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April 10, 2019

International Trainer on Psychosocial support provision to veterans of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine at IOM Ukraine

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Опубліковано: April 10, 2019
Актуально до: 2019-04-19

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Background of the Consultancy:

According to the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, there are 340,000 veterans of the conflict in eastern Ukraine (approximately 7,000 are women), many of whom encounter significant challenges attempting to integrate back into civilian life. According to a World Bank study in 2017, the majority of the veteran respondents (77%) did not serve in the military prior to the conflict and on return to their communities, 44% admitted to either not feeling integrated or that the question was difficult for them to answer.

IOM Ukraine contributes to the Government of Ukraine’s efforts to provide tailored support to veterans of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and their families for effective reintegration to civilian environments, and their active contribution to the social and economic well-being of their communities.

In relation to social and psychosocial integration, gaps in the provision of psychological care – specifically, trained psychologists and psychiatrists with the capacity to provide specialized counselling services – as well as the lack of awareness of mental health issues among veterans hinders psychological trauma during and/or as a result of the conflict being adequately addressed. The World Bank highlights that 85 percent of veterans consider psychological counselling for themselves and their families necessary to enable return to normal lives.

Nature of the Consultancy:

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM), the direct supervision of the Emergency and Stabilization Coordinator, coordination with the Community Stabilization Project Specialist and Regional HAP Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia, the Consultant will support implementation of activities conducted under the project “Life after conflict: community-based reintegration support for veterans of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and their families”, funded by the European Union.

Considering high demand of psychological support to be provided to the veterans of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, IOM Ukraine will contract locally 60 psychologists and 9 supervisors to conduct individual and group counselling in targeted communities. The Consultant will conduct up to three capacity building training(s) on trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT); psychological assistance to families of those killed; and international practices on work with veterans for the selected psychologists and supervisors who will be further providing support to the veterans and their family members. The training(s) will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Tasks to be performed under the assignment:
  1. Develop a training agenda of the capacity building training(s), including but not limited to trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT), psychological assistance to families of those killed, international practices on work with veterans;
  2. Provide with practical tools and interactive exercises to be further used by psychologists and supervisors during support provision;
  3. Conduct up to three capacity building training(s) covering all the issues and challenges related to veterans’ integration into civil life.  
  4. Prepare and conduct pre- and post-assessments of the trainings in order to assess the average knowledge increase among the trainings’ participants;
  5. Provide with a final narrative report on the consultancy assignment and its outcomes, offering observations on the impact of the consultancy.

The content of the training may include the following, but is not limited to:

  • International practices used in working with veterans;
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT);
  • Holistic approaches used in working with trauma and PTSD;
  • Psychological assistance to families of veteran and/or families of deceased veterans.
Tangible and measurable outputs of the assignment:
  1. Develop the training content and agenda;
  2. Conduct trainings on psychological support provision to veterans for the selected participants;
  3. Prepare and conduct pre- and post-assessments of the trainings;
  4. Upon completion of the tasks provide to the IOM Ukraine a final report on the consultancy assignment and its outcomes, offering observations on the impact of the consultancy.
Education and experience:
  • University degree in psychology or social sciences;
  • At least five years of experience in the field of psychology or/and psychiatry, including with veterans and their families;
  • Strong understanding of issues related to the reintegration and transition of the veterans;
  • Strong understanding of post-conflict psychosocial issues regarding veterans and their family members;
  • Experience in trainings conduction for the psychologists.  
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian will be considered as an asset.
Desirable Competencies:
  • expertise in subject;
  • ability to perform engaging and instructive workshops;
  • ability to plan-ahead and time manage;
  • ability to take initiative;
  • effective communication skills with the ability to clearly and concisely express ideas;
  • ability to take responsibility and manage constructive criticism;
  • ability to work well under pressure.
How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV (contains names and contact information of three referees) and cover letter to [email protected], together with the filled in Annex 1 (below).

Please, indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your message.

Closing date for applications is 19 April 2019, however interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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