Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 21 June 2022 - 20 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNON-183358-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services (
The position holder will be located within the UN Joint Medical Service of UNON and will report to the Chief, UN Joint Medical Service. Operationally, the office will be in UNON, as part of the common services offered to all UN agencies in Kenya.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief UN Joint Medical Service, the UN JMS Coordination Officer will be responsible for, but not limited to the performance of the following programme coordination and clinical functions:

HIV Workplace programme
1. Development of a comprehensive, UN system-wide HIV prevention, care and support programme in Kenya and ensure compliance with the UN Policy on HIV/AIDS in the workplace. Develop, coordinate, implement and monitor a comprehensive HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention strategy, including induction, sensitization, and peer education training for UN system in Kenya in accordance with UN policy on HIV
2. Offer clinical and counselling support to staff living with HIV and provide linkage with health facilities offering treatment to UN staff living HIV and monitor the standards of care provided. Monitoring the standards and protocols used for management of UN staff and dependents living with HIV/AIDS and clinical follow-up of cases.
3. Develop and implement a strategy for HIV/AIDS training on a continuous basis and oversee the availability of prevention commodities in all work sites in Kenya in line with the UN policy on HIV/AIDS. Lead and coordinate the HIV testing and counselling for all the UN staff members in Kenya and ensure regular and continuous services are available to staff members and their families.
4. Offer technical support to all UN agencies in Kenya on the implementation of a sustainable workplace HIV/AIDS program and on mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in the workplace. Participate in the Joint UN Team on AIDS meetings and act as the focal point for workplace HIV/AIDS programs.
5. Prepare progress and evaluation reports of the implementation of UN personnel policy on HIV/AIDS in Kenya, the UN Learning Strategy on HIV/AIDS, the UN JMS Wellness program and develop and maintain a monitoring and evaluation program
JMS Wellness program
6. Develop the UN JMS Wellness program and coordinate the roll-out the pillars of the program as well as ensuring continuous innovative updates to the program elements to keep staff engaged and aware about their health.
7. Under the UN for All banner, reach out to staff to raise awareness on issues of staff wellness, discrimination in the workplace, mental health, disability, and substance abuse
8. Establish contacts and networks inside and outside the UN in Kenya to promote collaboration and facilitate implementation of a comprehensive health and wellbeing strategy and ensure adequate services to UN staff members and their families.
9. Offer strategic input into the development and promotion of the occupational health and wellness program of staff and their families in line with international best practice. Participate in preparedness and response activities to mass casualty incidents and infectious disease outbreaks that may emerge at the duty station from time to time.
Clinical Duties
10. Undertake clinical consultations, UN medical examinations for the purpose of clearance for fitness to work or travel and medical reviews for staff members on an ongoing basis
11. Participate in the pandemic and emergency preparedness and response activities at UNON JMS clinic in conjunction with the other responsible parties within the duty station
12. Undertake any additional assignments as requested by the Chief, UN Joint Medical Service from time to time.


PROFESSIONALISM - Demonstrated knowledge and hands on experience in clinical medicine, Health programming, and its impact and relevance to the workplace including HIV workplace programming; 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.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING - with minimal supervision, develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

COMMUNICATION -- excellent communication skills (written and oral), ability to adapt training content and style to different cultural settings and to address delicate issues in a sensitive manner. Ability to draft clearly and concisely. 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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in medicine, medical science, public health Sciences or related area is required. A first-level university medical degree which is MBChB or MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the medical field or related area is required.

At least two (2) years of progressive experience focusing on clinical and workplace implementation of health and wellness programmes, public health programmes, including HIV/AIDS prevention programming is required.

Experience working in an occupational health setting/workplace environment is highly desirable

Experience in counselling and/or stress management is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and fluency of Kiswahili is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of" equals a rating of" confident" in two of the four areas.


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

Special Notice

This is a project post and is funded for a period of one year and is not subject to extension.

THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF KENYA ONLY. National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Kenyan nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in which case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Kenyan in the event of an employment offer.

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.

Note to current staff members at the General Service level: Should a current General Service staff member (not on Continuing or Permanent Appointment) be selected for this post, he/she would need to resign from his/her General Service appointment before receiving a new appointment at the National Officer level. Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.

Internal Applicants: When completing the form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you. "

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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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.

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