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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/19/FT35
Title: Staff Welfare Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 21 May 2019
Application Deadline: 27 July 2019 Selection in Progress
Organization unit: AI/DHR Human Resources Management (AI/DHR)
Office of Director
Duty station:  Geneva Switzerland
To deliver the UNAIDS mandate and provide leadership in the global AIDS response, the UNAIDS Secretariat counts on a capable and highly qualified workforce that is multi-skilled, diverse, mobile and able to work across disciplines. Within the Management and Governance Branch (MER), the Department of Human Resources Management (HRM) ensures that human resources are aligned with the organizational strategy and priorities. The work of the Department is based on effective policies and services for organizational development, performance, staff support, security and HQ building management.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the direct supervision of the Director, Human Resources Management (HRM) and in collaboration with the UNAIDS Secretariat Staff Association (USSA) and WHO Staff Wellbeing and Medical Services (SHW), the Staff Welfare Officer (SWO) is expected to lead the development and implementation of a UNAIDS staff mental health and wellbeing strategy, in accordance with the recommendations of the UN system Duty of Care Task Force, the United Nations system Mental Health and Well-being Strategy, and aligned with the UNAIDS Management Action Plan.

In addition, the incumbent will be responsible and accountable for designing and implementing a system and approach facilitating access to mental health care, counselling of staff with specific needs and following up on staff issues. S/he will develop policies and implement strategies, as well as conduct training with Human Resources Department (HRM) and other colleagues on staff welfare in UNAIDS, as well as in consultation with the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be required to travel to different locations around the world including hardship duty stations.
1. Develop and implement a staff welfare global strategy in line with (i) international standards including various types of psychological and social interventions for staff and their family members, (ii) best practice recommendations set out by the United Nations Duty of Care taskforce, (iii) the United Nations System Mental Health and Well-being Strategy, and (iii(iv) with the UNAIDS Management Action Plan, which should address:
- Occupational mental health risks including cumulative and traumatic stress, substance abuse, living with chronic illness, including HIV infection, managing caregiving responsibilities of children, ill or aging parents, bereavement, returning to work following parental or long-term sick leave, and interpersonal conflicts.
- Staff wellbeing specific needs arising from critical incidents (security incidents). In particular, it should address the provision of support during reassignment to another duty station and perform as needed psychological evaluation upon return from hardship duty stations (with the help of modern technologies).
- Fostering an inclusive and well-being workplace for all staff members across the Secretariat, including sensitivity to LGBTI staff.
- The impact of incivility and / or harassment on general health and wellbeing.
- Team dynamics and team building, in particular with the Dignity at Work advisers and leveraging the global network of trained UN Cares peer support focal points.
- Various aspects of staff management processes (e.g. recruitment, career development, downsizing, retirement) taking into account the interests of the Organization and of staff through various stages of their professional life in UNAIDS.
- Orientation and adaptation to new duty station including social issues (such as work-life balance, family- work related limitations etc.).

2. Provide assessments:
- Ensure that staff members who have a declared history of mental health illness are supported by WHO/SHW and cleared as fit to work in the assigned position and duty station.
- Refer staff, as necessary, for independent psychiatric evaluation and support in coordination with WHO/SHW.
- Conduct needs assessments, and lead focus group discussions with staff who are living with, or have previously been affected by, mental health issues or any other chronic disease including living with HIV infection.
- Undertake wellbeing visits to field offices upon request by Director HRM and/or Senior Management, to assess the workplace environment and ensure it is inclusive and safe.
- Conduct regular staff surveys drawing on experience from other organisations, including the UN System Mental Health Strategy Implementation Board; analyse survey results, provide Director, HRM and Senior Management with data on main issues and /or challenges encountered by UNAIDS staff, and take necessary actions to find solutions and monitor progress.

3. Povide counselling:
- Provide initial/routine counselling services to all staff. If therapy is advisable, refer them to WHO/SHW.
- Provide recommendation to staff on counselling services available outside of UNAIDS / WHO if this is the staff member's preferred option.
- Counsel or contact staff upon request. Follow up with and facilitate access to mental health care worldwide of staff and family's dependents. Liaise with WHO/SHW as appropriate.
- Provide training for supervisors on understanding issues related to mental health in the workplace, focused on skills for enhancing staff engagement, managing workload, implementing accommodation measures for people managing mental health challenges, facilitating return to work within the relevant policies and with the assistance of HRM, and eliminating/mitigating sources of distress that can affect mental health and wellbeing, and including an understanding of the organization's duty of care in this regard.

4. Awareness raising
- Raise awareness among UNAIDS staff about mental heath at work, including the negative health consequences of incivility, harassment and abuse. Ensure that UNAIDS is part of any UN system campaigns around mental health, stigma and discrimination.
- Build general staff knowledge and skills on selfcare with a view to improving general wellbeing, including staying psychologically fit and healthy.
- Maintain contact with the UN MHS Implementation Board to capitalise on relevant campaign materials which could be adapted for UNAIDS use and / or recommended approaches.

5. Maintain close collaboration with counterparts, including:
- WHO/SHW to consistently implement across regions staff global wellbeing programs, in line with other similar programs in the UN system.
- The UN System Mental Health Strategy Implementation Board.
- WHO/SHI to ensure there are no barriers to accessing mental health care, in line with the UN mental Health Strategy.
- The WHO Staff Counsellor and counsellors from other UN agencies with similar programs, to share experiences and resources. Represent UNAIDS at meetings of the network of the UN DSS Stress Counsellors (CISMU), Inter-Agency Working Groups (UN Counsellors Working Group) and International Conferences on questions related to staff welfare issues (e.g. Critical Incident Stress).

6. Maintain a proper system of reporting and documentation management:
- Ensure that filing of cases is confidentially and rigorously organized to ensure proper follow up.
- Analyse data and provide Senior Management with yearly statistics on the overall picture of the mental health of staff in UNAIDS (e.g. mental health illnesses, sick leave).
- Provide administrative recommendations relating to psychosocial situation of staff during their career in UNAIDS to the Director, HRM and/or Senior Management.

7. Perform such other duties that may be assigned.
Advanced university degree at Master’s level or equivalent in Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry or a related field from an accredited academic institution. For internal candidates, a first university degree and 9 years of professional experience will be considered as equivalent.
UNAIDS Values:
1.Commitment to the AIDS response
2. Integrity
3. Respect for diversity

Core competencies:
1. Working in teams
2. Communicating with impact
3. Applying expertise
4. Delivering results
5. Driving change and innovation
6. Being accountable

Managerial competencies:
1.Vision and strategic thinking
2. Leading teams
3. Managing performance and resources
4. Developing and empowering others
5. Exercising sound judgement
6. Building relationships and Networks
Essential: Seven years of experience as a counselor advising staff and employers on various welfare issues. A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the UN system and/or humanitarian international organizations. Demonstrated familiarity with the impact of working conditions on staff well-being.
Desirable: Experience in the development of staff welfare programmes and policies.
Experience in liaising with international organizations and health care providers in different countries
Essential: Advanced level of English. Good working knowledge of French and/or Spanish.
Desirable: Good working knowledge of another UN system official language.
Additional Information:
Positions at the international professional category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's Mobility Policy. The above-mentioned position is a rotational position and its standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.
In addition to the salary, the post adjustment for Geneva applies.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 72,637 at single rate

Applicants will be required to take a test. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

Applications from people living with HIV are particularly welcome. Applications from women and from nationals of non- and under-represented member states are particularly encouraged.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the Staff Regulations and Rules of the World Health Organization (WHO) adjusted, as necessary, to take into account the particular operational needs of UNAIDS, and any subsequent amendments.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Note: The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations HIV/AIDS Personnel Policy clearly stipulates that no staff and/or potential candidates shall be discriminated against on the basis of real or perceived HIV status. HIV infection, in itself, does not constitute lack of fitness to work. There is no obligation to disclose HIV-related personal information.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable UNAIDS to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit UNAIDS's e-Recruitment website at: https://erecruit.unaids.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
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