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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is recruiting for fulltime Senior Medical Officer.

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About the Position

Job Title: Senior Medical Officer
Location: Geneva, Switzerland 
Deadline for applications: 20 September 2018 (midnight Geneva time)
Similar positions available in multiple locations (Bangkok, Dakar, Geneva, Nairobi).

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 the UNHCR's People Strategy and contributes to the implementation of the 2018 independent HR review which resulted in the 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 Welfare 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 health of people at work, ensuring they operate safely; and
- the organisational effectiveness of UNHCR by providing expert advice to management.

The Medical Section includes some 15 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 welfare.



This is a posting for several positions.
Interested candidates find the individual positions to apply to at:

To view all UNHCR vacancies, please go to the UNHCR Career Page at: 

Deadline for applications: 20 September 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

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.

About The Employer

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives.

Working for UNHCR

UNHCR's staff are the backbone of the organization and about 89 percent of them are based in the field. UNHCR staff provides live-saving aid and protection every day for millions of uprooted and stateless people around the world. This is something that UNHCR staff takes great pride of, despite the many hardships they face while working in deep field operations, at times close to or within conflict areas. Their greatest reward is to know that their work has a major positive impact and brings hope to people uprooted by conflict and persecution.

At the beginning of 2015, there were over 9,300 members of staff, including a combined total of 1,050 in UNHCR's Geneva headquarters and the Global Service Centre in Budapest. The numbers break down into 6,854 national staff and 2,476 international staff.

Job Requirements

Min Required Experience:

8 year(s)

Min Qualification:


Desired Courses:

Health Services ManagementMedicine

Other Requirements:

- Diploma of Medical Doctor (MD). 
- Minimum 8 years of clinical practice as a Medical Doctor/ Practitioner of which at least 1-2 years should be in an international organization and/or in hardship duty stations. 
- Experience in occupational health and safety and/or travel medicine and/or tropical and infectious disease, and /or emergency medicine, minimum 2 years¿ experience. 
- Project design and management experience (education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects).minimum 2 years¿ experience. 
- Training in project management and minimum 2 years¿ experience in implementing health related projects.
- Certification in OHS.
- Certification in emergency medicine (PHTLS, ACLS or equivalent).
- Supervisory experience of other health personnel.
- Excellent communication, presentation and drafting skills.
- Fluency in English.
- Fluency in English and French (for the position in Dakar, Senegal).

- Advance Degree in occupational health/public health/community medicine/family medicine/international health.
- Experience in managing employee assistance programs like HIV or substance abuse or other wellbeing programmes.
- Demonstrated leadership and team building skills.
- Good knowledge of French, Spanish and/or Arabic is an asset.

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