Psychosocial Support Post Disaster Technical Assistant - Suva, Fiji

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2020

Job Description

  • Based in Suva, Fiji (some travel to districts may be required)
  • Up to 45 input days over 3 months; with the possibility of extension

The Program

The Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility) was established in 2017 to support and implement Australia’s aid programs such as health, education, Australia Awards and governance in Fiji. The Facility also supports the Australia Awards and education programs in Tuvalu. The Facility integrates cross-cutting themes, including gender equality, disability inclusion, climate change, emergency preparedness and response and civil society engagement, across sectoral programs. In particular, the Facility seeks to strengthen program outcomes by better addressing the needs of targeted beneficiaries including those who are often marginalised.

The Position

The Psychosocial Support Post Disaster Technical Assistant will, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA), develop psychosocial support materials that can be used by teachers, parents/guardians to support children through coronavirus (COVID-19) and natural disasters. The materials will include training modules for self-directed training as well as fact sheets, checklists and content for posters and short videos and should integrate Gender Equality Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) messages as well as comply with MEHA and Fiji Government policies and laws.

The position will engage with various stakeholders including MEHA, Schools, Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), Facility and development partners.

The Person

The ideal candidate for this position must have a Master’s level qualification in Psychology; additional qualifications in counselling would be ideal. They will have considerable knowledge in various counselling fields, GEDSI, child growth, development and child protection and psychosocial support needs of a diverse range of children in emergencies. Experience in developing training materials for self-directed learning by non-mental health professionals is vital. Previous experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders and within MEHA and government sectors, with an understanding of relevant protocols and policies will be required. A willingness to travel to remote schools and sleep in modest accommodation is essential. The candidate should be able to work independently and meet deadlines.

Fiji citizens and non-citizens already based in Fiji are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please visit, click on ‘career opportunities’ and search for job reference number 498446

Applications will only be accepted via Coffey Careers.

For any enquiries, please contact the and quote the job reference number 498446

Applications close: 6.00pm (Fiji time) Wednesday 12 August 2020.

This Facility is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.

Coffey is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection.

About the Organization

Coffey has a 40 year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK's Department for International Development. Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people's lives.

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