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17-212: Consultant - Hospital Disaster Safety and Preparedness
Country:Afghanistan
Department:International Operations
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps (IMC) was established in 1984 as a global, humanitarian non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, as well as relief and development programs. International Medical Corps works to improve the quality of life of the most underserved and vulnerable groups through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in more than 32 countries and regions worldwide and it implements cost-effective and high-quality programs that focus on delivering comprehensive health services and integrated support such as emergency preparedness and response, nutrition, protection, health and hygiene education, access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and livelihoods support to ensure optimal outcomes and sustainable results. Since 1984, International Medical Corps has been serving the needs of countless Afghans through urgent medical services; primary and secondary health care programs; maternal and child healthcare services; infrastructure rebuilding and development; livelihoods and community support; assistance to conflict-affected refugees, returnees, natural disaster affected families and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

 

Background

International Medical Corps (IMC), with funding from OFDA, has implemented the ‘Emergency Preparedness and Response’ program for the most vulnerable and disaster-affected families in Eastern Afghanistan” project since last five years.  Based on the lesson learnt, IMC is currently implementing ‘Community Based Disaster Preparedness for Response and Risk Reduction (CBDPRR)’ project since September 2016 in Nuristan, Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces of eastern Afghanistan. The objective of the program is to ‘improve the emergency self-response, resilience and preparedness capacities of at-risk communities and ANDMA directorates to natural disasters in eastern Afghanistan’.

According to a recent MoPH assessment of nationwide health facilities, hospitals in eastern Afghanistan were identified as unequipped to respond to emergencies that directly impact their facilities. Having major concentrations of vulnerable communities in Eastern Region, these hospitals are in need of developing Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) plans and response teams. The CBDPRR project will establish Incident Command System (ICS) in three provincial hospitals (Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar) to manage probable emergency scenarios. A team of 15 hospital staff (mostly support) will be trained as a Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) that will perform as a surge/tactical team under an Incident Command Team (ICT) (10 staff) in the above mentioned three provincial-level hospitals.

During a disaster, the hospital ICS will coordinate facility resources and the actions of HERTs, who will have pre-designated response roles. A HERT will consist of staff from different departments (logistics, administrative, medical, nursing and others). Their training will include emergency first aid, search and rescue, coordination with Provincial ANDMA and evacuation routes. IMC will also develop a hospital disaster emergency preparedness plan for each targeted provincial hospital, including standard operating procedures and checklists. These checklists and SOPs will be annexed to the plan and will be rehearsed and demonstrated in simulation exercises. Checklists and SOPs will guide designated staff for smooth operation with clear roles and responsibilities.

Despite continuous efforts by the government and its international supporters, Afghanistan still remains fragile and often exposed to armed conflicts. Security situation in program areas are generally stable but unpredictable in nature. With the community driven programming, neutrality and low profile, IMC enjoys tremendous support and acceptance at all level. In addition, IMC strictly follows its ‘Safety and Security Plan for Afghanistan 2016’ and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in all aspects of program implementation, management as well as communication and coordination to minimize potential risks to its employees and target groups. International experts and consultants are often coming and conducting their assignments for IMC  program. An international program manager is also based at provincial level to oversee program implementation and management.

 

Purpose of the Consultancy

 

The main purpose of the consultancy is to establish an Incident Command System (ICS) and related protocols and SOPs in each of the three provincial hospitals that are able to manage overall probable emergency scenarios.

 Specific objectives:

  1. To establish Incident Command Team of 10 key staff of respective hospital and orient them on ICS with roles and responsibilities.
  2. To establish and train a Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) with 15 hospital staff (mostly support) as a surge/tactical team under the ICS, mainly for emergency first aid, search and rescue, evacuation routes and process and triage system at the emergency department of the hospital.
  3. To prepare and demonstrate Hospital Emergency Response Plan with Standard Operating Procedures and Evacuation Checklists.
  4. To conduct Hospital Emergency Disaster Drills as a practical demonstration to be prepared for any emergency response.

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. 

Qualifications:
  • Master Degree or an advanced degree in Hospital Safety, Disaster Risk Reduction, Social Science or relevant field from a reputed University or educational institution.
  • At least five years of practical experience in Hospital Safety Procedures, establishing Emergency Response Systems, tools, checklists etc. and demonstration of safety drills; preferably in Afghanistan or in similar conflict/post conflict humanitarian assistance situation.
  • Strong training and facilitation background in the areas of disaster risk reduction, and emergency response.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an understanding of cultural sensitivities in Afghanistan
  • Documented experience in institutional capacity building, surveys and assessments, particularly in emergency preparedness and response scenarios.
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills with use of a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods.