Chief of Medical Unit

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Korrik 11, 2019
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Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 10 July 2019 - 24 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Medical-UNMIK-119846-F-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. The Medical Officer will report directly to the Chief Service Delivery.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Unit, Medical will be responsible for the following duties:


• Supervises and coordinates medical services in the Mission. This includes management of medical support activities in the Mission, as outlined in the Medical Support Manual, for example, preparation and implementation of mass casualty plans, medical evacuation plans and procedures, and relationship with any external healthcare providers.
• Provides day-to-day supervision of medical staff. Evaluates staff performance, interviews/evaluates candidates for job openings.
• Guides procurement Division to procure drugs, medical equipment, consumables and medical supplies.
• Ensures availability of supplies and proper functioning of medical equipment.
• Acts as a liaison point with UNHQ, providing advice on local conditions relevant to the health of staff in the Mission.
• Ensures the implementation of policies and directives from the Medical Director, including incident reporting and performance reporting on the activities of the health service.
• Manages the interface between the medical unit and staff counsellors, senior management ofthe mission, all specialized agencies, military physicians, physicians and representatives of laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, medical associations and societies.
• Ensures a safe and secure working environment for medical staff.
• Acts as Advisor for the Mission on medical matters.
• Establishes and implements appropriate training programs in order to maintain and develop the medical capabilities, participates in Health Risk Assessments for duty stations as appropriate (e.g. health education, participates in mandated UN training activities and ensures ongoing valid registration as medical practitioner in one of the UN Member States, HIV/AIDS prevention, first aid and CPR).

Clinical Duties:

• Undertakes day-to-day clinical duties, e.g. walk-in clinic, responses to emergencies, medical examinations, immunizations, women's health, etc.
• Refers staff to outside specialists as necessary.
• Follows-up with outside specialists.
• Oversees and provides health education and health promotion programs.
• Liaises with medical units in the Mission and host-nation facilities.
• Ensures the provision of health education.
• Ensures the implementation of adequate Infection Control measures in the clinic.
• Follows the UN established policies and procedures regarding medical clearances, sick leaveand medical evacuations.
• Organizes/Participates in addressing work environment and occupational health issues.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Medico-Administrative Duties:

• Prepares certification of sick leave. Ensures timely certification of sick leave requests as appropriate and manages sick leave cases in accordance with UN policies.
• Advises the mission leadership on the necessity of medical evacuation of UN personnel.
• Provides medical clearances.
• Makes recommendations on medical evacuation.
• Manages/Supports day-to-day operations.


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/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.


Current registration without restrictions to practice medicine in own country or another UN member state is required. Doctorate in Medicine (MD) or equivalent qualification is required. Post graduate training in one of the clinical medical specialties (Note – formal post-graduate training in Occupational Health, Tropical Medicine, General Practice or Primary Care would be regarded as a medical specialty) . MD (or equivalent) degree along with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of post graduate training. Additional Post graduate qualifications public health or management is an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of Seven (7) years of progressively responsible clinical experience including five (5) years of combined clinical and management experience is required. Previous experience managing international multidisciplinary healthcare teams is desirable. Experience in field missions, humanitarian relief operations, military or similar environments is an advantage.


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.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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