Trainer Skillful Parenting

Trainer Skillful Parenting
Siem Reap, Cambodia

ICS activities
ICS (Investing in Children and their Societies) is an international organization established in the 1980s, headquartered in the Netherlands and with offices and initiatives in several countries in Asia and Africa. The Asia country office is located in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

ICS invests in socio-economic empowerment of rural communities with a social business approach, enabling long-lasting social and economic change in order to ensure the wellbeing of children and young people. We work with the local communities to invest in development of various entrepreneurial initiatives and attract capital from social investors, venture capitalists, governments, banks and private donors. Through this unique entrepreneurial approach, integrated with targeted social programs on child protection and skillful parenting, ICS creates permanent change in the lives of children and their societies.

In 2013 ICS started its program on skillful parenting in Cambodia. The attached Annex provides more information about the concept of skillful parenting and the way ICS envisions its implementation. Materials were developed with support of strategic partners and a first training of facilitators was conducted by an external consultant. To support further development and implementation of skillful parenting in Cambodia, we are looking to fill the following position with a professional with a passion to facilitate, innovate and make a difference in parent's and children's lives.

Position Summary
The ICS Trainer on Skillful Parenting will be responsible for development and implementation of the ICS Skillful Parenting Program in Cambodia. He or she will develop new materials for skillful parenting and improve existing materials and facilitation techniques where necessary. A key responsibility is the training of new facilitators on skillful parenting. The ICS Trainer will develop and deliver high quality facilitator training on skillful parenting and provide facilitators working in the communities with follow-up mentorship and quality monitoring. Ideally the Trainer will use part of his/her time to implement Skillful Parenting him/her-self with parents. ICS Asia beliefs such practical experience will benefit the development of new materials and training of other facilitators.

The ICS Trainer Skillful Parenting is an open communicator (both in Khmer and English) and has extensive experience in facilitation and/or a natural ability to facilitate dialogue. He/she has experience in the training of facilitators and is familiar with the major theories on parenting and the way concepts of parenting and childhood are perceived in Cambodian culture. This makes him/her a person who can relate to and work well with people of all backgrounds. Because of his/her experience the Trainer Skillful Parenting is able to work independently and will give critical and constructive feedback in order to bring the Skillful Parenting Program to the next level.

How to apply
Applications (CV + cover letter) can be sent by email to For job specific questions you can contact Mr. Chhay Vivodin (Child Protection Officer) on The recruitment process will include an assessment of facilitation skills.
Closing date for this vacancy is 23rd of May 2014.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted!
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Job description
General Information
Function:     Trainer Skillful Parenting  
Reports to:     Child Protection Officer, ICS Asia  
Location:     Siem Reap - with regular field visits within provinces of OMC, BMC and Siem Reap.


Program development
  • Develop and maintain the ICS skillful parenting toolkit: develop new materials, improve existing materials and facilitator training where needed, and explore other existing materials on parenting that would add to the skillful parenting approach.
  • Actively network with other organizations working on parenting both in Cambodia and in the region, and proactively contribute to knowledge sharing and learning.
  • Work closely together with ICS Asia Child Protection Officer and other ICS colleagues to achieve integration of skillful parenting and social business activities.
  • Support ICS Asia Child Protection Officer on the overall child protection program, if necessary and on a flexible basis.  
Training and mentorship of facilitators on skillful parenting
  • Develop and deliver high quality facilitator training on skillful parenting.
  • Provide facilitators working in the communities with follow-up mentorship and coaching.
Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communication
  • Monitor quality of skillful parenting workshops implemented by partners.
  • Work closely together ICS Asia Child Protection Officer and PME officer to measure results of skillful parenting and build ICS track-record.
  • Share information on the ICS Skillful Parenting Program for external (outside ICS) and internal (inside ICS) communications. 
Optional: Implement skillful parenting directly with parents in the community. 

Annex: ICS Skillful Parenting Program
ICS changes the lives of children living in poor rural areas by changing the parental skills of their caretakers. Following the recommendations of a UN study on violence against children (Pinheiro, P.S., The United Nations Study on Violence against Children, 2006, Geneva), ICS believes that parents need to feel the ‘Power to Parent’ to change the future of their children in a positive way. By working with them on how to be(come) a better parent, the Skillful Parenting Approach of ICS adds to prevent child abuse, neglect and family disintegration. Skillful Parenting is embedded in a larger Child Protection Program working to strengthen child protection systems on community and sub-national level. Through this program, ICS creates a safe environment where children can grow up to their best potential.

ICS devotes particular attention to prevention of gender-based violence in its Skillful Parenting program, especially intimate partner violence. Violence against women is a serious concern in Cambodia with rigid gender norms and gender inequality as main underlying causes (Gender and Development for Cambodia, 2010). ICS therefore promotes a healthy dialogue with both fathers and mothers on their roles, responsibilities and values within the family. By building positive partnerships and parenting practices parents become positive role models for their children and can break the intergenerational transmission of violence.

The behavior change model regarding Skillful Parenting is based upon a positive approach to parenting, and the support towards parents to be critical and aware about their parenting role. Furthermore, is builds upon the evidence based understanding that changes in parenting can be only achieved through a behavior change model. In the ICS model, both internal and external factors are being analyzed and discussed. In the skillful parenting interventions in peer groups, ICS starts to address positive parenting with issues around nine basic modules. Additionally, peer groups or outside experts on child rights and child wellbeing select topics for parenting issues like budgeting, basic social services for children like education, healthcare and child protection, future planning for children. ICS develops modules in cooperation with expert teams on the identified topics. The topics identified are used for awareness raising campaigns on parenting issues at community level. The module developed on the topic still starts with the understanding that change will only take place if parents are convinced of the need for change and of their capacity to change.

The ICS Skillful Parenting program is focused on the following basic elements of Parenting:
1. Being a parent
2. Roles and responsibilities
3. Time for me
4. Value
5. Positive discipline
6. Family communication
7. Peaceful family
8. Child protection
9. Family budgeting

In the implementation of Skillful Parenting, parent support groups are organized from existing groups, like savings groups. Parent groups usually consist of 20 members, who select 3 representatives to organize follow-through of parent peer groups with support of the facilitator. Each parent support group is organized following its specific possibilities and preferences. The facilitator will assist in getting expert information when the group identifies new topics.

ICS uses a twin-track approach for implementation of Skillful Parenting in Cambodia:
1. Support the government to work on Skillful Parenting in the communities
2. Implementation of Skillful Parenting in partnership with NGOs & CBOs



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