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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/12/FT344
Title: National Professional Officer - Staff Physician (50%)
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years, renewable
Date: 24 September 2012
Application Deadline: 15 October 2012 Vacancy declared unsuccessful
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Support to Research (SSR) / Human Resources Office (HRO)
In collaboration with Health and Medical Services (HMS) at WHO/Headquarters (HQ), advise the IARC Administration in all medical matters pertaining to its personnel. The Staff Physician promotes good occupational health by fostering a healthy and safe working environment in order to protect and/or improve the physical and mental health of personnel. The Staff Physician provides care and medical advice to all personnel with particular attention to medical referrals, adjudication, occupational health issues, preventive health care as well as health promotion.
Description of duties:
The purpose of the position is to support the Administration as a focal point on all health-related matters and by providing medical services to WHO/IARC personnel in Lyon, France, as well as IARC staff in out-posted offices. The primary areas of responsibility include: medical adjudication, occupational health, preventive health care and health promotion.

Under the general supervision of the Director of Administration and Finance (DAF) within the Section of Support to Research (SSR), the direct supervision of the Human Resources Officer (HRO), and with technical guidance from HMS, the Staff Physician provides emergency medical care and advice on matters affecting the health status of personnel and their fitness for work, including preventive measures. The staff physician will be based on IARC premises in Lyon and is also expected to provide some services to the staff at the WHO Gerland Office, also located in Lyon.

Under the direct supervision of the Human Resources Officer (HRO) the incumbent performs the following duties:
Medical services:
1. Review and classify, with regard to fitness for duty, reports and pre-employment examinations issued and conducted by authorized physicians outside Lyon. For local candidates, conduct medical examinations/evaluations prior to selection and advise the Administration on the candidates´ medical fitness for the positions for which they are considered. Conduct periodic medical examinations for all WHO/IARC Lyon-based personnel.
2. For Lyon-based personnel, conduct medical examinations prior to end of service to determine staff members´ fitness and health status at the time of their separation from the Organization, as per HMS guidelines.
3. For staff and non-staff working in laboratories, verify medical examination form upon entry and ensure that tests are undergone regularly.
4. Provide clinical services of an emergency nature during working hours, to staff and non-staff members.
5. Offer referral to local specialist care
6. Approve/disapprove, monitor and control sick leave of staff members and non-staff members of IARC. Advise the Administration regarding cases of extended and/or frequent sick leave and fitness for duty following recovery from serious illness or accident. Communicate to HMS cases of extended sick leaves that reach Sick Leave Under Insurance Cover (SLIC) and/or need to be presented to the Pension Board for Disability Benefits, as well as medical reports of declaration of accident to submit to the Advisory Committee on Compensation Claims (ACCC).
7. Advise IARC staff members on medical fitness prior to departure on mission or change of duty station. Provide travel advice and/or medication prior to travel of staff. Order and manage stocks of medications, vaccines and travel kits.
8. Advise on and provide vaccination services for IARC and Lyon WHO staff members and non staff members.
9. Recommend medical evacuations for out-posted personnel and coordinate with HMS for approval of medical evacuations outside the region as well as in exceptional cases.
10. Ensure that up-to-date medical information and reports are part of staff members' record at all times and sent to HMS in a timely manner. Maintain confidentiality of all medical records and files.
11. Maintain and update a list of local English-speaking doctors to provide to Lyon personnel.
12. Certify the exactitude of invoices for required medical examinations.

Occupational health & health promotion:
1. Promote sound occupational health policies, practices and procedures by identifying issues, determining actions required and assisting in introducing control measures. Advise on local health problems. Develop and implement healthy workplace promotion programmes, including occupational health issues and health risk assessment. Advise on preventive measures to be taken with regard to major diseases, organize health education and awareness programmes. Provide advice for ensuring occupationally safe working conditions for staff members and non-staff members.
2. In conjunction with the Administration, promote proactive occupational health policies and best practices and procedures in the medical service with the objective to optimize the health and well-being of IARC's staff and non-staff members as well as all WHO Gerland personnel.
3. Actively participate in IARC Committees that deal with welfare of personnel; e.g. the Staff Physician is an ex officio member of the IARC Occupational Health and Safety Committee (OHSC), which has an advisory role on matters of health, safety and well-being of persons working at the Agency. S/he also sits on the Cafeteria Committee.
4. Undertake other related duties as requested by the supervisor.
Essential: First level university degree in Medicine from a recognized medical institution and training in Occupational Medicine.

Desirable: Training in primary health care such as family medicine or internal medicine.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Knowledge and awareness of latest diagnostic techniques and clinical practices; good knowledge of availability of major health care facilities and specialists in the Lyon area. Sensitivity to the stress and strain under which the staff members and non-staff work.

Other Skills (e.g. IT): Knowledge of Microsoft Office software as well as medical management tools such as 'Préventiel'.

Required WHO Competencies:
1) Producing results;
2) Moving forward in a changing environment;
3) Communicating in a credible and effective way;
4) Knowing and managing yourself;
5) Setting an example.
Essential: At least five years' experience in health services in a large national or international setting in either the private or public sector as an Occupational Health expert.

Desirable: Professional experience in a multicultural environment would be an advantage as would familiarity with the UN system.
Working knowledge of both English and French. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.
Additional Information:
This recruitment of a National Professional Officer is limited to FRENCH NATIONAL CANDIDATES ONLY.
WHO/IARC has its own Staff Health Insurance and Pension plans and is not part of the French Health Insurance ("Sécurité Sociale"), the French Pension system or the French unemployment benefit agency ("Assedic").
Any appointment/extension is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and WHO Manual.
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for interview and optional test.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
63.804 euros (100%) at single rate

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Vacancy declared unsuccessful

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