The Resilience Programming Trainer takes a leading role on projects that promote the individual and organizational well-being of at-risk civil society actors. Holistic safety, which considers the intersection between digital, physical, and psychosocial threats – is an important component of this programming. As well as being a skilled mental health professional, the Trainer will also demonstrate a high level of cultural competence as they design and deliver tailored training on psychosocial care to project participants. The Resilience Programming Trainer will guide implementation of individual and organizational resilience building, and collaborate with other team members on achievement of project goals.
Organization: The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota, and we have US offices in Atlanta and DC, as well as offices in Africa and the Middle East.
- Clinical Material Development and Training: Develop curriculum on psychosocial care for human rights defenders and others who experience difficult work conditions and may be exposed to high levels of stress and/or traumatic experiences. Conduct trainings (including Training of Trainers) and ongoing consultation in-person, remotely, and on e-learning platforms. Document curriculum and develop manuals and other resources..
- Capacity Development Related to Staff Support: Provide in-person and remote mentoring for project partners on resilience. Consult with civil society organizations and project team members to assess, develop, and implement staff support practices, policies, and structures aimed at fostering both individual and organizational resilience. Support individuals and organizations in developing and implementing individualized integrated capacity building plans. Provide brief supportive mental health interventions to individual project partners as necessary. Conduct periodic site visits.
- Integrated Program Development: Ensure progress of resilience-related programming and activities to ensure achievement of projects’ goals and quality of services provided. Work closely with internal and external team members, including other experts, to design an integrated and collaborative approach to project implementation, to respond to evolving project and partner needs, to recommend changes in project activities as necessary, and to support implementation of project adaptations. Foster a culture of exchange and knowledge-sharing among partners; promote collaboration among all stakeholders, facilitate communication, and serve as a project liaison who upholds the organization’s values.
- Reporting and Documentation: Prepare donor and other reports that document knowledge gained through the project. Participate in project evaluation.
- Other Duties: Participate in project team, department, and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.
Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations
- MA in Psychology, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work or related field.
- Experience working in multiple locations or with partners from throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
- Experience providing psychotherapy to survivors of trauma.
- Experience working with civil society actors, including human rights defenders.
- Experience supporting organizational staff to maintain personal and professional well-being and to manage job stress and vicarious trauma.
- Experience in working in cross-cultural contexts.
- International work experience with local or international NGOs.
Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations
- Experience in project management.
- Experience providing remote staff support.
- Experience developing online curriculum and training.
- Certification or licensure as a psychologist or psychotherapist.
Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
- Written and spoken fluency in English and Arabic is required; French language skills an advantage.
- Strong understanding of latest research and practices on resilience, staff care and psychosocial support.
- Excellent skills in curriculum development and high-engagement training delivery with the ability to match level of content to the audience.
- Knowledge of diverse capacity development methods and designs.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work highly independently in multiple cultural contexts.
- Ability to work effectively as a member of an interactive team.
- Awareness and sensitivity to cultural, political, social and economic contextual factors.
- Demonstrated flexibility to work across multiple projects at the same time, and adapt to changing program requirements and political climate.
- Demonstrated commitment to human rights.
- Ability to travel up to 40% time internationally to developing countries. Some work sites may be located in politically unstable areas with limited amenities.