International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Stress Counsellor Jobs in Tanzania

International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Stress Counsellor Jobs in Tanzania

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Human Resources Section at the Arusha Branch of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. The incumbent will work under the guidance of the Chief of Human Resources Section (or OIC). S/he also works under the technical guidance of the Critical incident stress management Section (CISMS) Regional Stress Counsellor for Europe and Americas (RSC) in UNHQ.


Within delegated authority, the Stress Counsellor will be responsible for the following duties:

• Performs individual assessments in the case of individual staff members experiencing difficulty coping and/or presenting mental health-related symptoms or syndromes.

• Advises the RSC and other Personnel Officers, as necessary, on individual cases where an identified problem is likely to have professional, vocational and/or counselling effect (e.g. work-related problem/s due to a psychological problem, conflict resolution, need-oriented medication, etc.).

• Advises Chiefs of Section upon request, with the aim at improving the working atmosphere in their Section and resolving problems of a work-related or personal nature that adversely affect job performance and productivity.

• Performs critical incident stress supportive therapy (e.g. individual and/or group) whenever and wherever there is a need for it.

• Assures, in conjunction with the Medical Services, a continuum of services (referral, short-term supportive intervention) to individual staff members who have HIV/AIDS or to those staff members suffering from other diseases or illnesses.

• Establishes a link and liaises with the members of the staff in Medical Services Units in order to develop programmes designed to improve the quality of life of staff members within the duty station.

• Provides training and information sessions on crisis and stress management, problem-solving and conflict resolution as needed.

• Monitors environmental factors that could lead to stress, with particular focus on stress related to critical incidents, including emergency and crisis situations, with respect to staff members at the duty stations.

• Develops, organizes and implements a stress management programme for such staff members.

• Performs other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Expert knowledge in the field of stress management and counselling; demonstrated adaptability and ability to work in austere, insecure environments and to adjust rapidly to varying social, organizational and geographic settings; good conceptual skills
in mental health programming and/or public health.

• Planning and Organising – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.

• Client Orientation – Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.


• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Clinical Psychology or Psychiatry. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

• A valid certification to practice at national level in clinical psychology or psychiatry is required.

• Additional training or experience in a broad range of related fields, such as alcohol/substance abuse, stress management, structural changes, critical incident stress and cross-cultural communication would be an asset.

• Qualifying years of experience are calculated after the receipt of an accredited advanced level degree recognised by the United Nations.

Job - Specific Qualification

• A valid certification to practice at national level in clinical psychology or psychiatry is required.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in stress counselling, clinical psychology, psychiatry, or related field, at a national level with cross border experience is required.

  • International experience is desirable.

  • Experience in crisis coordination and emergency response is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Stress Counsellor Jobs in Tanzania

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