Request for Proposals: EMDR Consultant(s), Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Position: Approved EMDR Consultant(s)

Location: Remote (international) with required travel to Erbil and Koya, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Duration: May 1, 2018 – Apr 30, 2019



SEED Foundation (SEED) is a registered charity in Erbil, Iraq, whose mission is to promote Kurdistan

Region’s (KRI) social, educational and economic development, Kurdish culture, human rights, and to

address the humanitarian needs of the residents of the region. SEED is working to protect and empower vulnerable women and girls impacted by the current crisis, particularly survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and those that have escaped ISIL captivity by ensuring access to the quality care. Working across the KRI, SEED’s two-pronged approach will 1) increase local capacity to provide mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS) through the provision of education, training, and supervision, and 2) expand access to high quality MHPSS services through delivering a standard package of psychosocial support services to all survivors seeking assistance in the KRI.

Not generally available in the KRI, SEED believes that EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy offers a promising approach for the treatment of survivors of trauma and aims to train its psychologists and those from a number of other organizations to enable them to offer EMDR to survivors of violence and other forms of trauma.



The Consultant(s) will work with SEED and Koya University (KU) staff affiliated with at the Center for

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) to design and implement EMDR training for at least 12 psychologists working with survivors of trauma in the KRI. The Consultant(s) will deliver Basic EMDR Training in Koya and/or Erbil through the Center for MHPSS at Koya University. The Consultant(s) will provide a curriculum for the Basic EMDR Training that meets the minimum requirements for either EMDR Europe or EMDRIA approval. The training will provide at least 12 psychologists working in the KRI with the knowledge and skills to utilize EMDR therapy, a comprehensive understanding of case conceptualization and treatment planning, and the ability to integrate EMDR therapy into their clinical practice. Instruction will be in the current explanatory model, methodology, and underlying mechanisms of EMDR through classroom instruction and clinical supervision/consultation to meet the requirements for a course of study that will lead to an accredited EMDR Therapy Training Completion Certificate and Clinical Supervision/Consultation that can be applied to meeting the requirements for EMDR Europe Practitioner Certification.

The Consultant(s) will be an experienced EMDR consultant(s), accredited by an EMDR international or regional association with a policy for accrediting and monitoring the standards of trainers and consultants equivalent to, or more rigorous than, the EMDR Europe Association.


The Consultant(s) must have experience training in the Middle East region, and experience training in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan is a strong plus.


The Consultant(s) will work with Center for MHPSS staff to ensure robust supervised practice and clinical supervision/consultation for EMDR training participants through in-person group sessions, and remote and in-person individual sessions. The Consultant(s) will work from his/her preferred location, with at least two trips to the KRI to provide classroom instruction in Koya and/or Erbil, as needed.


The Consultant(s) will report to the Director for the Center for MHPSS; at minimum, the Consultant(s) will be required to provide updates and receive feedback from the Director at least once per month,though this may be increased at the discretion of the Director to ensure the Consultant(s) is supported and deliverables are met.


Responsibilities and Deliverables

The Consultant(s) will provide the below deliverables within the agreed upon timeline, as detailed in the chart below. The Consultant(s) and SEED staff can agree to changes in responsibilities and deliverables that meet the requirements for providing a course of study that will lead to an accredited EMDR Therapy Training Completion Certificate and Clinical Supervision/Consultation hours that satisfy the requirements for Clinical Supervision/Consultation hours for EMDR certification . The Consultant and SEED staff can agree to change timelines, based on the priorities of the EMDR training program or unforeseen circumstances.


Scope of Work

For 12 psychologists working with survivors of trauma in the KRI, during the period of May 1, 2018 – Apr 30, 2019, the Consultant(s) will deliver:

  • EMDR curriculum
  • EMDR training (preferably in Arabic and English)
  • Individual EMDR supervision (preferably in Arabic and English)
  • Group EMDR supervision (preferably in Arabic and English
  • Office hours for training participants to utilize in case of make-up sessions or urgent consultation needs (preferably in Arabic and English)
  • Evaluation of all participants’ knowledge and skill development (preferably in Arabic and English)


To Apply for this Consultancy:

Please send a proposal to with “EMDR Consultant” in the subject line and


  • Cover letter, outlining relevant qualifications of consultant(s) to perform this EMDR training and supervision, as well as a description of other similar trainings conducted;
  • Proposal narrative, including:

○ structured outline of proposed training and supervision sessions,

○ a description of proposed training materials to be used,

○ timeline for training preparation and roll-out, supervision, office hours, and evaluation, (training preparation needs to start before May 31, 2018);

○ requirements for the training facilities;

○ criteria for selecting training participants;

○ roadmap for certification of participants including certification process

○ proposed language plan for training and supervision for Arabic and English speaking


  • Examples of proposed training materials to be used;
  • CV of consultant(s)


Please submit proposals as soon as possible, but no later than May 15, 2018.

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