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23 Dec 2020

Occupational Safety and Health Officer

Job Description

Result of Service

– A Field Occupational Safety & Health (FOSH) Committee has been established as per DPKO/ DFS FOSRM Policy, which meets regularly and/or minimum 4 times a year or more.
– A formal UNISFA Field Occupational Safety Risk Management (FOSRM) Programme has been developed.
– FOSRM Programme has been developed and implemented through a formal implementation Plan.
– UNISFA Occupational Safety incidents are reported on a timely and regular basis as per DPKO/DFS (DPA) FOSRM Policy, Reporting SOP and via the prescribed DPKO/ DFS Incident Reporting Form (IRF).
– UNISFA Unit/Section Chiefs, Managers, Supervisors and Staff are briefed trained and/or informed of the DPKO/DFS Field Occupational Safety Risk Management Programme, Policy, SOP, and their respectively individual responsibilities in regard to Occupational Safety.
– Occupational Safety Risk Assessments (O-SRAs) are done by all Managers/Supervisors/Section and Unit Chiefs minimum once annually for each respective mission workplace with corrective measures identified and subsequently implemented in a timely manner to eliminate hazards or reduce risk to staff and also for contractors they manage to ensure that contractors are compliant with occupational safety standards required of them in the performance of the work activities with or on behalf of UNISFA
– Mission occupational groups within the higher risk categories have been identified and trained on Job-Specific Safe Work Practices/Procedures and specific safety programmes or SOP’s for these groups have been developed.
– Recordkeeping of all the Mission’s Occupational Safety Risk Management Programme operations, actions, reports, O- SRAs, statistics/data, meetings, decisions, incidents, and overall activates are done (maintained) at a central repository

Work Location


Expected duration

The expected duration of the contract is 12 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNISFA Medical Unit plans to contract one (1) Occupational Safety and Health Officer to work under the Supervision of the Field Occupational Safety Focal Point (FOSFP) and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The Occupational Safety and Health Officer duties will require them to:

– Establish a Field Occupational Safety & Health (FOSH) Committee and Chair quarterly meetings.
– Support and guide each Unit/Section is to develop appropriate FOSH Programme (risk reduction/mitigation).
– Implement Mission wide FOSH Programme (risk reduction/mitigation) through a formal implementation Plan.
– Develop a formal reporting system from all Sections/Units to the Focal Point and ensure reporting of all consolidated FOSH Incidents on a timely and regular basis to the Mission Leadership and DHMOSH.
– Identify & Train Unit/Section Chiefs, Managers, Supervisors and Staff for the continuity of FOSH activities especially targeting the occupational groups with the higher risk categories.
– Coordinate, involve and guide each Unit/Section to conduct an Occupational Safety Risk Assessments (O-SRAs) for respective Unit/Section and also for the contractors they manage.
– Identify and train occupational groups within the higher risk categories.
– Establish records at a central repository of all FOSH Programme operations, actions, reports, O- SRAs, statistics/data, meetings, decisions, incidents, and overall activities.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Professionalism:
Excellent knowledge in the field of work in safety or security risk management combined with a solid background in either Occupational Safety or OSH (specifically), Engineering, Security or directly related field; well-developed ability to identify safety hazards, evaluate the risks and subsequently determine effective and reasonable risk management measures; capability to develop, implement, manage and coordinate safety risk management programmes, concepts, systems and efforts; shows pride in his/ her 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Strong research skills, including the ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources.

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others; correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in Occupational Safety, Engineering, Security or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying safety specific experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Official certification or training in the specific field of Occupational Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Traffic Safety, Aviation Safety, Fire Safety or General Safety or Security Risk Management from an internationally and/or UN recognized, school, academy or training institute would be an advantage.
Experience: A minimum of five years experience in occupational safety, engineering, security or directly related field is required; two of which should be at the international level in an occupational safety position is required.

Experience in occupational safety hazards and risks, safety risk management, Occupational Safety Risk Assessments, specific active and reactive key performance measures, occupational safety inspections and audits, formal investigation of an incident, occupational safety reports, occupational safety incident reports is desirable.

Experience working in a UN Field Mission is an advantage.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

Additional Information

The payment for services provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Officer under contract to UNISFA will be made on a monthly basis.

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