Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Civil Peace Service (CPS) Advisor (m/f/d) for transcultural trauma therapy

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For our operations in Dohuk/Iraq, we are looking for an

Civil Peace Service (CPS) Advisor (m/f/d) for transcultural trauma therapy

Assignment period:09/01/2024 - 10/31/2026 - full-time

Field of activity

The Civil Peace Service (CPS) is a global programme working on the prevention of violence and peacebuilding in crisis and conflict regions. In Iraq the CPS project advises governmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations on addressing injustice, providing psychosocial support and securing peace. CPS specialists also support minorities affected by IS crimes through training sessions, technical advice, and networking with national and international stakeholders. In the field of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, CPS supports the master’s programme of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology (IPP) at the University of Duhok and strengthens psychotherapeutic interventions through training and networking with local organisations. 

Your tasks

  • Supporting the master’s programme at the IPP at the University of Duhok and related activities
  • Identifying the needs of governmental institutions and civil society organisations that accompany traumatised communities; networking and exchange with the IPP; possibly designing further training measures together with IPP lecturers in the field of systemic therapy
  • Supporting the planning and implementation of conferences and seminars (including fundraising, documentation and reporting to donors)
  • Accompanying practice-based research by IPP students, graduates, and lecturers together with external local and international researchers

Your profile

  • Graduate (Master level or equivalent) in psychology
  • Substantial experience in transcultural psychosocial work, ideally with communities that have experienced massive violence
  • Experience in planning and implementing practice-oriented research, training and producing relevant materials
  • Work-related experience abroad, ideally in West Asia, as well as knowledge of the history, culture, and political situation of Iraq
  • Strong ability to motivate people, team orientation and high level of communication as well as facilitation skills
  • Fluency in English, working knowledge in Arabic, Kurdish, or German is an asset

If we caught your interest, we are looking forward to your application until 06/02/2024.

For further information:

You can find the full job advertisement and further detailed information in our job market on the GIZ job and career pages at, Job-ID V000058514.

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