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The World Bank Group’s Health and Safety Directorate (HSD) seeks to protect and promote the health and safety of the World Bank Group (WBG) staff and their immediate families wherever they may be, taking account of their individual health, working environment, and job demands. HSD provides advice on health and safety related matters to WBG offices worldwide.
HSD consists of three functional domain areas:
Facilitates and enables the delivery of health services and preventive health / health promotion programs to WBG staff and families living in HQ and over 120 Country Offices (COs) outside the United States, to include moving people temporarily or permanently to regions when needed services are not available locally
•Informed by a comprehensive risk register and through collaboration with sister units, provides an ongoing assessment of personal, occupational, and psychological health and safety risks for staff across the entire Bank, and recommends implementation of controls to mitigate such risks
The Regional Medical Adviser provides health-related services to Bank Group/IMF staff according to the policies and procedures of the Health and Safety Directorate. These services include an advisory role to country offices on health-related matters, advice on and management of medical evacuations, identification, monitoring, and liaison with health care providers and counselors in the designated countries, and coordination of care for staff /dependents suffering from severe chronic illnesses. Additional responsibilities may be assigned in accord with the individual’s education, training, and experience.
In carrying out their duties, the SMO will seek guidance and direction from the HSD management team regarding business operations. Additionally, the SMO serves as the foremost subject matter expert on matters of staff health and safety in the regions that he/she covers. In this capacity, the SMO is an advisory resource for both staff and management. It is important to note that as this is an advisory position, and while the SMO can engage in health screening and delivery of selected preventive care services such as vaccines, the SMO will not be providing direct health care to staff or dependents.
Functions and Duties:
•Respond to country directors/managers ‘queries on health-related matters, and more specifically those related to occupational health and safety at the workplace.
Personal Health and Wellness:
•Works with nurse specialist to help identify qualified local health care providers and facilities throughout the regions covered by using various sources of information such as onsite visits and recommendations from authoritative resources such as the Medical Benefits Plan TPA and its network of providers.
•Upon request from team member(s), review medical information on emerging cases, communicate with staff members and treating physicians as needed, and help confirm that needed care cannot be delivered locally.
Upon request from Medevac Team, the SMO will coordinate with ISOS to help determine:
•Appropriate destination of care – center of medical excellence
Travel Medicine Team
•Promulgates the importance of pre-travel consultation with HSD to all staff members throughout regions covered
Occupational Health and Safety
•In coordination with HQ based Occupational Health Specialist, engages Hub occupational health and safety specialist/analyst in developing operational workplans that enable ongoing environmental health and safety assessment, risk mitigation strategies, and delivery of recommendations to local leadership to address identified risks and to follow-through on addressing them
Mental Health and Wellbeing
•In coordination with HQ based Senior Psychologist, engages Hub mental health counselor in developing operational workplans that enable ongoing psychosocial assessment, risk mitigation strategies, and delivery of recommendations to local leadership to address identified risks and to follow-through on addressing them
Serving as SMO, the incumbent provides expert operational oversight of all HSD integrated health and safety services under their remit. This includes a wide range of health and safety services not only for employees, but in some instances for retirees and dependents as well. The services, programs, and support directly and significantly affect the prevention and protection from significant occupational health and safety risks, minimize hazardous exposure, and aim to maintain high levels of health, safety, and wellness / wellbeing among eligible populations.
Exercises operational management and supervision of local HSD nurse. In coordination with the HQ HSD management team, the incumbent provides staff with direction in terms of achieving overall HSD goals. As such, the incumbent provides guidance and support to staff as they go about delivering services, programs, and projects aimed at achieving unit and overall HSD goals. As such, the incumbent’s assignment of work is to be recognized and accepted as authoritatively sound.
Guidelines are set forth in The WBG Staff Rules and Directives, local licensing authorities, and host government public health requirements. Incumbent uses professional judgment to interpret information and apply to health and safety programs of WBG.
The incumbent assists in managing a comprehensive and complex health and safety program which requires extensive coordination among units within HSD, WBG, IMF, and external partners. The incumbent helps determine both short- and long-term goals, suggests direction for the program, and provides insights to inform decisions by higher management regarding resources to be allocated to services, programs, and projects.
Scope and Effect
The incumbent is responsible for carrying out the work necessary to achieve HSD goals and objectives which provides means for implementing health and safety risk mitigation strategies that can prevent staff from becoming injured or ill due to hazardous exposure in the workplace or in the course of their duties.
The incumbent has periodic ongoing contact with the Chief Medical Officer and Manager of PHW, the Senior Occupational Health Specialist and Manager of OHS, the Senior Psychologist and Manager of MHW, and the Chief Nurse for Country Office Health Administration (CNCO) as the technical/professional supervisors for all HSD staff in country office locations.
The purpose of the incumbent’s contacts with parties beyond HSD, both internal and external to WBG and IMF, is to provide authoritative advice and consultation on what are often highly sensitive and controversial health and safety issues, provide cutting edge information and suggestions on complex health and safety issues, present and defend findings and recommendations and negotiate their acceptance, gain voluntary compliance with program requirements, and achieve similar objectives. As such, the incumbent may encounter resistance, competing interests, lack of understanding, uncooperative attitudes, skepticism, and other challenges that must be overcome with positive and constructive dialogue. The incumbent may represent WBG on panels, advisory committees, conferences, and meetings.
The work requires international travel, extended periods of walking, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Mission travel will require inspection of work sites and may require the physical ability to reach awkwardly located areas.
•Performs work in an adequately lighted, heated and ventilated environment. However, site visits and inspections where indoor air hazards or noise hazards are present may require incumbent to use appropriate respiratory protections and wearing of personal protective equipment.
•Medical degree from a recognized accredited institution with 8 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.
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