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18-041: Nurse
Country:Central African Republic
Department:International Programs
  
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.

 BACKGROUND

International Medical Corps has been operating in CAR since 2007, primarily in the north-eastern regions of Vakaga and Haute-Kotto. International Medical Corps remains one of only two international organizations providing health and protection assistance in each of these regions. International Medical Corps has also been supporting Sudanese refugee in Ouaka prefecture in the south of the country since 2010. This program closed  in December 2016.  As of 2014, International Medical Corps has expanded its areas of operation to include Bouca sub-prefecture in the northwest. Due to return of  stable context , IMC withdrew its support in the area in jully 2017 and continued its support in new area bambari  that continue to turn providing emergency  basic cares to population victims of conflicts in the area   IMC addresses the primary health care, nutrition and protection needs. Under this Bekou program, which comes in continuation of a first phase of activities, IMC  is  supporting  16 health structures in Vakaga and Haute Kotto and continue its support to primary health care, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and mental health services. Mental health activities will only be implemented in Haute Kotto.

              

JOB SUMMARY:

In continuation of a first 18-months implementation phase, this extended   6 -month’s project will aim to contribute to the reduction of mortality and morbidity in CAR and to the restoring of the health system in the country by:

-             Improving access to quality healthcare for the targeted populations;

-             Reinforcing the health system and the health district management teams’ capacities to manage health facilities.

The project is taking place in Vakaga and Haute Kotto Prefectures in Central African Republic.

 

As part of the implementing team,   expatriate nurse is required to manage the program and also to provide hands-on care and upgrade the skills and knowledge of local counter parts and/or CHWs in the areas of medical and sterilization and wash practices.

 

Through support of existing Ministry of Health (MoH) health facilities and training of medical staff, IMC offers curative and preventive consultations, maternal and child health (MCH) care, sexual and reproductive health services including skilled birth attendance, family planning (FP), syndromic management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and services of the Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health (ie. clinical management of rape, HIV prevention, hygienic delivery, emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC)), therapeutic and supplementary nutrition services linked to comprehensive food security activities, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response, and mental health support. IMC also focuses on building the capacity of local community structures, such as village health committees (VHCs), CHWs and health centers management committees (COGES). CHWs are trained and supported to conduct health education and hygiene promotion activities in their communities to encourage healthy practices and utilization of available health services, and the capability of VHCs and COGES to supervise and manage health facility operations for the benefit of in their communities is enhanced.

 

The aim of IMC’s work is to strengthen local social services and develop capacity for greater community resilience, while maintaining flexibility and the ability to respond to the continuing instability and accompanying increasing humanitarian needs in the country.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

JOB PURPOSE 

Under the overall guidance of the IMC Field manager and the Medical Director, s/he will be in charge of:

 

Management of the activity of services and care: 

  • Guarantees the human, material and financial resources necessary for the care activity according to changing needs. For this collaborates with the various departments (logistics, administrative ...).
  • Standardizes care practices and procedures within different departments.
  • Adapts care procedures with regard to medical evolutions.
  • Ensures compliance with nursing protocols and rules of safety and asepsis by caregivers.                                                                                                                         
  • Ensures the quality of an overall care of the patient.
  • Provides inter-service coordination to maintain continuity of care.
  • Coordinates the implementation of an adapted patient file (recording, monitoring, archiving ...).
  • Organize regular information sessions.
  • Encourages daily health education sessions within the unit.
  • Participates in the collection of data to evaluate the functioning of the structure.
  • Writes activity reports on a regular basis.
  • Adapts its activity according to the context.

 

Management of Premises, Equipment and Supplies:

 

  •  Plan and organize the renovation and maintenance of the premises.
  • Develops  for cleaning premises and equipment according to the procedures defined by  IMC /WHO
  • Identifies with doctors the material needs (equipment and consumables) necessary for the operation of the service.
  • Defines the procedures and the rhythm of supply of care services in logistical and medical equipment.
  • Ensures proper use of equipment and medicines.
  • Support the assistant pharmacist   in the management of the central pharmacy and in services.
  • Ensures optimal collaboration between different services and departments to respect

 

Human Resource Management
- Workforce Management:
-. Working time management:
-Individual balance sheets:
- Training Management.

Qualifications:

 

  • University degree in   nurse with 3+ years of experience working on health and nutrition programs, preferably in humanitarian settings.
  • Fluency in French required. Basic to good level of English is required.
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills.
  • Training and supervision experience required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within different cultural environments.
  • Ability to work in difficult environments under very basic living conditions.
  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and ability to cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources.
  • Computer literacy is an added value.
  • Profound cross-cultural awareness and insight into health care issues.
  •  Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently.