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Stress Counselor (UNDSS)

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-30

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Background

 
Job Purpose and Organizational Context
 
The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System.
The primary role of the UNDSS Stress Counselor (NO-B) will be to assist the Head of Unit to develop and maintain a sustainable stress management system applicable to all UN Agencies operating in the country and to improve the critical incident stress management preparedness of the UN security system in case of emergencies. 
 
 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities
 
The Stress Counselor will administer a wide range of stress management activities, actively increasing emergency preparedness in the country in collaboration with UNDSS and the UN Crisis Management as per the UNDSS CISMU standard operational procedures on critical incident stress

The Stress Counselor will administer a wide range of stress management activities, actively increasing emergency preparedness in the country in collaboration with UNDSS and the UN Crisis Management as per the UNDSS CISMU standard operational procedures on critical incident stress.

  • Provide individual, group and critical incident counseling sessions to the staff and dependents as/when needed.
  • Plan and Facilitate preventative stress management training on a variety of stress related sues to UN staff in the country and circulate useful reading resources related to stress periodically.
  • Assist in establishing the Critical Incident Stress Intervention Cells (CISICs) including selecting Peer Helpers and family focal points; facilitating peer helper training sessions (jointly with UNDSS CISMU); and coordinating and following up on all relevant activities.
  • Promote welfare activities for UN staff in the country in collaboration with the existing Staff Association.
  • Identify, address and follow up on critical incident stress cases among the UN staff and dependents in the country.
  • Regularly visit the UN Offices/Sub Offices in the country in order to implement preventative stress management training activities and offer technical consultations when needed.
  • Liaise with local experts and institutions in the country for referral purposes. Collaborate with UN managers, medical doctors, and local physicians on psychosocial issues with the objective of establishing a network of professionals ready to support and intervene in case of need.
  • Advise UN management on stress mitigating strategies and activities
  • Perform ongoing assessments and monitor the determinants of stress in the UN staff to include activities such as data collection, analyses and related documentation.
  • Provide regular feedback and monthly report to the Head of Unit on all activities
  • Monitor environmental factors that could lead to stress, with particular focus on stress related to critical incidents, with respect to civilian staff members of the mission; develop, organize and implement a stress management programme for such staff.
  • In the absence of the Head of Unit, act as OIC as required and as appointed by the PSA

 

Competencies

Core
 
    Innovation
          Ability to make new and useful ideas work
 
    Leadership
         Ability to persuade others to follow
 
    People Management
 
        Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
 
    Communication
 
       Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
 
    Delivery
 
       Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
 
Technical/Functional
 
    Team Building
       Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals
 
    Security & Safety (General)
 
       Knowledge of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) and UNDSS's role in addressing security issues
 
    Security Event Management & Monitoring
 
       Ability to plan, manage, and monitor event security
 
    Security Policy Management
 
       Knowledge of security policy concepts and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
 
    Strategic Planning
 
       Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education
 
  • Master Degree in Psycho -educational studies, psychology, psychiatry, clinical social work, or other clinical mental health profession.
  • Certification or country specific licensure authorizing the incumbent to deliver mental health services is desirable
Experience
 
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in psychological counseling, training skills, with special emphasis on managing critical incident stress.
  • Additional experience in any related field, such as alcohol/ substance abuse, stress management, critical incident stress and cross cultural communication would be an asset.
  • Previous experience working with United Nations System in the same field is distinct advantage.
  • Proficient in computer application programmes, particularly in MS Office.
 

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English, Dari and Pashto is required.

Disclaimer

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