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IOM seeks to recruit a staff counsellor – Juba, South Sudan

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IOM seeks to recruit a staff counsellor – Juba, South Sudan


Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 07 March 2019

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Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates :

  1. Internal candidates ;
  1. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries :

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Eswatini, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

Context :

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission, and the technical coordination of the Staff Welfare Officer in Geneva and close coordination with relevant units in South Sudan, the successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of the Staff welfare activities in IOM South Sudan.

Core Functions / Responsibilities :

  1. Draft and implement an annual work plan, with agreement from supervisors, that includes the responsibilities listed below ;
  2. Provide confidential counselling and psychological support to staff post-critical incident or other emergency and facilitate access to individual counselling services either internally or externally ;
  3. Participate and, when required, coordinate responses to critical incidents and emergencies ;
  4. Provide psychological preparation and orientation for staff, end of assignment debriefing and implementation of the Peer Support Network and Staff Support framework in high-risk environments ;
  5. Provide training on relevant topics including stress management, emotional processing, dealing with critical incidents, well-being ;
  6. Participate in evaluations of the services offered including preventative initiatives ;
  7. Produce psycho-educational material to enhance mental health and wellbeing of staff ;
  8. Bring to the attention of the supervisors any staff who are in crisis ;
  9. Facilitate medical evacuation of staff as approved by OHU, HIM Manila/Panama and ensure proper documentation of the case ;
  10. Maintain regular contact with the counselling resources in the country ;
  11. Maintain records and produce reports as required ;
  12. Participate in the initiatives aimed at further development of the staff welfare approach in IOM South Sudan ;
  13. Perform such other duties as may assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience :

Education :

  • Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Social Work or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience ; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience ;
  • Must be licensed or registered clinical psychologist, counsellor or social worker or equivalent in their Country of origin or training.

Experience :

  • Minimum four (4) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of mental health is required ;
  • Experience with other UN Agencies, International Humanitarian Organizations or Employee Assistant Programs considered essential ;
  • Experience of working in hardship duty station or providing counselling services to staff working in very difficult and hazardous environments desired.

Languages :

  • IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish ;
  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies :

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values :

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity : respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible ;
  • Integrity and transparency : maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct ;
  • Professionalism : demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2 :

  • Teamwork : develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results ;
  • Delivering results : produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes ;
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and ;
  • Accountability : takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work ;
  • Communication : encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2 :

  • Leadership : provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential ;
  • Empowering others & building trust : creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential ;
  • Strategic thinking and vision : works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link : here

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.

Other :

Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

How to apply :

  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 07 March 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement ;
  • For further information, please refer to : here
  • In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed ;
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period :

From 22.02.2019 to 07.03.2019

Requisition : SVN 2019/68 (P) – Staff Counsellor (P2) – Juba, South Sudan (55846025) Released

Posting : Posting NC55846028 (55846028) Released

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