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Job Opening

Posting Title: Medical Officer, P4
Department/Office: Field Missions
Duty Station: Field Locations
Posting Period: 17 February 2017 - 14 April 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Medical-FMADFS-73521-P- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The United Nation 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 Medical Officer P4 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in field missions of Peace Operations. The Medical Officer in the field reports directly to Chief Medical Officer/Chief Service Delivery and has a functional reporting relationship with the Medical Director, Medical Services Division, (OHRM/DM) for Clinical and medico-administrative matters and with the Chief, Medical Support Section (MSS) for Medical Logistics and operational matters. The focus of these jobs is the overall management of the unit, its programmes, staff and budgetary resources. Applicants will be expected to serve in hardship duty stations with difficult working and living conditions. An updated list of missions and additional information on working in the field can be found at


Within delegated authority, the Medical Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Medical Officers.)

•Undertakes day-to-day clinical duties, e.g. walk-in clinic, emergencies,
•Undertake day-to-day occupational health duties: pre-placement and periodic medical examinations prepare UN staff for travelling providing immunizations, malaria prophylaxis, travel kits, etc.
•Refers staff to outside specialists as necessary.
•Follows-up with outside specialists.
•Provides health education and health promotion programs.
•Organizes/Participates in addressing work environment and occupational health issues.

•Advises Administration on medical standards for recruitment, sick leave, and medical evacuations/repatriations as per United Nations policies and guidelines.
•Participates in drafting and implementation of business continuity and crises preparedness plans for the duty station/mission
•Manages/Supports day-to-day operations
•Deputizes for the Senior/Chief Officer during his/her absence.

•Supervises laboratory technicians nurses and medical administrative staff; ensures availability of drugs and medical supplies and proper functioning of medical equipment.
•Ensures appropriate training programs are implemented in order to maintain and develop the medical capabilities (e.g. health education, HIV/AIDS prevention, first aid and CPR).

•Performs other related duties as required.

If the Medical Officer will be required to act as a Chief Medical Officer, the following Managerial responsibilities will apply.
•Plans, organizes, manages, supervises and coordinates medical services in missions. This includes management of medical support activities in the mission.
•Provides day-to-day supervision of medical staff. Evaluates staff performance, interviews/evaluates candidates for job openings.
•Prepares budgets and controls finances, ensuring optimum and rational use of resources as appropriate.
•Procures drugs, medical equipment, consumables and medical supplies.
•Ensures availability of supplies and proper functioning of medical equipment.
•Ensures the implementation of directives from UNHQ.
•Manages the interface between the medical unit and staff counselors, senior management of the mission, all specialized agencies, military physicians, physicians and representatives of laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, medical associations and societies.
•Ensures a conducive and secure working environment for medical staff.
•Acts as Adviser for the mission on medical matters.
•Establishes and implements appropriate training programs are implemented in order to maintain and develop the medical capabilities (e.g. health education, HIV/AIDS prevention, first aid and CPR).


•PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and recent hands on experience in all aspects of clinical medicine; Demonstrated ability to manage multi-disciplinary healthcare teams; ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. 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.

•PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.

•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

•JUDGEMENT AND 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.


Doctorate (MD) or equivalent in medicine is required. Current registration without restrictions to practice medicine in own country or another UN member state is required. Post graduate training in one of the clinical medical specialties is required (Note – formal post-graduate training of minimum 2 years in Occupational Health, Tropical Medicine, General Practice or Primary Care would be regarded as a medical specialty). MD (or equivalent) degree along with requisite qualifying experience as determined by the medical director may be accepted in lieu of post graduate training. Training and experience in Tropical Medicine/Infectious diseases or gynecology is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of clinical experience including 2 years of combined clinical and management experience is required. At least on year of experience in international environments is required. Experience in Peacekeeping missions, humanitarian relief operations, military or similar environments is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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