Chief Medical Officer [temporary],

at El Fasher
Location Khartoum, Sudan
Date Posted September 23, 2020
Category Health Care / Medical
Job Type Full-time
Currency SDG

Description

This position is located in the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), El Fasher. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) reports directly to Director of Mission Support through Chief Service Delivery and has a functional relationship to the Medical Director, Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health/Office of Support Operations for Clinical and medico-administrative matters and to the Chief, Medical Support Section (MSS) Sourcing Support Service/Logistics Division/Office of Supply Chain Management for Medical Logistics and operational matters.

The CMO is responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive, integrated and safe health service to all mission staff and other entitled personnel as articulated in the Mission Mandate.

Working with the UNHQ, mission and other agency planning staff, the CMO establishes the health threats to mission staff and oversees the implementation of public and occupational health other risk mitigation measures to deduce such threats.

Responsibilities

Through its resolution 2525 of 3 June 2020, the Security Council extended UNAMID's mandate, as contained in resolution 2495 (2019), until 31 December 2020; thereafter a responsible drawdown and liquidation of the Mission is envisaged.

Following the declaration of the novel Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as global Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30th January 2020, several States and organizations including UN instituted measures to curb the spread.

The United Nations has been taking steps to ensure preparedness and robust response to COVID-19 pandemic in all duty stations and to enhance their response capabilities. These measures include providing all entities and duty stations with a comprehensive set of preparedness actions to implement; sensitizing staff on preventive measures; activating business continuity plans and strengthening the preparedness of United Nations health facilities.

In view of the aforementioned, the focus of this job implies the overall management of the section, responsibilities related to the control of the spread of the scourge of COVID-19 and drawdown/liquidation activities with associated budgetary resources.

Within delegated authority, the Chief Medical Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Managerial:

  • Contributes to the development of mission financial, supply chain and personnel plans through identification of health resource requirements including short, medium and long-term costings of the mission health support effort.
  • Working with Mission and UNHQ supply chain staff, the CMO provides technical oversight of the UN provided health materiel and confirms that the health materiel sustainment arrangement for Troop/Police Contributing Countries (T/PCC) provided facilities meet the requirements articulated in UN Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) Manual and of the mission.
  • Leads health planning during the opening, sustainment and closure of the Mission; develops and reviews of the Mission Health Support and Casualty Evacuation Plans and develops (or oversees the development by the Force Medical Officer) discrete operational and contingency health support plans in support of specific activities.
  • Is responsible for the management and career development of Mission health staff, military, police and contractor provided health professionals who fall under the direct administrative and technical management of the CMO.
  • The CMO has technical authority for military health professionals through the Force Medical Officer and for contractor provided personnel through agreed contract arrangements. The CMO ensures that there are enough health personnel - UN, contract and military/police - in the mission to sustain services. Manages the collection, analysis and reporting of data through relevant health information systems to the UNHQ. Ensures that health staff have enough access to and training in the use of health IT systems.
  • In order to deliver an integrated health system, the CMO develops and oversees collective health training activities, to include the medical aspects of major incident planning, casualty evacuation and pandemic/epidemic response; oversees a programme of continued professional education for mission staff, encouraging T/PCC and contractor provided staff to actively participate.
  • Represents Head of Mission in liaising with the Host Nation, other UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations to develop joint health projects as required.

Clinico-Administrative Duties:

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the mission health system including preventive, primary and secondary health services, pre-hospital emergency care incorporating the health aspects of patient evacuation within and from the Mission area.
  • Ensures of provision of Mission healthcare through audit and inspection of health facilities in compliance with standards established by UNHQ, including those for clinical care, patient safety and for quantity, quality and serviceability of health materiel provided by the UN or T/PCC.
  • Organizes/participates in addressing work environment and occupational health issues such as pre-placement and/or periodic medical examinations, sick leave administration and travel-related medical clearances.
  • Ensures the implementation of adequate infection prevention and control measures in the mission-wide health facilities.
  • Manages the interface between the medical unit and staff counselors.

Competencies

Professionalism: Demonstrated ability in day-to-day management of general health or emergency health services at middle to senior management level, including the delivery of: Primary Health Care services; Pre-hospital care including patient evacuation services; Hospital in-patient care services; and Ancillary health services; Operational Health Support Planning gained through extensive experience in a civilian or military health system, emergency health service or disaster response organisation with a significant health delivery capability. Demonstrated understanding of health services governance, including: Clinical risk management; Patient safety; Professional governance; Continuing education for health professionals; and Medico-legal aspects related to the delivery of clinical services. Demonstrated capability in developing areas of: Health Material; Health Personnel; and Health Services. Demonstrated Health Services Commissioning: Development of Statements of Work; Technical evaluation proposals from contractors/vendors for the delivery of health services; and Contract development and contract management. Demonstrated understanding of health services governance, including: Clinical risk management; Patient safety; Professional governance; Continuing education for health professionals; and Medico-legal aspects related to the delivery of clinical services. 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 in men in all areas of work.

Planning and 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.

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.

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.

Education

  • Doctorate in Medicine (MD) or equivalent qualification {Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery} (MBBS), as a first degree associated with the practice of a clinical profession recognized by the UN.
  • Must be educated to master's degree Level but to include not less than a first degree in Health Administration, Health Management, Health Logistics, Public Health Management, Emergency Services or Disaster Planning or similar degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of clinical experience including 5 years of combined clinical and management experience is required.

A recent experience in managing health crises, like outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, is mandatory.

Previous experience of managing international multidisciplinary health teams is desirable.

Experience in Peace-keeping missions, humanitarian relief operations, military or similar environments is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

  • This position is temporarily available until 31/12/2020 but the mission's mandate may allow for further extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to 'internal candidates,' who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule
  • 16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule
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  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as 'retirement.' Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation

  • 2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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