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Medical Adviser


Grade: P5  

Vacancy no.: RAPS/4/2018/HRD/01
Publication date: 21 December 2018
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 31 January 2019


Job ID: 915 
Department: HRD 
Organization Unit: MEDSERV 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates.


Staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage.


Applications from officials who have reached, or will reach their age of retirement as defined in Article 11.3 of the Staff Regulations on or before 31 December 2017, or who have already separated from ILO service upon retirement or early retirement, will not be considered.


The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


Applications from qualified candidates from non- or under-represented member States, or from those member States which staffing forecasts indicate will become non- or under-represented in the near future, would be particularly welcome. A list of these countries can be found here:


Successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for all external candidates.


This position is located in the ILO Medical Service (MEDSERV) within the Human Resources Development Department (HRD). Within the Management and Reform portfolio, HRD is the central authority on human resource matters in the ILO. The Department seeks to align the Office’s human resources capacity with the strategic objectives of the Organization to ensure that it can carry out its mission effectively.


MEDSERV provides services to promote, protect and safeguard health in the workplace. MEDSERV provides preventive medical and psychosocial care, first aid and emergency care for staff and advises on staff insurance and disability matters.


The position manages MEDSERV and is responsible for ensuring that services are provided in an optimal, confidential, caring and cost-effective manner. The incumbent advises management on measures to ensure a safe and healthy work environment across the ILO through the development and implementation of efficient health policies.

The position reports to the Director of HRD.

Specific Duties

  1. Supervise all the activities of MEDSERV including: medical examinations, consultations, treatment of episodic ailments, first aid and emergency treatment, first aid training, psychosocial support (stress management for cumulative and critical incident stress), preparation for duty travel and deployment, immunizations, investigations, occupational safety and health, health promotion activities and medico-administrative functions.
  2. Provide support to HRD staff and statutory bodies on matters requiring medical advice or clearance (entry/exit medical examinations, sick leave monitoring, invalidity, compensation for service incurred accidents, pension entitlements, medical evacuation, etc). Act as Adviser to the ILO Staff Pension Committee and the Compensation Claims Committee.
  3. Manage the inventory and maintenance of medical equipment, supplies, the maintenance of medical records and associated databases. 
  4. Ensure the effective management of all financial, human and other resources of MEDSERV. Ensure that all staff in the Service optimize the use of resources for the achievement of results and that they are held accountable for their performance. Ensure timely and effective use of the Performance Management Framework (PMF) and feedback mechanisms.
  5. Prepare surveys, statistics and reports on staff health and work environment related issues for HRD and identify the need for, develop, implement and monitor health policies, standards and guidelines in consultation with HRD to protect and promote staff health. 
  6. Represent the Organization on medical boards and at UN inter-agency level.  Support field offices with staff medical issues concerning staff, evaluate medical facilities and provide advice to physicians in field duty stations, as required.
  7. Perform other relevant duties as assigned.

Required qualifications


A Medical Degree. A Board certified specialization in a medical field (e.g. internal medicine, occupational health, or other). 


At least 10 years of clinical experience in general or internal medicine, some of which in an international context, either in private practice or in a hospital or institutional setting. Must not have interrupted medical practice for more than one year.


Excellent command of one working language (English, French, Spanish) of the Organization and a working knowledge of another working language. Knowledge of a third working language would be an advantage.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:


Training in medicine. Ability to interact with medical personnel in countries and with staff. Analytical skills and ability to make timely and appropriate decisions in any medical situation. Excellent inter-personal and spoken and written communication skills. A high degree of tact, diplomacy and discretion and proven ability to maintain confidentiality Time management skills and the ability to plan and execute assigned duties. Good knowledge of PC software (including word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software) such as Microsoft Office. The ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes. 




Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.
  • The first contract will be issued for a twenty-four month period.
  • A successful external candidate will be on probation for the first two years of assignment.
  • Any extension of contract beyond the probation period is subject to satisfactory conduct and performance.

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Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 3 to 4 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates, assessors and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including assessment centres, technical tests or interviews.


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