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  • Posted: Jul 1, 2021
    Deadline: Jul 10, 2021
  • The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. History ...
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    5 - Day Basic Counselling Skills Training for Peace Builders (afsc south sudan pilot program)

    Terms of Reference for a Consultancy to conduct a 5- Day Basic Counselling Skills Training for Peace Builders (AFSC South Sudan Pilot Program)


    The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. AFSC promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution. As such, we seek to promote the transformation of cultural and societal norms, values, and behaviors to reject violence, with Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship as our values.

    The South Sudan Pilot Program

    AFSC is implementing a trauma healing for enhanced peace building pilot program in South Sudan for a period of two years. The program aims to contribute to quality trauma healing processes for peaceful co-existence in South Sudan by ensuring that Peace builders of 8 CSOs/FBOs are sufficiently supported to care for themselves as well as others.

    AFSC has undertaken substantial work in South Sudan to mobilize and train peace builders as Trainers of Trainers (ToT) in secondary trauma. Following the training, there has been increased demand for counseling services as the peace builders sought to heal their own primary and secondary trauma and that of their clients from the communities they work with. AFSC has recruited a counselor to offer counseling services to the peacebuilders. The counselor also offers clinical supervision support to the peacebuilders as they seek to help the communities. The project identifies the need to address current gaps in service provision, counseling, and referral services. The gap analysis identifies among other requirements, the need to train the peace builders in basic counseling skills to help them support the traumatized population better.

    AFSC is seeking to recruit a highly qualified consultant trainer with a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experience to carry out a 5-day basic counseling skills training for the peace builders in South Sudan.

    The consultancy scope:

    The training is expected to exhaustively cover the following areas:

    • Basic counselling skills concepts
    • The role of a counselor,
    • Qualities of a good counselor,
    • Principles of counselling
    • Psychological first aid,
    • The various counselling therapies
    • Practical scenarios on conducting one on one and group trauma counselling

    The consultancy objective:

    To train a team of 36 peace builders from the South Sudan project and 2 AFSC program staff. Specifically, the Consultant(s) is expected to:

    • Develop and execute a five-day training on basic counseling skills for the 38 participants aimed at creating a pool of well-trained peace builders in Basic counseling skills in South Sudan
    • Develop effective reference materials/tools for participants. The consultant is also expected to share a package of the training materials (handouts) for future reference.
    • Conduct pre- and post-training assessment of the participants.
    • Prepare a final training report.

    The training workshop should:

    • Engage participants in actual/practical exercises that enhance one on one and group counseling therapies.
    • Engage participants in simulating relevant and realistic critical incident and trauma counseling scenarios for practicing and applying the skills acquired.
    • Engage participatory training methodologies to encourage participants to fully contribute to interactive practical exercises with feedback, coaching on the relevant skills and processes and discussion exercises.
    • Provide participants with a set of basic counseling materials and the workshop Resource Package/ handouts.

    Applicant’s Requirements

    The consultant should hold at least a master’s degree in psychology, psychiatry, clinical social or mental health from a recognized institution.

    Experience and skill

    • Minimum three years of demonstrable work experience in providing training, supervision and psychological counselling
    • Experience of providing trauma counselling in conflict zones
    • Experience on module/manual development on related training as well as expertise on implementation of participatory training methodologies
    • Experience working in South Sudan is an added advantage
    • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English
    • Good report writing skills
    • Demonstrable ability to conduct virtual training

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    Terms of Reference – Trauma Healing and Counselling Training (AFRSC Somali Program)

    Somali Program

    AFSC believes that young people can positively transform the prevailing context of violent conflicts in Somalia into a more secure, productive, and just place. Consequently, AFSC is implementing a Peace-building program in Somalia targeting the youth, with the approaches of empowering them with peacebuilding, leadership, advocacy, and livelihood skills. The livelihood skills are meant to empower them to earn sustainable incomes and avoid the vulnerability of recruitment by violent militia groups. The peacebuilding and leadership skills are to empower them to take leading roles in peace-building activities in their localities.

    Thus, to help support AFSC partners and youth participants in the Somalia Program to heal from their trauma, AFSC is planning to conduct a three-day training on Trauma Healing and counselling. The consultant will be expected to provide impactful training on Trauma and counselling to ten (10) participants who have experienced traumatic events including war, rape and other forms of violence, in order to build their resilience, and acquire better coping mechanisms. The consultant will be expected to equip the project partners with practical skills and knowledge on how to implement expressive trauma healing events in a post conflict environment. The skills and knowledge are geared towards transformation of the youth to enable them to rebuild their lives and make more constructive choices on being involved in the peacebuilding and peaceful coexistence processes.

    The objective of the workshop are as follows:

    1. To conduct a three (3) day training on Trauma Healing and Counselling for AFSC Somalia program Partners.
    2. To equip AFSC program partner staff with Trauma Healing skills and knowledge that discourages a cycle of violence among community members.
    3. To help program partner staff understand how to manage their own trauma and effectively support trauma healing of program youths’ participants.
    4. To inspire the Somalia Program Partner staff to practice selfcare skills and pass the same to the youth program participants
    5. Help Program partners to recognize PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and how to effectively deal with it.

    The consultant is expected to respond to the ToR with a technical and financial proposal describing how he / she will undertake the Trauma Healing and Counselling training.

    Expected Deliverables.

    1. Deliver an effective training that enables AFSC program Partner staff to cascade their learnings.
    2. Provide the training participants with a resource materials / package for reference.
    3. A detailed training report showcasing the training outputs, outcomes, and recommendations to AFSC on how to advance this aspect of programming.

    Applicant Requirements

    The consultant or team should have.

    1. A bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Counselling, Social work, or any other relevant Social Science.
    2. Minimum five years of hands-on experiences in conducting Trauma Healing and Counselling trainings.
    3. Knowledge of psychosocial support, trauma healing and counselling in conflict or post conflict environments
    4. A good understanding of violent extremism particularly in Somalia context
    5. Knowledge of Somalia’s socio-political and historical narratives that often drive marginalization and conflicts
    6. Conducting Psychosocial support, trauma healing or counselling for vulnerable and or at-risk individuals of violence
    7. Undertaking psychosocial, trauma healing and counselling trainings
    8. Conducting trainings in conflict prone, fragile or post conflict areas.
    9. Excellent oral and written English
    10. Be flexible, responsive to changes and demands and open to feedback

    Method of Application

    Interested Candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit their application including:

    • Personal Statement including the CV of participating consultants
    • Technical proposal that summarizes understanding of the TOR and methodology
    • Detailed training schedule
    • Financial proposal providing consultancy fees with a breakdown of costs (including Tax)
    • 3 references (one being on the most recent assignment)

    The application should reach AFSC before or by close of business, 10th July 2021. The application should be sent to:

    The Country Representative - Somalia

    P.O. Box 66448 – 00800

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Or email: [email protected]

    The AFSC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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