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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/14/FT144
Title: Regional Staff Physician
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 24 March 2014
Application Deadline: 13 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DAF Division of Administration and Finance (EU/DAF)
Human Resources Services
Within the framework of the strategic objective to develop and sustain WHO as a flexible learning Organization, enabling it to carry out its mandate more efficiently and effectively, the Regional Staff Physician's (RSP) Office will promote good health at the workplace in order to maintain/improve staff's physical and mental health, fostering a healthy and safe working environment. The RSP will provide medical advice to all WHO staff in the region, with particular reference to medical adjudication, occupational health issues, preventive health care and health promotion and education.

Purpose of the Post:
To promote and optimize the wellbeing of WHO/EURO staff, acting as the focal point on all related medical matters.
Description of duties:
Medical Services:
  1. Conduct medical examinations/evaluations prior to selection of candidates and advise the Administration on the candidates´ medical fitness for the posts for which they are considered; conduct periodic medical examinations, review and classify, with regard to fitness for duty, reports and pre-employment examinations issued and conducted by authorized physicians outside the Regional Office. Conduct if appropriate medical examinations prior to end of service to determine staff members´ fitness and health status at the time of their separation from the Organization. Advise staff members on medical fitness prior to departure on mission or change of duty station.
  2. Approve/disapprove, monitor and control sick leave of staff members in the region. Provide sick leave certificates when required. Advise the Administration regarding cases of extended and/or frequent sick leave and fitness for duty following recovery from serious illness or accident. Provide input on pro-actively reducing staff sick leave when needed. Communicate to HQ Medical Services cases of extended sick leaves that could 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 ACCC. Work closely with the Administration in situations requiring close collaboration with the administration, with full respect of medical confidentiality.
  3. Evaluate local and regional medical facilities, maintaining contact with networks of both local and international health providers.
  4. Advise on and supervise the provision of vaccination services for WHO/EURO staff (as well as other UN staff and their families) and provide travel advice and/or medication prior to travel of staff (orders and manages stocks of medications, vaccines, travel kits and the provisional budget).
  5. On appointment, and for health problems related to work, provide medical consultations. In case of acute medical problems that may arise during office hours, provide advice, counselling and emergency medical care and first aid (walk-in clinic).
  6. Provide advice to the Staff Health Insurance (SHI) Committee and The Committee to promote health and safety at work. Recommend and coordinate medical evacuations within and outside the region.
  7. Liaise with HQ Medical Services. Ensure that the structure of the Regional Medical Service is compliant with the overall policy of HQ Medical Services. Ensure that up-to-date medical information and reports regarding staff are part of their record at all times and sent to WHO HQ on time; maintain confidentiality of all medical records and files of staff members.
  8. Manage the overall activities of the medical unit including its budget and workplan. Supervise the administrative clerk including managing performance and identifying staff development needs.
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. Make recommendations regarding availability and quality of health care and medical facilities locally and in the region. 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.
  2. Provide support to other UN agencies in Copenhagen based on appropriate agreement with the objective of a possible establishment of a common UN medical service in-country. Handle medical emergencies in coordination with the security service.
  3. Health Risk assessments and staff well-being. Collect and disseminate information on any recent research of relevance for maintaining health in a work environment and staff wellbeing. Provide input to the Administration and Executive Management as needed and relevant to policies and approaches related to staff health and well-being.
  4. Actively participate in and champion the promotion of healthy workplace by providing health education and awareness advice.
  5. Provide advice on stress management and ergonomics.
Essential: Advanced University degree in medicine.
Desirable: Training in primary health care such as family medicine or internal medicine.Training in Occupational Medicine.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Knowledge and awareness of latest diagnostic techniques and clinical practices; good knowledge on availability of major health care facilities and specialists in the European Region. Knowledge of WHO's operational priorities in the Region and sensitivity to the stress and strain under which the staff work.

Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Given the nature and sensitivity required of the position, expressing oneself clearly in interactions with others is important.
  2. Knowing and managing yourself: Able to manage ambiguity and pressure in a self-reflective way working productively in an environment where clear information or direction is not always available.
  3. Moving forward in a changing environment: Ability to be receptive to new ideas and working methods actively seeking to apply new methods and technologies to improve work processes.
  4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Ability to work constructively with people of all backgrounds and orientations respecting any cultural differences.
  5. Ensuring the effective use of resources: Ability to identify priorities and define realistic objectives and timelines. Establish measures to monitor resources and progress of activities as planned.
Essential: At least 7 years experience in health services in national or multi-national Organizations in either the private or public sectors. Good knowledge of the Danish health care system.
Desirable: Professional experience in a multicultural environment. Experience in occupational health.
Essential: A very good command of the English language.
Desirable: Working knowledge of another official WHO/EURO language.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

WHO has an on-line recruitment system, therefore ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.

A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,611 at single rate
USD 72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 76.4 % 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.

A written test may be used as a form of screening

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.

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