The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
IRC began working in South Sudan in 1989. South Sudan declared independence in July 2011 following decades of brutal civil war rooted in disputes over religion, ethnicity, resources, governance and self-determination. The security situation remains fragile and testing operational challenges abound. IRC-South Sudan operates a country office in Juba, field offices in Lakes, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria states. Currently, IRC South Sudan implements programs in primary health care, community case management, environmental health, women's protection and empowerment, protection and access to justice and livelihoods.
The Psycho-Social Support (PSS) Trainer will report to the Protection Manager and will be responsible for training all associated IRC staff in psycho-social support methodology. He/she is also responsible for creating curriculum/work plan for psycho-social groups including youth, women and girls groups and co-leading them during the initial meetings.
Create PSS training curriculum for internal IRC staff
Conduct training on PSS methodologies to required IRC staff
Create a contextualized curriculum for 12 week youth program
Co-lead up to 7 one hour PSS group sessions per week
Track attendance and trends across all groups to inform a final report
Participate in coordination meetings as requested by Protection Manager
Perform any other duties as requested by the Protection Manager
Masters degree in appropriate field or in international law, human rights law, international relations, social sciences,
At least 3 years professional technical experience, including 2 years implementing similar programs in emergency and conflict contexts;
Demonstrated experience in capacity building, training and curriculum development
Strong understanding of protection principles and likely protection concerns arising in the South Sudan context as well as conflict sensitivity
Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other stakeholders
Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
Excellent analytical and written skills, and good computer skills
Fluency in English
Additional qualities: ability to multi-task, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, adaptability to transitions
Security level orange. The situation in Juba is calm at the moment but remains tense and unpredictable; concerns include criminality, presence of armed troops, and looting. There is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.
Lodging in Juba is in a private bedroom, with en suite bathroom, in a shared IRC guesthouse. In field sites, accommodation ranges from tents to traditional huts to permanent structures. Field compounds have latrines and showers. All IRC sites have electricity and internet at least several hours per day. Food is the individual's responsibility.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.