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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/GMG/FT557
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year (renewable)
Date: 16 December 2013
Application Deadline: 13 January 2014 Vacancy declared unsuccessful
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/GMG General Management (HQ/GMG) /
HQ/FNM Department of Finance (HQ/FNM)
HQ/IPS Insurance and Pension Services (HQ/IPS)
The Department of Finance ensures that the financial management framework provides the required financial controls, reporting systems and procedures to meet the Organization's needs.
It is therefore responsible for WHO's accounting policy and systems, corporate accounting, financial reporting, income and expenditure, donor accounting and reporting, treasury management policies.
The Department of Finance has also the responsibility for insurance and pension services. The Staff Health Insurance scheme provides an in-house medical insurance for WHO staff (serving and retired) and their dependents.
This includes administration of operations and risk management relating to staff liabilities and other financial risks.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Coordinator, IPS (Insurance and Pension Services), the role of the incumbent is to:
- Answer medical questions from the claims reviewers in relation to claims and treatment.
- Review and advise on the basis of medical reports received.
- Work in close consultation with HQ and/or regional staff physician, on cases in order to facilitate and accelerate the SHI (Staff Health Insurance) process.
- Review and advise the Secretariat regarding pro-forma invoices, in order to facilitate prior approval of cases (new rule to be established to improve cost containment).
- Support the Secretariat in the preparation of cases for review by the Standing Committee.
- Review and make recommendations to the SHI officers on:
- Long-term nursing care (each year after the first approval by the Standing Committee and eventually all cases),
- Extensions of hospital stays and stays in convalescence homes,
- Physiotherapy beyond the first 30 sessions,
- Exclusions for chronic illnesses for dependent,
- Difficult or suspicious cases,
- Any medical case as per the SHI Rules.
- Support the Administrator in the negotiation of agreements with health care providers.
- Prepare standard lists for use by participants of "non-reimbursable products"
- Prepare standard lists and prices of appliances and accessories for use by participants.
- When feasible, establish a green list per location for preferred providers (i.e. providers who apply both correct prices and best practice).
- Work with HMS (Health Medical Service) and other departments in the Organization to promote preventive measures.
- Advise the SHI Governance (SHI Global Oversight and Standing Committees).
Advanced University degree (MA- or MD level) in Medicine
Complementary degree related to health insurance/benefit plans.
Medical knowledge and experience with knowledge and experience related to Insurance schemes and medical adviser role.
Sound judgment and tact with high degree of discretion and strict respect of professional confidentiality.
Excellent communication skills in presenting information clearly and logically both orally and in writing.
Very good interpersonal skills to work with people across the Organization, both at headquarters and in the regions with senior staff and externally with counter-parts at other UN Organizations, with Health Care Providers and former WHO staff members.
Ability to analyse and formulate documents and procedural guidelines and provide expert
Motivation, creativity, and flexibility.

WHO competencies:
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Producing results
Fostering integration and teamwork
Moving forward in a changing environment
Setting an example
A minimum of 7 years of experience as medical doctor in a private practice or in an hospital with a minimum of 2 years of experience in relation to an health insurance scheme.
Experience as medical adviser for an insurance scheme.
Experience within in a multinational environment.
Experience within WHO or other UN Agency an asset.
Expert knowledge of English or French with good knowledge of the other required.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 193936 (including post adjustment) at single rate
USD 209813 (including post adjustment) with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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

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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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