International TOT Trainer


Job Title: International TOT Trainer 

Reports To: Director of Programs, ARDI SNR Specialist

Position Type: Project Contract

Job Location: Remote (with full availability during Syrian work days/hours, EET)

Application Deadline:Ongoing (latest by 23 June 2023, 23:59 Berlin CEST)


About ARDI:

Atlas Relief and Development International (ARDI) is an international development organization working to support and strengthen civil society in conflict zones by providing the knowledge, skills and resources for civilians to actively shape and participate in a peaceful and democratic future. ARDI is guided by the mission to empower diverse communities affected by conflict to shape and participate in the peaceful, inclusive, rights-based, and secure futures they envision. We work in partnership with a wide variety of communities to support human rights, empowerment, capacity building, and civic engagement of women, youth, and emerging changemakers to achieve sustainable and inclusive peace and security. ARDI stands as a specialized implementing organization across numerous core areas of operation and in a range of geographic areas and diverse community-based stakeholders. ARDI works to support populations directly and indirectly impacted by war, conflict, and societal instability; as well as in support of refugee populations and host communities across Europe and the MENA regions to support livelihoods, peacebuilding, social inclusion and integration, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS).  


Position Summary:

ARDI is seeking a highly qualified professional to design Special Needs Rehabilitation (SNR) training curriculum (Arabic and English) and deliver Arabic-language training of trainers (ToT) training to local specialists in Syria who will be leading in-person training efforts within the context of a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) project.. This project aims to identify, engage, and support children with special needs (CWSN) through the provision of evidence-based SNR training aligned with localized and contextual needs. The International TOT Trainer will be specifically focused on SNR/MHPSS curriculum development and ToT training within the context of the education sector. The selected specialist will work in close collaboration and report directly to ARDI’s SNR Specialist, with oversight from the Director of Programs. 



The primary duties and responsibilities of the International TOT Trainer include, but are not limited to:


Curriculum Development 

    • Evaluate a MHPSS and SNR-focused community assessment conducted among stakeholders and beneficiaries that aims to validate findings and enhance ARDI’s understanding of the local context and establish a deeper and up-to-date record of the experiences, perspectives, needs, challenges, and goals of CWSN, educators, and MHPSS-focused CSOs in NES. 
    • Work with a team of SNR/MHPSS experts to develop evidence-based SNR training and coaching for local SNR specialists and NES educators. Curriculum topics and training may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Effective SNR training methods and approaches
  • Introduction to psychological disorders and concerns in children 
  • Developmental psychology
  • Mental health assessments
  • Special education
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Treatments and coping mechanisms for children with behavioral issues 
  • Teaching methods and classroom administration for CWSN


ToT Training and Ongoing Coaching

  • Deliver online SNR ToT training modules to Syrian-based MHPSS/SNR specialists on a weekly basis with interactive online coaching and teaching methods that support the development and enhancement of SNR evidence-based skills.
  • Provide ongoing online mentorship and coaching to Syria-basedSNR specialists, allowing the opportunity to coach specialists real-time and ensure the highest quality and impact of training on-the-ground.
  • Provide support in the adaption of approaches across the duration of the project based on data findings and observations related to the quality, impact, and sustainability of efforts. 



  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling/Educational Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, or Clinical Psychology.
  • 5+ years of clinical and/or training experience in MHPSS/SNR settings.
  • Written and verbal communication in Arabic is required, English (spoken and written) is not required but considered a strong advantage. 
  • Experience developing evidence-based ToT curriculum for training.
  • Specialization or experience supporting CWSN (between the ages of 3 - 18).
  • Specialization or experience supporting the education sector within the context of SNR/MHPSS.
  • Previous experience with international mental health projects/programs/trainings, and particularly in conflict-affected settings.
  • Strong assessment, evaluation, and training skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with internationally diverse, multi-ethnic, and multi-linguistic staff.




To apply for this position, please send your recent CV and Cover Letter within the application form on our website,  by email at:, or apply via the Indeed portal.


ARDI is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural work environment for all and are an equal opportunity employer with zero tolerance towards discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by international and federal laws, as well as those in our locations of operation.