UNON Job Opening
Nairobi, Kenya

Department/Office:United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station:NAIROBI
Posting Period:17 July 2018 – 15 August 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Medical-UNON-92919-R-Nairobi (N)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. UNON supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services ( The post is located in UNON Human Resources Management Service, Joint Medical Service. Under the direct supervision of Chief, Joint Medical Service, the incumbent is responsible for:


1. CLINICAL DUTIES: (a) Perform day-to-day clinical duties, e.g. attending to walk-in clinic, (b) Medical evacuations, emergencies, (c) Pre-placement and periodic medical examinations, (d) Immunizations, travel advice; (e) Refer staff to and follow up with outside specialists as necessary; (f) Provide health education and medical counseling to clients; (g) organize/Participate in addressing work environment and occupational health issues; (h) Emergency response on 24/7 basis, as and when required; be on call during and outside office hours to observe and treat emergencies in the clinic. (h) Undertake house calls and hospital rounds when required. (i) Conduct wellness screening check up and advise clients on healthy living

2. MEDICO-ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES: (a) Liaise with other dispensaries and host-nation medical facilities; (b) Follow the United Nations established policies and procedures regarding medical clearances, sick leave and medical evacuations; (c) Recommend medical evacuation when required; (d) Responsible for all paper work and reporting procedures for medical evacuations in line with UN Rules and procedures; (e) Ensure proper follow up on all cases; (f) Application of terms of reference in Administration manuals for rules and regulations regarding UN clinic operations; (g) Responsible for the supervision and distribution of work for the nurses and other staff of the Joint Medical Service; (h) Responsible for establishing good relations with reliable hospitals, private medical facilities and blood banks; 

3. SUPERVISORY ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES: (a) Manage day-to-day mission medical support operations by ensuring availability of supplies and proper functioning of medical equipment; (b) 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). (c) Undertake medical examinations (entry, periodic) according to UN guidelines and procedures (d) Undertake ‘outpatient’ treatment and immunization requirements (e) Responsible for regular reporting on clinic activities, medical facilities available locally and other statistical information as may be required. (f) Perform other related duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated knowledge and hands on experience in clinical medicine; 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. 

INTEGRITY: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; Acts without consideration of personal gain; Resists undue political pressure in decision-making; Does not abuse power or authority; Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior. 

RESPECT FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; Treats all people with dignity and respect; Treats men and women equally; Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; Examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; Does not discriminate against any individual or group. 

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. 

JUDGEMENT AND 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in medicine (MBChB / MMed / MPH) or in a related area. Must be Registered with Kenya Medical and Dental Practitioners Board; 
Valid Advanced Trauma Life Certificate or Pre-Hospital Trauma Life support Certificate, Valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate; Trainer’s certificate and VCCT certificate an advantage. 
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years qualifying may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree. Proficient computer skills, particularly in MS Office software and use of databases, are required. Certification in Occupational safety and health is an added advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the medical field or related area is required. At least two should be in Accident and Emergency Unit, Intensive Care Unit or Aeronautical medicine. Experience in occupational health and safety at the work place setting is highly desirable . Proven experience in Voluntary Confidential Counseling Testing (VCCT) and treatment of AIDS patients is desirable. Experience in counseling and/or stress management is an advantage. Experience of work in a hardship environment is an advantage.


Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Working knowledge of a second UN official languages is an asset. For this position, fluency in Kiswahili is also required.


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

Special Notice

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an email acknowledgment within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?” link.

Recruitment for this post is exclusively local and is open to citizens of Kenya only.

Appointment against this post is on a local basis, with no entitlement to travel or any other international benefits. As such, the same staff regulations and rules which apply to other locally-recruited staff will be applicable to this national officer post. Should there be a need for examination the candidate will be responsible for any travel expenses incurred.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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.

No Fee


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