Terms of Reference (TOR)
Part Time Stress Counselor for UNDSS Office for KPK & Baluchistan, Pakistan
NOA Equivalent Level
Duration: 6 Months
The main role of the Part Time Stress Counselor will be to provide professional counseling services to UN staff, project personnel and their dependents in the region, and improve critical incident stress management preparedness of the local UN Offices in the case of an emergency.
The main role of the Counselor will be to support the Senior Field Stress Counselor in building a sustainable stress management system in UN Offices in the country, and in improving critical incident stress management preparedness of the local UN security system in the case of an emergency.
Under the managerial supervision of the UNDSS Pakistan Senior Field Stress Counselor, the duties of the Part Time Stress Counselor are:
1. To develop and implement a critical incident stress management plan for UN Offices in the region;
2. To assess and monitor the determinants of stress in the duty station, and stress levels among UN staff and their dependents;
3. To provide technical recommendations to UNDSS and UN managers in the region about stress mitigating and preventing strategies, decisions and activities.
4. To provide direct stress counseling services to UN staff and their dependents;
5. To travel to UN sub-offices in other locations to provide counseling services to other staff, whenever needed;
6. To identify, address and follow up on critical incident stress cases among UN staff and their dependents;
7. To liaise with local mental health care providers in order to build a network of professionals ready to support UN staff and families in case of a disaster;
8. To conduct training sessions related to stress management and psychosocial support for UN staff;
9. To provide regular written reports on performed activities to the Senior Field Stress Counselor.
Competencies and skills:
• Advanced university degree in psycho-educational studies, psychology, psychiatry and or clinical social work.
• Additional training or experience in a broad range of related fields, such as alcohol/substance abuse, family counseling, stress management, critical incident stress and cross-cultural communication;
• Minimum of five years of professional experience in psychological counseling with special emphasis on critical incident stress;
• Well-developed communication, leadership and team-building skills;
• Fluency in written and spoken English and in Pakistani language and culture;
• International experience and/or professional experience with the United Nations are highly desirable.