Duties and Qualifications
Senior Medical Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The position is under the supervision of the Staff Health and Welfare Service (SHWS) in the Division of Human Resources (DHR).
The Division s mission statement indicates that DHR is a strategic, trusted and innovative business partner in enabling UNHCR to protect and respond to persons of concern by attracting, motivating, retaining and developing a talented, diverse and agile workforce, while nurturing a culture of excellence, respect and wellbeing for all.
The incumbent of this position supports establishment of HR strategic priorities and the reconfiguration and transformation of the Division from a largely transactional model into a strategic business partner for field operations and senior management.
UNHCR has a highly mobile, global workforce which comprises around 11,000 staff members and nearly 5,000 colleagues on flexible working arrangements serving in over 460 locations in 130 countries.
Some 40% or more of UNHCR's workforce is posted in difficult and remote duty stations where working and living conditions can be challenging.
Some locations are impacted by security risks and ongoing conflicts and ensuring their safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance.
The Staff Health and Wellbeing Service (SHWS) is a part of the Division of Human Resources (DHR) responsible for ensuring that the workforce of UNHCR has a safe and healthy work environment, in the interests of good functioning and productivity.
Occupational health focuses on enhancing and maintaining :
The Medical Section includes 7 regions with more than 25 professional and support staff providing occupational medical services and support to UNHCR staff.
The Senior Medical Officer reports to the Chief, Medical Section, and will have supervisory responsibilities.
In addition to work with individual staff and teams in direct person-to-person service, the Section is responsible for overall implementation of the UNHCR's Duty of Care commitments as well as for the development of relevant policy documents that promote staff health and psychosocial wellbeing.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks.
In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and / or Licenses
Certification in OHS.
Certification in emergency medicine (PHTLS, ACLS or equivalent)
Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
MD-Medical Doctor / Practitioner
MD-Tropical and Infectious Diseases
MD-OSH risk assessment skills
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
MD-Electronic Health Record Systems
Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For International Professional and Field Service jobs : Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs : Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs : Knowledge of English and / or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties.
This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
Position Competencies C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X002L3 - Innovation and Creativity Level 3
X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3 Additional Information
Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.