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Save the Children TOR for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Dadaab, Kenya

Category: General Jobs in Kenya
Posted: Feb 21, 2014

Terms of Reference for Cognitive Play and Expressive Art Therapy Training
Role: Facilitation of a training for Paediatric counsellors and lay counsellors focusing on trauma focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play and Expressive Art Therapy

Duration: 3 days (between 19th February to 21st February 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 paediatric counsellors and lay counsellors provide psychosocial support to distressed and traumatized children, particularly survivors of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence, through individual and group counselling among other interventions. Following a staff debriefing session that was conducted late last year, it was realized by the team and the hired consultant that there is a need for capacity building for counsellors and lay counsellors on trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, play and expressive art therapy.

In this regard, Save the Children is seeking a consultant counsellor to facilitate a 3 days training for paediatric and lay counsellors on the said therapeutic techniques of intervention.

Save the Children will provide transport for the Consultant Counsellor to Dadaab and back by air and road, and s/he will spend three days residing in the 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.


Save the Children is seeking the services of a Consultant Counsellor to facilitate a three days training for Paediatric Counsellors and lay counsellors (Total of 15 people) focusing on trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, play and expressive art therapy.
The Consultant Counsellor will also be required to compile training report capturing methodology used, sessions covered and ways of monitoring application of therapeutic techniques and its impact.

Objectives of the training:
  1. To improve the quality of Save the Children’s psychosocial support intervention to distressed and traumatized refugee children, particularly survivors of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence
  2. Improve the counsellors level of understanding of trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, play and expressive art therapy and how to apply these techniques in Dadaab context
  3. To empower the lay counsellors (community counsellors) on mirroring of tone during counselling sessions, interpretation and application of child friendly counselling skills during counselling sessions.
Number of Expected Participants 

National staff (including Paediatric counsellors)
Community workers /Refugee staff (Lay Counsellors)



Period / Units
Unit cost (Ksh.)
Total (Ksh.)
Facilitation fee
3 days
Travel (Flights and/or Road) to and from Dadaab
1 flight
1 Road
KSH 12,000
To be paid by SCI
Accommodation and meals (full board)
3 days
To be paid by SCI



  • Extensive training and experience in facilitation of trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, play and expressive art therapy training
  • 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 as a staff debriefing and counselling supervision consultant.
The application process is now open and will close on 22nd Feb 2014 at 5.00 p.m. To apply for this position, please fill theExpression of Interest Form Here (Or Click Here to Download) and send to [email protected]  indicating the Assignment title on the subject line.


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