Senior Medical Officer
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Department of Operational Support/Office of Support Operations/Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health.
The Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health (DHMOSH) provides expert healthcare management and in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) services to all United Nations (UN) Secretariat entities (Field missions, Offices Away from Headquarters and Economic Commissions), the New York based agencies funds and programs, as well as providing strategic leadership of whole-of-system medical issues through the UN Medical Directors Network.
The Senior Medical Officer reports to the Medical Director, Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health (DHMOSH).
Within delegated authority, the Senior Medical Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Undertakes development of evidence based clinical pathways and works with UN and Member State healthcare providers to implement them.
• Ensures compliance with clinical pathways and good clinical practices through conducting clinical audits.
• Develops a system for health risks and provides governance over them.
• Oversees and provides health and patient safety related programs.
• Organizes/Participates in addressing work environment and occupational health issues.
Medico Administrative Duties:
• Advises Administration and United Nations Member States on United Nations medical standards and policies.
• Reviews the existing clinical governance framework and identifies opportunities for more streamlined and agile working whilst maintaining quality assurance.
• Develops and implements a blameless culture of transparency.
• Promulgates a culture of safety framework. Plans, manages and organizes various medical activities and administrative functions of a particular section within DHMOSH.
• Reviews and revises various Personnel Directives, Medical Standards for recruitment, guidelines established for managing United Nations Country Team (UNCT) clinics and provides medical support to peacekeeping missions and UNCT Clinics, as applicable.
• Ensures a robust business and budget-planning process for the section and advises the Medical Director on compensation for uniformed personnel.
• Deputizes for Deputy Medical Director/Medical Director as needed.
• Ensures compliance of UN healthcare facilities with Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety (HQPS) standards.
• Ensures appropriate training programs are implemented in order to maintain and develop the medical capabilities (e.g., HQPS standards, Root Cause Analyses trainings etc.).
• Leads extra-budgetary projects and performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge in all aspects of system-level management of medical conditions, including medical emergencies. Ability to work under extreme pressure and time constraints. Ability to handle complex organizational and inter-disciplinary matters. Ability to build bridges between different entities to achieve common goals. 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.
Accountability: 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.
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 improvements; 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.
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.
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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
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.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible clinical experience of which at least 3 years managerial experience in a medical setting is required.
Experience in clinical governance and in using clinical risk management methodology such as root cause analysis is desirable.
Experience in working in an international environment is desirable.
Experience leading patient safety programmes or quality improvement activities is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.
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.
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.
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.
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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