UN Health Manager (nationals only) At United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: 

These positions are in the UNDP administered clinics. Under the overall supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative with regards to all administrative matters and the general supervision of the UN Medical Director with regards to technical matters, the UN Clinic Physician, will provide clinical services including medical consultations and emergency care, and supervise the work of the medical staff.

Duties and Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Medical Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Clinical Services Management:

  • Undertake the workplace clinical services, including first aid and emergency care, access to UN programs such as PEP kits, and effective referral to local healthcare services.
  • Oversees clinical practice in relation to in-person occupational health clinical reviews and examinations.
  • Refers staff to outside specialists as necessary.
  • Develop and manage health promotion and occupational health and safety programs, including ergonomics and risk assessments.

Medical Administration:

  • Provide expert advice on medical standards for recruiting medical personnel, sick leave, and evacuation repatriations.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of health support plans, local emergency response plans, and mass casualty capability business continuity plans, which are integrated with local security plans.
  • Oversee the provision of recommendations related to medical entitlements and manage sick leave cases effectively.
  • Develop and implement return-to-work programs, monitor sick leave usage, and liaise with healthcare providers as required.
  • Manage medical evacuations and oversee advisory services to internal bodies as necessary.
  • Deputizes for the Senior/Chief Officer during his/her absence.


  • Lead and manage the medical service team, including clinical and administrative staff.
  • 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.
  • Ensure compliance with UN healthcare facilities’ standards, implementing training programs to maintain and develop medical capabilities.
  • Perform annual planning and budget preparation and manage the EarthMed medical record system.
  • Undertake mediation and represent the medical service in formal dispute resolutions.

Advisory, liaison, and representation:

  • 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.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of clinical, occupational safety, 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. Shows pride in work and 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.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 before making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and 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.
Required Skills and Experience
  • A first-level university degree that qualifies for registration as a licensed Medical Practitioner (MD, MBBS, MBChB, or equivalent) and current unrestricted registration with the medical licensing authority of one of the Member States of the United Nations is required.

Job-Specific Qualification:

  • Certification or postgraduate qualification in one of the medical specialties is desirable.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible clinical experience in one of the areas of medicine is required.
  • Residency and/or Internship in one of the medical specialties, preferably internal medicine, or family medicine, is required.
  • Two years of experience in the Occupational Health field is highly desirable.
  • Experience with International Organizations and/or field deployments is required.
  • Two years of managerial experience in the medical field, including budgeting, supervisory responsibilities, and resource management, is required.
  • Valid certification in Advanced Trauma Life support, Advanced cardiac Life support, OR Prehospital trauma life support is required.
  • Certification in HIV care OR VCCT is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for this role, and knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
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