Programme Management Advisor at UNOPS

Under the administrative supervision of the UNOPS Senior Programme Manager or designated individual, the incumbent will work operationally and technically under the Chief of CISMU and will be required to perform the following duties.

Policy and Evaluation Activities:

  • Formulate proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to different stakeholders.
  • Manage strategic project activities for psychosocial wellbeing including collaborating with project leads to implement project activities, achieve milestones, and manage project resources
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on psychosocial wellbeing to assure visibility and accessibility of tools, training, and organizational dialogue on this subject.
  • Manage critical policy work, including drafting and reviewing drafts of policies, guidelines and Standard Operations Procedures that build upon DSS vision and Operational Strategy for its Integrated Security Workforce (ISW).
  • Create and implement metrics to measure and assess psychosocial wellbeing. Provide recommendations and advice on how to improve the metrics.
  • Coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of the DSS Staff psychosocial wellbeing project. S/he monitors and analyzes project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
  • Closely work on policy development on staff psychosocial wellbeing, including the review of existing policies and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies; drafting circulars and guidelines to address stigma on mental health within UNDSS to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of staff; coordinating the presence of counsellors in the departmental activities including the meetings and training activities targeting Security Professional and UNDSS personnel at large; drafting an orientation booklet on UNDSS personnel psychosocial wellbeing including but not limited to the description of the UN psychosocial system, the services available to staff, procedures to get the services (in the field and at Headquarters), to navigate the system, and to take care of self before, during and after assignment.
  • Undertake outreach activities liaising with Designated Officials, Security Professional, field stress counsellors; the Executive office, the Human Resource officers, the Division of Regional Operations Desk officers, conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Lead or participate in field missions, including provision of guidance to external mental health professionals, consultants, UN officials, CISMU partners and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.

Research and Capacity Building Activities: **

  • Monitor new trends, keep abreast of industry best practices and proactively identify opportunities to innovate.
  • Responsible for developing new models in the area of psychosocial wellbeing for cross-functional integration of business areas. For this the incumbent is required to work closely with different stakeholders inside and outside the organization to think out of the box and develop models that can be implemented.
  • Manage and coordinate the information gathering and maintain evidence for research analysis and present information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Develop comprehensive survey initiatives; design data collection tools; review, analyze and consolidate trends and other relevant insights into reports concerning, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions.
  • Review the CISMU current research platform and indicators.
  • Manage the establishment of a training program relevant to the Integrated Security Workforce (ISWF) psychosocial wellbeing for use by the Counsellors.
  • Build, manage and coordinate the capacity of CISMU Regional and the field Counsellors with using the newly designed research Monitoring Evaluation Platform and reporting tools and supporting with launching and/or finalizing the implementation of the psychosocial wellbeing project activities including the research activities in their respective regions.

Documentation and Systems Activities:

  • Prepare various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, input to publications, etc. Prepare quarterly reports on activities conducted, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Liaise and work with Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT) to upgrade, update the CISMU database and monitoring evaluation and reporting platform

Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.

Impact of Results:

The work of the Programme Management Advisor directly impacts the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluations of the UNDS staff psychosocial wellbeing programme. He/she is expected to provide thorough, well-reasoned written contributions, e.g., background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. Develops and maintains effective working relationships. Promulgate coherent policies, and consistent adherence to these by clients. Efficiently uses resources in accordance to pre-established objectives.

Position specific accountability: Due to the highly sensitive nature of information and data that the incumbent will have access to, s/he will be governed by the same standards of confidentiality and accountability as a UNDSS CISMU Stress Counsellor.

** Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in clinical psychology or a medical doctorate with certificate of specialization or completion of four years of residency in psychiatry; A valid certification to practice at national level in clinical psychology or psychiatry is required.
  • Additional advanced degree or full certification in a broad range of related fields, such as in Public Health, Epidemiology or statistics, Monitoring Evaluation or a related field is highly desirable.
  • A health professional with a Doctoral degree familiar with mental health programming with a postgraduate degree in public health, biostatics or epidemiology may be considered after review of the profile




  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in health program/project management preferably in mental health.

Desirable (The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply):

  • Experience in developing staff psychosocial wellbeing programmes, conducting research; designing, managing databases including data processing and analysis (comfortable with dbase, SPSS, STATA or Epi Info or other epidemiological/ statistical software packages).
  • Experience in developing, managing mental health programs/project, or developing monitoring and evaluation programs, identifying or developing relevant psychosocial wellbeing or mental health indicators
  • Experience in interfacing with stakeholders and communicating complex concepts in compelling presentations


  • Fluency in English (read, write, speak) is required;
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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