The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid and facilitate access to rights. We work in conflict-affected areas, along displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and durable solutions.
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
DRC has been operating in the Middle East region for over a decade, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programs through Country Offices in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with a Regional Office in Amman.
In Iraq, DRC has been at the forefront of providing assistance to the most vulnerable among conflict and displacement affected individuals, families, and communities. DRC’ response in Iraq has focused on ensuring displacement and conflict affected people are able to access protection, meet basic needs, and have access to safe shelter and WASH.
Protection risks continue to jeopardize the path towards durable solutions for Iraqis affected by the 2014- 2017 conflict with Islamic State (IS). External events in 2020—notably the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis and Government of Iraq (GoI)-initiated camp closures—have further exacerbated a protracted protection crisis. Forced returns and secondary displacement represent life-changing circumstances for many—disrupting coping mechanisms and reducing access to assistance and resources. Incomplete reconciliation efforts and the significant number of women and children affected by camp closures underscore the significant protection concerns which exist.
Although detailed assessments of the effects of camp closures on Iraq’s protection landscape are forthcoming, initial findings suggest an exacerbation of existing risks, affecting already extremely vulnerable households. Though protection risks related to Covid-19 appear to have someone lessened with the removal of movement restrictions, continuing vulnerabilities related to socio-economic impacts persist: issues affecting communities have significantly or very significantly increased since the pandemic, as this last stressor added up to a an already complex of stressors associated with protracted displacement, lack of safety, lack of access to basic services, restrictions on freedom of movement and discrimination.
Conflict and displacement affected individuals and families are experiencing distress due to a confluence of factors including increased anxiety and unsecurity stemming from evictions and secondary displacement, fears due to loss of income and inability to meet basic needs, worry about stigmatization, and stress about lack of access to durable solutions. DRC aims to help individuals and families navigate stress responses that will negatively affect their psychological well-being and ability to cope.
The overall objective of this consultancy is to provide technical and field support to strengthen DRC’s institutional capacity, strategies, and interventions particularly in providing PSS support. Lead the development and refinement of curricula to support non-focused PSS activities, using best practices and standards, and providing guidance for ensuring regular technical supervision of PSS activities. The consultant should also train the PSS teams on provision of focused non-specialized PSS support to the relevant age groups. Topics may include but are not limited to life skills activities, art-based and game or sport-based PSS activities, parental support, support to adolescent girls, men’s issues, and stress management. Training package should also include refresher training on group facilitation skills (including managing disclosure), active listening and include a review of PSS best practices including safe identification and referral of mental health issues. Further training will include the development and management of age-appropriate unstructured PSS activities, that are tailored to suit the needs of the attendees based on information gathered by the PSS field teams, and will include partner CBOs where relevant.
Context-specific non focused PSS group sessions curricula and activities
Specialized non-focused PSS curricula development for specific target groups including at least four series of structured and non-focused PSS group activities that can include art, game or sport-based activities, parenting sessions, stress management, support to men, and support to adolescent girls. PSS program team capacity building:
- Develop Training of Trainers (ToT) curricula and deliver ToT to the PSS officers and other relevant staff;
- On the job support for team leader, PSS officers, and other relevant staff to implement group sessions;
- Development of PSS technical supervision guidance and checklist;
- Development of mental health referral check-list/defining red lines for do no harm and identification of serious mental health issues (including suicide risks) for referral purposes.
- Follow-up training/gaps analysis recommendations.
- The final products will be reviewed for quality and final payment will be made upon submission of satisfactory deliverables. DRC Iraq has sole ownership of all the final documentation and data.
Training and and mentoring of staff should be carried out in Erbil or field sites, when possible based on access. Field sites include Tal Afar, Tikrit, Baquba, and Falluja.
Closing date and time for receipt of Tenders 02.03.2021-4:00 PM Iraqi Time
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