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Jul 29, 2017

International Rescue Committee Consultancy for Clinical Supervision Services in Kenya

International Rescue Committee

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Consultancy for Clinical Supervision Services - Dadaab

Gender-based Violence Program, Hagadera, Dadaab
 
Sector: Women's Protection and Empowerment 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Consultant

 
Employee Category: Not Applicable

Background and Rationale: The IRC has been implementing GBV programming in Hagadera for the last three years Through the two obligatory approaches i.e. response and prevention, IRC has not only supported hundreds of GBV survivors who voluntarily come to report their incidences and to seek help but carries out  vigorous sensitization and mobilization activities aiming at preventing all forms of GBV. 

Through community engagement, 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. 

IRC has partnered with key agencies in these sectors. They include; UNHCR and RAS (Refugee Affairs Secretariat) , Lutheran World federation (disability, education and security), TDH- Terre Des Hommes (Child protection-psychosocial support-Hagadera), Refugee Consortium of Kenya and Police for legal aid counselling and representation of survivors in court.

To expendate this mandate, IRC has a team of 35 dedicated GBV community workers and 5 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 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 being 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 experienced clinical supervisor.

Ethically, it’s a requirement in Kenya that practising practitioners/case workers need to attend to supervision sessions once a month to help catharsize 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 GBV 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.

Purpose of the Consultancy: The purpose of this consultancy is to engage experienced clinical supervisors to carry psychological first aid consistently to GBV staff for three months starting August, September and October 2017.

The sessions will be held in Hagadera camp and the beneficiaries will be GBV staff both national and incentive.

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.

Just like in counselling,  it takes time to build a therapeutic relationship between the supervisor and supervisees and therefore a clinical supervisor engaged under this consultant will require a minimum of three months’ worth of sessions so as to build rapport and initiate the  therapeutic process, and do follow-up  and closure in the following two months  respectively. 

Thereafter the supervisees can chose continue with another round or a different supervisor can be engaged.

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 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 lead, a work plan for the 3 day duration on how to effectively cover the targeted staff.
  • The 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
Management: The consultant will report to the Field WPE Program in Hagadera field site.

Timeframe: This consultancy period will be August, September and October 2017 for 3 continuous days (Wednesday to Friday- inclusive of travel) every month.

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 provide the agreed services in a timely manner
  • To give feedback on emerging concerns to the Field Coordinator or his appointee as the end of every session and the IRC senior management where possible
  • The consultants to meet their medical and other personal expenses during the consultancy.
IRC responsibilities
IRC to meets the cost of transport from Nairobi to Hagadera 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 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 supervisor during his/her stay in the field.

Payments will be processed after successful completion of each 3 day block of consultancy services and submission of the specified documents. Therefore the agreed amount will be paid in 3 instalments

Requirements
  • MA in counseling/ clinical 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
Specifications about the Response

Interested applicants should submit the following;
  • A cover letter
  • A resume
How to Apply

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

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at [email protected] As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

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