resilience Programs and the MHPSS Coordinator for the Ukraine Response, MHPSS program staff, and implementing partners.

Key deliverables:

  1. Provide a detailed work plan outlining the timeline of delivery of the PSS curriculum resources package for caregivers, the training materials, and training guide in consultation with HIAS’ focal persons and key implementing partners
  2. Develop and adapt an integrated PSS curriculum for caregivers utilizing existing resources, with broad links to Child Protection activities targeted at strengthening the support networks and coping mechanisms for parents and caregivers. The module should cover key content to train caregivers on distress management skills, positive parenting skills, positive coping strategies as psychoeducation about normal stress reactions in children and adolescents, reactions that need further attention, and strategies for supporting children with these reactions and providing appropriate coping support.
  3. Organize a consultation session with the key point of contact to identify training need and gather feedback   PSS training curriculum resources tailored to children and caregivers.
  4. Facilitate virtual orientation session on the developed PSS curriculum training.
  5. Provide fully PSS integrated curriculum training packed, report and share relevant documents produced.
  6. In addition, psychoeducation on children's and adolescents' reactions to stress, how to react to the distress they may present, and how to implement positive parenting strategies should be included. This consultant will also provide training on the implementation of the PSS-adapted interventions.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Degree in psychology, sociology, social work, anthropology, public mental health, and social care services in humanitarian and active conflict settings.
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant MHPSS experience in humanitarian contexts, preferably working in programs targeting refugee and/or forcibly displaced children and caregivers.
  • A proven track record of success in designing, implementing, and evaluating MHPSS intervention within the context of a crisis or conflict.
  • An in-depth understanding and experience implementing and evaluating MHPSS interventions with children and caregivers in conflict or crisis contexts.
  • Extensive experience designing and adapting existing MHPSS intervention guidelines and tools related to Children and caregiver in humanitarian context
  • Demonstrated awareness, sensitivity, and the ability to accommodate to differences in age, gender, religion, race, and ethnicity as well as culture.
  • Experience working in Child protection, GBV and MHPSS in emergency context
  • Experience in providing training, supervision or working remotely via various platforms (zoom, team and others)
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and presentation skills

ABOUT US:

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.

VISION:

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.

MISSION:

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.

VALUES:

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice 

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie 

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération 

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage 

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience 

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience

DIVERSITY:

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.

SAFEGUARDING:

HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIAS’ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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