Wednesday, May 20, 2009

NGO Vacancy - IFRC : Psychosocial School Study

International Federation Red Cross and Red Crescent ( IFRC ) on behalf of American Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program (TRP) had been established to direct the organization’s response to the South Asia tsunami disaster. The TRP activities focus on
integrated community recovery and preparedness interventions in tsunami affected
countries in Asia
and East Africa in collaboration with Red Cross and non-Red Cross partners. Please visit www.redcross. org/tsunamirelie f

The Indonesia TRP Delegation operates from offices in Banda Aceh, Calang, Lamno. It also has liaison offices in Jakarta, and other areas in Aceh province in collaboration with the Indonesian Red Cross.

We are seeking dynamic individuals to fill the :

POSITION : Psychosocial School Study
No of Hired : 1
Base of Assignment : Calang
Type of contract : Consultant

The immediate objective of this study is to conduct an investigation of school students, teachers and principals to follow-up on findings from the baseline survey that indicated
additional needs. Consultant(s) will collect information and impressions from these respective groups to verify actual psychosocial needs in the schools against those suggested by survey findings and to validate and refine planned project interventions. The specific areas of interest as suggested by the
baseline survey are as follows…

1) Many students have visions of what they would like to do as adults but do not see connections between current school activities/individu al behavior and desired professional or personal outcomes;
2) Many teachers express interest in participatory teaching methods and several have received some training in such methods, however, few teachers feel that they have the
necessary skills or confidence to practice such participatory methods
3) School principals are the key individuals responsible for the successful execution of the school mission, however, opportunities remain to build management and team-building capacity among this highly-qualified cadre of education

I. Scope of Work

In implementing this study, consultant(s) will…

1) Meet with project leadership from ARC and PMI in Banda Aceh to gather background information and to conduct detailed planning of field work;
2) Travel to Aceh Jaya and receive briefing from ARC and PMI staff stationed
3) Visit selected schools in Calang, Lamno, and Sampoinet PMI catchment areas and speak with students, teachers, and administrators at each site;
4) Based on information collected from field visits, secondary data from the baseline survey report, and information provided by project staff, determine if the key areas of concern are valid and identify any other critical psychosocial needs not previously
5) Compare planned interventions against observations from field visits to assess interventions in terms of feasibility, suitability, and relevance;
6) If appropriate, suggest alternative interventions to address previously identified issues or previously unrecognized needs arising from field work;
7) Develop detailed plans and methodologies for interventions to address issues facing the school community;
8) Verify detailed intervention plans and methodologies with selected schools to determine interest and appropriateness;
9) Prepare a brief written report (in both Bahasa Indonesia and English) summarizing study process, field methods employed, findings, consultant(s)’ assessment of planned interventions, and recommendations for alternate interventions if appropriate.

· Formal background in education or educational psychology required, masters degree
· Demonstrated experience in conducting individual and group interviews and/or needs assessments required;
· Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize reasonably large amounts of information to produce clear and meaningful assessments and actionable recommendations required;
· Demonstrated capacity to critically evaluate project plans and to make sound evidence-based programming recommendations required;
· Demonstrated capacity to work both independently and as part of a team, required;
· Strong interpersonal skills required;
· Excellent written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia required, knowledge of spoken Bahasa Aceh preferred;
· Excellent written and spoken English required.

II. Application Procedures

Interested firms or individuals should send the following materials:

· A brief description of your firm or institution (for applicants other than individual
contractors) ;
· Curricula Vitae (CV) for all members of the team applying for consideration;
Two (2) professional references

Please submit your application and curriculum vitae to hr@amredcross. org put Job
title in Subject line. Only applications in English and short listed candidates
will be notified. Applications submitted after May 29, 2009 will not be considered. Female candidates are encouraged to apply

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