Senior Medical Officer, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Monday, 7 June 2021

Senior Medical Officer(P5)

( 2021/0262 (000505) )

Organization: MTHR-VIC Medical Service

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-05-10, 8:24:04 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Management (MT) provides a ‚platform of services‘ that serves as a foundation for the successful delivery of the IAEA’s scientific and technical programmes. Its mission statement is as follows: "MT is a partner and a business enabler that champions change and efficiency, leveraging a common purpose". Thus, among other support activities, it assists a scientific manager in recruiting the right expert, helps a technical officer coordinate the purchase of radiation equipment, and ensures that all Board documents are translated and distributed on a timely basis to Member States.

The Division of Human Resources plans, acquires and manages human resources to help implement IAEA programmes. The Division delivers the full spectrum of HR services, including organizational development and planning, talent acquisition and development, performance management, and administration of compensation and benefits. The Division serves a multicultural workforce of approximately 2300 people from diverse scientific, technical, managerial and professional disciplines.

The VIC (Vienna International Centre) Medical Service serves the staff of all VIC Based Organizations (i.e. the IAEA, the United Nations Office of Vienna, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization), promotes the health of the staff of these organizations, provides for an occupationally safe and healthy work environment, and ensures that the UN Common System medical standards are maintained at the VIC. It renders services to approximately 4500 staff and dependants.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Medical Director, the responsibility of the Senior Medical Officer is: to improve the health of individual staff members through medical advice, counselling and facilitating contact to treatment facilities in the duty station; to optimize the health of staff in general by advising management on the occupational health aspects of employment and work environment; as well as to give a medical opinion in individual cases.


The Senior Medical Officer is a general specialist with a broad expertise in clinical medicine, occupational health, emergency medicine, travel and tropical medicine, radiation protection and medico-legal issues; an adviser to management; and a promoter of a healthy and safe work environment.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Undertake day-to-day clinical duties (periodical medical examinations, treatment, walk-in-clinic, immunizations, etc.) and advise staff.

Counsel staff on travel and preventive medicine.

Provide first aid and emergency treatment.

Oversee and provide health education and health promotion programs.

Refer staff to outside specialists, coordinate medical/administrative requirements with them and liaise with medical institutions in Vienna and elsewhere.

Investigate occupational and environmental health problems.

Advise organizations on occupational health and on individual cases.

Oversee the administration of medical clearances (fitness for duty), sick leave, medical evacuations, medical disability and medical insurance claims, in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Provide support in planning, organizing, managing, supervising and coordinating medical services in the VIC.

Deputize for the Medical Director.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

Planning and Organizing

Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.


Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.

Achieving Results

Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.


Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Analytical thinking

Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

Partnership building

Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.

Technical/scientific credibility

Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Information Management


Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to interpret medical information, summarize findings and contribute to/ draft reports/policies.

Administrative Support

Discretion and Respect for Confidentiality

Empathy, tact and discretion in dealing with patients.

Medical Support

General Practitioner

Knowledge of public health, supplemented by familiarity with global health workforce related issues and challenges.

Medical Support

Health and Safety

Working knowledge of several of the following fields: occupational health, travel medicine, public health and acute care.

Administrative Support

MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Proficiency in the use of office software products (MS Office). Working knowledge of an occupational health record system an asset.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Medical Support

Health and Safety

Working knowledge of radiation protection.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Medical degree (Master’s or equivalent) with current medical registration.

At least 10 years of relevant and progressively responsible clinical experience, including some years at international level.

Broad clinical experience in a variety of settings.

Experience in acting with a high level of initiative and independence, including the ability to make medical decisions.

Experience in dealing with administrative issues and supervising staff.

Knowledge and practical experience in Occupational Health and in business administration would be an asset.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) and/or German is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 46266*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance


Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process

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