IAAF Manager of Health & Science – Monaco

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is looking for a full-time Manager of Health & Science.

Reports to: Director Health & Science
Location: Monaco

About IAAF

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was founded in 1912 and is the international governing body for the sport of athletics which encompasses track and field, race walking, road, cross country, mountain and trail running. The IAAF’s 214 national Member Federations are divided into six Continental Area Associations. The IAAF organises many major athletics competitions worldwide, including the World Athletics Series (WAS) of events, at the pinnacle of which is the biennial IAAF World Championships, and administers One-Day Meeting circuits such as the World Indoor Tour and Diamond League and Road Race Label events. The IAAF’s mission is to lead, govern and develop the sport of Athletics in all its forms worldwide, uniting the Athletics family in a spirit of Excellence, Integrity and Solidarity. The IAAF is based in Monaco with a staff of more than 70 people, from 18 different nationalities. Lord Sebastian Coe was elected as the new IAAF President in 2015, instigating a dynamic period of governance reform and the modernisation of the organisation. Needless to say, this is an exciting and stimulating time to join the IAAF.


The Manager of the Health & Science Department will assist the Department Director with tasks that will include the health of athletes and support personnel at IAAF competitions and the promotion of pre-participation medical examination for elite athletes. He/she will also develop health oriented education and prevention programmes for athletes and support personnel. The manager will assist in the coordination, when necessary, with external scientific resources in applied research and scientific monitoring in life and sports sciences to support existing and future IAAF regulations and recommendations. He/she will also support the Athletics Integrity Unit on various important topics including the administration of (Therapeutic Use Exemptions) TUE’s and Anti-Doping medical matters.

Main Mission

Supervision of medical services at IAAF competitions (World Athletic Series, Road Races…)

  • Site visits – appointment/supervision of Medical delegates
  • First aid and Local Organising Committee health organisation and network
  • Food and Hygiene control, epidemic and endemic risks, vaccines…

Creation and management of Education and Prevention programmes for Athletes and Support Personnel

  • Seminars for coaches, doctors and physiotherapist at Regional Development Centres (sport medicine, sport sciences, nutrition…)
  • Production of educational material for Athletes and Support Personnel (manuals, flyers, power points, videos…)
  • Proposing and drafting specific policies (no needle policy, Prevention of Harassment and abuse in athletics)

Development and implementation of applied research programmes and scientific monitoring to support IAAF Regulations and Recommendations

  • Nutrition
  • Biomechanics and Injuries
  • Athlete Eligibility
  • Pre-Participation Medical Examination
  • Prevention of harassment and Abuse in Athletics

Athletics as a healthy lifestyle

  • Designing educational content to be disseminated via social media platforms
  • Promotion of physical activity through Athletics: prevention programmes for non-communicable diseases

IAAF Health & Science Commission Liaison Officer

Specific Assistance to the Athletics Integrity Unit

  • Administration of TUE applications
    o Initial review
    o Referral to TUE sub-commission
    o Compilation of opinions
    o TUE statistics
  • Advice on medical issues/matters
    o Anti-doping rule violations: review of medical explanations provided by athletes under investigation or under proceedings (incl. Athlete Biological Passport cases)
    o Age manipulation
  • Scientific advice
    o Scientific surveillance on new doping trends (e.g. genetic doping)
    o Helping to the development of advanced scientific tools (e.g. Athlete’s Performance Passport, evolution of the Athlete’s Biological Passport)
    o Monitoring of Scientific publications.


  • Graduation as a Medical Doctor (MD), with knowledge in Sports Medicine
  • 5 to 10 years’ experience
  • Graduation in Sports Sciences (MSc, or PhD) is a plus
  • Excellent English (spoken and written, including Medical English)
  • French and additional languages an asset • Experience in statistical epidemiology would be an advantage
  • Interest and knowledge in Sports and particularly in Athletics
  • Teaching and drafting skills
  • IT Skills (pack office, e-learning)

What You Need to Have

  • Impeccable medical ethic and personal integrity
  • Ability to work independently as well as being a good team player
  • Flexibility and prepared to travel
  • A natural tendency to educate / transmit /share
  • Communicate easily with people from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Analytical, curious mind

To apply, please send your CV and short covering letter in English to emploi@iaaf.org
before 10th December 2017