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Medical Officer needed at World Food Programme (WFP) – Gode

Medical Officer needed at World Food Programme (WFP), April 7 2022


Organization: World Food Programme (WFP)
Position: Medical Officer

Job Time: Full-Time

Job Type: Contract

Place of Work: Gode, Ethiopia

Application Deadline: April, 20/2022 



Job description


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

WFP Ethiopia is working with the government and other humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school. It aims to contribute to Ethiopia’s five-year development agenda, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), through which the Government combats food insecurity.


This unique role is found in Ethiopia as part of the innovative project: Ethiopia Medical Assistance Team (E-MAT). Job holders are General Practitioners based in the Gode WFP Sub-Office and roving in other field offices including Kabridehar, dedicated to providing evidence-based primary care to the staff members and families of the UN World Food Programme working in Ethiopia. The Medical Officers are required to employ their clinical experience and pro-active public health/ community health approach in managing and treating patients, especially in remote locations, utilizing the resources available and coordinating closely with the Head Doctor in Addis Ababa. A unique blend of family practice, public health, occupational health and emergency training and experience in clinical management is needed to fulfill this role.


The Doctor of the Ethiopia Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) will be responsible for patient care. While the Doctor collaborates with the WFP EMAT Project Manager on the logistical and operational issues of the clinics, the main responsibilities of the Head Doctor are evidence-based primary healthcare and clinical care oversight. The Doctor will be based mostly in Sub Office locations but may need to rotate to other clinics as needed.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Clinical Duties:

1. Provide evidenced-based primary care, preventive, curative, promotive and rehabilitative to all eligible family and staff members as established by the ET CO.

2. Provide first-aid and emergency response and care to the staff and their recognized dependents.

3. Perform diagnostic and laboratory tests such as ECG and rapid laboratory (malaria RDT, urine dipstick, etc).

4. Assist in the follow-up of previously diagnosed chronic medical conditions for which treatment has already been started.

5. Provide early detection in mental health cases and arrange referrals to appropriate specialists to facilitate proper treatment and follow-up support.

6. Dispense generic medications properly according to evidence-based medicine, in line with international standards and review instructions with patients.

7. Administer medication, injection, vaccination, initiate intravenous fluids fluid, dressing, stitching, minor foreign body extraction, and other medical procedures as prescribed.

8. Provide COVID19 guidelines and follow up with the staff and their dependents by providing testing, covid mitigation measures and follow-up of isolated cases.

9. Rotate to sub-office locations to perform the above and report on the health status of staff and local (emergency) medical support options.

10. Participate in UN COVID19 vaccination campaign as requested, collecting data and sending reports as required.

11. Work with and technically support the screening nurses on COVID19 related issues as well as support them when dealing with any medical issues in coordination with the head doctor.

12. Consult with the Head Doctor when a given presenting problem goes beyond the scope of practice/experience

13. Maintain electronic medical records of patients in a locked and secured manner with regular backup.

14. Maintain strict confidentiality with regards to patient’s medical records, patient management and treatment.

15. Assist in coordinating and providing to Head Doctor or UN Agency Doctors the essential clinical information for medical evacuations as needed.

16. Provide medical emergency care and in providing medical support during evacuation and repatriation and advise evacuees on the requirements for evacuation and/or escorting patients if needed.

17. Determine patient disposition when necessary (e.g. continued observation and primary treatment, referral, medical evacuation or other);

18. Be available and on-call for consultation 24 hours.

19. Plan health promotion and illness/injury prevention training campaigns for WFP and other UN agency employees in coordination with the WFP Wellness Division.

20. Facilitate referral to appropriately qualified specialists or to other qualified hospitals/private clinics, as required.

21. Participate in weekly peer review meetings with Head Doctor to review clinical cases.

22. Ensure preparedness of employees traveling on missions or reassignments, including administration of appropriate vaccines, instructions on malaria prophylaxis and other travel-related ailments; Perform other related duties as required.

Medical Administrative Duties

1. Recommend medical evacuation when required to the Head Doctor or regional medical doctor.

2. Undertake Entry, Periodic/Exit Medical Examinations, provide a certificate for Sick Leave when appropriate, make recommendations for Medical Travel as needed.

3. Maintain strict patient confidentiality by not sharing medical records with agency/employer Ensure proper follow up and if required, referral on all cases.

4. Document all case findings, referrals, and follow up; Establish good relations with reliable hospitals and private medical facilities.

5. Ensure that proper medical records are kept in a strictly confidential manner.

6. Perform any other duties as requested by the Head Doctor or EMAT project manager.

Administrative Duties

1. Maintain an up-to-date inventory of the EMAT Clinic Pharmacies, medical/diagnostic supplies, equipment, and consumables requesting replenishment before running out and sending inventory reports to the project manager as required.

2. Maintain a 24-hour roster of available specialists for referral and treatment.

3. Check equipment and supplies at every rotation and maintains them in working order.

4. Ensure that any single-use medical instruments are properly disposed of any reusable medical instruments are properly sterilized.

5. Maintain the clinic in a neat, clean, and well-organized condition.

6. Sending timely and accurate consultation reports and other activity reports to the project manager as requested.

7. Participate in internal meetings and in external meetings representing EMAT as requested.

8. Perform other related duties as required.



  • University degree in Medicine or demonstrably equivalent studies from a recognized institution. Registration as a General Practitioner in the country of origin is required. (Doctorate, Master or equivalent is an added advantage).
  • Additional training and certification in emergency cases management will be an advantage (ACLS/PHTLS).


  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional post-graduate experience relevant to the field is required. Experience either working in a hardship location under difficult and insecure environments is an asset.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Specialist expertise in the assessment of medical health needs and the assessment of risk.
  • Demonstrated skills to create a trusted environment in which patients can talk confidentially.
  • Ability to manage medical emergency situations with limited resources.
  • Excellent clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written and presentation).
  • Analytical ability
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of both genders and diverse national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Skills in designing and delivering training/information sessions on a number of subjects and the ability to adapt those to different audiences.
  • Time management

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in Somali and English. Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage.


How to apply


WFP is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply online through WFP recruitment website.

This VA is open ONLY to Ethiopian Nationals.

Public access:

WFP staff access:

Please note that WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.


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