Counsellor (part-time) -- United Nations, Thailand

Posting Title: Counsellor (part-time)
Department/Office: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 01 October 2015 - 07 January 2016
Job Opening Number: 48151

Result of Service
  1. Enhanced access to counselling services by UN staff and their dependents.
  2. Comprehensive resilience-building including psycho-social education and awareness.
  3. Ongoing improvement in the working environment and monitoring mechanisms of stress factors and provision of technical advice to senior managers. 
Work Location
Bangkok
 
Expected duration
Start Date: Early 2016
End Date: 31 December 2016
Approximately 2 days per week.

Duties and Responsibilities BACKGROUND
The United Nations requires professional staff counselling services in the form of on-site psychological first aid counselling within the UN Medical Service in Bangkok. The provision of such services is expected to create awareness of psycho social issues and tools with which to manage them, reduce the level of stress experienced by staff members, enhance work effectiveness and job satisfaction, and lower absenteeism.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The consultant will be responsible for providing a variety of mental health-related services described below:
  1. Design and deliver briefings and training programmes in areas such as stress and crisis management, resilience building in the workplace, psychological first aid, soft skills in crisis response, and others.
  2. Adjust and revise existing training session plans to meet individual and organizational needs. Collaborate with the Medical Officer to update learning materials and reference aids used in various programmes.
    Provide psychological first aid services in the form or individual and group counselling sessions in areas such as stress management, harassment, substance abuse, grievances, long-term and terminal illness, family issues, and work-related issues. Provision of such services remotely, as necessary, to UN staff at offices away from Bangkok.
  3. Enhance UN Medical Service web presence and tools for psycho-social support. 
  4. Identify and monitor factors that could lead to stress with particular focus on stress in the workplace.
  5. Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications/special skills 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Minimum of five years experience in providing psychological counselling and/or psychotherapy is required. Additional experience in alcohol/substance abuse, stress management, traumatic stress, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution or related area is desirable.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in clinical psychology, clinical psychiatry or clinical social work is required.

SKILLS
Training, presentation and facilitation skills for a highly diverse audience is desirable.
 

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Clinical license to provide psychological counselling and/or psychotherapy is desirable. Additional training or certification in alcohol/substance abuse, stress management, traumatic stress, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution or related area is desirable.
 

LANGUAGE
Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Thai language skills a distinct advantage. Knowledge of another language is desirable.
 

Additional Information LOCAL ENGAGEMENT
Engagement of the selected consultant is on a local basis. Candidates shall be engaged within commuting distance of the UNESCAP office, irrespective of nationality. The selected candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred to participate in the assessment process, and any costs related to travelling and relocating to the duty station in the event of an offer of employment.
 

TRAVEL
Some international travel may be required (approximately one week away from Bangkok).

COUNSELLOR ROSTER
This Consultancy Job Opening will be used to fill the immediate requirements indicated above,and will also be used to create a roster of qualified Counsellors for ad hoc assignments within the the United Nations in Bangkok on an as-needed basis.
 
No Fee
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS
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