EQUIP Focal Person

Social Sciences and Community
Shire, Tigray 
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)

Job Description

Summary:  The Focal Person (FP) will play the lead role in implementation of a research project on training and assessing psychosocial competencies in paraprofessionals in humanitarian contexts.  The research objective is to develop and evaluate materials as part of a WHO platform, entitled Ensuring Quality in Psychological Support (EQUIP). The FP will be broadly responsible for both clinical and research oversight for the project, including the development and adaptation of materials, collecting and analyzing high quality research data, overseeing training delivery and competence assessments, and leading a clinical team in delivering a psychosocial intervention to adult displaced or formerly displaced populations in urban and/or camp and reception center contexts. In addition the FP will act as the primary focal point coordinating with partner NGOs and local organizations.

Job Responsibilities:

Research Implementation and Oversight (30%)

  • Development of materials: Collaborate in the development of all project materials, including videos, role play vignettes, rating tools, client assessments, and others. Provide leadership throughout multiple rounds of transcultural translation and adaptation of training and assessment tools, according to EQUIP project protocols. Collaborate on selecting and preparing psychosocial client outcome measures.
  • Data collection: Directly collect and/or support and supervise others who collect data throughout the project. Collect data to establish inter-rater reliability. Provide leadership and oversight in implementing EQUIP competency evaluations with trainees at multiple time points. Conduct cognitive and in-depth qualitative interviews with trainers, actor/raters, other project staff, trainees, and clients. Collect qualitative data, including live observations, during training and assessment sessions. Provide oversight for the collection of quantitative client outcome data. Implement and support others in documentation of all program activities and processes, according to protocols.
  • Data management: Directly enter both quantitative and qualitative data into electronic datasets. Coordintate or implement translation and transcription fo qualitative data. Conduct regular data cleaning for all data. Code and conduct quantitiative and qualitative data, as needed. Implement all project data protocols and collaborate to develop data systems. Conduct descriptive analyses of data. Ensure data protection and security.

Receive research supervision from Research Associate on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

Clinical Implementation and Oversight ( 20%)

  • Provide leadership in implementation of psychosocial service delivery. Oversee and coordinate outreach, assessment, and intervention. Serve as a supervisor or co-therapist with trainees in individual settings to model structured assessment and treatment methods that are both culturally relevant and empirically supported. Provide frequent, systematic individual and group clinical supervision, including case discussions, live supervision, and self-care components, to psychosocial trainees. 

 Receive clinical supervision from Clinical Advisor on a weekly or bi-weekly basis

Training ( 10%)

  • Participate in or provide training for project staff, including actors/raters and translators/interpreters.  Provide training of trainers on EQUIP materials, as needed. Collaboration on identification of psychosocial trainees. Provide oversight and support for delivery of two PM+ trainings, utilizing EQUIP competency assessment tools and adapting training according to EQUIP feedback and protocols. Develop training materials, as needed, and ensure trainings are implemented according to protocols.

Team Management ( 10%)

  • Build and maintain a strong and cohesive project team. Coordinate workflow, resources and priorities, and facilitate communication across the team. Identify, coach, mentor and develop staff members through ongoing feedback as well as formal performance management systems. Engage trained actors and raters as necessary for competency assessments. Coordinate and facilitate team meetings.  Develop work plans, calendars, agendas and procurement plans as necessary. Provide supervision to staff working on the EQUIP project, including through collaboration with their supervisors working on other projects.

External Collaboration ( 10%)

  • Coordinate training and service provision activities with partner organizations. Collaborate on research ethics (IRB) application materials and communications. Participate in communication with EQUIP partners. Develop and maintain other stakeholder relationships, as needed.

Reporting ( 10%)

  • Contribute to the writing, review, and submission of technical reports regarding all project training, clinical, and research activities.

Other Duties ( 10%)

  • Participate in other program and organization-wide activities, meetings and training. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Counseling supervisors, trainers, actors/raters, interpreters/translators, psychosocial trainees. Most staff are part-time on EQUIP project; Focal Point provides supervision only for EQUIP-related work.

Work Environment:  

  • Office settings in urban and rural environments, including utilizing offices in partner organization centers.  Position is based in Shire, with regular travel and temporary placement in the field to refugee camps. Occasional travel to Addis

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; climb stairs; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift supplies of up to 15 pounds. Ability to travel by car for up to 2 hours per day on rough roads.


  • Ability to travel to a variety of locations by car throughout the city and rural areas, including refugee camps. Ability to travel to Addis Ababa by air

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Terms of Employment:

  • Starting immediately with a contract through September 2020, subject to 45-days of probationary period

Reports To:  

  • Country Director (programmatic); Research Associate (technical) and Clinical Advisor (technical)

Job Requirements


Required education, experience, certificates, licenses, or registrations

  • Graduate degree in psychology, counseling, clinical social work or related field
  • 4 years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to trauma survivors
  • 3 years of experience supervising mental health professionals and/or paraprofessionals
  • 2 years of experience participating in an evaluation or research project 

Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses, or registrations

  • Certification or licensure as a psychologist or psychotherapist
  • Training on evaluation or research methodology
  • Additional years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy
  • Additional years of experience supervising mental health professionals and paraprofessionals
  • Leadership experience designing or managing research projects, conducting program evaluations, conducting statistical analyses, or managing data in a work setting
  • Experience conducting in-depth research or evaluation interviews
  • Experience or familiarity with WHO interventions or platforms, such as PM+, EQUIP, or ENACT
  • Experience working with survivors of torture
  • Experience working in humanitarian settings, including both urban and camp-based settings
  • Experience working with interpreters

Competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities)

  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in Tigrinya is strongly preferred. Fluency in Amharic is beneficial.
  • Understanding of and extensive experience implementing culturally appropriate mental health interventions, including individual, group, or community-based approaches for people who have suffered torture and trauma in various contexts.     
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity in professional environments, ideally in mental health care.
  • Skilled at carrying out program needs assessments and program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements, client needs, and political climate. 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to accurately implement protocols.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify challenges or obstacles to achieving key objectives, and to implement strategies to respond appropriately.
  • Excellent numeracy skills; knowledge and skills in statistics and psychometrics highly desirable.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including advanced skills in developing and utilizing Excel spreadsheets.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Understanding of and experience developing and contextually adapting curricula as well as providing tailored trainings for paraprofessionals in mental health and psychosocial topics.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide on-the-job coaching, supervision, and support to ensure continuous capacity building and no harm to the clients.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience initiating systems for the efficient workflow of a team.
  • Skilled at working as a member of a team, as well as managing a team and supporting positive dynamics.
  • Skilled at networking, liaising, and coordinating with partner organizations.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in isolated environments with limited resources, infrastructure, and amenities. Experience working in similar environments.
  • Working knowledge of statistical software package, such as SPSS; experience writing syntax preferred.
  • Working knowledge of online data entry platforms, such as SurveyGizmo.
  • Ability to travel by car up to 2 hours per day on rough, unpaved roads.
  • Interest in or commitment to work against torture and other human rights violations.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should email their CV with application letter, articulating motivations, qualifications, and experiences that are relevant to the post, prepared in English, to AGebo@cvt.org   before August 31, 2019 with the subject title “Equio Focal Person [Your Name].” Application E-mails with all attachments including all your credentials in your CV in a PDF or Word Document Should be submitted .  DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS EXCEEDING 1MB IN TOTAL.  Include the names and contact information of three work related references, including your current immediate supervisor and possibly HR persons. Submitting false information will result in your application being disqualified. 

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.  

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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