Senior Nurse (United Nations ) , West Africa

Employer: United Nations( DPKO)
Duty Station: BISSAU

Closing: 13 July 2016
Job Opening Number: 62156

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
- An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. All staff of the Ethics Office are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.
- This vacancy is subject to availability of post. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
- These posts are financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.
- This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment/secondment of the regular incumbent to another office/organization. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.
-The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) is an independent inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly. The applicable human resources procedures are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Fund and the UN Secretariat. On the basis of that MoU and in light of the status of the UNJSPF, it was decided that staff members applying to posts at the P-5 level in the UNJSPF are exceptionally not subject to the lateral move requirement for purposes of eligibility. However, selected candidates who do not meet the lateral move requirements will be granted appointments strictly limited to service with the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). The Senior Nurse reports to the Chief Medical Officer


•Responds to emergency calls and assists Medical Officer in providing adequate care
Performs urgent diagnosis, screening tests and clinical assessment of patients
*Ensures preparedness of staff travelling on reassignments, re/appointments and official business
*Identifies and plans clinics’ medical material, supplies and equipment requirements and raises requisitions accordingly;
•Liaises with Procurement Section and Supply Section to establish essential contracts for the mission;
•Coordinates medical evacuation and cooperates with Medical Services Division in N.Y. and the receiving facilities in home countries;
*Assists in providing health education and health promotion programmes and participates in work environment assessment
•Assists in providing medical support during evacuation and repatriation;
•Advises evacuees on the requirements for evacuation and/or escorts patients if needed;
•Concludes or closes medical evacuation files to enable staff members to submit claims;
•Assists in arrangements for the deceased;
•Develops logistic plans to support field satellite clinics, and follows up on implementation;
•Designs and implements outreach programs for mission personnel;
•Plans and organizes preventive and promotes medical fairs;
•Draws and implements duty roster for clinic personnel;
•Performs medical briefing for incoming staff and conducts first aid training;
•Maintains medical inventory and supplies and distributes medical supplies to outstations;
•Arranges medical appointments and examinations to mission personnel;
•Updates monthly medical reports.
*Supervise and train junior staff within the section
•Performs other duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Staff at large throughout the mission
Staff of UN Agencies and UNCT
Staff within work unit
Staff counsellors
Physicians and nursing staff of referral hospitals

Results Expected:
Independent responsibility for planning and implementation of own work plan and that of other nursing staff as delegated by the Chief Medical Officer, promotion and maintenance of health care in the mission, including the prevention of health hazards, for mission staff. Effectively develops staff under his/her supervision, including their on-going learning and development.Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of clinical, occupational and travel nursing. Formal training in CPR and, preferably, in BCLS and ACLS or equivalent emergency medical care. Knowledge of major medical office equipment and ability to use them in emergency situations. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Registered Professional Nurse who is a graduate of either an accredited Baccalaureate Nursing Programme or an accredited Diploma Programme (4 years). Certificates in ECG, CPR or Basic Life Support is an asset. Knowledge of electronic medical records is desirable.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.Education

Registered Professional Nurse who is a graduate of either an accredited Baccalaureate Nursing Programme or an accredited Diploma Programme (4 years). Certificates in ECG, CPR or Basic Life Support is an asset. Knowledge of electronic medical records is desirable.Work Experience

At least 8 years of progressively responsible clinical experience in general nursing, Intensive Care and health administration. Supervisory experience in mission administration is an asset. Knowledge and understanding of relevant UN administrative policies and procedures is desirableLanguages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is desired.Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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