Duty stations



Mission and objectives

MONUSCO/MONUC was established in 1999 under the auspices of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).


Assignment is non-family (GOMA)

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Responsible for developing, updating and implementing a mission list for drugs and medical consumables to suit missions requirements and based on generic drugs produced as per WHO standards. • Responsible to assist in the mission’s medical logistics planning, supervision, coordination and execution which includes procurement of medical equipment/consumables, drugs, medical kits, vaccines, condoms (male and female), blood and the management of all related medical systems’ contracts in the mission. • Is responsible for advising the CMO in the specification of drugs to be requisitioned, and for offering a prudent scale of issue for planning of re-supply. • Requisitioning of all Medical section’s requirements in collaboration with Procurement section, prepare Shopping carts and liaise with requisitioning unit for submission and follow-up of PO. • Asset management of all Medical section’s financial and non-financial assets. • Develops and maintains a system for ongoing inspections of drug safety in all Mission medical facilities. • Classifies and arranges medical equipment, consumables and non-consumable in their proper storage in the Medical Warehouse. • Offers day-to-day advice on pharmaceutical issues assist sister units (DDRRR, HIV/AIDS unit, corrections unit, etc) on requisitioning and receiving of items. • Provides assistance and guidance to pharmacies in UNOE level 1 clinics. Supplies consumable and non-consumable medical supplies to UNOE level 1 clinics and other sections as instructed by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) or his delegate. • Prepares and distributes individual First Aid Medical Kits to UN staff as per instructions of the CMO or his delegate and gives administrative support in maintaining the records and statistics of the kits. • Receiving, filling and distribution of medical oxygen cylinders to UN clinics and hospitals upon request. • Ensures quality control and cost-effectiveness of medical logistics support in the mission. • Be motivated to learn the mission protocol for supplies by attending the appropriate training and practicing it for the section. This will include Umoja and other systems as and when required as per instructions of the CMO. • Packages drugs, medical supplies and equipment for onward transfer to UNOE Clinics located in different field locations as well as carrying out the administrative activities related to this task. • Liaises with Medical Support Section in UNHQ under guidance of CMO, for technical clearance of drugs and equipment when required. • Performs other related tasks as required and advised by the CMO or his designate.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in Pharmacy

Area(s) of expertise

Health, Health

Driving license

Required Required


English, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Pharmaceutical sciences

Competencies and values

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Client Orientation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

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.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy