SNR Field Specialist/Trainer - Northeastern Syria


Job Title: SNR Field Specialist/Trainer 

Reports To: Director of Programs, International SNR Specialist, Field Manager

Job Location: AlRaqqa, Northeastern Syria 

Position Type: Project Contract

Application Deadline: 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 working with refugee populations and host communities across Europe and 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 lead in-person Special Needs Rehabilitation (SNR) training and ongoing specialized coaching support within the context of a 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 in Northeast Syria (NES). The SNR Field Specialist/Trainer will be specifically focused on delivering SNR/MHPSS training within the context of the education sector on behalf of school principals, teachers, educators, as well as within the MHPSS-focused civil society on behalf of local organizations (CSOs). The NES-based SNR Field Specialist/Trainer will receive SNR training of trainers (ToT) from ARDI’s International SNR Specialists to enhance their evidence-based efforts on the ground. The selected SNR Field Specialist/Trainer will work in close collaboration and report directly to ARDI’s International SNR Specialists and Field Manager, with oversight from the Director of Programs. 



The primary duties/responsibilities of the SNR Field Specialist/Trainer include, but are not limited to:


SNR Skills Development 

  • Participate in SNR ToT training modules led by ARDI’s International SNR Specialists on a weekly basis with interactive online coaching and teaching methods that support the development and enhancement of SNR evidence-based skills.


SNR Training and Ongoing Coaching

    • Deliver in-person SNR training, based upon the training skills and expertise enhanced through the SNR ToT sessions, to NES based educators, counselors, and/or MHPSS-focused CSOs to identify, engage, and support AlRaqqa-based children with special needs (CWSN). Curriculum topics and training may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Psychological disorders and concerns in children 
  • Developmental psychology and treatments and coping mechanisms for children with behavioral issues 
  • Teaching methods and classroom administration for CWSN
  • 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. 
  • Provide ongoing coaching and follow-up coaching support to project stakeholders that were trained in the SNR workshops led during the project. Work with the ARDI team to assess the utilization of training skills, tools, and approaches within efforts to support CWSN to ensure stakeholders have clearly understood and know how to utilize and practice new/enhanced skills.
  • Provide insights and feedback on an as-needed basis as reporting requirement contributions.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling/Educational Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Psychology, or similar.
  • 3+ 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 delivering evidence-based MHPSS/SNR 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.