UN Clinic Physician, Damascus, Syria

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Syria

City: Damascus, Syria

Office: UNDP Damascus

Closing date: Saturday, 29 August 2020

Job ID: 32280

Practice Area - Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 29/08/2020

Duty Station: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience

Languages: Arabic, English

Grade: SB5

Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Crisis Prevention & Recovery

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

For Syrian nationality only


Based on the operational needs of UN agencies operating in the Syrian Arab Republic and considering the worldwide pandemic and its spiral effect throughout the whole country, the need to hire a UN physician in support of the UN clinic stationed in Damascus to support the medical technical capacity serving UN staff members throughout the country has prevailed.

The UN Physician will be reporting technically to the UN Clinic Chair, and administratively to UNDP Operations Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

Supports in Ensuring correct clinical duties;
Medico Administrative Duties;
Supports in the Administration of UN clinic in Damascus.

Supports in Ensuring correct clinical duties:

To undertake day-to-day clinical duties, e.g. walk-in clinic, emergencies;
To undertake day-to-day occupational health duties, pre placement and periodic medical examinations prepare UN staff for travelling providing immunizations, malaria prophylaxis, travel kits, etc.;
To follow-up with outside specialists;
To provide health education and health promotion programs;
To participate in addressing work environment and occupational health issues.

Ensures Medico Administrative Duties:

To liaise with UN-Military Medical Units in the mission and host-nation medical facilities;
To follow the United Nations established policies and procedures regarding medical clearances, sick leave and medical evacuations/repatriations;
To participate in drafting and implementation of business continuity and crises preparedness plans for the duty station/mission;
To deputize for a more senior Medical Officer during his/her absence.

Supports in the Administration of UN clinic in Damascus:

To manage day-to-day mission medical support operations by ensuring availability of medical supplies and proper functioning of medical equipment;
To ensure appropriate training programs are implemented in order to maintain and develop the medical;
capabilities (e.g. health education, HIV/AIDS prevention, first aid and CPR);
To provide Prompt response to any urgent and emergency call on 24 hr. basis;
To be immediately at the medical point upon request;
To provide health care and consultations for the UN staff and provide appropriate referrals cases to the identified hospital;
To follow-up patient transportation to the referral hospital when needed.

Impact of Results:

The key results have an impact on the overall health system of UN staff in Syria, and better ensuring the correct procedure of health follow up for UN colleagues.


Core Competencies:


Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully.


Tags business continuity conflict resolution health education health promotion immunization knowledge management knowledge sharing malaria medical equipment medical supplies occupational health physician procurement

Plans and acts transparently, actively works to removes barriers Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others.

People Management:

Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others Models independent thinking and action.


Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis.


Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions


Knowledge Management and Learning:

Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
In-depth knowledge on development issues;
Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

Ability to analyze procurement service requirements;
Ability to lead procurement processes using specific Procurement methods (RFQ, ITB, RFP);
Ability to apply organizational policies and procedures;
Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
Strong analytical skills.

Management and Leadership:

Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience


Doctorate (MD) or equivalent in medicine, including residency/internship in one of the medical specialties, preferably internal medicine.


A minimum of five years of progressively responsible clinical experience in one of the areas of medicine.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Arabic (both oral and written).


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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