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The current armed conflict in Ukraine and its impact on the lives of its inhabitants pose extraordinary risks to the mental health and well-being of the population. The psychological and social consequences of armed conflict can be acute in the short term, but they can also undermine the mental health and psychosocial well-being of the affected population in the long term1. The impact of displacement, violence, and disruption of essential services, among other issues, can lead to acute and chronic stress, feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, sleep problems, fatigue, irritability, or anger, which are natural responses to the war. However, the longer the war lasts, the more likely it is that such manifestations become widespread and chronic, especially among the most vulnerable populations.
Recognizing the current situation and needs of the population during the war, the accumulated evidence on the impact of mental health issues and the role and potential of the education sector in the provision of mental health and psychosocial support, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine has defined as a priority the transformation of Ukraine’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services within the Education Sector, as part of the National Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programme led by the First Lady. The transformation includes the revision of current normative frameworks and guidelines, capacity development for different education actors, direct mental health and
psychosocial support provision and the consolidation of tools and materials to strengthen it.
As the lead coordinator of SDG4, UNESCO supports the Member States facing emergencies and protracted crises to strengthen the resilience of education systems, bridging humanitarian, development, and peace-building interventions, addressing the root causes of vulnerability, and reinforcing capacity to plan and manage crisis response and recovery. UNESCO also supports setting the foundations for recovery and longer-term development from the onset of emergency response, actively engaging in addressing the impact of violence and conflict on learning institutions. Since the beginning of the war and in response to the needs and priorities of the Ministry of Education and Science (MESU), through continuous policy dialogue with the authorities and active participation in the Sectoral Working Group on Education and Ukraine Education Cluster, UNESCO developed and is implementing UNESCO’s emergency assistance programme for Ukraine.
In 2022, UNESCO launched the psychological support and care system strengthening project as part of the Ukrainian First Lady-led national initiative and became the co-facilitator of the MHPSS Task Team within the Ukraine Education Cluster. During 2023 and with the support of the Government of Japan, the Organization will implement a project aimed at reducing the negative mental health effects of conflict in Ukrainian learners through policy transformation, capacity development for key education stakeholders and
direct provision of school-based mental health and psychosocial support to students. The initiative will be a key flagship transformative initiative of the Transforming Education Summit Call to Action: Partnership for Transformative Actions in Crisis Situations launched on 19 September 2022, where Ukraine joined and committed to taking the lead in implementing the Call to Action as a champion state.
Scope of the assignment:
Under the authority of the ADG for Education, the direction of DIR/E30, the supervision of the Chief/E30/EME and direct supervision of the Education Ukraine Response team lead, the incumbent will serve as a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist in Ukraine within the framework of UNESCO’s Emergency Assistance Programme and carry out the following broad-based tasks:
Duties and responsibilities:
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Academic qualifications
Professional experience
Skills and competencies
Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO, for example, French.
Please note that all candidates must submit their up-to-date UNESCO curriculum vitae form and letter of expression in English by email to the following email address: with copy to and provide complete and accurate information.
UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the applications for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements.
UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc., for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted, and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided
UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.
UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.
UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
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