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MONUSCO - United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) was established in 1999 under the auspices of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). – http://monusco.unmissions.org.

Within the terms of the organization’s delegated authority, and under the direct supervision of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Clinical Duties: • Work in the walk-in clinic & the nursing facility; • Respond to emergency calls and assist doctors in providing adequate care and performing respective duties in the treatment of the patient; • Provide emergency medical assistance including BLS, ACLS and all required resuscitation of critical patient before transferring the patient to a Hospital. • Perform ECG, and other medical exams such as blood tests, glucose, troponin, and urine test as required; • Prepare patient for different intervention and escort patient to other medical facilities as required; • Assess needs of clients visiting the walk-in clinic; provide care/advice (e.g. the benefits of preventive medicine, etc.); • On call and other duties including weekends as required; • Perform nursing care and generally all activities related to her professional capacity; • Responsible for emergency room and doctor’s consultation rooms, insure that all equipment are ready for use and functional e.g. defibrillator, ECG machine, glucometer, etc.; • Receives patients and records the necessary data for effective treatment; • Ensures safety of the patients in performance of duty; • Communicate with patients and updates the doctors in the clinic; • Maintains patient’s records and exercises confidentiality; • Accords patients fair and equal treatment regardless of ethnic background; • Assist in providing health education and addressing work environment and occupational health issues; • Perform other related duties as required.

Medico Administrative Duties: • Actively contribute in planning and organizing preventive and primitive medical practice; • Actively contribute in the In-service education for nurses; • Plan and organize First Aid Training for MONUSCO staff; • Contribute to MONUSCO monthly newsletter; • Maintain the clinic pharmacy by keeping the database updated and advising the head-nurse on stock status • When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-)governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs), the incumbent is strongly encouraged to set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring and formal and on-the-job training; • Perform other related duties as may be required.

Professionalism, Teamwork, Respect for diversity and gender, Communication, Integrity.

Registered Professional Nurse who is a graduate of either an accredited Baccalaureate Nursing Programme (University), or an accredited Diploma Programme (4 years – Secondary Education). Certificates in ECG, CPR or Basic Life Support, PHTLS and similar training is an asset.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa, and as a result is quite diverse.

Living conditions therefore vary between MONUSCO duty stations, with all usual amenities present in the capital Kinshasa, but only very basic conditions in remote duty stations in the provinces, where, for instance, there may be no guarantee of public power supply nor running water. The ability to live and work in difficult and harsh conditions of developing countries is essential.

Accommodation is very expensive in both Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. Supermarkets exist in the large towns (e.g. Bukavu, Kisangani), but consumer items are generally very expensive (as everything is imported). For food, local markets offer a much cheaper alternative.

All MONUSCO duty stations are considered non-family duty stations, except for Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Entebbe which are now considered family duty stations, and most are currently under UN Security Phase III (“relocation phase”: internationally-recruited staff are temporarily concentrated or relocated to specified sites/locations). In addition to insecurity related to the relatively volatile political situation as well as various conflict situations, certain places are subject to increasing street and residential crime, including in Kinshasa and Goma.

Some degree of medical service is provided in all MONUSCO duty stations. Certain vaccinations are mandatory for MONUSCO personnel to enter the DRC, while others are compulsory for all other incoming persons. It is possible for incoming MONUSCO personnel, including UN Volunteers, to be asked to provide proof of some or all vaccinations, though this is unlikely. All UN Volunteers must ensure that they are up-to-date with all appropriate vaccinations, which should be clearly and properly endorsed in the International Certificate of Vaccination (“carte jaune”). Malaria is present virtually throughout the DRC, and it is therefore recommended to take prophylaxis.

The unit of currency is the Congolese Franc. The US dollar is the other preferred currency. It may be impossible to exchange traveller’s checks away from the capital city. Credit cards are usually accepted in major hotels only in Kinshasa. In larger towns and cities (e.g. Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, Kisangani), UN Volunteers are recommended to open US Dollar bank accounts, while in other places, banks may be absent (including ATMs) and VLA payments will be processed in cash. UN Volunteers have the possibility to send part of their allowances to a bank account abroad.

In addition to French, there are four major spoken languages in DRC, namely Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba and Swahili.

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