OPEN ONLY TO CANDIDATES RESIDING IN SENEGAL
CONSULTANCY FOR THE PROVISION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA
Duration: 3 months
Start date: 15 May 2020
The current COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by an increase in anxiety and stress at work. Behavioral changes, consequences of containment and emergency measures in force in several countries of the region, media coverage of deaths caused by the pandemic coupled with economic uncertainties create increased psychological distress among the employees. This new context in which activities are carried out requires more oriented staff support, in particular through specific measures (individual and collective) for stress management and psychosocial care.
Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director, the consultant will report directly to the Regional HR Officer (functional supervision) and the IOM Staff Welfare Officer (technical supervision). S/he will be responsible for the performance of the following duties:
The consultant will provide psychological counseling and support services to IOM staff/non-staff and immediate family members in the Country Offices in West and Central Africa region.
TASKS TO BE PREFORMED UNDER THIS CONTRACT
· Perform individual psychological assessments in cases where a staff member is experiencing more extreme difficulty and/or presenting with serious mental health symptoms or syndromes;
· Liaise with the Occupational Health Unit or other mental health resources, as needed.
· Create a register of available mental health support in country offices and refer staff in field offices to outside mental health professionals or facilities, for immediate care as appropriate.
· Provide support and advice to Chiefs of mission and other managers and supervisors on healthy workplace practices and how to effectively support staff;
· In collaboration with the respectful workplace focal point, assist with resolving interpersonal conflicts.
· Design and conduct (remote) workshops on a wide range of topics including stress management, team building, problem-solving, communication, conflict resolution, etc.
· When and where sanitary conditions allow, design and facilitate office retreats with the goal of improving teamwork and work planning.
· Provide debriefings and crisis counselling to individuals and/or groups in emergencies or after critical incidents; ensure that Country Office security plans include provisions for psychosocial needs of staff during emergencies and following critical incidents.
· Collaborate with Staff Welfare, Occupational Health Unit, the Security Unit, the Ombudsman, the Human Resources Department, and other offices when necessary to address problems raised by staff members.
· Maintain professional confidentiality at all times.
· Participate in the regional crisis management team and provide recommendations on issues.
· One remote workshop organized in each country offices covered aiming at addressing most recurring concerns.
· A registry of psychosocial support resources available in each country offices
· Report on root workplace issues if any that needs management attention in each country
· Recommendations upon review of country security and safety plans
Fluency in French and in English is required.
Advanced university degree (Masters, Doctorate, or equivalent) in psychology, psychiatry, counseling or other mental health profession. Additional training, certification, or experience in a range of related fields, such as alcohol/substance misuse, stress management, critical incident stress management, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution, trauma, etc. are considered assets.
License to practice counselling or eligible for the same.
At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of mental health. Experience with humanitarian Organizations, or Employee Assistance Programs considered essential. Experience working in hardship duty stations or providing counseling services to staff working in very difficult and hazardous environments is highly desirable.
How to apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and CV to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before April 30, 2020, with the subject line ‘Consultant Psychosocial support’.
All applications should include a functional e-mail address and mobile number. Candidates are also expected to propose a rate for consultancy fee.Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.