Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Medical Officer, P5
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 October 2019 - 29 November 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Medical-DOS-123465-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Operational Support (DOS) was established to provide end-to-end operational support, advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including departments, offices away from headquarters, peace operations, and regional commissions. This position is located in the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health (DHMOSH), Office of Support Operations (OSO), Department of Operational Support (DOS).

The Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health provides expert healthcare management and OSH services to all UN secretariat entities (Field missions, Offices Away from Headquarters and Economic Commissions), the New York-based agencies funds and programs, as well as strategic leadership of whole-of-system medical issues through the UN Medical Directors Network. The Senior Medical Officer reports to the Director of DHMOSH.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Medical Officer will be response for the following duties:

• Takes primary responsibility for the medical emergency- related components of the Division’s work and serves as the focal point for system-wide emergency preparedness and response issues, including casevac policy and support, pre-hospital trauma care standards, training and oversight and mass casualty incidents preparedness, including training and simulation exercises.
Clinical Duties:
• Defines capabilities required for each point of care in a trauma or medical emergency response.

• Provides technical content to support the Senior Medical Officer Healthcare Workforce and the Senior Medical Officer for HQPS/Clinical Governance in the development of training programs to ensure those capabilities are in place where and when needed.

• Develops planning tools and templates to enable duty stations to develop risk-based emergency medical preparedness plans and oversees the implementation of these plans.

•Assists duty stations with the design of desktop and full simulation exercises to test and refine emergency response procedures and mass casualty incident response. Contributes to the development and availability of trained medical response teams (UNMERT) for deployment to areas where emergencies have occurred and deploys when necessary to the field with UNMERT Alternatively: Assists and supports, in coordination with Secretariat and AFP partners, affected duty stations in the aftermath of mass casualty incidents with medical and medico-administrative decision making. Travels to affected duty stations and facilitates travel of key response partners, depending on the scope of incident and if required.

• Formulates strategies that address rapidly changing security environments and related risk controls.

•Participates in duty station health risk assessments, applying the UN Medical Director-approved HRA methodology Medico Administrative Duties.

• Maintains and continuously updates a centralized database with information about duty station-related emergency preparedness levels, gap analysis and mitigation measures; advises the Medical Director on critical gaps and proposes risk controls in consultation with the duty station.

• Acts as medical focal point and strategic planner for the development of surge/start-up medical capacity in consultation with relevant entities inside and outside the Division.

• Develops and implements a self-assessment tool for duty stations to assess their preparedness levels.

• Advises the Medical Director and the Senior Medical Officer for Public Health on implications of duty station preparedness levels in Pandemic/Outbreak of infectious disease scenarios.

• Deputizes for the Deputy Director and Medical Director, as applicable, in their responsibilities of medical emergency and crisis management scenarios.

• Oversees Mass Casualty Planning in HQ, OAH and Economic Commissions locations.

• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge in trauma care. Knowledge in all aspects of system-level management of medical emergencies, including mass casualty incidents; ability to work under extreme pressure and time constraints; ability to handle complex organizational and inter-disciplinary matters; Ability to build bridges between different entities to achieve common goals.

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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction. Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.


Medical Doctorate or equivalent (MD, MB,BS, MB,ChB), or equivalent with current license to practice as a medical practitioner is required. Postgraduate qualification (Masters, fellowship, board certification or equivalent) in Emergency Medicine is desirable. Undergraduate or post-graduate qualification in management is desirable. Certification in Disaster Management is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible clinical experience in one of the areas of medicine is required
A minimum of three years of experience in system-level management of medical emergency response frameworks and emergency preparedness in military or civilian settings is required
A minimum of three years of experience in health risk management and health support planning is required
Experience in the implementation of reform programs in a multi-stakeholder health environment is required
Experience working with and leading multi-disciplinary teams is required.
Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) or equivalent certification is desirable.
Experience in disaster management is desirable.
Experience in the implementation and review of medical policies is desirable
Experience in an international environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

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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.

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