The Civil Peace Service (CPS) is a programme for violence prevention and peacebuilding in crisis and conflict regions. In Kenya, the CPS contributes to the transformation of violent conflicts in the context of social inequality.
The programme supports civil society and governmental partner organizations that are committed to strengthening civil conflict transformation through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, the establishment of dialogue structures and psycho-social support services.
The CPS programme cooperates with selected governmental and non-governmental partner organizations in strengthening their mental health awareness and services for individuals / groups, who have experienced violence, trauma or discrimination.
CPS advises all its partners on approaches to trauma-informed peace work and self- / staff care.
Advising the programme management on the conceptual development of the programme component "Mental Health and Psychosocial Support" (MHPSS)
Supporting selected partner organizations on the establishment of points of contact for "mental health" for people with experience of violence, trauma and discrimination as well as developing approaches to trauma-informed peace work in the organizations
Prevention of secondary traumatization of employees of the partner organizations as well as advising all partners with regards to selfcare and staff care
Developing training offers including appropriate training materials and tools for employees of partner organizations in the areas of self-care, staff care and identification / handling of traumatized persons
Psycho-social support for a limited number of traumatized people, mainly staff from partner organizations or their grassroots networks e.
g. mentors in youth projects
Participation in relevant MHPSS working groups and networks at the national and international level and within GIZ
Documentation of implemented activities, knowledge exchange and cooperation with colleagues within the CPS-GIZ Kenya team, CPS-GIZ global and the CPS consortium
Conceptualization and implementation of the MHPSS component in close cooperation with the CPS Coordinator as well as a national MHPSS peacebuilding advisor
Completed educational training as a psychologist or psychotherapist, social scientist with additional psychotherapeutic experience or pedagogue with a strong background in trauma work
Experience in clinical therapy or with specific therapeutic techniques e.g. cognitive-behavioral, arts therapy, resource-oriented therapy, body movement, mindfulness
Professional experience with disadvantaged groups, people with experience of violence, e.g. war, flight, displacement or (sexual) violence
Experience with the conception and implementation of interventions for individuals and groups at the local community level or experience in peace work is desirable
Understanding of conflict dynamics as well as complex political and social processes in an emerging country like Kenya.
ideally previous experience in the African context
Strong ability to work in a team, enjoy creative, partnership and process-oriented work, high flexibility, resilience and tolerance for frustration
Fluency in English and the willingness to learn Kiswahili