EMERGENCY NURSE/PARAMEDIC , Service Contract L5, Kebridehar

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.


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 will be located in either WFP Kebridehar Sub Office. The Emergency nurse reports technically to the Chief Medical Officer and Administratively to EMAT project manager for the routine administrative issues.


The emergency nurse/paramedic will provide emergency care (Basic Life  Support and Advance Cardiac Life  Support) to WFP personnel and staff of other UN agencies or international Non-Governmental Organizations as the case may be in the allocated duty station and their eligible dependents.

He/she will assist in providing primary health care services.

He/or she will be responsible for preparing patients for referrals to hospitals or during medical evacuation to Addis Ababa and accompany them where applicable.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Position involves serving as a Paramedic/Emergency nurse for the Ethiopia Medical Assistance Team to provide:

  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency services and attends to calls duties calmly, efficiently, and promptly.
  • Provide basic and advanced Cardiac Life support services of pre-hospital, inter-hospital, and emergency service care using equipment meant for basic life support functions, cardiac monitoring, cardiac defibrillation, administration of anti-arrhythmic agents, securing intravenous lines for the administration of parenteral therapy, administration of specific medications, and solutions as prescribed by the physician;
  • He/or she must be able to use ventilation devices, provide trauma care including immobilization of fractures, stop bleeding and other techniques in line with American Heart Association BLSD, ACLS and PHTLS/ATLS guidelines or any other guidelines from a recognized resuscitation association.
  • Accompanying patients that are referred to local hospitals or medically evacuated in coordination with the Chief Medical Officer or other physician working in the clinic and management, while maintaining patients’ confidentiality.
  • Support in delivering primary health care including dispensing prescribed medicines and perform minor procedures and in absence of the doctor, liaise with the local hospital to ensure appropriate care is given to the patient or communicate with the available doctor by telephone for guidance.
  • Conduct training for other healthcare providers including doctors and other nurses in different Duty Station on emergency care (BLS and ACLS).
  • Properly document patient’s history, procedures carried out and medications given and regular state in accordance with EMAT/WFP policies and procedures including entering data in the available electronic record.
  • Protect the privacy and confidentiality of all patient information in accordance with WFP privacy policies, procedures, and practices, and in accordance with general principles of professionalism as a health care provider.
  • Regularly verify the equipment, medications in the ambulance to ensure they are functioning and not expired, including making requests to replenish used items or near expiry ones.
  • Participate in wellness campaigns like screening for CVDs and vaccinations and other wellness activities
  • prepare and submit required reports on time and attending relevant meetings and other EMAT/WFP activities.
  • Observe prescribed health and safety precautions in the performance of all tasks
  • Stock management and maintain all pharmaceutical and medical equipment in the clinic in good work condition at all time
  • Run the clinic in absence of the doctor with coordination with head doctor and project manager submitting weekly and monthly report.
  • Perform any other assignments as required.


Additional Duties:


  • May be required to scan or perform other office duties.
  • Perform other related work as directed by EMAT Project Manager and Head Doctor.

Education: The incumbent must be a holder of a bachelor’s degree or 3 years training diploma in nursing and certificate in emergency care from accredited schools.

Must have certifications in BLS, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, and preferably prehospital trauma life support (PHTLS) or advance trauma life support (ATLS).


Experience: A minimum of five years in emergency medicine, remote medicine, flight medicine, ICU, or critical care. Experience either working in a hardship location under very difficult and insecure environments is an asset.

Language Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage.


  • Accurate, dependable, and able to retain composure during emergency situations.
  • Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to make independent, precise decisions requiring speed and sound judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, volunteers, the community and a wide range of agencies and professionals.
  • Ability to make independent, precise decisions requiring speed and sound judgment.
  • Ability to manage medical emergency situations with limited resources and supervision.
  • Excellent clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written and presentation).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of both genders and diverse national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Skills in designing and delivering trainings/information sessions on a number of subjects and ability to adapt those to different audiences.


  • 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.

02 November 2021

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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.