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Description of assignment title: Pharmacist
Assignment country:  Somalia
Expected start date: 05/06/2023
Sustainable Development Goal: 3. Good health and well-being
Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNSOS
Type: Onsite
Duration: 13 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 es-tablished 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/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: • Contribute to writing SOPs on medical supply chain. • Partake to the elaboration of medical goods and services requirements, elaboration of acquisition and demand plans. • Contribute to the development/implementation of smooth processes to foster collaborative interactions between stakeholders on demand planning, drugs and medical consumables resupply calculation. • Participate in technical evaluation of medical goods and services solicitations in collaboration with Procurement Section and other stakeholders. • Assist in the review/follow up of SCs, POs and the receiving and inspection (R&I) of drugs, medical equipment, consumables and medical supplies. • Prepare drugs/boxes and Raising CMRs for shipment of consignments to sectors (blood, oxygen, medical supplies and/or lab specimen collections) • Work with warehouse colleagues to ensure timely review, processing, and delivery of commodity requests. • Participate in processing and documentation of medical commodity requests/issuance in relevant mission platforms i.e. Umoja, FSS, Comindware etc… • Support medical treatment facilities (MTFs) to ensure the safe storage of prescription drugs and controlled substances. • Contribute to promote accountability and transparency on medical stock data and monitor KPIs on inventory management. • Conduct periodic field visits to improve inventory management including ensuring adequate use of medical stocks management tools and performing regular physical inventories. • Carry out pharmacological activities and advise medical officers and other health staff on related side effects of medications, possible drug-drug interactions and ensure ration-al prescription of drugs. • Ensure optimum and rational use of resources including verification of medical assets and regular maintenance of medical equipment while respecting medical ethics. • Participate in the preparation and implementation of Mass Casualty Incidence (MCI) response, medical emergencies, Covid-19 response, and other related public health emergencies including development of emergency stockpiles of pharmaceutical, medical supplies and equipment. Ensure proper emergency medical kit management with regards to expiry date/batch number. • Participate in organizing medical referrals, medical evacuations of mission personnel and repatriation of human remains for ATMIS. • Participate in the provision of health education to civilian mission personnel. • Participate in preparation and delivery of the Integrated Medical Office briefings, presentations. • Participate in addressing environmental and occupational health issues. • Participate in the planning, management and implementation of adequate infection control measures including management of medical wastes in the mission health facilities. • Provide relevant technical support to the facility management team in the mission and contractors providing sanitation and fumigation services at the UN camps within Somalia. • Ensure 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.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80

Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in practice after certification as pharmacist is mandatory. Registered with Pharmacy Council in own country or other UN Member state. Knowledge and pharmaceutical uses of prescription drugs and controlled substances. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.). Experience in managing medical logistic is desirable. Proven experience as pharmacist, in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical uses of prescription drugs and controlled substances.

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license

For light vehicle Required


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in Advanced University Degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Pharmaceutical sciences or related fields. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. At least be a holder of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from an Accredited University. Diploma/certificate in a relevant health-related field, e.g., Public Health, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Economics, or equivalent is desirable. Additional training on medical supply chain management is an asset.

Competencies and values

• Integrity and professionalism: • Accountability: • Commitment to continuous learning: • Planning and organizing: • Teamwork and respect for diversity: • Communication: • Client orientation: • Technological awareness: • 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 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.

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 applicable 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 accommodation (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. 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 repellents. 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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