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17-508: Medical Doctor- Volunteer
Country:Puerto Rico
Department:Global Strategies
  
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.

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.

Program Background:

After arriving to Puerto Rico within days of Hurricane Maria, International Medical Corps continues to collaborate with La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico (ASPPR), a non-profit health network of 76 clinics supporting disaster-affected vulnerable populations in Puerto Rico.

International Medical Corps is in the process of recruiting medical volunteers to support mobile medical units (MMUs) to support Mayagüez, Maricao and Las Marias of the Migrant Health Center, and the Utuado Federally Qualified Health Center managed by Corporación de Servicios Médicos Hatillo. These clinics are conducting home visits to treat patients who are unable to come to the centers for treatment. The sites see an average of 450 patients per week in their clinics, and an additional 60 through their outreach program. However, their MMUs are running limited schedules due to lack of personnel.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will support mobile medical units as part of International Medical Corps’ relief efforts in Puerto Rico with a local partner. The mobile units will be working in and around Humacao, Puerto Rico. The MMUs will focus on providing for patients unable to reach existing clinics; emphasis will be on providing primary health care services with referrals as needed. The physician will be working with partner staff as well as other volunteers. The position requires ensuring the provision of high quality clinical care in accordance with national standards and International Medicals Corps’ guidance. The physician will be expected to coordinate closely with multiple departments in International Medical Corps as well as external partners in the local government, FEMA, and other NGO’s.

The Medical Doctor will be responsible for providing clinical services in a primary health care setting. He/she will be responsible for providing client counseling and direct care services including adult, adolescent and pediatric health services for both chronic and acute conditions. He/she is expected to diagnose and treat patients, provide appropriate referrals as needed and provide health education. In addition, he/she may also be requested to assist hospital staff as needed. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

  • Provide clinical services for disaster-affected population according to national and internationally accepted standards.
  • According to national protocols and internationally accepted standards, ensure high quality clinical care based on analysis of relevant and available patient history/records, appropriate physical exam and investigations to provide accurate diagnosis (or diagnoses) and treat/refer accordingly
  • Adhere to rational drug usage protocols
  • Provide technical expertise to other health providers who refer patients for OBGYN issues
  • Monitor disease trends and notify supervisor of any changes in trends which may require adjustment of activities
  • Anticipate changing needs and potential emergencies and inform supervisor
  • Identify any reportable diseases and notify supervisor and local health authorities; assist with outbreak response if needed according to national protocols
  • Work with IMC staff and relevant local health authorities to set up appropriate strategies to prevent identify and treat endemic diseases as needed
  • Track daily patient data using tally sheets or other tools provided and submit patient data as required
  • Collect and analyze project / service data to inform and adjust project objectives/plans, strategic choices and quality of care / MMU in collaboration with IMC team members, local partners and other relevant staff
  • Provide health education to patients and community members concerning their diagnoses, healthy diets, physical activity, hygiene promotion, and disease prevention (such as need for vaccination, smoking cessation, etc.)
  • Monitor and coordinate program activities assigned for the project
  • Work with program staff, local doctors, midwives, nurses and auxiliary staff (eg CHWs) to provide both didactic and on-the-job training to build capacity and enhance their skills
  • Collaborate with other departments as needed to ensure smooth implementation and integration of services
  • Adhere to administrative directives with regards to work schedules, record keeping, patient communications, re-stocking of essential drugs, consumables and other medical supplies
  • Adhere to IMC Code of Conduct and internationally accepted humanitarian principles
  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
  • Provide all services to patients free of charge
  • 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:

Requirements 

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be a primary care physician with a valid license to practice, with at least 3-5 years of experience, of which 1-2 years should be of developing country experience or in low-resource settings or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in overseas programs relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and communicable diseases preferable
  • Previous NGO experience preferable
  • Master’s in Public Health preferable
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks in a dynamic, high pressure environment
  • Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Must have excellent self-motivation skills.
  • Must have the ability to exercise sound judgment and excellent decision making skills.
  • Must be extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Must be able to work effectively with various personalities and cultures
  • Must have the ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively.
  • Must be able to work with limited resources.
  • Must be able to deploy to emergencies on short notice
  • Must have excellent communications skills in English and Spanish, both oral and written