Specialist in Psychosocial Support and Counseling for Child Trafficking Victims - Jamaica CPC

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Job Description

Summary of assignment:

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock is implementing the Protection and Prevention components of the Jamaica-U.S. CPC Project, a four-year activity to support the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) to address child trafficking across the island. The project is funded by the United States Department of State (USDOS). Protection activities will strengthen government and civil society capacity to identify and provide comprehensive, trauma-informed services to child trafficking victims (from identification through protective care, community reintegration, and long-term follow-up services). Prevention activities will increase efforts to prevent child trafficking through awareness raising and community-based mechanisms.

Winrock is looking to engage a mental health expert to conduct a series of trainings for Jamaican psychosocial care providers to create a cadre of experts skilled in trauma-informed counseling tailored for cases of child trafficking. The consultant will support the Winrock Jamaica-U.S. CPC Project team to:

  1. Consult with local mental health professionals to assess the current gaps in policies and practices for psychosocial care for child trafficking victims;
  2. Develop training curriculum for training on trauma-informed care and counseling for child trafficking victims;
  3. Facilitate two training-of-trainers (TOT) in Jamaica for mental health professionals and psychosocial care providers working with children;
  4. Revise training materials based on feedback from trainings; and
  5. Provide follow-up support and respond to training participants, as needed.

Detailed Description of Duties:

  • Travel to Jamaica to consult with local mental health professionals to understand:
    • Current policies and practices for psychosocial support and trauma counseling for child trafficking victims
    • Existing mental health services for children who have experienced trauma
    • Gaps in current service provision and capacity of service providers
  • Identify gaps in current policies and practices and develop (to be done remotely):
    • A list of key challenges and recommendations to address those gaps
    • A draft agenda for a training that will address capacity gaps for trauma-informed and child-centered care
  • Develop TOT training curriculum on psychosocial support and trauma-informed care for child trafficking victims (to be done remotely):
    • Curriculum should include a practical, contextually appropriate guideline and screening and diagnostic tools (revisions to existing or new tools) to assess patient conditions and progress
    • Materials should account for local culture and be responsive to gender, age, and types of trafficking
    • Curriculum should include information on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, self-blame, anger and rage control, suicidal thoughts or attempts, paranoia, substance and alcohol use, crisis management, emotion regulation, and other related issues
    • Should include plan for ways the training materials can be institutionalized into existing government agency or university training programs
  • Travel to Jamaica to deliver TOT trainings for mental health professionals so a wider range of staff are equipped to provide specialized care to child trafficking victims
    • 2 to 3 day TOT training
    • 2 sessions delivered for up to 70 individuals (35 each) from Ministry of Health, Victim Services Division, Child Protection and Family Services Agency, and others
  • Based on feedback from training participants (to be done remotely):
    • Be available to answer questions or provide remote follow-up support to training participants via Skype or other means
    • Revise training materials to incorporate feedback from trainings

Deliverables and Projected Level of Effort

Deliverables - Estimated LOE

  1. Detailed workplan on how assigned tasks will be carried out - .5
  2. Conduct assessment of Jamaica’s policies and practices for psychosocial support and trauma counseling to child trafficking victims - 4
  3. Develop a training agenda and list of key recommendations - 1
  4. Develop curriculum for a 2 to 3-day TOT training on psychosocial support and trauma counseling for child trafficking victims - 10
  5. Facilitate two trainings for up to 35 individuals - 6
  6. Revise training materials based on feedback - 1.5
  7. Provide follow-up support to training participants - 2
  8. Work with project team to support the institutionalization of training materials - 1

Total: 26 days

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree from a reputable university in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Psychiatry, or related field preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in counselling survivors of trafficking or other vulnerable groups
  • Demonstrated experience providing therapy or counselling to children
  • Strong technical background in child protection, social work, case management, trauma-informed care and comprehensive services for children and their families
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity assessments
  • Experience with curriculum development and training facilitation
  • Experience working with counter trafficking-in-persons, child trafficking, migration, child protection, or other related issues in Jamaica preferred
  • Experience liaising with government officials and familiarity with Jamaican government structures preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Familiarity with Jamaican Patois preferred

Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are shortlisted will be contacted.

Women, people with disabilities, and those belonging to discriminated groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

All employees should adhere to USDOS and Winrock rules and regulations, as well as Winrock’s code of ethics, specifically its child safeguarding and trafficking in persons provisions.

EEOE/AA.

About the Organization

Winrock is a recognized leader in international development with a focus on social and environmental issues. As a mission driven field-based organization, we believe that sustainable development is inclusive and that complex challenges require integrated solutions. We pride ourselves as a quality-driven organization with the desire for a continuous improvement in program results and processes and for a culture of accountability.

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