Consultant for Secondary Trauma / Self-Care Capacity Building

Job Type

Part Time






1625 Massachutsetts Ave. NW
Suite 300
United States


Brief Project Overview:

Vital Voices Global Partnership is seeking a consultant (individual or team) to provide capacity building for its Hhuman Rrights Ddepartment staff members – especially those working on Voices Against Violence: the GBV Global Initiative – with an eye to burnout prevention, mitigating the effects of secondary trauma, and providing opportunities for support and self-care.

Human rights staff members who are involved in case management are continually exposed to narratives describing incidents of extreme gender-based violence and are required to continue working on cases outside of standard business hours. These factors increase the risk of burnout and/or secondary trauma.


Voices Against Violence: The GBV Global Initiative is a public-private-partnership between Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women, and the U.S. Department of State. The Initiative is designed to ensure that victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful traditional practices around the world have better access to services, protection and the justice they deserve. As part of this program, the Initiative has the following objectives:

Victims/Survivors of extreme forms of GBV have increased access to global resources that allow them to address their urgent needs in the aftermath of violence or the threat of violence

Survivors of GBV have improved protections and access to justice, and CSOs have access to resources to advocate on behalf of survivors; and

An international network is established to serve as a focal point and coordinate efforts around GBV.

One of the Human Rights team’s initiatives The Initiative offers urgent assistance funding for survivors who have recently experienced an extreme form of gender-based violence, acute threat or harmful traditional practice and reside in countries with few or no resources for survivors. These short-term funds are specifically for those who have experienced a violent act within the last three months and have no other means of support to address legal, medical, psycho-social, livelihood, emergency shelter and/or relocation needs. Funds are intended to support urgent, often life-saving, needs. The initiative also receives dedicated funding to support survivors of extreme forms of gender-based violence that have been victimized by ISIS/ISIL in Iraq within the last year. provides urgent assistance to support survivors of extreme forms of GBV and harmful traditional practices in the form of small, short-term emergency funding for expenses that include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, psychosocial support or counseling, emergency shelter or other safe accommodation, relocation expenses, livelihood and dependent support (including foster care and other forms of child care), and legal assistance. The program is meant to provide assistance to those in urgent situations with little to no alternatives for support. Individual survivors of GBV can request urgent assistance funds directly or through intermediaries such as civil society organizations, services providers, community or faith-based groups, and/or family members.

Human Rights staff members who are involved in case management are continually exposed to narratives describing incidents of extreme gender-based violence, including acts that result in serious medical complications, permanent disability, disfigurement, and/or long-term loss of livelihood. Types of violence commonly included seen in the narratives include rape, gang rape, sexual exploitation/transactional sex, sexual slavery/trafficking, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, extreme physical assault, torture, acid attack, forced marriage/early forced marriage, death threats, honor killing threats, and female genital mutilation/cutting.

Cases are managed on a regional basis, and while it varies widely by region, some staff frequently manage 15 to 45 cases per month. Staff are required to continue managing cases outside of standard business hours including nights, weekends, and holidays. These factors combined increase the risk of burnout and/or secondary trauma.

Scope of Work & Deliverables:

We would like a consultant to provide the following services:


  • Deliver, score, and analyze a needs assessment to measure stress and trauma. Based on results, providing recommendations for appropriate next steps and create a specialized training.

Training and Facilitation

  • Rational detachment training: Develop tools and techniques to help the Human Rights team do our jobs effectively without personalizing and carrying the weight of the stories we hear, and facilitate a training to help the team learn how to utilize those tools and techniques.
  • Departmental self-care planning: Develop a plan or protocol for the practices the team can commit to in order to increase resilience and ability to continue work.
  • Custom training topics: Based on the results of assessment and team requests, provide custom training's and resources. Examples could include crisis response planning, identifying signs of burnout, or specific self-care activities facilitated by a licensed psychologist.


We would like the activities listed above to be completed within six months of the signing of the contract.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Expertise in the causes, symptoms, and treatment of secondary trauma, especially related to gender-based violence
  • Experience delivering an interactive and participatory pedagogy in an adult-learning environment
  • Experience facilitating self-care and rational detachment-related trainings
  • Experience working with and providing capacity building to non-profit organizations 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply:

Applications that do not include the following will not be considered for review:

  • Salary expectations
  • A writing sample
  • Resume
  • Three references with contact information

Please submit your complete application to with “Consultant for Secondary Trauma, Name” in the subject line.