UNON Occupational Health Officer Jobs in Kenya

UNON Occupational Health Officer Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. UNON supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN- HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services (

The post is located in UNON Human Resources Management Service, Joint Medical Service, duty station NAIROBI. Under the direct supervision of Chief, Joint Medical Service, the incumbent is responsible for:


Clinical responsibilities:

  • Provides clinical support, including the design and implementation of appropriate health screening and follow-up programs for high-risk occupational groups.

  • Perform day to day clinical duties and provide clinical care for emergencies, injuries, and illnesses in the workplace.

  • Perform pre-placement and periodic medical examinations and provide medical administrative support on sick leave, medical clearances, and medical evacuation coordination.

  • Provide health promotion services including health talks on infectious and non-infectious diseases, healthy living, and lifestyle modification.

  • Provide health education on areas relating to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

  • Provide travel health advice including supervision of the travel health clinic, administering vaccines, malaria prophylaxis and health briefings.

  • Deploy for mobile health outreach in remote deep field locations as may be determined by operational need.

    Occupational safety responsibilities:

  • Participates in the development and implementation of strategies and plans that promote occupational safety and health best practices.

  • Supports the development, review and update of the OSH risk management, standard operating procedures, and guidance materials.

  • Undertakes workplace risk assessments.

  • Ensures root cause analysis for significant incidents, reports and preventative actions are completed in a timely manner.

  • Collates information on performance, analyses trend, identifies areas where improvements can be made, proposes, and implements necessary corrective actions.

  • Promotes and raises awareness on safety behaviour at all levels of the organisation.

  • Coordinates safety trainings and exercises to ensure that operational readiness and competencies are maintained to standards.

  • Undertakes and provides support to UN complex Gigiri based office ergonomics program, health, and wellness programs.

  • Supports the monitoring of compliance with occupational safety standards.

  • Coordinates implementation of hazard and risk control programs.

  • Organizes and conducts safety inspections, audits and fact-finding activities as needed.

  • Participates in the UN Occupational Health and Safety advisory committees both locally and regionally.

  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge and hands on experience in Occupational Health and Safety; 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.

  • Communication: 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in medicine, including residency/ internship in one of the medical specialties or related fields is required.

  • A first-level university degree in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Job - Specific Qualification

  • Registration with the relevant professional bodies with a valid license to practice medicine from the authority in the country of origin is required.

  • Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent is required.

  • Acceptable equivalents include certificates in occupational safety, occupational hygiene, industrial hygiene, environmental hygiene, environmental engineering, or environmental safety.

  • Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of continuously progressive work experience and responsible medical practice in an occupational or workplace setting is required.

  • At least two (2) years work experience in occupational safety including assessment, incident investigation and reporting is required.

  • At least two (2) years' experience handling healthcare emergencies in an Accident and Emergency Unit, Intensive Care Unit or Pre-hospital setting is desirable.

  • Experience in implementing and maintaining Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Risk registers or OSH Incident reporting systems is desirable.

  • At least two (2) years international work experience serving in different countries is desirable.

  • Two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNON Occupational Health Officer Jobs in Kenya

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