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19-184: Paramedic Emergency Medical Team (EMT)
Country:Global
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

PARAMEDIC

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.

BACKGROUND

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; offer needs-based response according to the context and type of Sudden Onset Disaster (SOD) 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 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; or 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 to 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 regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

JOB PURPOSE

This position will support International Medical Corp’s Emergency Response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster effected populations.

The primary responsibility of the Paramedic is to support the implementation of services in an emergency setting. The Paramedic will provide medical services in an outpatient health care setting. He/she will be responsible for providing client counseling and direct care including adult, adolescent and pediatric health services for both chronic and acute conditions. He/she is expected to triage patients, ensure smooth patient flow, provide clinical nursing care, assist with referrals as needed and provide health education and hygiene promotion. In addition, he/she may also be requested to assist hospital staff as needed. 

**NOTE** 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.

  • Performs complete patient assessments, re-assessments and possible specialized life support procedures, including interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), administering orally and intravenously, controlling hemorrhage,
  • Observes conditions of patients during treatment and, based on judgement and experience, adjusts techniques or procedures as necessary to produce a positive response.
  • Applies splints and dressings as required
  • Performs first aid procedures to relieve patient’s pain and suffering to increase maximum care and comfort.
  • Prepares detailed records of patient’s physical condition and a complete medical report for the medical team lead.
  • Complete standardized internal reporting as requested by Medical Team Lead or Team Leader
  • Alert Team Lead in a timely manner if there are any impending shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to avoid stockouts. Assist in evaluating all instruments and equipment are in working order.
  • Adhere to Code of Conduct and PSEA policies at all times
  • Ensure that patients are accurately registered and recorded for reporting and case management.
  • Track daily patient data using tally sheets or other tools provided and submit patient data as required
  • Monitor diagnostic trends and report to supervisor as needed
  • Collect and analyze project / service data to inform and adjust project objectives/plans, strategic choices and quality of care / Shelter Medical Team in collaboration with IMC team members, local partners and other relevant staff
  • Work with program staff, nurses and auxiliary staff (eg CHWs) to provide both didactic and on-the-job training to build capacity and enhance their skills 
  • Track daily patient data using tally sheets or other tools provided
  • Collaborate with other departments as needed to ensure smooth implementation and integration of services
  • Adhere to administrative directives with regards to work schedules, record keeping, patient communications, re-stocking of essential drugs, consumables and other medical supplies
  • Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

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. 

Qualifications:

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a Paramedic with a valid license to practice, with 3-5 years of experience, of which 1-2 years should be of developing country experience or in low-resource settings or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in overseas programs relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS preferable
  • Previous NGO experience preferable
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks in a dynamic, high pressure environment
  • Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Must have excellent self-motivation skills.
  • Must have the ability to exercise sound judgment and excellent decision making skills.
  • Must be extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Must be able to work effectively with various personalities and cultures
  • Must have the ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively.
  • Must be able to work with limited resources.
  • Must be able to deploy to emergencies on short notice

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.

OTHER DESCRIPTION       

International Medical Corps is a ‘first-responder’ both 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.