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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 (www.unon.org). This post is located in the Joint Medical Services Unit, and reports to the Chief, Human Resources and Management Service in the Department of Administration Services.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Medical Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
\1. Clinic Management:
– Oversees the delivery of high-quality occupational health services in the UN workplace, including employment clearances, travel medicine services and travel clearances
– Leads the team ensure efficient and state-of the-art services provision at the UN clinic and partners for that with the national health providers and other entities
– Oversees the delivery if effective workplace or general health promotion, occupational health and safety for the UN in Kenya including workplace and home ergonomics programs, immunization and workplace safety and health risk assessments.
– Oversees and provides specialist guidance on workplace (reasonable) accommodation requests with a medical component in line with UN policies
– Develops and implements an emergency medical preparedness system for the duty station in close liaison with the Security and Safety Services Service and the Business Continuity Services of UNON. Develops risk-based emergency medical preparedness plans and oversees the implementation of these plans.
– Serves as the focal point for system-wide emergency preparedness and response issues, including medivac policy and support, pre-hospital trauma care standards, training and oversight and mass casualty incidents preparedness, including training and simulation exercises.
– Implements the medical response to pandemics and disease outbreak. Provides technical guidance to the Crisis Management Team and periodic updates, as well as respond to management and staff on issues related to these specific needs and campaigns.
– Provides oversight on the JMS satellite clinics in Dadaab and Kakuma
– Advises on other aspects of health including public health relevant to the duty station, through liaison with host state/host nation health authorities.
– Ensures quality in services including the implementation of quality control mechanisms and procedures, the use of published UN clinical guidelines, and adherence to patient safety and adverse event reporting requirements.
\2. Medical Administration:
– Leads the engagement and coordinates with other UN entities, Funds and Programmes in Kenya the overall framework of medical and psychosocial support, and design and implements systems to report and follow up with client agencies.
– Oversees the provision of recommendations or determinations related to medical entitlements
– Oversees the completion of sick leave, including where required liaison with individual staff members and their healthcare providers to ensure effective sick leave management
– Oversees the development and implementation of return-to-work programs
– Monitors sick leave usage in conjunction with human resources staff and prepares and finalizes disability summaries and reports for the Medical Director and UNJSPF
– Oversees medical evacuation and repatriation services
– Maintains and continuously updates a centralized database with information about duty station-related emergency preparedness levels, gap analysis and mitigation measures; advises the Chief HRMS on critical gaps and proposes risk controls in consultation with the respective UN entities in the UNON compound.
– Undertakes mediation and informal dispute resolution related to medical entitlements, and where required represents the medical service in formal dispute resolution bodies such as medical boards or the UN Dispute Tribunal.
– Manages the work and results of all staff working in the medical service, including where appropriate occupational safety staff or remote staff supervised by the medical service
– Ensures medical confidentiality and release of medical records/information is in accordance with UN policies and requirements.
– Manages access to the EarthMed medical record system
– Undertakes the annual planning and preparation of budgets and prepares reports on budget performance and results
– Ensures the development, generation and reporting of relevant key performance indicators documenting health support performance including responses to audit requests on health performance.
– Ensures timely recruiting and training of all new staff, and effective performance management.
– Ensures effective continuous professional development of staff and their career management.
\4. Advisory, liaison and representation:
– Undertakes regular coordination with the Office of the Director, DHMOSH UNHQ, contributes to the development of UN healthcare policy, and ensures alignment of policy and practice in UN health care services.
– Represents the medical service at events and meetings with other UN entities and in national and international fora.
– Oversees workplace health and medical service communication products, and liaison/outreach with external actors.
– Briefs and advises senior management on all healthcare matters relevant to the workplace, including health policies, business continuity, enterprise risk management, and representation at crisis response and related bodies.
– Represents the medical service on health and medical entitlements matters before the UN judicial system and UN investigative bodies.
– Ensures effective occupational health representation at the local occupational health and safety committee.
\5. Performs other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of clinical, occupational safety and health and tropical/travel medicine. Ability to manage a diverse and multicultural team and to operate efficiently under stressful circumstances. Good drafting ability in English and French. 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.
ACCOUNTABLITY: 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.
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
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 improvements; 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.
JUDGEMENT/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, including residency/internship in one of the medical specialties, preferably occupational medicine is required. Further certification in internal medicine or general practice is desirable.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible clinical experience in one of the areas of medicine is required.
At least five years in the Occupational Health field is required.
Three years of experience in the medical field in Africa and/or the Global South is required.
Three years in an International Organization with field deployments is desirable.
Three years of managerial experience in the medical field including budgeting, supervisory responsibilities and resource management are desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview
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.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
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.
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