Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Duty Station: KABUL
Posting Period: 23 January 2019 - 06 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Medical-UNAMA-110716-F-Kabul (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kabul. The Chief of Unit, Medical reports to the Chief Medical Officer,
Clinical Governance Section, Division of Healthcare Management And Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Support Operations, for Clinical and medico-administrative matters and to the Chief of Service Delivery (CSD), for administrative matters.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Unit, Medical will be responsible for the following duties:
•Supervises and coordinates the Joint Medical Services (JMS), Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), and the Staff Counselling and Welfare Unit in the mission. This includes management of medical support activities in the mission, as outlined in the Medical Support Manual, for example, preparation and implementation of mass casualty plans, medical evacuation plans and procedures, and relationship with any external healthcare providers. Supervises all of the activities, as well as relevant budgets, undertaken by the Staff Counselling and Welfare Unit.
•Provides day-to-day supervision of all JMS and MERT medical staff. Evaluates staff performance, interviews/evaluates candidates for job openings.
•Prepares JMS and MERT budgets and controls finances, ensuring optimum and rational use of resources.
•Procures pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, consumables and medical supplies as required by the JMS and the MERT.
•Ensures availability of all JMS and MERT supplies and proper functioning of medical equipment.
•Acts as a liaison point with UNHQ, providing advice on local conditions relevant to the health of staff in the mission.
•Ensures the implementation of policies and directives from the Medical Director, including incident reporting and performance reporting on the activities of the health service. •Manages the interface between the JMS, MERT, Welfare and staff counsellors, senior management of the mission, all specialized agencies, military physicians, physicians and representatives of laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, medical associations and societies.
•Ensures a safe and secure working environment for JMS and MERT medical staff.
•Acts as Advisor for the mission on medical matters.
•Establishes and implements appropriate training programs in order to maintain and develop the medical capabilities (e.g. health education, HIV/AIDS prevention, first aid and CPR).
Clinical Duties:
•Undertakes day-today clinical duties, e.g. clinic appointments, responses to emergencies, medical examinations, immunizations, women's health, etc.
•Refers staff to outside specialists as necessary.
•Follows-up with outside specialists.
•Oversees and provides health education and health promotion programs.
•Liaises with MERT in the mission and host-nation facilities.
•Ensures the provision of health education.
•Ensures the implementation of adequate Infection Control measures in the JMS and MERT clinics.
•Follows the UN established policies and procedures regarding medical clearances, sick leave and medical evacuations.
•Organizes/Participates in addressing work environment and occupational health issues.
•Performs other related duties as required.
Medico-Administrative Duties:
•Medical Clearances
•Medical evacuation recommendations
•Manages/Supports day to day operations


Professionalism: 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. Previous experience in managing a JMS and MERT is highly desirable, and experience in implementing and managing MOUs between UN entities particularly for implementation of the JMS and MERT is required. An understanding of the rules and regulations of UN Agencies Funds and Programs and UN Secretariat is required.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Judgement/Decision-making : Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


Doctorate in Medicine (MD), MBBS, or equivalent qualification. Current registration without restrictions to practice medicine in own country or another UN member state is required. Post graduate training in one of the clinical medical specialties (Note – formal post-graduate training in Occupational Health, Tropical Medicine, General Practice or Primary Care would be regarded as a medical specialty). MD (or equivalent) degree along with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of post graduate training. Additional Post graduate qualifications in Public Health or Management is an advantage. Formal training in ACLS and ATLS is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible clinical experience including five (5) years of combined clinical and management experience is required. Knowledge of occupational and tropical/travel medicine is desirable. Experience in the UN medical system or international medical experience is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

Other Skills and Requirements

Proficiency in Electronic Medical Record Systems is required.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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