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Refugee Psychological Counselling Officer


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Romania
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Refugee rights and well-being
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-18


Mission and objectives

The WHO Country Office is the focal point for WHO activities in Romania. It was established in January 1991 in Bucharest in order to carry out a series of priority activities. The priorities for the Country Office are set out in the biennial collaborative agreement between WHO/Europe and the host country, and the Office implements the agreement in close collaboration with national institutions and international partner agencies.


WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that was established in July 1946 and whose objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. WHO’s main areas of work are health systems; health through the life-course; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response; and corporate services.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Representative or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV will: • Provide psychological support in Ukrainian or Russian to refugees in various settings (refugees integrated centers, blue dots etc.). • Foster capacity building around MHPSS for WHO staff, partner staff and refugee workers, e.g. community health workers, peer educators, peer counsellors, refugee outreach volunteers. • Develop training plans for MHPSS, organise and act as resource person in workshops and training both in-service and on the job (coaching). • In collaboration with Ministry of Health, build basic psychosocial skills among all essential workers responding to crisis response in refugee settings. • Promote programme evaluation and applied research around MHPSS interventions to enable identification of gaps in service provision and to promote evidence-based programming. • Promote the use of community-based approaches, including clear involvement of persons of concern (PoC) in MHPSS programmes. • Ensure regular update and share information within WHO as well as with relevant government, UN and NGO counterparts and donors. • Perform other related duties as required. Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Results/expected outputs: • As an active WHO Country Office team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to WHO Country Office and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment. • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

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