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Assignment Country: Slovakia
Sustainable Development Goal: 3. Good health and well-being
Volunteer Category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
Host Organization: WHO Slovakia
Number of Assignments: 1
Eligibility: The candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
Age: 27 - 80
MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
The WHO Country Office in Slovakia was established in 1994 in Bratislava to support WHO’s work in the country and provide leadership in advocacy, partnership and representation, policy development, and technical cooperation. The Office is the focal point for WHO activities in Slovakia and consists of two staff members. In 2013, Slovakia successfully reduced the tuberculosis rate to 6.4 cases per 100 000 population and is entering the elimination phase.
WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that was established in July 1946 and whose objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. WHO’s main areas of work are health systems; health through the life-course; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance, and response; and corporate services.
The incumbent under the direct supervision of the regional advisor for mental health and substance use consultant at the Regional office EMR will engage and coordinate with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Directorates of Health (DOHs), UN/NGO partners and national focal points for MHPSS to:
Provide technical guidance to develop, implement and monitor the MHPSS action plans for catering to the needs of the population across the response and recovery phases;
Promote a system-based approach to integrate MHPSS in health and related social sectors in coordination with relevant agencies and entities;
Provide technical support for the capacity enhancement initiatives in coordination with the national and international stakeholders involved in the current humanitarian response to develop a multi-layered MHPSS response;
Facilitate the development of community-based Mental Health services;
Coordinate with all stakeholders to enhance the capacity of PHC personnel to deliver a basic package of mental health care based on WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme - Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG) as part of the PHC package of care;
Coordinate and technically support the development of secondary level psychiatric outpatient /inpatient services to provide referral and Supervisory support for PHC personnel;
Contribute to the development of and strengthening of specialist level psychiatric services;
Participate with all stakeholders and partners to develop IEC materials and raise awareness on mental and psychosocial needs to counter stigma and discrimination; Co-develop, in coordination with national stakeholders, surveillance and monitoring systems;
Provide technical advice to partner civil society organizations and other entities, as appropriate, on the issues related to instituting a robust MHPSS program;
Assist with Mobilization of adequate and sustained resources for the development and implementation of MHPSS activities and programmes;
Provide programmatic support to the mental health and substance abuse programme at the country office;
Written periodic updates on MHPSS services, shared with relevant sectors and management;
Draft and review technical documents and information products as appropriate.
As an active WHO team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to the WHO Health Emergencies incident management system, at the country level, and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
development, adaptation, and use of approaches, and interventions aimed at protection, promotion of mental health and prevention of Mental, Neurological, and Substance use disorders (MNS) through the integration of mental health and substance abuse components in general health care and promoting intersectoral collaboration;
Support to all stakeholders to develop and implement policies, programmes, and plans on mental health and psychosocial support based on the best available evidence and guided by the WHO, and IASC policies, position papers and strategies and guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support during emergencies and COVID 19 pandemic;
Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated, and documented in all activities throughout the assignment;
A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed;
The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring, and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
3 years of experience in mental health and psycho-social programming;
Experience working in the Humanitarian context and emergencies;
Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers’ understanding of and response to mental health and Psychosocial Support;
Experience working on the inclusion of hard to reach groups of children is a plus;
Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in MHPSS;
Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in written and spoken English;
Public health qualification will be an added plus;
Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian is desirable;
Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.
Area(s) of expertise
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Slovak, Level: Fluent, Required
Russian, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Ukrainian, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable
Required education level
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the area of mental health and/or social sciences; a higher-level degree would be an asset.
Competencies and values
Teamwork and respect for diversity
Commitment to continuous learning
Planning and organizing
Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity, and self-reliance; and commitment towards WHO’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
UN Volunteer entitlements and allowances
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Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy.