Friday, April 4, 2014

Save the Children Monthly Staff Group Counselling / Staff Debriefing Sessions Terms of Reference (Dadaab)

Terms of Reference

Role: Staff Group Counselling / Staff Debriefing Sessions on Monthly Basis

 1 day per session (between April to August 2014)

Child Protection Level: Level 3

Venue: Dadaab

Background: Save the Children has been operational in the Dadaab refugee camps since 2007 when a child protection programme was established. 

The programme is now one of Save the Children’s largest child protection programmes globally and can be termed multi-sector: Programmes focus on gender-based violence prevention and response; response to children without appropriate care, including family tracing and reunification, foster care placement and resettlement to third countries; case management of other protection concerns; individual and group counselling; children’s participation and psychosocial support through Child Education and Welfare Centres and Children’s Clubs; training to police, teachers and agencies; and working with community groups. 

Save the Children’s Child Protection Team includes Paediatric counsellors, Lay counsellors, Child Protection Officers, Best Interests Determination (BID) Officers, Coordinators and Manager who come into contact with children, particularly survivors of abuse either first or second-hand, in their daily work. 

As a result of this regular exposure to accounts of abuse, distress and trauma, Save the Children has committed to provide regular group counselling or staff debriefing sessions in an effort to alleviate the impact of this exposure on staff well-being and effectiveness. 

In line with this, Save the Children is seeking a consultant counsellor to facilitate group counselling sessions for child protection team on monthly basis starting from March to August 2014. 

The consultant counsellor will pay for his/her accommodation and meals while residing in Dadaab Save the Children compound, in full adherence to Save the Children’s Code of Conduct, Child Safeguarding Policy, Data Protection and Information Sharing Protocol and Safety and Security Rules. 

S/he will have the option of residing in other partner agency compounds at his/her costs while adhering to partner agency’s Code of Conduct and security regulations. 

Transport for the Consultant Counsellor to Dadaab and back for every trip will also be taken care of by the consultant.

Deliverables: Save the Children is seeking the services of a specialist in Group Counselling to provide regular support to the Save the Children’s Dadaab child protection programme staff, including BID and Child Protection Officers, Counsellors and lay counsellors – thus a total of 71 staff. 
  • Conduct group counselling sessions for two groups (above mentioned staff divided into 2).
  • Compile a brief report on the visit, any challenges for the consultant or general challenges of staff that can be shared out, as well as key observations and requirements for future visits or recommendations for Save the Children’s Support to the Child Protection team.

Period / Units
Unit cost (Ksh.)
Total (Ksh.)
Consultancy fee
1 day per month for 6 months
Travel (Flights and/or Road) to and from Dadaab
Once per month for 6 months
24,000/= return flight OR 4,000/= by road - return
To be paid by Consultant
Accommodation and meals (1 ½ full board)
1 ½ days
To be paid by Consultant


  • Extensive training and experience in the provision of individual counselling to children and their families
  • Extensive experience in the provision of counselling to adults working with children experiencing abuse
  • Training and experience in the provision of counselling supervision
  • Understanding of the stresses of working in remote and hostile environments, such as Dadaab
  • Demonstrated competence working across Kenyan cultures, as well as age and gender barriers, and accommodating for these dynamics during group sessions
  • High capacity in building trust and rapport in groups working together in teams under high stress
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Strong sense of professionalism
  • Direct experience in child protection and gender-based violence programming
  • Appreciation of the importance of community and child participation when working to create behaviour change, raise awareness and protect children
  • Understanding of the importance of and means of ensuring accountability to beneficiaries during programming
  • Experience working in North Eastern Province or with Somali communities
  • Previous experience working with Save the Children
How to Apply

The application process is now open and will close on 12th April 2014 at 5.00 p.m. 

To apply for this position, please fill the attached EoI (click here to download), send a short cover letter and CV to  indicating the position title on the subject line.