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18-151: Emergency Team Lead
Department:Global Strategies
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

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.

Program Background
Predictably and disturbingly, the precipitous impoverishment of Venezuela’s economy has had a devastating effect on the Venezuelan people. Most people simply do not have enough to eat. Lifesaving medicines are in short supply. According to a study by Venezuela’s top three universities, 74% of Venezuelans have involuntarily lost an average of 8.6 kilos (19 lbs.). The number of food calories that people on median wages can buy has fallen by nearly 90%. Eleven percent of children in vulnerable areas are in what relief agencies describe as “acute malnutrition”, higher than the 10% the agencies use to declare a full-blown food crisis. The other indicator of a humanitarian disaster, “crude mortality rate” is just as grim. Thousands of doctors, along with hundreds of thousands of others, have fled the country. Medicines are scarce. Venezuela is suffering a ten-fold increase in inpatient mortality and a 100-fold increase in newborn mortalities.

International Medical Corps will be sending teams to assess Venezuela and surrounding countries to design support for internally displaced person (IDP) and refugee movement.

Job Summary
The Assessment Team will carry out an initial emergency assessment to determine scope of need and potential for programming and funding. This position reports to the Director of the ERU. 

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

  • Carry out initial emergency assessment to determine scope of need and potential for programming and funding within Venezuela
  • Meet with and identify possible institutional Donors.
  • Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices;
  • Ensure all stakeholders, including senior management team, the Health Technical Unit and donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures.

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 Program Development Officers (PDO), program coordinator and management team to draft concepts for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor.


  • Represent the organization to UN, international and national NGOs and Ministry of Health at health coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to possible new country programs and enhance the organizations visibility (ie. task force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination meetings, 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 organization's Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.

Working Relationships

  • Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff, Senior Management, HQ staff and ERU Director
  • Ensure program progress through communication with Logistics Staff and Finance team to ensure coordination of programs supplies are consistent with management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans.


  • Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies.

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.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty with satisfactory results.  

  1. At least Bachelor’s degree in International Studies or in a relevant field of study
  2. Five years’ relevant experience in Emergency Response, of which at least one year in developing countries or resource deprived environment or a combination of these.
  3. Supervisory experience and strong capacity building ability
  4. Profound cross-cultural awareness and insight into health care issues
  5. Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently 
  6. Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
  7. Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  8. Team player and strong communication skills, both oral and written
  9. Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word and MS Excel, MS PowerPoint
  10. Proficiency in English and Spanish.

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.