Cross Country Thematic Specialist Employment Opportunity – CARE International

Organisation: CARE International in Uganda (CARE)
Project Name: Northern Uganda Women Empowerment Programme
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
About CARE International:
International is a leading global development and humanitarian organization. In
2014, CARE worked in 90 countries around the world, supporting 880
poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects, reaching more than
72 million people. CARE International in Uganda (CARE) works with others to
make a sustainable improvement in the lives of the very poor, with a focus on
women and girls. Our current program focusses on women and girls’ economic
rights, particularly financial inclusion and governance of natural resources
women and girls depend upon, and on their sexual and reproductive health
rights, including a life free of violence. Our programming is guided by our
core values of excellence, accountability, respect, integrity and transparency.
Job Summary: The Cross Country Thematic Specialist will steer the
thematic focus areas “Application of Psycho social Approaches (APA)” of the
Organizational Development & Capacity Development programme for CARE
Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The Cross Country Thematic Specialist for the area
of “Application of Psychosocial Approaches” (APA) is part of a team of six
Thematic Leads/Specialists on the “Learning for Change Project” that aims to
develop CARE and partner capacity in gender transformative approaches as a
basis for increasing impact in this primary area at Impact Group Level. As the
technical lead in the area of Application of Psychosocial Approaches, this
position will ensure that quality technical support for integration of a
psychosocial dimension into development projects and programs of CARE and
partners is provided with to overarching aim to contribute to transforming
societies towards gender equality. This position works closely with the Gender
Mainstreaming Advisor, as part of institutional transformation both in terms of
general psychosocial wellbeing of staff, as well as supporting staff involved
in gender mainstreaming/transformation processes and the often intense
psychosocial toll/cost that such processes can entail for staff.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1) Develop and organize
capacity development for the area of Application of Psychosocial Approaches
(APA) for implementing countries and partners (40%)
strong focus of the position will be to develop capacity of the staff of CARE
and partners in the different countries to integrate a psychosocial dimension
into their programming. The integration and use of psychosocial approaches
should contribute to accomplishing gender equality at Impact Group level and,
directly influence the capabilities of program participants in achieving gender
equality and empowerment.)
  • The incumbent will assess the understanding
    and knowledge of psychosocial approaches at CARE country offices level and
    implementing partners level
  • Assess and support integration of
    psychosocial wellbeing for target group members into ongoing and new
    programs and projects:
  • Support CARE Country offices and partners:
  • Identify existing resources for psychosocial
    wellbeing of women and girls of CARE’s and partners’ projects and
  • Develop contextualized psychosocial support
  • Assess training needs of partners and other
    stakeholders for the implementation of programs that integrate a
    psychosocial dimension
  • Offer technical support and coordinate the
    development of capacity development plans across all program countries
    based on needs assessments.
  • Organize training and support according to
    the capacity development plans
  • Provide bilateral technical assistance
    (including remote TA) and on-site technical support.
  • In case necessary, lead the hiring of PSS
    resource persons and/or consultants and supervise them.
  • Train country offices and implementing
    partners in the use of SEE_PET methodology and the CARE psychosocial
    facilitation manual.
2. Support to advocacy
for social protection systems including psycho social support for vulnerable
women and girls (10%)
  • Actively participate and organize coalitions
    with other players for psychosocial support on country level and
  • Identify relevant stakeholders to raise
    awareness on the importance of psychosocial wellbeing and their
    contribution to create and implement a social protection system for
    vulnerable women and girls.
  • Develop simple methods and training materials
    for CBOs to communicate the importance of psychosocial wellbeing and its
    contribution to social cohesion and the development to the community.
  • Establish community level activists and
    advocacy forums for community level engagement on psychosocial issues.
3. Support to partner
organization and CARE country offices to establish mechanisms of psychosocial
support for their staff (particularly for staff that is directly working with
persons in difficult psychosocial situations, for staff that is affected
themselves by gender issues e.g. by domestic violence and for staff that feels
challenged by the gender mainstreaming process that is implemented as part of
this program) (10%)
  • Support design and implementation of measures
    of support for persons working to support the psychosocial wellbeing of
    vulnerable persons; the purpose is to help those persons (staffs,
    volunteers,…) who work on the frontline and are closest to the hardship of
    the projects’ and programs’ participants to stay healthy and maintain
    their own psychosocial wellbeing; provide them support (supervision) in
    case they have question on how to support the psychosocial wellbeing and
    empowerment of the program’s core impact group which is women and girls
    who are affected by gender discrimination, and are able to cope with what
    they see and hear.
  • Additionally find measures to provide
    psychosocial support to staff and volunteers who are themselves affected
    by issues that the programs and projects try to address – e.g. domestic
  • Support capacity building coordinators in
    each country to coordinate processes for the compilation and maintenance
    of updated resource lists of psychosocial support organizations and
    services for the target and impact groups of the projects and programs of
    CARE and its implementing partners.
4) Support to thematic
lead on Knowledge Management and Monitoring and Evaluation to use the available
M&E data regarding the added value of the application of psychosocial
approaches as well as to monitor how the training and guidance provided by the
“Learning for Change” Program impacts on the lives of the target group members
(primarily women and girls) of the implementing partners and CARE. (30%)
  • Work in liaison with Country offices and
    partners to ensure that they have effective databases, and data
    collection, analysis and reporting tools for monitoring and evaluating the
    added value of the integration of a psychosocial dimension into
    programming as well as how the training and guidance provided by the
    “Learning for Change” Program impacts on the lives of the target group
    members (primarily women and girls) of the implementing partners and CARE.
  • Support Country offices and implementing
    partners to identify, prepare and document Key learning for applying a
    psychosocial approach to their programming and the added value of the
    integration of a psychosocial dimension into their program particularly
    for women and girls – use as well M&E data from Roco Kwo (Uganda
    program) and Berchi (Ethiopia program) endlines.
  • Facilitate inter country learning through
    Documentation and sharing of best practices both at local, national and
    international levels.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a
    Master’s degree in Social work and Social development, Community
    Psychology/rehabilitation, adult education, Sociology or relevant Post
    graduate qualification.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in gender
    transformative approaches interventions.
  • A minimum of five years of hands on
    professional experience in community development work.
  • (Experience and knowledge of working within a
    Post Conflict Recovery and development background would be an advantage).
  • Previous exposure and experience working with
    large, cross cultural teams with multiple deliverables is desirable.
  • Excellent inter-personal communication and facilitation
    skills; sound judgment and decision making skills.
  • Proven ability to network, build
    relationships and establish collaboration with different partners,
    agencies local and international networks.
  • Ability to link with community activists and
    social movements
  • Working knowledge and strong skills in
    M&E, report writing and documentation.
  • Working knowledge of languages used in the
    participating countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Northern Uganda) are considered
    an added value
How to Apply: 
suitably qualified and interested candidates should submit their application
online, Click Here. Click on
the “Job Application” icon, fill the application form and attach a motivation
letter clearly articulating alignment with the above profile and an updated
detailed CV.
Deadline: 14th March 2016.
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