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Clinical Psychologist

Dohuk (Iraq)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Dohuk (Iraq)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Doctor
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-28

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Eligibility criteria Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations. Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Clinical Psychologist and in close cooperation with the Lead Clinical Psychologist, the UN Volunteer will contribute to the provision of psychosocial support to victims and witnesses interacting with UNITAD. More specifically, the UN Volunteer will:

  • The incumbent conducts pre-interview psychological assessments in accordance with the UNITAD protocol in particular on vulnerable witnesses such as children, women and victims of conflict -related sexual violence. The assessments are to identify and recommend measures for the Investigative Team to facilitate the testimony of such witnesses to the fullest possible extent in emotionally safe and reassuring environment without suffering further harm. The incumbent conducts also post-interview debriefings of vulnerable witnesses.
  • Where appropriate, the incumbent assists investigators to interview traumatized or vulnerable witnesses, in particular children and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.
  • Participates in the provision appropriate assistance during interviews and monitors the wellbeing of all witnesses during interviews where appropriate.
  • Trains UNITAD staff members on issues relevant to witnesses' and victims' mental health and psychosocial support, secondary victimization and trauma especially with regard to children, survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and other vulnerable groups.
  • Cooperates with competent Iraqi authorities providing psychosocial, medical and mental health services. Participates with capacity-building trainings for Iraqi judicial and investigative authorities and other relevant national entities with respect to support and psychosocial assistance, and sensitivity to the needs of victims and witnesses.
  • Cooperates with the network of governmental, international and CSO service providers who have a mandate to provide psychosocial, medical and mental health services, for the purpose of facilitating access of witnesses to such services. The incumbent participates in the training and capacity-building activities for the network.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level Master degree or equivalent Educational additional comments

The incumbent must be a dynamic, multi-functional person, who supports UNITAD with professionalism, dedication and client orientation. The following qualifications are required:

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in the field of Clinical or Forensic Psychology in combination with a specific expertise and/or post graduate studies on psychological trauma, especially on victims of sexual violence. A valid certification (or eligibility for licensing) to practice at national level in clinical psychology is required.
Required experience 24 Months Experience remark
  • Minimum of 24 month’s experience of direct assessment and treatment of vulnerable groups, such as victims of sexual violence and traumatized children and adults, within criminal justice system structures.
  • Experience in the Middle East and North Africa is desirable. Field experience and/or experience with working with victims in conflict-affected settings is an asset.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic and/or Kurdish is desirable.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications, and good general computer literacy;
  • Ability to travel throughout the Republic of Iraq;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian relief, post-conflict situations, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Arabic(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise Mental health, Emergency response, immediate relief operations, and post-conflict humanitarian aid operations Driving license Competencies values Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Client Orientation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams Application procedure * Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 26 September 2021
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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