Swedish Red Cross Job Vacancy: Listening Study Delegate - Kailahun, Sierra Leone

Place of assignment: Kailahun, Sierra Leone

Time frame: The project is expected to require 3 months of full-time work, divided into two missions to Sierra Leone for two months (June-July 2016) and one mission to Sierra Leone for one month (November 2016). The contract period will not extend beyond December 31st 2016.

Desired starting date: 1st of June 2016

Background The most widespread Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in history broke out in Western Africa at the end of 2013. The hardest hit countries were Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where over 11 300 people perished. By mid-January 2016 the three countries were declared Ebola-free. However, new flare-ups in Sierra Leone have since been reported.

The Swedish Red Cross (SRC) supported the Ebola emergency response operations in the three countries financially with over 20 000 000 SEK. Additionally, the Swedish Red Cross supported the operation in Sierra Leone with delegate expertise both at clinic and management level through 13 separate missions.

The Swedish Red Cross will during 2016 support the Ebola recovery process in Sierra Leone and Guinea with a focus on psychosocial support to survivors and volunteers and disaster preparedness and response. The Swedish Red Cross will also implement a Green Response program aiming at examining the impact of the Ebola emergency response operation on the environment as well as preventing and contracting the creation of myths connected to Ebola. One component of the program is to conduct a listening study in Kailahun in Sierra Leone that will be used as a basis for the formulation of information messages for myth prevention.
Security and HR management will be under the responsibility of the SRC Regional Representative.

Job summary The position is based in Kailahun with field visits in the area to conduct a Listening Study
The assignment details will include (but not limited to):
  • Develop a detailed ToR for the Listening Study
  • Relevant in-country actors to approach
  • Selection of interviewees to ensure that participants represent a social transect of the population, including in terms of gender, age and diversity
  • Time-frame for training and the study Supervise the Listening Study
  • Capture the findings of the study and link them to the findings from an Environmental Impact Assessment conducted in Sierra Leone by the SRC in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS)
  • The assignment will also include assisting the SLRCS and the IFRC implementing a Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) component as part of a wider project in Kaliahun by planning and carrying out a training in SGBV to volunteers and other relevant actors.

Key duties and responsibilities

Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • Plan the set-up of the Listening Study
  • Plan and carry out a training of volunteers in Listening Study technique
  • Supervise and mentor the volunteers in their Listening Study activities
  • Co-organize and lead a dissemination workshop linking the findings from the Listening Study and the findings from the Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Plan and carry out a SGBV-training
  • Be an ambassador of the Swedish Red Cross in the field

Desired profile

  • Higher academic training, preferably with focus on the development of the Civil Society and Volunteer Based/Involving Organizations
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in the humanitarian field, preferably with linkages to social sciences/behavioural changes analysis.
  • Educated or trained in facilitation, adult learning and consultative approaches
  • Previous experience in the field of SGBV is an asset
  • Experience in conducting interviews for research or evaluation purposes, active listening and neutral facilitation
  • Experience of coaching, mentoring and capacity building initiatives
  • Proficient knowledge of English written and spoken
  • Basic Delegates Training Course (now IMPACT) or equivalent knowledge is an asset
  • Experience of working for the Red Cross is an asset
Personal Qualities
  • Good interpersonal skills and team oriented
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Constructive, flexible and solution oriented
  • Ability to positively interact with all levels of society
  • Must be able to handle high workloads and stressful circumstances
  • Must be able to live and work under demanding physical and mental conditions
  • Awareness and understanding of cultural and gender differences
  • Must be able to recognize cultural diversity
As a Swedish Red Cross employee we expect you to share the Red Cross/Red Crescent humanitarian values. RC/RC values diversity and actively work against all forms of discrimination.

How to apply:
To apply, please click on the following link: HERE Please note that we only accept applications submitted through our website.

Dates and information

In selecting candidates Swedish Red Cross use a competency based model and all candidates will be assessed on the above requirements.

Closing date is Monday, March 28th 2016. Please note that only applications made through our website will be considered.

For more information about the position, please contact:

Andrei Engstrand-Neacsu, Regional Representative, Africa and Americas Region, Swedish Red Cross. Direct phone: + 46 (0) 8-452 47 56, e-mail: andrei.engstrand.neacsu@redcross.se

Dr. Patrick Fox, Senior Advisor Resilience/Project Leader SanE, International Department, Swedish Red Cross. Direct phone: +46 (0) 76 8484653, e-mail: patrick.fox@redcross.se