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Posted: 30 July 2022
Location: Mogadishu, Somalia

Medical Officer

Posted: 30 July 2022
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11 August 2022 Health Mogadishu, Somalia Full Time United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
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Mission and objectives

The United Nations Security Council in Resolution 2245 adopted on 09 November 2015 established the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). This replaced the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOs), established in 2009. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2245 decided that UNSOS will be responsible for support to AMISOM, UNSOM, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the Somali Police Force (SPF) on joint operations with AMISOM.


The United Nations Security Council in Resolution 2245 adopted on 09 November 2015 established the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). This replaced the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA), established in 2009. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2245 decided that UNSOS will be responsible for support to AMISOM, UNSOM, the Somali National Army (SNA), and the Somali Police Force (SPF) on joint operations with AMISOM.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) or his representative, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks at the duty station: • Undertakes day-to-day clinical duties, e.g. consultation and treatment of patients at a walk-in clinic and 24/7 response to medical emergencies at the UNSOS Level 1 + Hospital as required. • To ensure optimal operations in all UNSOS-supported medical treatment facilities, participate in the development of requirements, and distribute medical goods and services. • Ensures optimum and rational use of resources including verification of medical assets and regular maintenance of medical equipment while respecting medical ethics. • Participates in the design and implementation of training programs for ATMIS medical staff to develop their capabilities (e.g. BLS, ACLS, & Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), etc; • Participates in processing and documentation of medical commodity requests/issuance in relevant mission platforms i.e. Umoja, FSS, Comindware etc. • Participates in the technical evaluation of medical goods and services solicitations in collaboration with the Procurement Section and other stakeholders. • Assists in the management, receiving, and inspection (R&I) of drugs, medical equipment, consumables, and medical supplies. • Participates in the preparation and implementation of Mass Casualty Incidence (MCI) response, medical emergencies, Covid-19 response, and other related public health emergencies including the development of emergency stockpiles of pharmaceutical, and medical supplies, and equipment. • Participates in organizing medical referrals, medical evacuations of mission personnel, and repatriation of human remains for ATMIS. • Participates in the provision of health education to civilian mission personnel. • Participates in addressing environmental and occupational health issues. • Participates in the planning, management, and implementation of adequate infection control measures including management of medical wastes in the mission health facilities. • Provides relevant technical support to the facility management team in the mission and contractors providing sanitation and fumigation services at the UN camps within Somalia. • Ensures timely submission of relevant key performance indicators and monthly medical reports to the CMO’s office. • Carry out any other tasks within the mission as may be assigned by the CMO or his designate.

3 years of experience in specialized human medicine. Clinical experience is mandatory. • Valid certification in Advanced Trauma Life support, Advanced Cardiac Life support, or Prehospital trauma life support is highly desirable; Experience in managing medical logistics is desirable

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license

License for light vehicles Required


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in Specialized human medicine (with clinical experience) is Mandatory.

Competencies and values

• Integrity and professionalism: • Accountability: • Commitment to continuous learning: • Planning and organizing: • Teamwork and respect for diversity: • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity, and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.


How to apply

Other informationLiving conditions and remarks

General: Mogadishu is the HQ of the UNSOM operation inside Somalia mission area and is a non-family duty station. The UN Volunteer will be subject to the overall direction and guidance of the UN Designated Official (DO) for security. The volunteer will be incorporated into all ap-plicable security protocols and will be required to strictly adhere to the guidelines, security plans and other directives issued by the DO. While in Somalia, the volunteer will be housed in UN provided accommodation. In Mogadishu this is at the UN Compound at the Aden Abdulle International Airport (AAIA). Accommodation: Due to the security situation in the UNSOS mission area and coupled with the fact that there is no living accommodation on the private market that meets minimum UN security and safety standards for UN personnel, expatriate personnel deployed to Mogadishu are provided secured accommodation in a camp style environment. Some of the accommo-dation (hard wall and prefabs) are paid for by the UN personnel on a monthly basis. However, containerized accommodation is provided free by the UN. The UN-provided accommodation is essentially equipped with minimum room furniture. The accommodation could be single or shared rooms with shared bath and toilet facilities. Power and water are provided by the UN inside the camp to its occupants. Food and Diet: There is no access to local markets in Mogadishu. There is a UN Contractor-managed dining facility inside the UNSOS Camp in Mogadishu where food is provided at a cost by the contractor CIANO. Personnel may cook their own meals at common kitchen buildings situated at convenient locations within the camp. Health: Exposure exists to many tropical diseases. All medical formalities specified in the Of-fer or Travel Advisory should be completed before traveling. Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory before coming to the mission area, while vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Ty-phoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Polio and Meningitis are recommended. Vaccination Card (yellow card) must be brought. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended. Due to large number of various types of insects in the mission area, it is also recommended to use insecticide-impregnated nets and insect repellants. UN personnel have access during working hours to a Civilian Clinic inside the UNSOS Camp in Mogadishu. Rest and Recuperation: International personnel, including UN Volunteers, working in the UNSOS mission area are entitled to a 4-week Rest and Recuperation (R & R) cycle. This means that after every 4 weeks of being in the mission area, a break is taken to travel to ei-ther Nairobi (UNSOS designated R & R location) or any other destination outside the mission area. The R & R entitlement consists of a 5 calendar days R & R, with 2 travel days added, every 4 weeks. UN flights from Mogadishu or any other deployed site in the mission to Nairo-bi and back to duty station can be used at no expense. However, accommodation, food and other expenses while on R & R are borne by the individual. Approval of R & R is balanced against operational requirements.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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