Job Opening

Posting Title: STRESS COUNSELLOR (Temporary Job Opening), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: STRESS COUNSELLOR
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: KIEV
Posting Period: 29 April 2022 - 13 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Resources-DSS-179844-J-Kiev (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations security management system (UNSMS) globally.  As a global leader in security risk management principles, UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions. 

This project funded position is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. The incumbent will work under the administrative supervision of the UNDSS Chief Security Advisor for Ukraine, and the technical supervision of the CISMS (Critical Incident Stress Management Section) Regional Stress Counsellor for Asia Pacific and Russophone countries, The Stress Counsellor will provide comprehensive psychosocial support and stress counselling services to all UN personnel, dependents in country and SLT (Saving Lives Together) partners in Ukraine as per the UNDSS CISMS standard operational procedures on the Management of Stress and Critical Incident Stress (MSCIS, 2015). She/he will also provide supervision, guidance and leadership to other members of the UNDSS stress counselling team in Ukraine.

For more information on the Department, and how we make an impact on the world in enabling the achievement of SDGs, visit: https://www.un.org/undss/

Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority, the incumbent performs the following duties:
• Develop and implement a stress prevention, mitigation, management, and resilience building plan through a comprehensive, scientific, and culturally tailored psychosocial needs assessment.
• Provide quality, culture sensitive and sustainable, stress management services including but not limited to individual, group and stress management and critical incident stress counselling sessions.
• Participate in the UN emergency coordination and crisis management group and other forums in an advisory role.
• Plan and facilitate preventative stress management training on emergency and post crisis mental health and stress related issues.
• Develops, organizes and implements a resilience building program for all staff
• Establish the Critical Incident Stress Intervention Cell (CISIC) in country through training of peer helpers and family focal points.
• Liaise with local experts and institutions in country for referral purposes.
• Engage with UN medical doctors and HR personnel for the multidisciplinary management of critical incident stress cases.
• Advise UN senior management on stress mitigating and preventative strategies and activities.
• Perform ongoing needs assessments and monitor determinants of stress through data collection, analysis, and related documentation.
• Provide supervision, guidance and leadership to other members of the UNDSS Stress counselling team in the country.
• Provides regular activity updates related to psychosocial support programmes and services.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Expert knowledge in the field of stress management and counselling; demonstrated adaptability and ability to work in austere, insecure environments and to adjust rapidly to varying social, organizational and geographic settings; good conceptual skills in mental health programming and/or public health; proven ability to provide counselling in stress and stress related issues and treat sensitive or confidential information appropriately; in depth understanding of the strategic directions in critical incident stress management. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; places confidence in and builds trust with colleagues, staff members and stakeholders.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and organizing: 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in clinical psychology or psychiatry or related fields is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification or country specific licensure authorizing the incumbent to deliver mental health services is required

Additional training in a broad range of related fields, such as alcohol/substance abuse, stress management, critical incident stress and cross-cultural communication is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in counselling, clinical psychology, psychiatry, or related field, with at least three years at the international level or at a national level with cross border experience is required. Qualifying years of experience are calculated after the receipt of an accredited advanced level degree recognized by the United Nations

Experience in crisis or emergency response is required.

Experience in providing cross border stress counselling, clinical psychology or psychiatry is desirable.

A minimum of two years’ experience in managing, planning, and organizing mental health programmes or projects is desirable

Experience dealing with a broad range of related fields, such as alcohol/substance abuse, stress management, critical incident stress and cross-cultural communication is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in oral and written Russian is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• The duration for this temporary job opening is for a period of 6 months, with the possibility of extension. The position is based in Ukraine, and is funded by an extra-budgetary project grant administered by UNDP. Therefore, the selected candidate may be given an appointment through UNDP. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof is subject to the availability of the project funds, budgetary approval and/or extension of the mandate. Accordingly, the appointment will be temporary for the duration of the grant.

• 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.

• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade.

• A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further "stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…" Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• 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.

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• 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.

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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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