16 November 2020
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty
30 November 2020
This vacancy is open only for the applicants with the citizenship of or permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia.
The topic of peer violence has emerged as one of the most frequently mentioned problems among representatives of Municipal Safety Councils (MSC) with which the OSCE Mission to Serbia co-operates. With frequent mentions of this topic a need has arisen to gain an in-depth understanding of parents’ and teachers’ positions and views on safety of children. Based on the recommendations from the focus groups discussions that were organized in December 2019, the Mission decided to support designing and piloting activities for the parents of school children. The City of Belgrade’s Municipality of Zvezdara has been selected as the community for piloting these activities, as it has a very experienced and advanced MSC in that sense, which implemented “Promotion of culture of non-violence among school children in Zvezdara” in 2018 and 2019. The same activities would be introduced to a number of other Safety Councils in the following years, in order to be multiplied as a preventive activity in their communities, based on lessons learned in Zvezdara in previous years.
Therefore, the Mission requires the services of a consultant on peer violence prevention to conduct the piloting activities with a group of parents of schoolchildren in the municipality of Zvezdara. The aim of these activities would be to improve parental competencies and strengthen co-operation between the parents and schools in preventing peer violence. After conducting the piloting activities with at least twenty parents, the consultant will develop a guide on conducting peer violence preventive activities for school professionals and other interested parties.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the National Community Policing Officer, the consultant will be responsible for:
Designing a set of peer violence preventive activities for parents in consultation with five schools in the municipality of Zvezdara (specifically, primary schools “Cirilo i Metodije”, “Marija Bursac”, “Veljko Dugosevic”, “Stevan Sindjelic” and “Dragojlo Dudic”) and the Municipal Safety Council of the Municipality of Zvezdara;
Selecting a minimum of 20 parents as participants of the workshops, in consultation with the pedagogical and psychological services from the selected schools;
Conducting entry interviews with each parent, explaining the goal and the methodology of work;
Conducting ten workshops in total, for groups of up to five participants;
Developing a clearly written and easy-to-use manual for school professionals and other interested stakeholders with direction and guidance on how to organize and implement activities for the prevention of peer violence and how to involve all relevant stakeholders, including parents. The manual should include (but not be limited to) the following topics: How to establish common values of non-violence in school and within the family; The parent-school relationship: collaborative or polarized; Conflict resolution styles; Position of the child in a peer group.
Both the meetings and consultations with the relevant stakeholders and the workshops can be conducted online or in person, depending on the epidemiological situation. In case of in-person workshops, the events shall take place in the premises of Municipal Voluntary Centre.
Advanced university degree (MA or PhD) in Psychology;
Specialization in family/systematic therapy would be an asset;
A minimum of 5 (five) years of professional experience in family/systematic therapy;
Demonstrated knowledge and/or practical experience in tackling the problem of peer violence in schools, especially through preventive approaches;
Effective oral and written communication and presentation skills;
Previous experience in designing and delivering workshops and training on peer violence prevention;
Experience in facilitating the group processes;
Professional fluency in Serbian language, both oral and written;
Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft packages;
Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, national, social and religious backgrounds;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
How To Apply
Please apply online through this website (https://jobs.osce.org) no later than 16 November 2020. Only applications received through this website will be considered; applications received by email, post etc. will not be accepted.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have not been contacted by 31 November 2020 should consider there will be no follow up to their application.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, cancel the recruitment, or offer a consultancy at a different level or with modified terms of reference or for a different duration.
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