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17-357: VOLUNTEER DOCTOR
Country:Mexico
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

About International Medical Corps
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 ‘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 a high degree of resilience, sound judgement, the ability to move fast, and the willingness to travel and work in unstable situations and harsh conditions.

Job Summary
The Medical Director is primarily responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of the health programs of the Emergency Response. The Medical Director will work in collaboration with the senior management team while managing health teams in the field. The Medical Director will make frequent visits to the field sites to ensure the highest standards of service delivery and to ensure programs are in line with internationally accepted standards and/or relevant Ministries of Health.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

  • Carry out initial emergency assessment to determine scope of need and potential for programming and funding
  • Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to the organization's health programming activities in an emergency setting with little to no supervision
  • Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices;
  • Ensure health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry of Health and WHO;
  • Work closely with the country director (if applicable), senior management and field teams to determine the operational needs of the medical program within the scope of the grants and/or available funding;
  • Oversee the collection and timely reporting 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 ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the organizations health programs;
  • 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 for outbreak preparedness and contingency planning;
  • Ensure timely and adequate provision of 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 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.

Representation

  • 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 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.

Human Resources Management

  • Assist in the selection and training of qualified program health staff;  recommend promotions, and implement disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the Country Director and Finance Director;
  • 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 as supported by budgets;
  • Support direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and professional development plans;
  • Work closely with the medical coordinators and health teams to determine the training needs of the medical staff;
  • 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. 

Working Relationships

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

Security

  • Collaborate with security officer/CD in order to maintain security of health staff in the field;
  • 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.

Qualifications:
  • Minimum medical degree with 3 years of experience after medical college graduation; preferably with a Master’s in Public Health;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in overseas programs (preferably developing country or low-resource setting with an NGO) at the Manager level relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and communicable diseases; preferably in emergency response/conflict settings;
  • 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 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);
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required, working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic skills desirable;
  • Must be able to demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and maintain a positive working relationship with clients and colleagues with professionalism and integrity;
  • Demonstrated skills in creative problem solving particularly in limited resource settings;
  • Experience in managing, training and motivating multiethnic and multicultural teams.

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