POSITION CODE:  SEP2019-Medical Officer

Job Description

Position: Medical Officer
Location:  Based in Cox’s Bazar
Duty Station: Ukhiya Refugee Camp
Reports: Medical Coordinator
Liaises with: Program Manager

About RI: 

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International has been working in Bangladesh since 2014. The Bangladesh portfolio of Relief International has strong focus on emergency disaster response, livelihoods rebuilding, human rights and protection, refugee response and public health. Relief International is currently implementing large scale refugee response program in Bangladesh in collaboration with multiple partners including UN agencies in addition to DRR program funded through OFDA/USAID. 

Program Objective:

The Medical Officer is responsible for implementing all activities grouped under Health and Family Welfare delivery system in the facility. He/she is responsible in his individual capacity, as well as overall in charge. The  incumbent  will  work  under  the  supervision  of  the  Medical Coordinator to provide  support to the community  through the performance of the following duties

  • Provide Primary Care Services as follows:
    • Urgent medical services (including resuscitation, stabilization and assessment and diagnosis, treatment and referral as necessary);
    • Assess the urgency and severity of presenting problems through history taking, examination and investigation.
    • Recommending and, where appropriate, undertaking treatment options and carrying out/referring for appropriate interventions and procedures, including but not limited to prescribing, counselling, psychological interventions, advising and education.
    • Referral for diagnostic, therapeutic and support services as required.
  • Provide timely clinical and culturally appropriate health services through –
    • Ongoing health and development assessment and advice.
    • Appropriate evidence based screening, risk assessment and early detection of illness, disease and disability.
    • Interventions to assist people to reduce or change risky and harmful lifestyle behavior.
    • Family planning services, provision of contraceptive advice and sexual health services.
    • Working with public health providers in the prevention and control of communicable diseases for individuals and families.
  • Co-ordinating Care through:
    • Developing collaborative working relationships with community health services,  non-Government public health providers,  and other agencies to help to address inter-sectoral issues affecting the health of their enrolled populations;
    • Establishing links with a range of primary and secondary health care providers and developing initiatives to enable patient centric, coordinated care that meets the needs of individuals and families.
  • Improve patient health through
    • Health promotion to the practices’ enrolled population, linking to public health programmes at a national, regional and local level and utilizing such programmes to target specific populations.
    • Health education, counselling and information provision about how to improve health and prevent disease and interventions or treatments that treat risk factors.
    • Clinical Notes: All patient consultations must be accurately recorded in the clinical patient notes within 24 hours of seeing the patient.
  • Health & Safety: Comply with established health and safety policies with regard to handling of instruments, storage of drugs and disposal of sharps and other potentially dangerous equipment and substances. Comply with current NZ legislation.

Position Requirements Desired Education:

Completed advance degree from an accredited academic institution in Medicine as a Medical Doctor.

Experience Requirements:

  • 3 – 5 years of experience for candidates holding a first level university degree
  • Experience in health related programs
  • Knowledge and experience with working in the field, public health sector and in medical emergencies. Experience with refugee health will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure in hardship situations and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Previous experience in development project at an international organization is an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Proficient in the English language, Rohingya language an advantage
  • OBGYN specialty is preferred: female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

The position is based in Cox’s Bazar & Duty Station in Ukhiya.

Please send your Application Letter, CV and at least 3 References to hrcxb@ri.org or submit your application to our Cox’s Bazar Office address at White House (5th Floor), In front of Police line, Kolatoli Cox’s Bazar-4700.


Deadline:  On or before 19th September, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, so candidates are encouraged to apply early. A decision may be finalized before the deadline.

You may check our website at www.ri.org to know about our organization.