National Professional Officer (Nurse) , Africa

Employer: World Health Organization
Location: Zimbabwe
Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/15/FT445
Duration of contract: 2 Years
Application Deadline: 6 September 2015
(4 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications

Objectives Of The Programme:
To fully manage and co-ordinate all administrative activities of the Medical Unit in the Inter-country Support Unit (ISU) and to provide the required primary nursing care to Staff of the ISU, WHO Country Office and their dependants.

Inter-Country Management Support Units (ISUs) have been established in the organisational structure to provide support for Managers and staff to fully assume their responsibilities in the GSM environment and to ensure compliance with organizational policies, procedures, rules and regulations on all administrative and financial matters and transactions in the context of an enterprise resource Planning (ERP) system.

The aim of the WHO ISU Medical Unit is to provide medical and nursing care to Staff of the ISU and WHO Country Office, including medical evacuation and all other medical services.

Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the ISU Human Resources Officer, the general supervision of the ISU Manager and the general guidance of the Regional Staff Physician, maintain a dispensary in the ISU Office and to provide first aid care, treatment and advice on health promotion to Staff of the ISU and the WHO Country Office.

Manage the daily operations of the Medical Unit in the ISU (both administrative and clinically) and to provide support to the Regional Staff Physician in the execution of his responsibilities;
Responsible for ordering, safe keeping, inventory of drugs and medical equipment in the Medical Unit including First Aid Kits on Emergency missions;
Provide the necessary primary nursing care to WHO Staff and their dependants including taking appropriate action in cases of emergency;
Liaise with the appropriate local health service providers and attending Doctors whenever a Staff member or dependant is hospitalized;
To carry out various inoculations, vaccinations, examinations, dressings etc.;
Co-ordinate medical evacuation in conjunction with the Administrative Officer /Nurse (AON/ AFRO) Brazzaville;
Assist prospective candidates and Staff members to undergo Entry medical and Periodic medical examinations respectively;
To provide health education, counselling and treatment on HIV, AIDS and EBOLA;
Maintain all confidential medical files for Staff in the ISU and WHO Country Office;
Is responsible for initiating correspondences with:
 The Regional Staff Physician and AON/AFRO on issues pertaining to Medical travel under Staff rule 820.2.8;
 HRM Staff in connection with sick leave, maternity leave, accidents on duty, and completion of WHO 417, 418 & 800;
 Finance Staff in connection with letters of guarantee for admission to hospital and the related medical bills.
Provide support to Staff and Consultants being deployed on Emergency missions;
Provide well stocked First Aid kits to Staff and Consultants going on Emergency missions.
 Provide pre and post deployment briefings, including advice on vaccination requirements

Achievement activities include: A smooth running of the Medical Centre; Efficient medical and nursing services to all ISU staff.

Required Qualifications: 
Essential: Degree in Nursing or equivalent in specialized nursing training, plus legal registration as a Nurse with a recognized Nursing Council.
Desirable: Additional experience in emergency medical care, occupational medicine as well as Nursing administration and/or training in counseling is an added asset.
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way;
2. Producing results;
3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences; 4. Setting an example;
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources.

Competencies: Functional

Updated knowledge in clinical nursing and a wide experience in administrative procedures related to the position i.e. Planning, organizing, and coordinating the activities of the Medical Unit and being able to make independent decisions in cases of emergency;
ability to establish priority and to plan and coordinate own work plan;
Good interpersonal relationship and being able to maintain a high level of confidentiality and accountability.

Essential: 2 years of practical experience as a Nurse in medical and surgical wards with experience in Emergency medical care and also in an administrative position.

Desirable: Experience at international level and a Counseling certificate would be an added advantage.
Excellent knowledge of English and a good working knowledge of French and other local languages would be an added advantage.
Additional Information:
Computer literacy with basic knowledge in word processing and electronic communication technology is desirable.

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.

Currently accepting applications