International Rescue Committee Consultancy for Clinical Supervision Services in Kakuma, Kenya

Jun 6, 2017

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Terms of Reference

Consultancy for Clinical Supervision Services 

Women Protection and Empowerment Program (WPE), Kakuma

Sector: Women's Protection and Empowerment 

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Consultant 

 
Employee Category: Not Applicable
 
1. Background and Rationale: The IRC has been implementing Women Protection and Empowerment (WPE) program in Kakuma since 2015. 

The program focuses on strengthening Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors’ protection through prevention and response activities. Hundreds of GBV survivors who voluntarily come to report their incidences and seek help have been supported through the program to regain their lives. 

The IRC carries out vigorous sensitization and mobilization activities aiming at preventing all forms of GBV. 

Through community engagement, the IRC hopes to strengthen community based social and protective structures to ensure that women and girls enjoy a violence free life where men take a leading role. 

At agency level, IRC works closely with like-minded organisations to compliment service delivery in meeting the different needs that a GBV survivor presents.

Some of these needs include; Medical care, shelter, security/protection, access to food, legal redress, issues related to children support and maintenance and need for emotional and psychological support. 

The agencies in these sectors include but are not limited to: UNHCR (protection issues), DRA (Shelter and refugees affairs), Lutheran World federation (Child protection – psychosocial support, peace building), Jesuit Refugee Services (Safe shelter), Windle Trust Kenya (guidance and counselling in schools), NCCK (cash assistance and non-food items) Refugee Consortium of Kenya and Police for legal aid counselling, representation of survivors in court and apprehend perpetrators).

To execute this mandate, IRC has a team of 46 dedicated GBV community workers and 9 national staff who are the first points of contacts for the survivors. These responders listen to traumatizing stories from survivors every day. 

They have to constantly deal with effects of both primary and secondary trauma. Some of these effects manifest at work through; mood swings, poor concentration, poor interpersonal conflicts, absenteeism, lateness at work and psychosomatic illnesses. 

Considering that most of the staffs are refugees, they identify with most of the client’s experiences having been victims themselves or their significant others. 

The team bears the burden of constantly debriefing themselves to ensure they remain afloat and not drowned in the client’s world. However, it reaches a point where all staff needs to unwind and get it all out through a neutral and safe avenue.

For one to remain productive, they need to vent out negative emotions and get positive ways of coping/minimizing work related stress.

Clinical supervision (professional debriefing and psychosocial support) is one of the recommended ways of doing this under the guidance and support of an experience clinical supervisor. 

Ethically, it’s a requirement in Kenya that practising practitioners/case workers need to attend to supervision sessions to help in catharsis besides getting support on complicated client work and capacity building on thematic areas.

This consultancy seeks to ensure that quality and appropriate clinical supervisions and debriefing opportunities are availed for the WPE staff to engage in therapeutic processes as part of ongoing care for the caregivers. 

In addition it will benefit other staff engage in highly emotive roles in health care delivery such as mental health and nursing staff caring for very sick patients in the wards.

2. Purpose of the Consultancy
The purpose of this consultancy is to engage experienced clinical supervisors to conduct psychological first aid consistently to WPE staff for seven (7) days from 12th to 19th June, 2017.

The sessions will be held in Kakuma refugee camp and the beneficiaries will be WPE and mental staff. 

This is expected to help them release work tension, enhance interpersonal relationships, manage personal issues and ultimately improve the quality of services to the beneficiaries.

Key Tasks:
  • To engage the staff in a therapeutic process through group and individual counselling and/or debriefing sessions.
  • To offer support to the case workers in managing difficult client issues or those that present psychological dilemmas.
  • To equip the staff with life skills for example stress management strategies to empower their self-response mechanisms as individuals and collectively as a team as the supervisor may deem appropriate.
  • To build/strengthen the capacity of staff to offer psychological first aid
  • To provide feedback where necessary (either in a formal confidential written report or also via oral debrief session) to the Field Coordinator on areas that may require administrative support so as to improve the well-being of the staff in relation to their work.
Proposed Outputs:                                                                
  • To offer counselling sessions in groups and individual sessions as to effectively manage their personal issues, support their peers and the clients. Upon reporting to the field the consultant will develop together with the field WPE Program manager, a work plan for the 7 day duration on how to effectively cover the targeted staff.
  • To help the participants gain sense of self awareness and growth and create an enabling environment for catharsis and support.
  • To build the capacity of the staff in thematic areas relevant to their day to day work.
3. Management

The consultant will report to the WPE Technical Coordinator.

4. Timeframe

This consultancy period will be in June for 7 continuous days (Monday - Sunday).

5. Consultants responsibilities
  • To create an enabling environment for the participants to engage in a therapeutic process and get support
  • To guide participants in personal development sessions to allow them gain some sense of self awareness and growth
  • Recommend staff for individual counselling and personal therapy sessions as appropriate
  • To empower the staff to be able to provide psychological first aid
  • To provide the agreed services in a timely manner
  • To give feedback on emerging concerns to the Field Coordinator or his appointee at the end of every session and the IRC senior management where possible
  • The consultants to meet their medical, food and other personal expenses during the consultancy.
6. IRC responsibilities

IRC to meets the cost of transport from Nairobi to Kakuma and back depending on available transport. 

The preferred mode of transport is via air so as to avail as much time as possible for the actual service delivery. 

In Nairobi, the consultant will be picked up/dropped from designated points (Nairobi CBD/IRC IKM office and Wilson Airport respectively. 

At the field level all drops/pick-ups and travel arrangements will be done by the IRC.
 
To provide accommodation for the consultant during his/her stay in the field.
 
Payments will be processed after successful completion of the consultancy services and submission of the specified documents. Therefore the agreed amount will be paid in 1 instalment.

7. Deliverables

To submit the overall general report to the WPE Coordinator and any supplementart confidential report to the Senior Field Coordinator within two weeks after completion of the consultancy and invoice/demand note.

8. Requirements
  • MA in counseling psychology
  • Certificate in clinical supervision from an accredited institution
  • At least 3 years training experience in counseling related issues
  • Experience working with trauma clients in Kenya and/or a refugee-setting, preferred
  • Be registered with an accredited counseling body
  • Be flexible and tolerant
  • Previous experience in providing counseling supervision in refugee setup an added advantage
  • Be highly sensitive to cultural and religious dynamics
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online
 
Please apply on or before 8th June, 2017

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

Disclaimer: Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request  for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: IRCKenya@rescue.org or report to the nearest police.

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