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19-185: Nurse Midwife - Emergency Medical Team (EMT)
Country:Global
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Nurse Midwife

JOB DESCRIPTION   

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

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 a World Health Organization Emergency Medical Team Type One Mobile (EMT).

The WHO EMT program was developed to ensure and standardize various expectations for medically oriented NGOs. The guiding principles are intended to inform NGOs of the values required to become verified as an EMT: Provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care. Offer needs-based response according to the context and type of Sudden Onset Disaster (SOD) and/or outbreak in the affected nation. Adopts a human rights-based approach to their response; Ensures they are accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak particularly the vulnerable. Treat patients in medically ethical manner consistent with the World Medical Association Medical Ethics Manual.

All EMTs are accountable to: 1. The patients and communities they assist; 2. Host government and MoH; 3. Own organization and donors. EMTs commit to be: 1. Integrated in a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities; 2. Collaborate with the national health system, their fellow EMTs, the cluster and the international humanitarian response community.

Selected EMT 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 PURPOSE

This position will support International Medical Corp’s Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) as part of international emergency responses. The EMT is a mobile platform delivering limited primary health care services and outpatient clinical care with referrals as needed to disaster effected populations. The position 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 international standards and International Medicals Corps’ guidance. The position will be expected to coordinate closely with multiple departments in International Medical Corps as well as external partners in the local government and other NGO’s.

The Nurse Midwife will be responsible for providing comprehensive antenatal care (ANC) and postnatal care (PNC) in a challenging setting, ensuring maximum access and utilization of services by affected populations; and setting up maternity care in new health centers, hospitals, and mobile clinic. In addition, he/she may also be requested to assist hospital staff as needed. 

**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.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Provide comprehensive ANC and PNC in a challenging setting, ensuring maximum access and utilization of services by affected populations;
  • Conduct and supervise deliveries and perinatal care where appropriate and manage referrals where necessary;
  • Setting up maternity care in new health centers, hospitals, and mobile clinics;
  • Training local midwives and working with community birth attendants to ensure safe community birthing practices;
  • Offer support and advice following events such as miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and neonatal death;
  • Provide advice and guidance on a safe and timely transfer home ;
  • Assist in development and delivery of educational sessions for staff and patients ;
  • Identify and care for survivors of Gender Based Violence in partnership with other team members;
  • 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 necessary drugs, consumables and other items.

CODE OF CONDUCT

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Qualifications:

REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate degree or midwife certification and registration required;tropical nursing diploma desirable;
  • A minimum of five years’ experience as a midwife in public or private health facilities including experience working and living in developing countries or limited resource area; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • At least 3 years of experience in a hospital setting and 1 year in community or outpatient setting;
  • Ability to provide and counsel on basic STI treatment and family planning preferred;
  • Working knowledge HIV/AIDs/ PMTCT/TB preferred;
  • Capacity to evaluate complex ethical situations and work with team on decision making;
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas;
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multi-cultural team and understand cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth;
  • 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.
  • Must be able to work with limited resources.
  • Must be able to deploy to emergencies on short notice

In addition to the responsibilities referenced above, candidates can expect to be living and working in austere conditions. Lifting moderately heavy objects from the ground, carrying a backpack for extended periods of time, and walking or hiking in remote locations may be necessary to perform these functions.

OTHER DESCRIPTION       
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 high degree of resilience, extremely decisive quality and ability to move fast.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
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.