Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Occupational Safety Assistant (Temporary Job Opening), G7 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Senior Occupational Safety Assistant
Department/Office: United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station: BRINDISI
Posting Period: 12 May 2023 - 25 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Safety-UNLB-209037-J-Brindisi (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world as well as to other UN Offices, Agencies Funds and Programs.

The post is located in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Unit within Central Service at the UNGSC in Brindisi.

The Senior Occupational Safety Assistant will report to the Chief OSH Unit.


Under the supervision of the Chief OSH Unit with the technical coordination of the Field Occupational Safety Officer/Programme Manager, United Nations Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health (DHMOSH)/New York, the Senior Occupational Safety Assistant will provide substantial Field Occupational Safety Risk Management (FOSRM) programme and field support services to the Department of Operational Support (DOS) and UNGSC as required.

The incumbent will support occupational safety – technical, operational, administrative and data management - for both UNGSC locations (Brindisi and Valencia) as well as for other entities under DOS, including the following duties:

-Makes recommendations to the UNGSC and the DHMOSH Field Safety Officer-Programme Manager UNHQ/NY on the efficient employment of resources, equipment, safety technical protocols and staff safety procedures including areas for improvement.
-Assists and advises Occupational Safety Focal Points and Occupational Safety Officers, and staff at large in the performance of his/her occupational safety responsibilities and in all aspects of the DOS Field Occupational Safety Risk Management (FOSRM) Programme and its safety technical applications.
-Develops and keeps up-to-date missions’ guidelines, SOP’s, standards and tools in operational and technical support aspects of occupational safety.
-Provides support to all occupational safety related staff or staff at large in producing the Incident Report, as requested.
-Works in close cooperation with the UNGSC Chief Security Officer (CSO) and the Security Section on cross-cutting safety related matters in order to harmonies and standardize safety risk management operations, processes, procedures and programmes.
-Receives, reviews and records the Field Occupational Safety (FOS) Incidents Reports from Field Missions and the UNGSC.
-Updates and maintains the FOS Incident database (including filing of hard copies).
-Performs FOS incident statistical analysis and produces monthly FOS data statistical reports (facts and figures, charts, graphs, etc.) and presentations upon request.
-Develops and maintains the FOS SharePoint page and social networks FOS pages.
-Supports to the FOS Focal Points and Field Safety Officers in on-site surveys and participates in Field Occupational Safety Support Assistance Missions (FOSAM) – requested by field missions or other DOS duty stations.
-Prepares, update and manages collection processes of workplace checklists for the field supervisors used for hazards identification and in conjunction with Occupational Safety Risk Assessments (O-SRA).
-Organizes and delivers Occupational Safety Risk Management Training Courses to Occupational Safety Focal Points, Occupational Safety Officers, Supervisors, and DOS/DPO personnel annually at the UNLB/GSC Training Conference and Learning Centre, to include field missions, upon request.
-Ensures that FOSRM programme support items are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.
-Maintains a journal of potential FOSRM lessons learned issues.
-Participates at annual consultations and meetings with the FOS Programme Manager DHMOSH at HQ/NY (or elsewhere) on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).
-Undertakes other FOS programme support services and tasks as requested or required by the Field Safety Officer/Programme manager UNHQ/NY.
-Supervises and oversees the work performed by other Occupational Safety personnel, assistants and Occupational Safety Focal Points at the UNGSC.
-Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
-Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
-Carries out other duties as assigned by the Chief OSH Unit.


Professionalism: Knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health risk management methodology. Ability to identify any hazardous situation or element that needs to be promptly controlled to preserve the health and safety of personnel. 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. The ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

A technical or vocational certificate in Occupational Safety released by accredited recognized international Organization, training institution, academy or provider which specializes in Occupational Safety is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in Occupational Safety, Safety Risk Management or a related risk management field is required.

Experience in statistical collection, collation, elaboration, analysis and database management is desirable.

Experience in the UN or similar international organizations is desirable.

Experience in development and delivery of occupational safety training programmes is desirable.

Experience in adopting the United States of America OSHA safety and health or equivalent OSH standards is desirable.


Language: English and French are the working languages if the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required.
Knowledge of Italian is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023.

If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both
a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located.
Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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.

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