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18-254: Nurse - Volunteer- for Emergency Responses
Country:Global
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 to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Program Background

When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

 International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able, and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

 Selected Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

 Job Summary
**NOTE**
Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will only be contacted when there is an emergency response need for which the responder is qualified for. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

Selected Emergency Response Unit (ERU) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 24-48 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

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

  • Provide direct nursing care for diagnostic and treatment services in emergency primary healthcare in a Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) and/or selected fixed health centers.
  • Administer medicines to patients following Medical Doctor’s prescription orders.  
  • Ensure that patients have up to date patient cards/records and are accurately registered for reporting and case management, as well as referrals.
  • Ensure appropriate drug management at the MMU and/or selected fixed health centers (drug stocking, dispensing, reconciliation and ordering).
  • Teach the ‘Health Promoters’ or ‘Community Health Workers’ the basic messages on case identification for diseases that have outbreak potentials (such as cholera); prevention of common diseases; disease signs and symptoms, and community referral mechanisms; basic nutrition; techniques for the identification of malnourished children, and growth monitoring; and the importance of ANC and PNC visits along with the need for facility based deliveries.
  • Identify the technical educational needs of community health workers and supervise them on a daily basis.
  • Ensure the MMU and/or selected fixed health centers are always at the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene, and oversee the activities of those that are responsible for keeping the property clean.
  • Adhere to IMC policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA); actively promote PSEA standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps; and ensure HPs/CHWs are fully aware of this also.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor. The duties and responsibilities listed here 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. 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 the HPs and/or CHWs and requires them to adhere to these values.

Qualifications:

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • At a minimum, a clinical nursing degree (at a Bachelor’s level), preferably with a Master’s in Public Health degree.
  • Experience with developing country programs on primary health care and communicable diseases. Experience in maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS is preferable
  • Minimum 3 years of post-graduate experience.
  • Previous NGO experience.
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to maintain patient record and write nursing reports.  
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently.
  • Extreme flexibility and ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations.
  • Ability to relate to, provide training to, and motivate local staff/HPs/CHWs effectively.
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources.
  • Ability to speak and understand the local dialect fluently.