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18-342: Emergency Response Team Incident Commander – Emergency Medical Team (EMT)
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Job Description    

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps: provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care; offers needs-based response according to the context and type of Sudden Onset Disaster and/or outbreak in the affected nation: adopts a human rights-based approach to their response; ensures they are accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner consistent with the World Medical Association Medical Ethics Manual.

International Medical Corps is accountable to: patients and communities; host government, Ministry of Health; our organization and donors. International Medical Corps commits to a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities. International Medical Corps collaborates with the national health system, the cluster and the humanitarian community.

Selected personnel are on standby to deploy to a crisis within 48 hours. Personnel may deploy to new areas of operation or lend support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers and staff who have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on a regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants maintain professional profiles with International Medical Corps so that information is complete and readily available for an emergency response deployment.

Job Purpose

This position will support International Medical Corp emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster effected populations.

The primary responsibility of the Emergency Response Team Incident Commander (IC) – Emergency Medical Team (EMT )is to support the implementation of services in an emergency setting.  The Incident Commander will provide overall leadership and work towards developing, monitoring, and strengthening relationships with key sub-recipients, vendors, governmental and intergovernmental institutions, and donors implement International Medical Corps’ response strategy.

Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will only be contacted when there is an emergency response need for which the responder is qualified for. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.


  • Lead, manage and coordinate the overall contribution of the International Medical Corps EMT objectives
  • Create a shared vision and team cohesion
  • Manage the operating principles and guidelines
  • Lead, develop and implement a coherent response strategy that contributes to International Medical Corps EMT objectives
  • Coordinate closely with Director of Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and other departments within International Medical Corps Staff Management / HR
  • Provide overall strategic leadership to the International Medical Corps team including fiduciary planning, human resource management, and ERU vision;
  • Serve as the key liaison with our partners, and other partners and international donors;
  • Lead work plan development and coordinate input from program staff, counterparts;
  • Design, develop, and implement a strategic long-term programmatic vision that is in accordance with the objectives of International Medical Corps;
  • Provide overall leadership, management oversight, and technical direction for the response program;
  • Ensure high-quality performance and integrity standards in compliance with International Medical Corps policies and regulations;
  • Report to International Medical Corps senior management project the achievements and results of the response
  • Establish systems for maintaining an overview of all staff activity
  • Co-ordinate prioritizing of requests in consultation with other involved functions
  • Ensure effective teamwork among staff Needs Assessments and Emergency Response
  • Undertake emergency field deployment and perform needs assessments
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with emergency donors
  • Facilitate smooth handover of program management to the Operations desk, past the first response phase.

Needs Assessment

  • Undertake emergency field deployment and perform needs assessments as EMT Incident Commander
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with emergency donors
  • Facilitate smooth handover of program management to the Operations desk, past the first response phase.


  • Represent International Medical Corps to Local & National Authorities, international donors, international and national NGOs.
  • Develop good working relationships with other humanitarian/emergency actors such as local authorities and federal agencies.


  • Ensure that appropriate logistic, administrative and financial structures and procedures appropriate for emergency response are established and / or maintained in accordance with IMC guidelines.

Security (If Security Officer has not been deployed)

  • Responsible for the security of all international and national staff when deployed on needs assessments or emergency response.
  • Ensure that appropriate security guidelines and procedures are established, maintained / updated regularly and adhered to by the response team.


  • Oversee budget preparation, setting the parameters and the process
  • Establish and / or maintain the International Medical Corps field accounting systems
  • Oversee the completion and return to LA/Split of field accounts within the agreed deadlines.
  • Carry out any other responsibilities as requested

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report. 

  • Master's degree in humanitarian affairs, international affairs, public health, management or other relevant studies 


  • Minimum of three years in a senior management position in an INGO environment, preferably in insecure environments and to include two years responsibility for project management including budget control; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience managing complex projects including oversight of strategy, finances, human resources and planning

  • Significant experience in emergency responses
  • Significant experience and understanding of security management and insecure environments
  • Knowledge of and experience in the health sector in a developing country
  • Experience liaising with donors, securing donor funds, reporting and managing large budgets


  • Ability to travel at short notice for periods of up to three months at a time
  • Relevant IT skills - Excellent communication skills and the ability to represent IMC to a broad range of people and organizations
  • Knowledge, practical understanding of and ability to work within both relief and development NGO contexts
  • Team working, flexibility and relationship building skills, ability to develop positive working relations across functions and cultures, quite often at a distance - Problem solving skills in day to day and crisis situations
  • Resilience and stress management skills for self and team
  • Ability to identify and analyze opportunities that contribute to strategic aims, translate them into practical plans and implement them
  • Fluent written and spoken English

In addition to the responsibilities referenced above, candidates can expect to be living and working in austere conditions. Lifting moderately heavy objects from the ground, carrying a backpack for extended periods of time, and walking or hiking in remote locations may be necessary to perform these functions.


International Medical Corps is a first-responder to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations.  The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and committed to do everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff with high degree of resilience, extremely decisive quality and ability to move fast.

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.