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					CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY
Workplace Ergonomics Specialist



Consultancy Opp No.               10-004-MED-HRMS-SSA-BANGKOK
Closing Date:                     17 January 2011
Job Title/Level:                  Workplace Ergonomics Specialist
Department:                       Medical Service
                                  Human Resources Management Section
                                  Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Location:                         Bangkok, Thailand
Remuneration:                     Based on proposals
Duration:                         Starting 1 February 2011 for one year on a when-needed basis



             United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


Background
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is
to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asian and Pacific
region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its
membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development
priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

In order to ensure that workplace equipment and office space in ESCAP are aligned with ergonomic
standards and staff members are provided with information and avenues of support in relation to
ergonomics, an expert consultant is required on an as-needed basis to provide expert knowledge, services
and guidance on this subject.

Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Medical Officer, the consultant will:

 •   Act as an independent expert providing guidance and expert opinion, verbal and written, on current
     office equipment and set-up of workstations and work areas.
 •   Assist in determining the technical capabilities of vendors and products offered to ESCAP by any
     official UN procurement exercise relating to workplace ergonomics.
 •   To design and deliver briefing sessions to staff on ergonomics.
 •   Provide guidance, as required, in the field of workplace ergonomics.

Products and outputs

 •   Design a workplace ergonomics assessment questionnaire either online or as hard copy to be
     distributed to UN staff as a practical means of assessing and following up ergonomic on issues in the
     workplace.
 •   Conduct workstation assessment on an as-needed basis and provide a written report of assessment
     and recommendations to the relevant UN official.
 •   Design and delivery of interactive briefing sessions to staff and managers on workplace ergonomics,
     awareness of occupational ergonomic issues, and preventive measures to avoid ergonomics-related
     ailments. Sessions are generally two hours including Q&A, and follow an inter-active approach
     (exercises, discussions, etc.). Session content and materials to be approved by the relevant UN
     official prior to delivery of session.
 •   Provide content for a one-page handout on ergonomic topics in the workplace, tailored to UN needs.
 •   Attend meetings of the internal Occupational Health and Safety Committee, in the capacity of an
     expert adviser and provide brief reports on ergonomic-related topics, as required.
 •   Provide ad hoc expert advice and guidance, as required.




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Administrative Arrangements:

•       Consultant will work from his/her own office/home when working on deliverables and not meeting with
        United Nations staff for workplace assessment or briefing sessions.
•       All administrative costs (office supplies, equipment, telecommunications, etc.) are to be borne by the
        consultant.
•       All documentation in connection with the briefing sessions, handout materials and workstation
        assessment must be produced on software compatible with that of the United Nations (i.e. MS Word,
        MS Excel, MS PowerPoint).
•       All materials developed remain property of the United Nations. The consultant will not be
        acknowledged within the materials produced.

Compensation

    •    Compensation will be paid on a product delivery basis, by phase, upon receipt of invoice
    •    Fees to be determined by proposal

Background Requirements

    •    Advanced university degree in occupational therapy, science, medicine, engineering or related subject
    •    Experience in ergonomics and industrial safety required
    •    Strong communication and presentation skills required
    •    Some experience in IT tools required, including use of Microsoft applications
    •    Prior experience with the UN or other diverse multi-cultural, multilingual organization desirable
    •    Fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of Thai in an advantage

Proposals and Queries

Candidates should submit the following items for consideration:
 • Current resume and United Nations Form P.11 (Personal History Profile; available at
    www.unescap.org/jobs).
 • Name and contact information of three references who have first-hand knowledge of your work in this
    area (do not attach letters of reference).
 • Approximate timeline for product delivery and detailed costing table. Costing table should include
    proposed rate for each product mentioned in the Products and Outputs section above and daily rate
    for provision of expert advice and attendance in meetings.


Applications must be submitted electronically to Ms. Orasa-ang Sarakitprija:
sarakitprija.unescap@un.org with the subject “Application for Workplace Ergonomics Specialist”
and received no later than 17 January 2011.

Due to the volume of applications, only candidates under positive consideration will be contacted.


DATE OF ISSUANCE: 23 December 2010




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