Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR MENTAL HEALTH OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 July 2018 - 18 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Medical-DM OHRM-100885-J-New York (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Medical Services Division of OHRM in the Department of Management UN Secretariat.

The Global Lead Mental Health reports to Medical Director, Medical Services Division.

UN Workplace Mental Health Strategy:
The UN system-wide workplace mental health programme, was established in November/December 2017 and will formally launch in 2018. The UN Workplace Mental health strategy has been designed with the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of the UN by optimizing the psychological health of UN Staff. (see Strategy Map at end of document)

The four key themes of the five-year workplace mental health plan are to:
1.Create a workplace that enhances mental and physical health and wellbeing
2.Develop, deliver and evaluate high-quality services everywhere that UN staff work.
3.Create a workplace that welcomes and supports staff who live with mental health diagnoses and challenges
4.Ensure sustainable funding for mental health and wellbeing service

The Global Lead Mental Health’s role has UN system wide reach in terms of supporting and leading implementation, but is administratively hosted at Medical Services Division, Department of Management, UN Secretariat. The Global Lead Mental Health works in close partnership with Program Sponsors and the multi-disciplinary / multi-agency Taskforce. The Implementation programme is reported to HLCM via Human Resources Network and is closely linked to Duty of Care program. The Global Lead Mental Health will have a supervisory function for roles commissioned and/or seconded to directly support the implementation program, including part-time roles. These include administrator and data entry role; communications advisor; project management and consultant support.

Job Purpose
The Global Lead Mental Health strategically leads and manages the UN Workplace Mental Health implementation programme as a whole, including its staff, budget and programme initiatives, in partnership with Sponsors, Taskforce and stakeholder networks.

The Global Lead Mental Health provides direction, support and oversight to the programme, to roles and staff commissioned and/or seconded to provide direct support the implementation program.


Within delegated authority, the Global Lead Mental Health will be responsible for:

Provide overall strategic leadership and policy guidance
•Lead, including reviewing and revising, its strategic direction, in consultation with stakeholders, as needed.
•Provide policy and technical guidance to Taskforce and Partner agencies; taking lead in implementation of specific actions;
•Oversee and manage first reports that provide direct practical and technical support to implementation processes,

Lead overall implementation programme and specific project management processes, monitoring reporting and evaluation
•Implement the necessary management structure to plan, co-ordinate, and project manage the five-year implementation program in close partnership with Program Sponsors, Taskforce and Partner agencies
•Ensure collaborative, multidisciplinary/multi-agency co-design focus groups are established for the seven priority actions, and supported to achieve clear targets in their 100 days plans, to meet implementation timelines.
•Prepare monitoring reports to HRN, HLCM on behalf of taskforce, ensuring KPIs are met and reporting is delivered by working /focus groups or partner agencies.
•Manage the global UN MHS implementation budget and oversee the use of the funds, adhering to financial rules and regulations of the hosting agency, UN??
•Lead, coach, manage, and Support UN Staff and those employed/seconded or commissioned to directly work on implementation of the strategy
•Lead projects, regular monitoring processes, periodic external evaluations, and the development of new tools and learning resources.
•Oversee projects, including communication and knowledge sharing initiatives (newsletter, e-workspace, social media presence, news videos, case study development, etc.).

Facilitate timely communication, engagement, advocacy and key global partnerships within the context of the programme
•Maintain strategic partnerships within and outside of the UN System to strengthen implementation, particularly with UN system agency leadership, SSCG, UN Medical Directors, UNOMS, UNDSS, Staff Associations, Staff reps and unions.
•Advocate for and engage the necessary leadership support, champions, and partners to sustain momentum for successful MHS Implementation, including the needed resources to alleviate constraints faced during the implementation of the programme.
•Advocate for system wide efforts relating to mental health promotion, stigma reduction and prevention.
•Oversee implementation of agreed communications and engagement plan, ensuring continued visibility for UN Workplace Mental Health Strategy, ongoing universal awareness raising and reduction of stigma through various communications, including overseeing and contributing to its weekly newsletter.

Performs other related duties as required
Travels worldwide, as needed and including high-risk duty stations, for leadership, co-ordination and practical support of implementation program

Work Implies frequent interaction with the following
•Mental Health Strategy Taskforce and Sponsors
•Medical Director for MSD and Staff within Work Unit
•Roles directly providing practical support and input to implementation processes
•HR Network, HLCM, CEB Secretariat
•Staff Stress Counsellor Special Interest Group
•Duty of Care taskforce and CISWG. Critical Incident Stress Working Group
•UN Medical Directors Working Group;
•Staff Association leaders and Staff representatives
•Organizations of the UN System
•Staff at large throughout the UN System globally.
•Senior Management throughout the Organization and the UN system

Results Expected
Full implementation of the five-year strategy across the UN system achieving measurable i) increase in staff member resilience, productivity and engagement:
ii) desired shift in staff experience as described in strategy objectives.


-Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of implementation and improvement strategies and approaches in the area of public mental health, mental health/psychosocial health and
well-being relevant for the Global UN workplace;
-Promotes and understands evidence informed promotion, prevention and early intervention in global mental health and workplace contexts;
-Advocates for reducing harm from mental health related stigma and discrimination;
-Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

-Works collaboratively with MHS taskforce, Sponsors, multi-disciplinary staff contributing and supporting MHS implementation;
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise using effective engagement, partnership and co-design processes;
-is willing to learn from others;
-builds strategic alliances and partnerships across diverse roles, disciplines and multiple agencies/ entities by gaining their trust and respect.

Planning & Organizing:
-Utilizes effective, relevant project management and implementation methodologies to achieve strategic objectives and benefits;
-Ensures implementation targets are met;
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
-Identifies priority activities and assignments;
-Adjusts priorities as required;
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
-Uses time efficiently.

Managerial Competencies:
-Serves as a role model that other people want to follow, particularly in area of Resilience and self-care;
-Empowers others to translate vision into results;
-Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives;
-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support;
-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions;
-Drives for change and improvement;
-Does not accept the status quo;
-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Judgement / Decision-Making:
-Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and enables the Taskforce and Sponsors to come to the heart of the problem quickly;
-Gathers relevant information before making a decision;
-Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them;
-Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization;
-Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information;
-Checks assumptions against facts;
-Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision.


Undergraduate (Bachelor) level degree in a healthcare discipline relevant to mental health services (medicine, nursing, psychology or allied health (therapies)). Post Graduate/ advanced University degree public administration, public health / health care (preferably mental health), / occupational health, human resources, relevant management or business administration, or related area.

Work Experience

•Minimum 10 years progressively responsible experience in programme management at the Governmental or Inter-Governmental level
•Minimum 5 years demonstrated experience in project management and leadership of system change/improvement programs
•Five or more years of management and leadership responsibilities of comparable size and complexity;
•Practical experience working on workplace and/or population psychosocial and mental health issues is highly desirable
•Experience in the multilateral sector and/or Peacekeeping, Humanitarian Relief/ Development is an asset.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for 364 days and is subject to the availability of the post. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply. Staff members are requested to indicated all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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