The Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU) mandate includes the following:
Coordinating the provision and the management of stress and critical incident stress (MSCIS) UN system-wide (including crises, the death of staff members under malicious circumstances, hostage incidents, evacuations, etc.)
Developing, updating and coordinating comprehensive system-wide policies and systems on the MSCIS
Building staff resilience worldwide by:
Conducting training on stress management and related fields; Conducting needs assessments and research on factors leading to stress; Providing advice to managers on mitigating measures.
Developing relevant resources and materials for the use of staff including counsellors and managers
Chairing the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Stress.
CISMU — Personnel responsiblities
Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU) personnel are primarily responsible for stress management, resilience building and critical incident stress management. They have specific responsibilities in emergency preparedness, emergency response and hostage incident management. Furthermore, they address and promote staff psychosocial wellbeing issues in coordination with the Medical Service Division, HR Officers, UN Counsellors from other UN agencies, funds and programmes and senior and line managers UN system wide.
The Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU) can be contacted at email@example.com.