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18-299: Charge Nurse - Ebola Response
Country:Democratic Republic of Congo
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
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 for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance

International Medical Corps has deployed an emergency response team (ERT) to assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. The ERT will assess the provision of direct clinical care. The ERT will expand the current activities including: health education, health awareness, surveillance and other support.

Objective of the post: The nurse follows all policies and regulations related to the case management of patients with confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD), including those related to infection prevention and control (IPC), and protective measures such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). S/he coordinates all activities with IMC staff (in areas of water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH), logistics, human resources, etc.) and under the supervision of the Charge Nurse and Medical Coordinator of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).

Technical Support
• The ETU Nurse should be aware of the risks involved in working in the ETU
• Participate in trainings regarding infection control, clinical management, use of PPE, and other aspects related to care of EVD patients
• Work to provide safe and compassionate nursing care according to IMC protocols
• Ensure correct use of PPE at all times and assist colleagues with donning and doffing PPE
• Take vital signs and record in the patient file per protocol
• Assist patients in taking fluid, including IV fluids, as required or as prescribed by doctor
• Assist patients with bathing and personal hygiene. Ensure patients are comfortable, and their bedding is clean
• Call the Charge Nurse or Medical Coordinator if any medical problems arise
• Inform the Charge Nurse or burial team when a patient dies
• Collect and record data correctly according to protocols and complete all data forms as required
• Inform social work teams of the general condition of patients to inform their relatives at home
• Explain the rules and procedures of the ETU to all new patients and relatives
• Provide necessary protective gear and instructions to relatives visiting or caring for a family member
• Provide information to patients and family members regarding EVD transmission, prevention and control measures
• Attend and participate in required meetings Training and Capacity Building
• Train other nurses on ETU policies and procedures
• Train staff on the correct procedure and use of PPE
• Provide continuous mentoring and follow up to nursing staff in case managements of patients Human Resources Management
• Responsible for notifying the ETU Charge Nurse and Medical Coordinator about any problems with ETU staff and compliance with protocols
• Monitor the wellbeing of nurses and other staff and immediately report any issues to the ETU Charge Nurse and Medical Coordinator Coordination
• Coordinate all activities with the other team members such as the WASH Manager and Psychosocial Support Manager to respond to patient and family member needs
• Coordinate with other agencies for contract tracing, other outreach activities, and labs for EVD testing is required
• Work with other senior colleagues to establish corrective measures when/if problems arise

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
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

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:

Skills & Requirements:
• Minimum medical degree; preferably with a Master’s in Public Health.
• Minimum of 3 years of experience required, of which 1-2 years should be of developing country experience or resource-limited environment. Post-graduate qualification in infectious / tropical diseases is a plus
• Experience in overseas programs relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and communicable diseases.
• Previous NGO experience.
• Will have excellent communications skills, both oral and written in English.
• Will have excellent self-motivation skills.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently in difficult environment.
• Extremely flexible, willing to take on other duties / tasks and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations.
• Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively.