UN Missions

Occupational Safety Officer

UN Missions

Job Description

This position is located in the Occupational Safety Unit of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The incumbent will be based in Kinshasa and will report to the Senior Administrative Officer (SAO) in the DMS Office.


The Occupational Safety Officer at this level provides Technical Support and guidance to managers and staff in the area of specialization, promoting safety culture by contributing to the development and implementation of standards, regulations, guidance, SOPs, Training Courses and briefing sessions.

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Organizes and coordinates safety risk management programme operations of all Occupational Safety risk management personnel at the duty station; advises the OSH Coordination cell to ensure that all OSH personnel working for different UN and affiliated organizations at the duty station are working together to further inter-agency safety and health risk management coordination.
2. Provides technical advice and consultative support to the country-specific hazard and risk assessment process; Collects, interprets and analyzes hazard and risk information, as it pertains to the safety and health of UN system staff and operations.
3. Contributes to the development and implementation of the Minimum Occupational Safety Standards to promote a safety culture, supports for safety and health requirements, standards and procedures; supports adherence to safety and health policies and procedures including prepares draft of, maintains, updates country-specific safety and health contingency plans.
4. Maintains liaison with specialized agencies, Programmes and Funds, international organizations, relevant host government agencies as well as embassies and NGOs as required; establishes good contacts with national OSH related agencies with a view to obtaining best possible safety and health protection for staff members.
5. Acts as main Adviser to DMS through SAO, and OSH Committee on safety and health developments in a timely manner to keep them regularly updated and coordinates the required reporting. Identifies, and monitors trends of safety and health incidents involving death, significant injury and/or considerable damage or material loss.
6. Contributes to development and conducts as needed in-country safety programmes to ensure that UN personnel receive local safety training as required; manages safety related tasks or functions as assigned by the supervisor and performs other OSH related assignments as required.
7. Carries out other duties as assigned.


Professionalism: 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 area of work.

• 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 and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amounts 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in Safety, Risk management, Environmental Management or Engineering or directly related field is required. A first level University degree to include graduates of Police/Military War Colleges and equivalent training academies with a relevant combination of academic OSH related qualifications with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years with an advance university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) or seven (7) years with a first-level university degree of relevant professional experience in Occupational Safety, Security, Risk Management or Engineering is required.
Experience managing Occupational Safety programme, crisis, risk and Emergency situations is required.
Experience managing Occupational Safety Risk programme to or in a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat. For the position advertised Fluency in oral and written English is required; Working knowledge of French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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

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.

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.

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