OPCW eRecruitment
Staff Welfare Officer (P-3)
Post Level :    P-3  Closing Date :  5 December 2015 (-659 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-ODDG/HSB/SWO/F0021/P-3/65/10-15
Branch :     Health and Safety Branch
Division :    Office of the Deputy Director-General
Date :    22 October 2015
This fixed-term appointment is for a duration of three years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules and other internal legislation as applicable. The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The total length of service for Professional staff shall not exceed 7 years. The Director-General retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled. This post is subject to Conference of States Parties’ approval of the programme budget for 2016.
 Principal Functions  Requirements
Objectives of the post:
· Provide psychosocial support and counselling to staff members on a variety of issues, related to work and personal mental health-related issues.
· To promote an atmosphere where prevention of workforce conflicts is the norm and to advise senior management of the development and implementation of organizational mitigating measures.
· In cases of emergency, to lead or assist in the co-ordination of the psychosocial support for staff, their families and management.
Under the supervision of the Head, Health and Safety and in accordance with the OPCW Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity/Gender Equality, the Staff Welfare Officer performs the following duties:
· Advise staff on the Secretariat’s provision of welfare services to help ensure that the relevant information and advice is widely and easily accessible to all.
· Advise on training/workshops on staff welfare issues for managers/supervisors and staff members, contribute substantively to such training, and promote such training to be an integral part of the Secretariat’s training programmes.
· Provide input to and coordinate with HRB on the provision of advice and guidance to staff members on personal matters, insofar as these are relevant to staff welfare.
· Provide reconciliation services in regard to tension/conflict between a supervisor and a team member and between staff members - clearly delineated from the separate function of independent mediation.
· Maintaining full confidentiality of individual cases, advise the Director-General on systemic staff welfare issues, supported by relevant trend analysis and statistics.
· Identify expertise/services external to the OPCW to which staff members can be referred as appropriate.
· Provide mental health briefings to staff, prior to deployment on missions and post mission debriefings, upon their return.
· Advise managers and branch heads as necessary, or upon request, with the aim of improving the atmosphere at work and resolving problems of a work related or personal nature that adversely affects job performance and productivity.

 Knowledge and Skills

Education (Qualifications) - Essential:
A university degree in clinical psychology or psychiatry.
Desirable: Diploma/Certificate in Counselling or trauma intervention
Skills and Abilities (key competencies):
· Broad knowledge of staff-management relations and strong appreciation of its importance to staff welfare.
· Strong understanding of how implementation of organisational rules and policies affect staff welfare.
· Ability to assess complex problems and to advise staff members.
· Ability to communicate effectively.
· High sensitivity to diversity.
· Demonstrable integrity and respect for confidentiality.
· Strong ability to empathise.
· Stress management skills.
· Ability to identify the systemic/organisational dimensions in a matter that relates to individuals.
Note: Although office based, post holder should be prepared to deploy to areas of conflict if necessary


Essential: At least 7 years of professional experience of counselling, trauma intervention techniques or related mental health field. Experience in developing and implementing counselling, mediation and support programs.
Desirable: Experience with working in multicultural groups and an understanding of group dynamics in a multicultural and multilingual work environment.


Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.
Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and provident fund deductions) in US$ and a post adjustment. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. The figure quoted on the right, is based on the October 2015 rate of 35.5%.  
 With Dependants   No Dependants 
Annual Salary $60,813 $56,766
Post Adjustment $21,588 $20,152
Total Salary $82,401 $76,918
Currency USD
Interested applicants who are unable to submit an application online at www.opcw.org , due to technical problems, are requested to send an e- mail to Recruitment@opcw.org explaining the problem.
Only applications received before the closing date will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.
Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.