الثلاثاء، 11 مايو 2021

JOBS : Staff Counselors - UNRWA


CONSULTANCY - TERMS OF REFERENCE
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.
UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

Consultancy- Staff Counselors, Gaza

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
In the UNRWA operational context, staff care is essential to healthy organizational functioning and is necessary to strengthen group relationships and to create safe spaces for reflection and peer support. In order to expand upon the sustainable staff care approach at UNRWA that helps personnel cope in difficult working conditions and emotionally demanding environments, staff care support needs to be rolled out amongst all levels of staff and further access to counseling for staff in need is required. In addition, staff care support and counseling is needed in the current response to the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that staff have the needed mental health and psycho-social resources. In view of these staff counseling needs, UNRWA seeks the services of two counselors for a five month period to support staff in the Gaza Field Office (GFO). These counselors will be an integral part of providing staff care services at UNRWA and responding to staff needs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
With the support of field chiefs in the respective work locations the staff counselor will:
- Provide confidential, time-limited counseling sessions to staff as requested;
- Maintain strict professional standards, including standards of confidentiality while providing services; and Support the Agency in its efforts to ensure staff care building an Agency-wide approach to staff care.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- An advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in clinical psychology;
- At least eight years of relevant and clinically supervised work experience providing professional counseling services; and Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Experience with the work of UN agencies or NGOs;
Knowledge and understanding of the Palestine refugee situation in the political context of the Middle East; and Experience in working remotely.

COMPETENCIES
- Providing professional psychological assessments, support and interventions;
- Understanding and experience of applying professional standards and ethical practice in counselling;
- Excellent organizational skills, independent and disciplined with initiative to prioritize effectively and to maintain accountability and confidentiality;
- Demonstrates safeguarding ethics and integrity;
- Facilitating and encouraging communication and communicating effectively; and Familiarity with human rights and social issues.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The incumbent is required to reside in the West Bank and will be required to provide virtual counseling.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
- The duration of the consultancy is 5 months;
- The monthly fees for this role are set at grade 18;
- Remuneration will be depending on the qualifications and experience of the consultant and based on expected working hours per day and no other benefits except for travel related expenses as applicable;
- One and a half day annual leave days per month; and The consultant will be based in the West Bank and work remotely providing service to Gaza Field Office staff.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or UN Personal History Form demonstrating clearly the knowledge and experience required to meet the consultancy requirements via consultancy@unrwa.org

clearly indicating the title of this consultancy “Consultancy - Staff Counselors, Gaza” subject line of the message. The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 May 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

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