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17-410: Emergency Capacity Assessment Volunteer - Bangladesh
Department:International Programs
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 judgment, the ability to move fast, and the willingness to travel and work in unstable situations and harsh conditions.


The primary responsibility of the emergency capacity assessment volunteer is to conduct program-related assessments. Propose and launch a capacity building plan and support International Medical Corps to identify the partner’s potential for scale up of programming and increased geographic coverage.


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

  • Conduct capacity assessment of national partner, in addition to development of capacity building plan.
  • Identify beneficiary needs.
  • Design appropriate tools and methodology for assessment;
  • Organize and lead the assessment;
  • Draft final report to include assessment findings and a capacity building work plan;
  • Identify organizations to provide training;
  • Launch initial capacity building activities.
  • In discussion with relevant HRU team members, launch initial capacity building activities
  • Provide a report highlighting findings, recommendations and a practical capacity building plan for partner capacity development;
  • Submit tools, resources, guidelines and other relevant material used throughout the assessment and capacity building phases;
  • Make a brief presentation to the senior management team;
  • Provide report detailing capacity building activities proposed / undertaken and any further recommendations for partner development.


  • Ensure compliance with IMC policies and procedures, donor regulations and local laws;
  • Ensure that the procurement and disposal of commodities, especially those subject to US Export Compliance regulations, are in line with applicable licenses and are properly documented;
  • Ensure that vendor eligibility screening is carried out in a timely fashion, updated regularly, and, recorded appropriately.

Human Resources

  • Manage all staff within your department with integrity and foresight, and in accordance with HR procedures and policies to ensure that they maintain the highest standards of accountability and professionalism;
  • Make frequent site visits to where staff supervised by you are working, to ensure that the appropriate care and support is being offered;
  • Ensure that staff supervised by you are evaluated regularly, trained and/or mentored in a structured accountable manner, and written records of such are retained;
  • Oversee the recruitment, selection and performance of logistics staff, as required.

Training/Capacity Building

  • Advocate and plan for professional development for expat and national staff;
  • Determine training needs for staff supervised by you;
  • Coordinate the delivery of training for national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity, and ensure sustainability of programs.

Working Relationships

  • Proactively engage with the Country Director and key staff (Program, Finance, & Medical) on all matters logistic to ensure that programmatic and project planning incorporates sufficient funding for logistical staff and logistical support mechanisms;
  • Proactively engage on a regular basis with regional IMC logistics teams, and logistics coordinators from other organizations to ensure appropriate links for interagency logistics coordination;
  • Proactively engage with donors, local government, project partners, UN agencies and other non-governmental organizations in order to plan, organize, and schedule distribution of goods and materiel as, well as to ensure adequate information sharing, address common concerns/problems and seek solutions.


  • Represent IMC in a positive and professional manner contributing to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of IMC’s mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.


  • Ensure the application of, and compliance with, security protocols and policies of you and your supervised staff.


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/Essential Requirements:

  • Experience of working within NGO environment, particularly with national partners;
  • Experience in conducting assessments particularly in organizational capacity;
  • Able to produce high-quality written reports and present to senior management;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Ability to multitask and work with little supervision;
  • Excellent (ideally native) English speaker, Arabic an advantage;
  • Prepared to be partially based in Dhaka, Bangladesh with frequent travel to national partner offices, other relevant sites as determined.
  • Experience in working in conflict and other high risk operational environments

Personal Characteristics 

  • Good time managements
  • Team player
  • Strong and Decisive decision maker
  • Proven leadership under high stress environments
  • Capable of high output with low levels of supervision and management
  • Task & Solution orientated
  • Capable of completing tasks with minimal information and without immediate requirement for expanded explanations 

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.