Medical Director

Washington D.C

Description of duties: NOTE - THIS IS A PART TIME POSITION: 20 HOURS PER WEEKUnder the direct supervision of the Director, Human Resources Management (HRM) and the general supervision of the Director ofAdministration (AM), the incumbent is responsible for, but is not limited to, the following assigned duties:I. Serve as PAHO Medical Director/WHO Regional Physician of AMROa) Evaluate medical examinations of selected candidates prior to hiring process; advise the Administration on the candidates'medical fitness for the posts for which they are considered; review staff members' periodic medical examinations with regard tofitness for duty; review medical examinations prior to end of service to determine staff members' fitness and health status at thetime of separation from the Organization;b) Monitor the use of sick leave of staff members in the Region; provide regular reports to the Administration presenting statisticaldata and identifying patterns, when possible; advise the Administration regarding cases of extended and/or frequent sick leaveand fitness for duty following recovery from serious illness or accidents; manage cases of extended sick leaves that reach SickLeave Under Insurance Cover (SLIC) and/or need to be presented to the Pension Board for Disability Benefits;c) Evaluate the work environment to identify safety and health hazards; inform management and make recommendations asnecessary; inform staff members of work-related hazards and of preventive measures;d) Make decisions on medical and health related emergencies;e) Make recommendations or proposals with regard to occupational health and health promotion and education.II. Manage Health Promotion Initiativesa) Oversee, develop and/or promotes the development of programs for healthy lifestyles;b) Represent AMRO in WHO global Health and Medical Services community;c) Oversee case management of occupational and non-occupational illness and injuries according to the Staff Rules of theOrganization. Liaise with the staff members' care givers and the Medical Referee and counterparts of the World HealthOrganization to ensure compliance with Staff Rules and Regulations;d) Oversee preventive medicine programs and services. Liaise with technical units of the Organization as needed to develop suchprograms;e) Oversee confidential personnel health records; oversee the transition to an electronic medical record system;f) Oversee preparation of statistical reports to identify occupational and non-occupational illnesses and to evaluate Health Unitdemand for its services;g) Manage and develop administrative guidelines, systems and procedures; prepare draft policy documents on health relatedmatters;h) Formulate and recommend policies and strategies to improve the functions of the Health Unit; administer, allocate and monitorthe Unit's financial, logistical and staff resources; prepare, and justify the Unit's program and budget proposals;i) Oversee the Health and Well Being Team web site and social media communications.III. Perform other related duties, as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:A doctoral degree in medicine (MD) in general internal medicine, and postgraduate training in internal medicine from a recognizedinstitution. A United States state license to practice as a physician is also required.In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of thedegree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained froman institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the InternationalAssociation of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can beaccessed through the link: Skills: Key Behavioral Competencies:-- Intrainstitutional Action: Displays, through leadership and decisions, understanding of the political systems and underlyingdrivers. Plans and evaluates both unit and individual results to achieve the PAHO's mission. Requires that projects be groundedin scientific evidence and that they be consistent with PAHO's vision, mission and values, and appropriate for the setting in whichthey will be carried out. Demonstrates a full commitment to the mission and values of the Organization by aligning the area ofwork with the strategic direction of the Organization. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of theOrganization.-- Communication: Leads the development of an environment that actively establishes and proactively engages in productivedialogues that involve multicultural environments. Encourages the skills and behaviors that facilitate productive dialogues.Expresses points of view effectively.-- Information Management: Processes and analyzes the data objectively, presenting it clearly and equitably. Leads the effort toacquire relevant and selected information that facilitates the achievement of organizational results. Evaluates/leads the evaluationof information systems on the basis of its advantages/disadvantages for processing information relevant to the area of work.-- Teamwork: Develops a high performing team in one's operational area and also encourages teamwork across the Organization.Establishes and models the standard for teams and teamwork. Provides significant contributions when participating in internal andexternal work teams. Initiates and leads mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relationships based on trust, both inside andoutside the Organization.-- Accountability: Accepts responsibility for the results, for the work of subordinates, for the tasks delegated, the deadlines, andany deviations from them. Requires and oversees the adherence according to the budget. Monitors the progress made uponreaching the objectives and deadlines. For any deviations on the work plan, looks for corrective actions.-- Leadership: Ensures that others buy into leader's mission, goals, agenda, climate, tone and policy. Sets a good example bymodeling behaviors that align with the Organization's vision, mission and values. Ensures that their team tasks are completed. Isable to communicate easily within the unit and across the Organization, is enthusiastic and committed to the team. Providesfeedback and coaching.-- Service Orientation: Creates, maintains and encourages a client orientated culture. Seeks information about the real, underlyingneeds of the client, beyond those expressed initially, and matches these to available (or customized) products or services. Looksfor long-term relationships with the client.Technical Expertise:-- Theoretical and practical knowledge and awareness of latest diagnostic techniques and clinical practices; nutrition, healthylifestyle; vaccines for tropical and other infectious diseases; and of occupational health awareness.-- Thorough understanding of the principles and practices of medical benefits as well as of organizational and managementconcepts.-- Interpretation, application, and/or development/adaptation of policies, principles and practices which address the needs ofhuman resources; problems involve issues of a highly sensitive nature with important organizational implications.-- Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, skills to dealswith difficult situations and sensitive areas.-- Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasivedocuments for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.IT Skills:Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel,PowerPoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint andProject, and familiarity with at least one Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system would be an asset. Experience: Essential: Thirteen years of clinical experience in internal and general medicine either in private practice or in a hospital.Experience should also include familiarity with the American hospital system and with health concerns for travelers.Desirable: Professional medical practice experience within an international or multinational organization would be an asset. Languages: Very good knowledge of English with a working knowledge of Spanish. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset. Additional Information: PAHO OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE INCLUDING AN ANNUAL NET SALARY AND POSTADJUSTMENT, WHICH REFLECTS THE COST OF LIVING IN A PARTICULAR DUTY STATION AND EXCHANGE RATES(SUBJECT TO MANDATORY DEDUCTIONS FOR PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS AND HEALTH INSURANCE). OTHERBENEFITS INCLUDE: 15 DAYS ANNUAL LEAVE, DEPENDENCY BENEFITS, PENSION PLAN AND HEALTH INSURANCESCHEME. BENEFITS FOR INTERNATIONALLY RECRUITED STAFF MAY INCLUDE HOME LEAVE, TRAVEL AND REMOVALEXPENSES ON APPOINTMENT AND SEPARATION, EDUCATION GRANT FOR DEPENDENT CHILDREN, ASSIGNMENTGRANT AND RENTAL SUBSIDY.CANDIDATES APPOINTED TO AN INTERNATIONAL POST WITH PAHO ARE SUBJECT TO MOBILITY AND MAY BEASSIGNED TO ANY ACTIVITY OR DUTY STATION OF THE ORGANIZATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ON-LINE PERSONAL HISTORY FORM TO BE CONSIDERED FORTHIS POST.CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED ONLY IF THEY ARE UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. A WRITTEN TEST AND/ORINTERVIEW WILL BE HELD FOR THIS POST. THE POST DESCRIPTION IS THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FORORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES Post Adjustment: 48.8 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Washington D.C
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Medicine
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-25

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