Job Opening

Posting Title: Medical Director, D2
Department/Office: Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 07 April 2020 - 18 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Medical-DOS-134368-D-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

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 providing strategic leadership of whole-of-system medical issues through the UN Medical Directors Network.

Under the overall direction of the Assistant Secretary-General for Support Operations, Department of Operational Support, the Medical Director will manage the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health (DHMOSH).


Within delegated authority, the Medical Director will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Acts as principal adviser on all matters related to UN Personnel (Uniformed and Civilian) welfare, occupational safety and health, including personnel of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS);

2.Oversees healthcare standards in all UN healthcare facilities, including civilian and troop -operated facilities in peacekeeping missions worldwide;

3.Oversees the work of the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health in New York, including: occupational safety and health, health promotion activities, healthcare management and 24/7 crisis intervention emergency response, as well as performance of all medico-administrative functions; and is responsible for the managerial tasks necessary for the efficient and effective functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget performance, individual and team performance management, staff development and career support;

4.Provides leadership in the continuous assessment of needs, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and/or updating of policies, procedures, standards, protocols, guidelines and emergency plans; and coordinates health promotion programs and initiatives in conjunction with managers, human resources staff and other key partners;

5.Provides healthcare management oversight through professional and technical advice and oversight for the workforce and clinical quality standards of all United Nations healthcare facilities and UN examining physicians, worldwide, to ensure staff access to health care in all field duty stations;

6.Acts as medical adviser to the Advisory Board on Compensation Claims (ABCC) and the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board (UNJSPB);

7.Plans and implements a program of strategic change for the management of healthcare in the UN system, taking account of the increasing field presence of UN staff, the increased danger of peacekeeping missions, and including representation of healthcare issues as needed on inter-agency governance bodies, including the High Level Committee on Management, the UN Medical Directors Working Group, the Human Resources Network, and the Inter Agency Security Management Network.


Professionalism: Knowledge of healthcare management, including the management and oversight of clinical services and occupational health at a system level. Knowledge of clinical medicine, analytical skills and ability to make timely and appropriate decisions in any medical situation. Knowledge of occupational safety and health, health workforce planning, clinical governance and health services risk management. 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..

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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow-Empowers others to translate vision into results-Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions-Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands;-Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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


A first-level university degree that qualifies for registration as a licensed medical practitioner (MD, MBBS, MBChB or equivalent) and current unrestricted registration with the medical licensing authority of one of the members states of the United Nations is required. Post-graduate specialist qualification in a clinical discipline is required. An advanced university degree in healthcare management or a related field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in clinical practice is required.
A minimum of 5 years of managerial experience over large and complex teams, including experience in managing both budgetary and human resources matters, in healthcare systems or facilities at the state/province, national or international level is required.
Experience working in isolated, remote or austere operating environments is desirable.
Experience working in an international or multicultural environment is desirable.
Experience in responding to medico-legal and administrative law proceedings is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Staff members appointed to the current position are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.

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.

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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