Job Opening

Posting Title: Nurse, P2 [Filled from Roster]
Job Code Title: HEAD NURSE
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 May 2017 - 24 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Medical-DM OHRM-78801-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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.

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.

This position is funded with extra-budgetary resources. Appointment and extension against this position is subject to budgetary and funding approval.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in United Nations Headquarters in New York. The incumbent reports to the Head Nurse in Secretariat Operations Support Section, Medical Services Division, Office of Human Resources Management, Department of Management.


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

Clinical Duties
- Assesses needs of clients visiting the “walk-in” clinic, provides care/advice accordingly or facilitates referral to the UN Medical Officer or to an outside physician as indicated.
- Ensures preparedness of staff travelling on missions or re-assignments, including administration of vaccines, instructions on the use of malaria and other prophylactic measures and provides other travel-related advice as required. Provides health education and participates in addressing work environment and occupational health issues.
- Delivers essential medical care and ensures proper co-ordination between UN clinical staff, external clinical staff UN Security Officers in support of medical emergencies.

Medico-Administrative Duties
- Collaborates with the Head Nurse, Medical Director and all physicians in developing objectives and establishing policies to ensure quality in the delivery of medical care.
- Develops, implements and evaluates nursing objectives and guidelines related to health care delivery in the UN clinic.
- Participates in the establishment, implementation and evaluation of health promotion and occupational health programmes.
- Participates in the selection process of new nursing staff, assists with Nurse training, updates clinical nursing guidelines, and the provision to nursing staff of opportunities for continuing education.
- Identifies, evaluates and recommends purchase of medical equipment and supplies. Maintains inventory of medical equipment and supplies including comprehensive vaccination and medication management.
- Ensures proper collection of statistics related to nursing functions.
- Assists with Performance Appraisal System for nurses.

Supervisory Duties
- Supervises the work of nurses at Headquarters in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the clinic and the two satellites.


- Professionalism: Knowledge of occupational nursing requirements, treatments and procedures. Ability to respond to emergencies and provide first care to patients and prepare for treatment. Knowledge of major medical office equipment and ability to use them in emergency situations. 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.

- 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

- 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


University degree (B.S. or equivalent) in nursing. National registration and license are required. Advanced university degree in public health, occupational health or a related area desirable. A first university degree in combination with at least two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree. Recognised qualifications in emergency care TNNC (trauma nursing core course), PHTLS (pre hospital trauma life support), ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) or similar are desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in nursing is required. Experience in occupational health, public health or travel health is desirable. Experience in supervising a team of nurses is desirable. Experience in the development and management of health programmes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the UN is an advantage.


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.

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