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Specialist – Pediatrician at the African Union (AU)

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The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999). We are an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Specialist – Pediatrician
Requisition ID: 1547
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reports to: Head of Division, Clinical Services 
Directorate/Department : Medical and Health Services
Division : Clinical Services
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Number of Indirect Reports: 1
Job Grade: P4
Contract Type: Regular

Purpose of Job

  • To provide technical medical consultations, diagnosis and treatment for MHSD infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents to achieve AU goals and objectives 

Main Functions

  • Provides technical and intellectual support in the management of various partnerships relevant for the division and directorate;
  • Identifies best practices and monitors effectiveness of the Division/Directorate’s support to AU;
  • Contributes to the development of the departmental strategies and business continuity plan and participates in/ensure their implementation
  • Involved in negotiations;
  • Fosters and ensures implementation of large-scale and long-term initiatives related to strategic partnerships;
  • Supports the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations;
  • Develops training materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units;
  • Provides technical resource allocation and policy guidance on matters relating to system -Implementation projects and maintenance.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provides routine and emergency consultation, investigations and treatment for MHSD infants, toddlers, children and adolescents.
  • Refers clients, when necessary to appropriate medical specialists locally or abroad and follows up on their management.
  • Performs preventive and curative interventions in Internal Medicine, including immunizations, screening for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Conducts a series of tests and checks to assess patient health, ranging from ear, nose, and throat examinations to reflex, pulmonary, and respiratory tests.
  • Monitors vaccination program throughout their different developmental stages in close collaboration with parents.
  • Prepares SOPs for the management of priority medical conditions and procedures; and ensures that these are followed.
  • Performs ward rounds regularly on all admitted patients and provide high level input into their management.
  • Contributes to training programs and workshops for continuous medical education at the Medical and Health Services Directorate; including mentoring, regular training and support for clinical attachés.
  • Participates in the MHSD on call duty and 24 hour MHSD coverage roster.
  • Undertakes evaluation of services for clients and make recommendations for improvement where necessary.
  • Participates in the development and delivery of health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Trains, teaches and supervises junior staff during their   orientations to familiarize with medical delivery systems in primary health care settings at the AUC-MHSD.
  • Quantifies and forecasts requirements of supplies and equipment for procurement and submit on time to the supervisor.
  • Participates in the AU Medical Board in determining the necessity for medical evacuations, prepare the clinical information and present same to the Medical Board for clearance.  
  • Provides support for the management of the evacuation process, monitor the progress of the evacuees and facilitate their return.
  • Examines, diagnoses and treats disease, abnormalities, injuries and dysfunctional disorders in children.
  • Monitors vaccination program in all developmental stages in close collaboration with parents. 
  • Performs any other relevant duties assigned by the immediate Supervisor.           
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Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • MD, BMBCh or MBBS Degree, with ten (10) years’ post qualification experience with clinical specialization in pediatrics internal medicine (Fellowship of the Regional College of Physicians or equivalent) which 6 years should be Expert/specialist level and 3 years at supervisory level.
  • Must currently be working in a clinical role.
  • At least eight (08) years of clinical practice in a tertiary level government hospital, private practice or International Organization (as a Medical Doctor), including at least five (5) years as a pediatrician.
  • Must be licensed to practice medicine as a pediatrician in his/her home country or country of residence, as at the time of application.
  • Experience as head of a clinical unit, section, service or department will be an advantage. 
  • Additional qualification in any of the sub specialties in Internal Medicine will be an added advantage.

Required Skills:

  • Leadership and Management Skills 
  • Knowledge and working understanding of international and regional guidelines for managing medical conditions.
  • Interpersonal and negotiation skills 
  • Planning and organizational skills 
  • Must have excellent and up dated clinical skills.
  • Research and analytical skills 
  • Ability to work in teams and in a multicultural environment 
  • Knowledge and working understanding of Microsoft office suite and Hospital Information Systems 
  • Knowledge and working understanding of AU policies, processes and standards 
  • Report writing, communication and presentation skills 
  • Proficiency in one of the AU official working languages (French, English, Portuguese, Arabic) and  fluency in another AU language(s) is an added advantage

Leadership Competencies:

  • Strategic Insight
  • Developing Others
  • Change Management
  • Managing Risk.

Core Competencies:

  • Building Relationships.
  • Accountable and Complies with Rules..
  • Learning Orientation;
  • Communicating with Influence.

Functional Competencies:

  • Conceptual thinking.

Job Knowledge Sharing:

  • Drive for Results
  • Continuous Improvement Orientation.

Tenure Of Appointment

  • The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.

Gender Mainstreaming

  • The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Remuneration
Indicative basic salary of US$  42,879.00 (P4 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 26,208.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Application Closing Date
14th December, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Only candidates who have met all the requirements of the post and have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Only applications registered online with a complete curriculum vitae (CV) attached will be considered.
  • The Africa Union is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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