A SENIOR MEDICAL OFFICER is needed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

jobsnearmeafric Economic Commission for Africa

Closing date: Friday, 16 February 2024

Organizational Setting and Reporting

ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

The mission is guided by ECA’s five strategic directions which are: advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

This position is in the UN Healthcare Centre, (UNHCC), Division of Administration, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Under the general supervision of the Director of Administration (DoA) the incumbent is the Chief of Medical Service Section within the duty station and maintains a functional relationship to the Deputy Director, DHMOSH for technical matters. He/she plans, organizes, manages and supervises and coordinates the management of healthcare services in the duty station and provides primary care, and occupational health and safety support to UN personnel.

The UNHCC provides medical services to the personnel of 27 UN agencies in Ethiopia including satellite clinics situated in the field.


Within delegated authority, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will be responsible for the following duties: Clinic Management:

 Oversees all aspects of managing a clinic including satellite clinics. . This entails but is not limited to managing medical and non-medical personnel clinical issues, local policy development, recruiting, resourcing and budge control.
 Oversees the delivery of high-quality occupational health services in the UN workplace, including employment clearances, travel medicine services and travel clearances
 Oversees the provision of workplace clinical services including primary care and emergency care, access to UN programmes such as PEP kits, and referral to local healthcare services
 Oversees clinical practice in relation to in-person occupational health clinical reviews and examinations
 Develops and oversees the delivery of occupational health and safety programs including workplace and home ergonomics programs and workplace safety and health risk assessments
 Oversees and provides guidance on workplace (reasonable) accommodation requests with a medical component in line with UN policies
 Oversees the delivery of workplace or general health promotion programs
 Develops, exercises and provides a local emergency response / mass casualty capability integrated with local security plans
 Advises on other aspects of health including public health relevant to the duty station, through liaison with the health authorities of the Host Country
 Ensures quality in services by implementing quality control mechanisms and procedures, the use of published UN clinical guidelines, and adherence to patient safety and adverse event reporting requirements.
Medical Administration:

 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, the medical services of UN Agencies in the duty stations and their healthcare providers to ensure effective sick leave management
 Oversees the development and implementation of return-to-work programs where necessary
 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 where required
 Provides advisory services to the UNCT/SMT in the duty station as and when needed eDKmsy8 u3Bo0
 Undertakes mediation and informal dispute resolution related to medical entitlements, and where required represents the UNHCC 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 UNHCC and satellite clinics in the duty station including where appropriate occupational safety staff or remote staff under the authority of the UNHCC.
 Ensures medical confidentiality and release of medical records/information is in accordance with UN policies and requirements
 Manages access to and the use of the EarthMed medical record system
 Undertakes annual work planning (self, staff, and UNHCC)
 Plans and prepares 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
 Ensures the continuous management of the UNHCC emergency training center in Addis Ababa and maintains a properly trained pool of physicians and nurse to provide continuous training on First Aid, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advance Life Support, Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) in the country.
Advisory, liaison and representation:

 Coordinates with the Office of the Director, DHMOSH UNHQ, to contribute to the development of UN healthcare policy, and ensures alignment of policy and practice in the duty station
 Represents the ECA at events and meetings with other UN entities and in national and international forums related to the UNHCC’s responsibilities.
 Oversees workplace health and UNHCC communication products (newsletters/posters/videos, etc.), and liaison/outreach with external actors
 Briefs and advises senior management on all health matters relevant to the workplace (including mental health and staff well-being), such as health policies, business continuity, enterprise risk management and representation at crisis response and related bodies, Makes recommendations taking into consideration the local context, whenever warranted
 Ensures effective occupational health representation at the local occupational health and safety committee, or similar body
 Services the meetings of the UNHCC Executive Committee.

 Performs any other duties as required
 Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.


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. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management.

Planning and organizing – Proven ability to plan and organize work, requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and ability to integrate the work of the Section into the Division’s work programme. Ability to manage conflicting priorities.

Client-orientation – Ability to identify client’s needs and propose appropriate solutions as well as establish and maintain effective relationships with inside (UN Medical Services, UN Agencies and Programmes) and outside collaborators (Hospitals and Clinics inside and outside Ethiopia, research institutions and universities) and other contacts. Ability to respect client’s medical confidentiality and sensitivity to gender dimension of the clients’ needs.

Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

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 improvement; 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.


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 Members States of the United Nations is required. Postgraduate qualification in a medical specialty is desirable. Postgraduate qualification in General Practice/Family Medicine or Occupational Health is desirable.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.

Job – Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible clinical experience in one of the areas of medicine, including at least three years in occupational health field and tropical medicine, are required

Experience in hospital and/or clinic management, including budgeting, supervisory responsibilities and resource management are desirable

Work experience in an international organization is desirable

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

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 fulfil 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 Oct 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection.

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

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