World Food Programme recruits 01 Medical Doctor

World Food Programme recruits 01 Medical Doctor

World Food Programme

Lilongwe, Malawi

Opportunités de carrière : Medical Doctor (161228)

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.

Medical Doctor

Job Title : Medical Doctor

No. Position/s : 1 (One) 

VA No. : 161228

Date of Issue : 1July 2022    Deadline : 15 July 2022

Type of Contract : CST Regular

Unit / Division : UN World Food Programme Malawi Country Office 

Duty Station : Lilongwe, Malawi

Duration : 11 Months (with possibility of extension) 


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. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. For its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. 

Malawi is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa. With a population expanding rapidly at 3 percent per year and the majority of livelihoods dependent on agriculture, the population is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate-related disasters. Poverty is experienced by most rural families, with those headed by women suffering the most. Relying on small parcels of densely cultivated land for their livelihoods, rural Malawians are highly affected by climate change. Episodes of drought as well as severe flooding are increasing in frequency, intensity and unpredictability, giving the most vulnerable households inadequate time to recover.

Malawi’s challenges are also compounded by high rates of HIV infection (at 9.6 percent), low primary school completion rate (at 51 percent) and chronic under-nutrition (at 37 percent for children under 5). WFP continues to partner with the government, other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society and the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular emphasis on reaching Zero Hunger (SDG 2), addressing structural drivers of hunger wherever possible.

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 lifetimes.  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.


This job is located in the Country Office (CO). Medical Doctor/ Officer shall report technically to the WFP Chief Medical Officer based in Rome- Italy and for the routine administrative issues to the WFP Malawi Country Director. Position is available for Nationals or locally recruited Internationals.

The UN Doctor will be appointed as a surge staff for areas of staff health and safety while providing hygiene and safety training, personal first aid training, review of medical and casualty response, assessment of health, safety and environmental issues of UN staff and dependents.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


In particular, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

Ensuring evidence-based patient care and practice in line with Medical Professional Standards and deontological norms;

Providing consultations to UN agency employees and eligible family members;

Managing patient referrals appropriately and providing follow up/case management for the referrals in Malawi and abroad;

Coordinating and ensuring highest level of patient care with UN agency Doctors including weekly peer review of clinical cases

For epidemiological purposes, reporting to the Chief Medical Officer on at least monthly basis:

             –  cumulative diagnoses seen

             –  diagnoses per contract type, gender

Participating in Campaigns on health promotion (e.g. healthy lifestyle, stress management) and injury and illness prevention (e.g. use of personal protective equipment, personal precautions for the prevention of transmissible diseases) through employee and family member briefings, in newsletters and when requested by WFP Project Manager;

Securing and protecting confidential patient information by recording all consultations in the Electronic Medical Records system – without sharing any patient information with UN agency except the minimum necessary for medical evacuations, emergency care or referrals;

Liaising with the Country Office or Regional Staff Counsellors for employees/family members requiring their intervention or attention;


To establish a fully fledged walk in clinic for primary healthcare and clinical care oversight for UN staff and dependents

To provide technical advices on COVID-19 response (both operational and related to the duty of care for staff)


Education :

Advanced university degree (Doctorate, Masters or equivalent) in Medicine or demonstrably equivalent studies from a recognized institution. Registration as a General Practitioner in the country of origin is required.

Experience :

Have vast experience in any outbreak response and emergencies. Progressive professional experience in healthcare.

Knowledge & Skills :

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;

Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;

Remains calm in stressful situations

Languages: English



 Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.

 Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.

 Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.

 Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


 Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.

 Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.

 Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.

 Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


 Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.

 Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.

 Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.

 Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


 Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.

 Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.

 Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.

 Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.


15 July 2022

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.POSTULER

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