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Description of assignment title :                                 Medical Officer
Assignment country:                                                        Somalia
Expected start date:                                                         01/09/2023
Duration:                                                                              6 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments :                                               1
Duty stations:                                                                     Mogadiscio


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 ATMIS, UNSOM, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the Somali Police Force (SPF) on joint operations with ATMIS.

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 walk-in clinic and 24/7 response to medical emergencies; • Provides primary health care services at the Jowhar Level-I clinic and follow up with the treatment of patients evacuated from Jowhar; • Ensures availability of medical supplies and proper functioning of all medical equipment in the clinic; • Ensures optimum and rational use of resources while respecting medical ethics; Coordinate training programs for AMISOM medical staff to develop their capabilities (e.g. BLS, ACLS, & Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), etc.; • Assists in the management of procurement of drugs, medical equipment, consumables and medical supplies through the system contracts. • As a member of the Mission Crisis Management team, participates in the preparation and implementation of Mass Casualty Incidence (MCI) Response, Medevac, and Case-vac Standard operating procedures (SOPs; • Participates actively in organizing medical referrals, casualty and medical evacuation of mission personnel.; • Ensures the provision of health education to civilian mission personnel; • Participates actively in addressing environmental and occupational health issues; • Participates in the planning, management and implementation of adequate infection con-trol measures in the mission health facilities at all levels; • Provides relevant public health guidance to the facility management team in the mission and contractors providing catering, sanitation and fumigation services at the UN camps within Somalia; • Ensures timely submission of weekly and monthly medical reports from Jowhar to the CMO’s office; • Reports to the CMO or his OIC on all clinical activities at the duty station on weekly and monthly basis; Carry out any other tasks within the mission as may be assigned by the CMO.

Eligibility criteria

Age:    27 – 80
Nationality:     Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in Of clinical experience is mandatory. Valid certification in Advanced Trauma Life support, Advanced cardiac Life support or Pre-hospital trauma life support is highly desirable; Experience in HIV care or VCCT is desirable. Specialized human medicine (with clinical experience) Mandatory

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) Mandatory

Competencies and values

• Integrity and professionalism: • Accountability: mature and responsible; • 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, re-mote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of oper-ations; 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.

Other information

Living 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 Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). 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 commodification (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, Typhoid, 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 repellent. 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 either 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 Nairobi 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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