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UN Physician

Sanaa (Yemen)


UN field personnel are exposed to various health and security hazards that may result in disease; psychological trauma and life threatening injuries. Dedicated, effective primary health, occupational health and emergency medical services may mitigate negative outcomes of trauma, injuries and health complications providing better chances for saving lives as well as for faster and better recovery.
The Health Manager, UN Clinic Physician, is part of the UN common services of the UN country team in Yemen and administered by UNDP.
The Health Manager, UN Clinic Physician will oversee UN medical operations in Yemen, and will attend to the UN Clinic on a full-time basis and provide medical services to staff members and their dependents. In addition, he/she will facilitate medical evacuations and cooperate with headquarter offices on all related matters. The Health Manager, UN Clinic Physician is responsible for the day to day running of the UN Clinic and he/she manages the UN Clinic staff and physical assets (equipment and inventories), ensures consistent delivery of high quality medical services to the UNCT. The Health Manager, UN Physician will also be responsible for medical examinations of staff, a responsibility he/she will share with other designated UN Physicians. (The UN Clinics operate, with regards to technical matters only, under the general supervision of the UN Medical Director and with UNDP regarding all administrative matters).
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) when present at the duty station and/or UN Resident Coordinator with regards to all administrative matters and the general supervision of the UN Medical Director with regards to technical matters, the Health Manager, UN Clinic Physician, will provide clinical services including medical consultations and emergency care, and supervise the work of the medical staff (including nurses, lab technician and pharmacist). The incumbent will support the SMO (when available at the duty station) to promote proactive occupational health policies and best practices and procedures in the medical services in conjunction with Administration. This will include outreach to staff and dependents in the areas of preventative health. The UN Clinic doctor is expected to take part in HIV work in the UN work place as outlined in UN Cares and UN Plus.  S/he is part of the emergency response team and will as such work closely with DSS in implementing casevac and mass casualty response. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions / Key Results Expected:
Summary of key functions:
  • Clinical duties
  • Emergency care
  • Medical administrative duties
  • Supervisory administration if the SMO is not at the duty station
  • Coordination of UN Cares activities.
Clinical Duties: 
  • Attend the United Nations Clinic on a full time basis;
  • Respond to acute emergencies in line with international protocols such as advanced trauma life support management and advanced cardiac life support or Pre Hospital Trauma life support;
  • Be able to do triage and primary stabilization;
  • Undertake day-to-day clinical duties, e.g. walk-in clinic, pre-placement and periodic medical examinations and immunizations;
  • Provide health education; 
  • Participate in addressing work environment and occupational health issues;
  • Undertake medical examinations for UNDP and UN Agencies international and local staff and dependents;
  • Diagnose and recommend treatment to all staff visiting the UN Clinic on a daily basis;
  • Be on call during and outside office hours to observe and treat emergencies in the UN Clinic. Undertake house calls when required;
  • Responsible for entry and periodic medical examinations for United Nations staff members who choose to use the UN Clinic for their examinations; already included above.
Emergency Preparedness duties:
  • Participates in drafting and implementation of business continuity and crises preparedness plans for the duty station/mission.
  • Participate in the preparation/update of the relevant SOP for the duty station (MEDEVAC/CASEVAC, sick leave, medical clearances), 
  • Participate in the preparation drilling exercises to test the business continuity, and MEDEVAC/CASEVAC capabilities at the duty station);
  • Participate in the update of the risk assessment of the duty station including the office away from the capital city in which there is UN presence.
Medical Administrative Duties: 
  • Advise administration on the United Nations established policies and procedures regarding medical clearances, sick leave and medical evacuations/repatriations;
  • Deputize the SMO when on leave.
Manages/Supports daily operations:
  • Laise with other UN clinics, host-nation medical facilities and medical facilities abroad to coordinate medical evacuations;
  • Ensure proper follow up on all cases;
  • Application of terms of reference in UNDP POPP for rules and regulations regarding UN Clinic operations;
  • Maintain good relations with reliable hospitals, private medical facilities, blood banks and local physician, including United Nations Examining Physicians (UNEP) if available;
  • Keep constant contact with the designated UNEP to facilitate their availability as and when required;
  • Ensure that proper medical records are kept in a strictly confidential manner;
  • Ensure good management of all material (medical and non-medical) in the clinic; Ensure that all necessary medical material is present and functional in order to provide health care at any moment in the clinic;
  • Maintain emergency medical supplies and equipment to be used in case of emergency situation;
  • Prepare and send periodic (quarterly) reports of functions, visits, medical evacuations and treatments at the UN Clinic to the SMO when available in the duty station or directly to United Nations Medical Service; 
  • Performs any other duties as considered necessary by the United Nations Medical Director and/or the UN Resident Coordinator.
Supervisory Administration:
  • Supervise, distribute work to the nurse(s) and other staff of the United Nations Clinic;
  • Ensure that appropriate training programs are implemented in order to maintain and develop the medical capabilities (e.g. health education, HIV/AIDS prevention, first aid and CPR);
  • Responsible to ensure the preparation of regular reporting on UN Clinic activities, medical facilities available locally and other statistical information as required.
Coordination of UN Cares Activities:
  • Planning and organization for training of focal points and peer educators;
  • Arranging the dissemination of UN policies on HIV/AIDS;
  • Conducting an education and information campaign.
Impact of Results:
The key results have an impact on the general well being of all UN staff at the duty station. They relate to the medical assessment of cases and on the suggested course of treatment, referrals, etc. The services rendered and the decisions taken can have a direct and vital effect on the physical and mental health of UN staff at the duty station.


  • Knowledge of clinical, occupational and tropical/travel medicine.
  • Formal training in CPR and, preferably in BCLS and ACLS or equivalent emergency medical care.
  • 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.
  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • Is willing to learn from others;
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
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.
  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.
  • Actively seeks to improve programs or services;
  • Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs;
  • Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas;
  • Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas;
  • Thinks “outside the box”;
  • Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things;
  • Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
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.
Commitment to Continuous Learning:
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
  • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
  • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
  • Shows willingness to learn from others;
  • Seeks feedback to learn and improve.
Technological Awareness:
  • Keeps abreast of available technology;
  • Understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office;
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;
  • Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced University Degree in Medicine, from an accredited University and currently licensed to practice within home country or other national jurisdiction; 
  • Valid certification in Advanced Trauma Life support (ATLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pre hospital trauma life support is required;
  • Degree in Internal Medicine, Intensive care, Anesthesia is highly desirable;
  • Degree in Occupational health is desirable;
  • Certification in HIV care or VCCT is desirable.
  • At least seven years progressive experience and practice in in a clinically relevant field of medical practice in developing countries or countries in conflict, of which at least one year should be in Trauma and Emergency care and two years in Internal Medicine;
  • Solid experience as General Practitioner/Family medicine  and occupational medicine is highly desirable;
  • Surgical, ICU, aeromedical or anesthetic experience is an advantage;
  • Experience in Tropical Medicine;
  • Previous UN medical system/international medical experience is desirable; 
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is expected.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and/ or French is required.
  • Knowledge of local language highly desirable.


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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Medical Doctor
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-24

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