Job Opening

Department/Office: Rosters Administered by Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: Field Locations
Posting Period: 22 February 2021 - 23 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Medical-RADOS-148140-P- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the United Nations Field Missions. The Occupational Health Officer (P4) reports to a Director/Chief of Mission Support, or a Chief Medical Officer. The focus of the position is to support occupational health aspects of workplace safety and health management of the mission, and includes the identification of workplace hazards, prevention-based mitigation of hazards, a review of incidents and the development of subsequent mitigation measures in order to prevent recurrence. These actions ensure the operations are conducted effectively whilst meeting the organizations duty of care for the health and safety of staff and those who may be affected by their work. This position has a functional reporting relationship to the Head of OSH, DHMOSH/DOS.


Within delegated authority, the Occupational Health Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

(Since these responsibilities are applicable by variation to the different functions between clinical Medical Officers and Occupational Safety Officers, the percentage of time by tasks may change in line with such specific function). Note although all functions include both health and safety components, the emphasis for this post is on the occupational health component.

Lead surveillance for preventable health and safety hazards in the work environment by:
-Sampling, measuring or testing for physical, chemical, and biological exposures in the workplace environment that may generate risks to the health of workers.
-Leading the evaluation Evaluating ergonomic factors that may affect workers’ health through surveys and direct inspections.
-Leading the review of incidents.
-Assessing general working conditions and behaviours.

Oversee occupational health support to staff by:
-Performing and overseeing clinical duties including walk in clinical care and emergencies.
-Overseeing the employment and periodical medical clearances in line with UN policies.
-Overseeing travel medical clearances.
-Reviewing and certifying sick leave, and advising on return to work programs and reasonable accommodation requests.
-Providing or supporting workplace health promotion.
-Providing support to and preparation of disability recommendations.

Develop Health and Safety Risk Assessment by:
-Performing task specific Job Hazard Analyses and location specific Workplace Risk Assessments.
-Investigating occupational accidents, exposures and near-misses.
-Assessing incidents using accepted UN risk methodologies.
-Developing mitigation strategies for staff and management.
-Developing, recording and communicating the risk assessment / risk management process using the UN’s EarthMed incident reporting system.
-Developing the monitoring of health and safety performance against UN key performance indicators by collating information from various sources including the incident reporting system.

Provide expert level advice for the progress of the UN’s Occupational Safety and Health Management System by:
-Advising and assisting with the development of global and local OSH policy, standards and guidance.
-Providing occupational health and safety advice to local OSH committees.
-Developing occupational health and safety programs such as road safety, workplace safety, etc.
-Developing occupational health and safety aspects of business continuity plans.
-Providing expert advice to ensure that all operations are in compliance with the DOS/DPPA and UN OSH Policy.

Oversee occupational health and safety training and capacity development by:
-Overseeing and delivering occupational health and safety training courses.
-Ensure that personnel are aware of their roles and responsibilities in all aspects of health and safety work, including compliance with health and safety policy.

-In the absence of the Occupational Safety and Health Officer or Chief Medical Officer, oversees the daily operations of the section or clinic.
-Performs other duties as may be assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge of surveillance for preventable health and safety hazards in the work environment. Ability to oversee occupational health support to staff, perform health and safety risk assessment, provide expert level advice, training and capacity building in the area of occupational health and safety. 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


Medical degree is required. Post graduate qualifications in occupational health or occupational safety is desirable. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in Occupational Health may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (07) years of progressively responsible experience in medicine is required.
A minimum of four (04) years of direct experience in occupational safety and health, environmental health, workplace safety, risk sciences or related areas is required.
One (1) year of experience providing services in Occupational Health, occupational safety, or related area to or in a field operation of the United Nations common system or comparable international organization or in a military operations environment is desirable
Experience in planning and communicating activity safety plans is desirable.
Experience in occupational safety and health in an international or multinational organizations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.

The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Occupational Health Roster, P-4 roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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