Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI), with occasional travel to other areas of KRI.
Type of Position
Length of Contract
Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience. Local compensation package.
About SEED Foundation
SEED Foundation is a locally-registered NGO in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. SEED’s mission is to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk. SEED is committed to delivering quality and holistic approaches, combining international expertise and local know-how to achieve results for the people of Iraq and Kurdistan. SEED’s programming focuses on four key objectives: 1) the delivery of transformational, comprehensive MHPSS services including case management, mental health, and legal services, as well as psychosocial support activities; 2) strengthening the capacity of service providers through education, training, and capacity-building programs; 3) promoting policy and social change to strengthen the rights of, and protections for, vulnerable groups and individuals; and, 4) supporting the protection and recovery of survivors of trafficking in persons (TIP) including through SEED’s shelter for victims of trafficking and those at risk, after care services, and prevention work to reduce the risk of trafficking through public awareness, technical assistance, and advocacy for legal, regulatory, policy, process, and institutional changes.
Role of PSS Facilitator
The Psychosocial Support (PSS) Facilitator will be responsible for facilitating groups with men and adolescent boys using a structured multi-session curriculum adapted for the Kurdistan context. The Facilitator will support the recruitment and retaining of participants in the sessions including conducting outreach, and contacting participants between sessions to ensure participation. While the PSS Facilitator will mainly focus on facilitating structured sessions for fathers and adolescent boys, the Facilitator may also lead additional PSS activities for women and children as needed. These activities may include awareness-raising sessions, Psychological First Aid (PFA), psychoeducation, skill-building, and emotional support sessions. The PSS Facilitator may be responsible for the preparation of new PSS materials that are suitable for the targeted community, age, and gender group. Furthermore, the PSS Facilitator will be responsible for creating a safe environment for participants, respecting confidentiality, communicating with all beneficiaries and community members with respect, and following a survivor-centered, trauma-informed care approach, ensuring regular attendance, and prioritizing beneficiaries’ personal resilience and psychosocial wellbeing. The PSS Facilitator reports to the Project Coordinator.
Facilitation of PSS activities: 70%
- Coordinate and facilitate men and boys groups in camp and non-camp locations, where needed, including sessions about: positive parenting, gender-based violence, communication and listening skills, gender norms, and emotional management, among others.
- Support with the recruitment and selection of men and adolescents to participate in the group sessions.
- Attend training sessions about the curriculum manuals and participate in ongoing supervision sessions.
- Provide feedback and recommendations to modify the curriculum based on the community’s needs.
- Share challenges and success/impact stories about the PSS activities.
- Prepare appropriate materials and/or visual aids in advance of the sessions.
- Utilize appropriate PSS and recreational kit materials, teaching methods, stationery, and furniture for the respective community, gender, and age group.
- Identify and strengthen community structures through engaging with community leaders, women and youth groups, as well as other stakeholders to ensure that beneficiaries receive adequate support at the community level.
- Identify other areas of need and ensure that referrals for additional support are taken forward including emotional support, case management, legal support, cash assistance and mental health services.
- Positively interact with beneficiaries using a survivor centered approach to ensure inclusive age and gender-sensitive participation of beneficiaries. This includes clear communication so they feel safe and respected at all times, and encourage them to express their emotions and needs.
- Follow up on beneficiaries’ wellbeing, attendance, and specific needs.
- Provide updates to the Service Delivery Coordinator, PSS coordinator, Project Coordinator, and if needed, the technical teams on any issues, challenges, or gaps in implementation.
Reporting, Coordination and Representation: 20%
- Maintain and strengthen existing networks with other service providers at the community level, to ensure that beneficiaries receive quality services and support.
- Report to the Project Manager on a regular basis and share observed trends, challenges, and recommendations as well as positive or negative feedback from participants.
- Compile all data on a weekly basis to ensure all reports are completed in a timely manner and reflect achievements, challenges, and gaps in implementation.
- Contribute to daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, progress notes, and treatment plans, if requested.
- Identify new networks, service providers, and actors to collaborate with to ensure beneficiaries’ needs are met.
- Work in close collaboration with volunteers and community leaders to ensure that needs of at-risk groups, women, girls, and other community individuals are met.
- Assist in the development of referral networks between partners implementing similar programs.
- Ensure adequate reporting of data, including the accurate collection of participants’ contact details, number of PSS session attendances, and new registration requests.
- Collaborate closely with the MEAL team to monitor activities with existing PSS monitoring tools.
- Conduct focus group discussions, key informant interviews, pre and post tests, and other data collection activities as needed.
- Use appropriate data collection tools and submit assessments and updates in a timely and accurate manner.
- Minimum 2 years of professional experience as a group Facilitator, Case Manager, Psychologist or similar role with IDPs or refugees, in an NGO.
- University degree in a relevant field in lieu of a degree, 3 years of experience in a relevant field is accepted.
- Work experience with humanitarian agencies.
- Familiar with Humanitarian Principles and standards.
- Excellent communication skills with adolescents and adults (staff and community members).
- Previous work on gender will be considered an asset.
- Full adherence to PSEA, Child Safeguarding, Code of Conduct, and Conflict of Interest policies.
- Well-organized, self-motivated and ability to work in a team.
- Fluent Arabic and Kurdish (Kormanji/Bahdini) language skills (speaking and writing), English an asset.
- Computer literate especially in Microsoft Office packages.
- Good interpersonal skills and cross-cultural sensitivity.
- Ability to cope and work under pressure.
How to Apply
- Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via this link: https://seedkurdistan.odoo.com/jobs/detail/pss-facilitator-320
- Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
- In order for an application to be considered valid, SEED only accepts online profiles duly completed.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. NO CALLS PLEASE.