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Posting Title: HEAD NURSE, NOB
Job Code Title: HEAD NURSE
Department/Office: United Nations Support Office in Somalia
Duty Station: GAROOWE
Posting Period: 18 April 2023 – 17 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Medical-UNSOS-204538-R-Garoowe (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Medical Services Section of the United Nations Support Office in Garoowe, Somalia (UNSOS). Under the overall supervision of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), through the Medical Officer, the incumbent provides medico-administrative support to UN staff in the field.


Within delegated authority, and under the overall guidance and supervision of the Medical Officer, the Head Nurse will be responsible for the following duties:

•Assesses needs of clients visiting the “walk-in” clinic, provides care/advice accordingly or facilitates referral to the UN Medical Officer or to an outside physician as indicated.
•Ensures preparedness of staff traveling on missions or re-assignments, including administration of appropriate vaccine, instructions on malaria prophylaxis and other travel related ailments, instruction on the content and potential uses of the “Travel Kit”.
•Ensures smooth day-to-day operation at walk-in clinic and emergencies.
•Provides in service training to nurses.
•Assists in providing health promotion programs.
•Provides health education and participates in addressing work environment and occupational health issues.
•Ensures proper coordination between nurses, Medical Officers, UN Security and outside Paramedics in case of medical emergencies.
•Runs the 24/7 emergency call center on Day or Night shift rotation basis depending on exigencies of work.
•Collaborates with the Medical Officer and the physicians in developing objectives and establishing policies to ensure quality in the delivery of medical care.

•Assists the Chief of Section, Medical and Medical Officers in following United Nations established policies and procedures regarding medical clearances, medical emergencies, business continuity plans, crises management and medical preparedness, job-related injuries/illnesses, and medico-legal issues.
•Participates in the establishment, implementation and evaluation of health promotion and occupational Programmes.
•Participates in the selection process of new nursing staff: ensures their training, updates clinical nursing guidelines, Standard operating procedures (SOPs) and provides the nursing staff with opportunities for continuing education.
•Identifies, evaluates and recommends purchase of medical equipment and supplies.
•Maintains inventory of medical equipment and supplies.
•Ensures proper collection of nursing statistics to assist the Chief of Section, Medical in the preparation of the biennium budget.

•Manages, supervises and evaluates performance of nursing staff.
•Provides opportunities for nurses to consistently update their nursing skills.
•Ensures smooth running of the Performance Appraisal System for all nurses.
•Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of Basic and Advanced life support and be able to operate ECG Machines, Glucometer, and have knowledge in handling electronic medical records. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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.


University degree (B.S. or equivalent) in nursing is required. Advanced university degree in public health, occupational health or a related area is an advantage.

Job – Specific Qualification

National registration and license are required.

Work Experience

A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in Nursing field is required.

Experience in an UN common system or in an international organization is desirable.

Experience in the usage of Earth-med/Med-gate patient database is desirable.

Knowledge and understanding of relevant UN administrative policies and procedures is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.


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

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.This position is funded for an initial period of one year, extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

Recruitment against this position is on a local basis. THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF SOMALIA ONLY. National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. When completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up-to-date. This information is the basis for the Hiring Manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Interested applicants who are working with UN Contractors must fulfill the obligations of their contracts with the UN Contractors in order to be eligible to apply for this vacancy.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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