Vacancy announcement

Psycho-social education and training / training of military personnel (basic course) - Pre-deployment Training and Advisory Team (Consultant)

Vacancy type Consultants
Duration of the contract
1 Month
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit
Peacekeeping Training Programme

Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:

Psycho-social education and training / training of military personnel


The Peacekeeping UNITAR Division for Peace groups together all programming in the fields of conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding to provide the most comprehensive support to the promotion of peace, justice and strong institutions worldwide, thereby essentially advancing the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16. In the view of promoting democratic governance and human rights, the Division focuses on offering innovative capacity-building and knowledge-management solutions for a broad range personnel (including uniformed personnel, representatives of regional and international organizations, United Nations staff, women peacemakers, minority and indigenous peoples’ representatives) working towards sustaining peace, while ensuring that these activities meet the specific needs of conflict-affected and post-conflict countries.

The objective of the “Support to the Establishment of the Psychiatric Unit of Malian Armed Forces (FAMA)” project is to contribute to improving the safety and security of male and female members of Malian Armed Forces – FAMA (prior, during and after deployment).  Within their respective areas of specialization, UNITAR and partners will collaborate in the implementation of a series of activities that are clustered around three major tiers: rehabilitation of physical infrastructures; reinforcement of knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes of medical and paramedical personnel; as well as awareness-raising of members of FAMA on the symptoms and consequences of trauma-related disorders.

General Objectives of the Contract

The Peacekeeping Training Programme Unit (PTPU) is seeking a qualified candidate to support the delivery of a basic training programme for the existing and newly associated personnel of the psychiatric unit of Malian Armed Forces.

The basic training programme will cover the following modules: continuum of stress; basic psychiatric disorders; landscape of trauma; risk assessment and triage (including referral pathways and support mechanisms: PCLS-C / PCLS-M5; GAP 7; PHQ 9; ITQ; ACE / BCE; PROQUO 5; TRiM); benevolent resilient factors; trauma informed communication (including PFA); emergency interventions (from EMDR and CBT); self-care; support to families, and dealing with death.

The training will be held face to face between 28 September and 9 October 2020 in Mali*. The consultancy contract will include travel costs, standard UN Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA), standard Terminal Expenses, as well as training fees.

* Please note that dates may change depending on the evolving situation on the ground.

Responsibilities/Description of Professional Services

In view of the delivery of the training course, the consultant shall:

Prior to the course:

  • Support with the design and development of training material and training sessions.

During the course:

  • Deliver selected sessions of the basic training programme in coordination with other trainers by 9 October 2020.

After the course:

  • Submit a report outlining recommendations for curriculum improvement by 10 October 2020.

Measurable outputs/Deliverables/schedules of Deliverables

  • Delivery of the basic training programme in coordination with other trainers by 09 October 2020.
  • Submission of a report outlining recommendations for curriculum improvement by 10 October 2020.

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

Timely and quality submission of deliverables; activities implemented with a high degree of effectiveness and efficiency; and good to very good results on evaluation of training sessions, demonstrating a high degree of professionalism of the consultant and contributing to an increase in the professional image of the Institute.


Professionalism:  Ability to independently write reports and follow up on project work-plan. Knowledge and understanding of UN system. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Technical Competencies: has a very good understanding of adult learning theory and practice; has experience in the application of training standards, guidelines, and ethics; has a solid understanding of medical support in emergency settings; has a good understanding of roles and responsibilities in UN peace operations and standard operating procedures (SOPs); has a very good understanding of the UN system and its functioning (beyond peace operations).

Situational competencies: is able to understand, analyze, and attend to the many circumstances that make every intervention unique, including culture, stakeholders, and context; demonstrates flexibility and adaptability; demonstrate creativity and orientation towards solutions.

Interpersonal competencies: is able to communicate and interact effectively with all stakeholders; is able to work both independently and as part of a team; is able to work under pressure and with limited resources; demonstrates high level of discipline.

Reflective competencies: has awareness of his/her strengths and weaknesses as a trainer and is accustomed to self-reflection on his/her practice; has a strong motivation to develop as a trainer and values continuous learning and professional growth.

Other: is physically apt to deliver pre-deployment training.


Minimum requirements

Education: university degree and at least one year of specialized training in a relevant branch of psychology (psychopathology / behavioral psychology / clinical psychology / counseling psychology / developmental psychology / educational psychology / forensic psychology / personality psychology) are required. Specialized training in trauma treatment is required.

Experience: at least 5 years of experience as trainer in the area of psychosocial education and training.

Languages Requirement: fluency in French and English (written, verbal) is a requirement.

Other: basic IT skills (PowerPoint, Word) are required.

Desired requirements
  • Certifications in EMDR and/or TF-CBT are highly desirable, as well as clinical experience.
  • Experience in the security sector (military or related field) is considered as an asset; field experience is an asset.
  • Fluency in any other UN language is an asset.

UNITAR shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).  Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date CV/P11 form and a one-page maximum motivation letter with the following email subject line ‘’ Consultant –Psychosocial education and training’’ outlining specific interest in supporting this initiative

Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact the shortlisted applicants. The Deadline for submission of applications is 11 September 2020

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