Medical Officer, SSA 10, Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) is needed in Nairobi, Kenya

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Medical Officer, SSA 10, Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN), Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date: Tuesday, 12 March 2024



The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) seeks individuals of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability .

WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, offer, training, or any other fees). Offers of WFP employment or job openings with requests for payment of fees are fraudulent. WFP does not concern itself with information on bank accounts. Any requests for such payment or information should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization, and management support to WFP operations and activities in ten countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda.


The Medical Officer shall be appointed as an additional staff for areas of staff health and safety while providing hygiene and safety training, review of medical and casualty response, assessment of health, safety and environmental issues of WFP staff and offices, medical support during outbreaks, process medico-administrative requests and will cover the region in the absence of the RMO and provide professional capacity building.


Under the functional supervision and guidance of the Regional Medical Officer, the Medical Officer will be responsible for the following key duties:

 Contribute to the design and coordination of the delivery of medical services in the region for efficient and effective promotion, prevention and protection of the health and safety of WFP staff following the Wellness Strategy and the Regional Strategic objective.
 Provide technical expertise, advice and solutions that support strategic results, and contribute to the formulation of regional strategies and approaches where appropriate.

 Provide travel medicine services for staff on official travel, incorporating destination-specific health advice, facilitating access to immunization, prophylactic medications and travel medical kits.
 Manage, advise, and report on all health matters related to staff including. – Performing and assessing medical examinations and clearances for international and national staff related to recruitment, periodic medical examination, pre-departure briefing for missions to the field, management, or assistance with follow-up of chronic medical condition diagnosed and for which treatment has already started etc. – Leave due to illness; or identifying health hazards for staff and/or dependents (work-related and/or environmental). – Ensuring compliance to all UN medical protocols and recommendations (HIV/AIDS, first-aid training PEP kit country specific protocols including PICT and VCCT). – Support WFP Country Offices in the management and monitoring of the implementation of the Service Level Agreement or Memoranda of Understanding regarding the sharing of DPKO/DFS Missions field medical services to WFP staff.

 Access and liaise with local medical facilities to ascertain proper medical care rendered and establish a referral list and updated list of reasonable and customary costs, whilst monitoring and verifying appropriateness, reasonableness and customary nature of major medical bills / treatment as required.
 Provide capacity to the corporate and WFP system emergency response capacity including mass casualty incident.
 The medical officer is NOT the primary care physician of WFP Staff: however, s/he does provide pre-hospital emergency services in response to accidents occurring in the workplace or provide referral to appropriate medical specialist.
 Implement staff health training (e.g. malaria prevention measures, first aid training).
 Participate in pre planning of WFPs Emergency response operations (eg. food distributions) to ensure discussions filter planning through a health lens alongside logistics etc. to ensure WFP staff have appropriate protection measures in place.

 Propose, assess, update as needed SOPs for staff protection, in specific higher risk occupational settings (e.g. food distributions, ports and warehouses with casual laborers, drivers and cleaners).
 Coordinate with health sector colleagues on the UNCTs and other health partners to improve healthcare access for WFP staff and family member.
 Assess and respond to increase of disease incidents among WFP staff (e.g., high incidence rate of malaria in sub offices.
 Assess disease outbreaks or other environmental hazards that could have impact on WFP’s operations and recommend mitigating measures.
 Identify (confidentially) staff with stress or other psychological concerns and coordinate assistance as appropriate with Regional Staff Counsellor and the UNDSS Counselor.
DELIVERABLES AT THE END OF THE CONTRACT: To provide operational support to meet the objectives of the Wellness Unit in the region.


 Doctorate in Medicine.
 Postgraduate medical qualification in, preferably, one of the following medical specialties; emergency medicine, internal medicine, occupational health and safety, and/or public health. 
 Current registered to practice medicine in own country or another UN member state is required.
 Professional trainer’s certification related to infectious diseases i.e. ebola, and other infectious diseases.

 Have vast experience in any outbreak response and emergencies
 Minimum 5 years of progressive professional experience in healthcare, at least, 1-2 years should be in an international organization
 At least five (5) years progressive experience and practice in general medicine in developing countries or countries in conflict.
 An asset would be experience within the UN system, or similar NGO.
 Creation of training programmes
 Workshop & presentation training
Technical Knowledge & Skills:

 Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
 Excellent communication, presentation and drafting skills.
 Experience in emergency management (crisis or disaster medicine), travel medicine, tropical and infectious disease.
 Knowledge of addressing the psychosocial needs of humanitarian workers;
 Project management.
 Formal training in CPR and, preferably in BCLS and ACLS or equivalent emergency medical care.
 Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
 Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
 Remains calm in stressful situations


 French additional advantage

These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

Applies Strategic Thinking

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


Type of contract: Special Service Agreement (SSA), Level 10

Unit/Division: Occupational Health and Wellness/ WFP Regional Bureau for East Africa (RBN)

Duty Station(City, Country): Nairobi, Kenya

Duration of contract: 6 months


Tuesday 12 March 2024

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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