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18-491: Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) Director -(2 months contract)
Country:Democratic Republic of Congo
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
PROGRAM BACKGROUND

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. 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.

JOB SUMMARY
The ETU Director is primarily responsible for technical vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of the Ebola response programs at national level. The ETU Director will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health teams in the field to deliver high-quality health services to the targeted beneficiaries. S/he will ensure high-quality clinical services in International Medical Corps Ebola Treatment Units. S/he will monitor service quality, ensure that all staff are trained and well-supported, pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies are properly managed, and apply clinical-level data to national-level quality improvement efforts.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

To preform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

1. Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
• Work closely with Team Leader and senior medical staff and WASH staff to ensure smooth running of the ETU and other Ebola Response related program, provide technical supervision and support to the activities;
• Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices, acceptable international (WHO/SPHERE/CDC/MSF) and national standards as well as ensure programs across different sites in the country are of comparable quality by encouraging transfer of good practices from one field site to another;
• Ensure health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry of Health, WHO, CDC, and MSF, the organization with deepest experience in Ebola case management
•Work closely with the Team Leader, senior management and field teams to determine the operational needs of the medical program within the scope of the grants;
• With the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, oversee the collection and timely report of data and statistics for all programs (including objectives, indicators, and outcomes of health programs) according to internal and donor requirements
• Review monthly field reports and donor reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the organizations health programs;
• Where feasible work with government health authorities and international agencies such as WHO to ensure implementation of standardized national health information systems
• Work with field teams, partner agencies and national health authorities to coordinate response activities
• Ensure timely and adequate provision of PPE supplies, medical supplies and drugs through review of pharmacy consumption reports, national drug protocols, program budgets, acquisition of partner agency and UN drug kits, and health information materials
• Ensure all stakeholders, including senior management team, the Technical Unit and donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures

2. Program Development
• Work with senior management team, field teams, regional desk and the Health Technical Unit in strategic planning for future health programs.
• Work with the management team to draft concepts for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor
• Provide technical input during proposal development and technical reviews, and feedback to the field to improve the quality of the final proposals
• Strive to ensure as much as possible different health related sectors (Mental health, WASH, Nutrition, GBV and sexual and reproductive health) are integrated into proposed programs

3. Representation
• Represent the organization to UN, health cluster, international and national NGOs and Ministry of Health at health coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to country programs and enhance the organizations visibility (ie. task force meetings, assessment missions, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings)
• Serve as the principal liaison with MOH on matters related to the program to ensure programmatic accountability. Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors

4. Human Resources Management

• Assist in the selection and training of qualified program health staff,
• Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff
• Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs
• Ensure professional development for expat and national health staff through assessment of training needs and capacity building activities
• Support direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and professional development plans are in place
• Work closely with the medical coordinators and health teams to determine the training needs of the medical staff
• Overseeing trainings of all national healthcare staff, including national Doctors, non-physician clinicians, nurses, midwives and other technical staff to ensure that the provided trainings are of acceptable quality and address the identified needs and to ensure sustainability of programs
• Collaborate with national health authorities and relevant international health agencies for the development of an approved curriculum to meet training needs and implement those plans through the management team and field teams

5. Working Relationships
• Work closely with country senior management team and the Health Technical Unit
• Ensure program progress through communication with Team Leader, Logistics Staff and Finance team to ensure coordination of programs supplies are consistent with management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans.

6. Security
• Collaborate with Team Leader and Security Officer to maintain security of health staff in the field
• Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies

7. Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
• Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps

The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive. 

 Compliance& Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

 

 

Qualifications:

Minimum medical degree; preferably with a Master's in Public Health 

   Minimum 5 years experience in overseas humanitarian programs (preferably developing country or low- resource setting with an NGO) at the senior level relating to infectious diseases, secondary health care, and communicable diseases 

  Previous Ebola response experience 

•Experience in setting up and managing strong supply chain (pharmacy and supplies) required 

  Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written; fluency in English is required 

   Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; the ability to work with a broad spectrum of people 

  Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently 

  Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations 

  Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively, be self-motivated 

  Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources 

  Ability to assume non-medical responsibilities from time to time to cover for other team members 

  Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building, public-private partnerships and project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods) 

  Proven capabilities in leadership required 
- Fluent French is essential

   Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills, understanding of the extreme nature of this outbreak, as well as the physical capabilities to endure wearing full personal protective equipment for periods of time 




 

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