Consultancy: Staff Counselor – up to 20 days (part-time over 11.5 months period), Beirut, Lebanon 301 views

Consultancy: Staff Counselor – Beirut Lebanon up to 20 days (part-time over 11.5 months period)

Job no: 528039

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Lebanon Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: Lebanon

Department/Office: Beirut, Lebanon

Categories: Human Resources

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, happiness.

UNICEF Lebanon is looking for a (group) of stress counsellor(s) to work with the office on a part-time basis over a 11.5 months period being mainly responsible of implementing a Stress Management/Resilience/Wellbeing Plan, providing Individual and Group Counselling to Staff as well as reporting and advising Senior Leadership on Stress Management and all in the context of Occupational Health and safety.

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

In the context of the current situation, UNICEF Lebanon is extending its staff wellbeing services to:

  • Provide support to UNICEF LCO in mitigating the impact of stress on staff, to raise awareness about stress management and wellbeing,
  • Facilitate the provision of assistance to staff experiencing work related and / or personal problems and/or trauma
  • Facilitate the provision of immediate support following a traumatic incident
  • Promote support aimed at improving the well-being of UNICEF staff in Lebanon.

Scope of Work:

The staff counselor(s) will work closely with the HR section, Regional Staff Counsellor and UN Medical Doctor, under the direct supervision of the HR Manager.

1. Developing and implementing a staff wellbeing/stress management programme Develop and implement a staff wellbeing/stress management programme for UNICEF. Perform an ongoing assessment and monitor the determinants of stress and staff wellbeing of UNICEF Lebanon staff.

2. Counseling and training activities: Provide individual and group counseling sessions to the staff. Organize and conduct training sessions on stress prevention and stress related issues.

3. Reporting and advising on stress management activities: Advise country office management/Peer Support Volunteers and Staff Association on the stress mitigating strategies and activities. Liaise with local experts and institutions in the country for referral, as well as with the UN Medical Doctor unit, medical doctors, and local Physicians in order to build a network of professionals ready to support and intervene in case of need.

How can you make a difference?

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks/Milestone 1: Provide easy access to counseling services to staff members through individual counselling sessions.

Deliverables/Outputs: Up to 120 individual sessions to be conducted. The session is of 30 minutes unless otherwise required. 100 hours.

Tasks/Milestone 2: Develop a resilience building program for the office, including ongoing advice on the improvement in the working environment and monitoring mechanism of the stressful factors and provision of technical advice to senior managers.

Deliverables/Outputs 2:

Up to 10 coordination meetings with HR PSV and SA and management. 2 hours each meeting. 20 hours

Tasks/Milestone 3: Implement a stress and wellness program to staff particularly focusing on stress relief techniques through group sessions.

Deliverables/Outputs 3: Up to 20 group sessions 2 hours each session. 40 hours


By 15 November 2020

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in clinical Psychology, clinical Psychiatry with clinical license to provide psychological counseling and/ or psychotherapy.
  • Additional training or certification is also required in a broad range of related fields, such as alcohol/substance abuse, stress management, traumatic stress, cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution, etc.
  • Permit to practice in Lebanon is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience is required.
  • Experience with international communities and in Employee Assistance Programme or Organizational Intervention would be an asset.
  • Typically, five (5) years or more of relevant experience in the field of mental health including experience in working in UN or other humanitarian organizations. Experience in hardship duty stations providing counselling services to staff working in difficult and hazardous environments is an asset.
  • Specialist expertise in the assessment of mental health needs and the assessment of risk.
  • Broad knowledge of all facets of counselling services and demonstrated skills to create a trusted environment in which others can talk confidentially.
  • Ability to manage crisis situations which involve diverse actors and stakeholders.
  • Ability to identify client’s needs and suggest appropriate solutions.
  • Conflict resolution and mediation skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of both genders and diverse national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Skills in designing and delivering trainings/information sessions on a number of subjects and ability to adapt those to different audiences.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required; fluency in Arabic is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate integrity

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


This is a roster recruitment aiming to attract a diverse pool of candidates. The contract/hours may be split between various individuals to ensure that staff have a choice of counselors available from different genders and regions across Lebanon.

Advertised: Nov 22 2019 Middle East Standard Time Application close: Dec 12 2019 Middle East Standard Time

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