Senior Medical Officer Position in Congo

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Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin) - International Health NGO

Programme: Health assistance to vulnerable, war-affected populations

Responsible To: North Kivu Medical Coordinator

Directly Managing: Medical Officer; Medical field teams

Working With: Health, Logistics and Finance/Admin Teams

Location: Butembo, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo with travel

Start Date: Immediate

Duration: 12 months

Allowance: £13,920 - £18,960 per annum dependent on relevant experience, plus £5,114 annual cost of living allowance, insurance cover, accommodation and return flights.

Personal/Professional Requirements


  • Experienced qualified doctor or nurse
  • Excellent management and personnel skills to enable the motivation, encouragement and participation of Congolese counterparts and Merlin national staff
  • Ability and flexibility to understand the cultural and political environment and to work well with Ministry of Health representatives.
  • Excellent communication skills, with good spoken and written English and French
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to write quality project proposals and reports
  • Experience in epidemiological analysis
  • A willingness to be prepared to travel on a motorbike and walk to remote clinics
  • Ability to remain calm and to be diplomatic
  • Previous experience within a humanitarian aid organisation in East/Central Africa.
  • Experience and interest in training
  • Proven problem solving and organisational skills, flexibility and calm under pressure
  • Good team worker; able to live and work closely with a small team under pressure
  • Security aware


  • Qualification in tropical medicine and/or public health is desirable.
  • Good organisational skills with a ‘can do’ attitude. 
  • Swahili speaking
  • Understanding of logistics and project support requirements.  Vacancies Contact

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