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Iraq: Area Psychosocial Expert, Middle East

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Norwegian Church Aid
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 10 Aug 2017

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is an International Non-Governmental Organization and member of the global ACT-Alliance. The organization implements both humanitarian and development programs in 20 countries around the world. In the Middle East, the programs are Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) with an emphasis on Psychosocial Support Services (PSS).

For the latter program NCA is recruiting an Area Psychosocial Expert. The successful candidate is expected to use her/his expertise and experience from working with in particular survivors of conflict related sexual violence. The aim for the position is to contribute to strengthen and expand local knowledge on effective and professional approaches to psychosocial support services.

The position will provide technical follow-up and support to NCA’s regional GBV program in Syria, Lebanon and North Iraq. As the largest program component is in North Iraq, the position will be located in Duhok, Kurdistan Region Iraq, which is a non-family duty station. The contract is for six months starting ideally in September 2017.

Deadline for applying is: 10 August 2017.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Job description

· Review past and current psychosocial support activities and propose changes that will further strengthen women and children’s recovery from GBV, conflict related violence and displacements.

· Work with partners and NCA staff to enhance current efforts for the reintegration of GBV survivors with families and within local communities.

· Ensure that PSS activities are in line with international standards and protocols for amongst others confidentiality, code of conduct, referrals, case management and medication.

· Strengthen efforts for measuring the impact of the psychosocial services on the health and recovery of the women and children supported.

· Assess partner and NCA staff’s technical competence levels, and design and organize capacity strengthening measures that address identified weaknesses.

· Improve NCA and partners’ approaches to management, follow-up and duty of care for PSS staff.

· Coach partner and NCA staff on program management aspects including the different phases of the project cycle.

· At the end of the assignment, provide recommendations for the further development and strengthening of the program.


· University education as psychologist, social worker or a similar profession.

· Experience from community-based psychosocial support programming including with different methodologies for mobilizing and including family and community members in counselling activities as well as the directly affected individuals themselves.

· Solid understanding of minimum standards related to psychosocial support programming including protocols for confidentiality, referrals and case management.

· Background from counselling activities of both individuals and families.

· Exposure to work with survivors of Gender-Based and Conflict Related Sexual Violence.

· Experience from working in humanitarian crisis/conflict-settings is desirable.

· Background from training, accompanying and working with local partners and staff.

· Knowledge about the Middle East context and Arabic or Kurdish is an advantage.

· Practical program management experience is an asset.

Personal qualities

· Good at connecting with people and establishing trust even when language is a challenge.

· Able to work constructively with people from any culture, ethnicity and faith.

· Systematic and able to self-organize as well as organizing others.

· Passionate about the Middle East, but sensitive to the context.

· Willing to travel to conflict affected locations in the Middle East. /sp

How to apply:

NCA uses an electronic gateway for all recruitments, where the CV, application and cover letter can be registered and submitted as well as relevant certificates. To enter this, please go to: