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19-410: Nurse Manager - Emergency Response Team
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 healthcare 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 areas worldwide. By offering training and healthcare to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated healthcare 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 provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care; offers 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 its response; ensures it is accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak, particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner.

International Medical Corps is accountable to patients and communities, host governments and ministries of health, and its organization and donors. International Medical Corps commits to a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities. International Medical Corps collaborates with the national health system, the clusters and the humanitarian community.

Selected personnel are on standby to deploy to a crisis within 48 hours. Personnel may deploy to new areas of operation or lend support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers and staff who have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on a regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants maintain professional profiles with International Medical Corps, so that information is complete and readily available for an emergency response deployment.

Job Purpose

This position will support International Medical Corps’ emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster-affected populations.

Under the supervision of the Medical Coordinator, this position provides oversight to nursing staff including all, RNs, LPNs, nursing assistant staff, translators, and any other non-medical provider staff i.e. MDs, DOs, PAs and NPs) as well as the nursing care of patients during an emergency response.

**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for International Medical Corps’ standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will be contacted only when there is an emergency-response need for which the responder is qualified. 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.

  • Represent IMC in coordination meetings.
  • Ensure pharmaceutical supply chain by monitoring pharmaceutical use, stock and raising procurements liaising with Med Co and Pharmacist as required.
  • Support timely assessments, data management, proposal development and reporting.
  • Supervise nursing staff, nursing assistants and translators to ensure proper patient flow throughout the operation.
  • Ensure effective triage of patients via a complete understanding of the various triage systems used by the operation.
  • Ensure proper use of established standard operating procedures.
  • Provide direct care to patients in the diagnosis and treatment in primary emergency health care when necessary.
  • Ensure that all the necessary items are supplied throughout the health facility.
  • Ensure the entire Nursing Staff is cognizant of infection control standard operating procedures.
  • Identify educational needs of nurses and nursing assistants.
  • Monitor the delivery of healthcare to ensure patients have up-to-date patient cards.
  • Follow procedures concerning infection prevention and control supports nursing staff to follow infection prevention and control measures.
  • Give treatment at the appropriate time as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Call the doctor on duty if any medical problem arises.
  • Represent IMC in coordination meetings.
  • Assist doctors with clinic rounds and record the necessary medical information.
  • Make a detailed report at the end of the shift in the report book. Ensure that staff is trained to be sure that the patient registers and the patient intake forms are completed, that patients are properly banded or otherwise identified according to procedure.
  • Ensure that staff is trained that new patients are logged and all paperwork is completed by the nursing staff.
  • Attend and participate in the relevant clinical meetings, provide meeting reports, and complete recommended follow up actions as required.
  • Ensure and, if required, assist with patient stabilization and transfer as needed gathering all information  according to procedure.
  • Ensure the isolation tent has the proper PPE to address communicable diseases and ensure proper notification throughout the facility when a patient is sent to OBGYN, Isolation, or the Emergency Department.
  • Assign and supervise IPC nurse.
  • Support and assign support throughout clinical activities where there are gaps and delays.
  • If adverse event occurs, ensure proper communication, documentation and corrective action is executed as required.

General

  • Deployed personnel are expected to assist with the setup, maintenance and demobilization of the clinical spaces and base camp as required.

 Policy Adherence

  • Actively promote PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.

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. The fluid nature of emergency response requires personnel to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape; duties may be reconfigured to meet operational requirements.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking in persons, child safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct that may involve conflicts-of-interest, fraud, corruption or harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any such activities, you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications:
  • Registered Nurse with a valid license to practice
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) preferable
  • Any additional certification in healthcare administration will be considered an advantage
  • Valid nursing license, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), MSN, MPH, or MPA desired

 Experience:

  • Minimum of three (3) years experience as Nurse Supervisor or similar role, professional experience in Humanitarian Health Sector and in communicable disease prevention in clinical settings desirable
  • Minimum of three (3) years experience, of which at least one (1) year in developing country experience or in low-resource settings or the equivalent combination of education and experience preferably in emergency response
  • Experience in overseas programs relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and communicable disease prevention and control experience in clinic settings
  • Previous NGO experience preferable
  • In-depth knowledge of hospital and clinic procedures

 Competencies:

  • Outstanding patient management skills
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Great organizational, time management and supervisory skills
  • Problem solver with a positive attitude
  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and to cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources likewise capable of working in zones with complex security issues
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks in a dynamic, high pressure environment
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent self-motivation skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and excellent decision-making skills
  • Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Able to work effectively with various personalities and cultures
  • Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
  • Able to work with limited resources
  • Able to deploy to emergencies on short notice
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in Spanish, French or, Arabic is desirable

Other

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.

International Medical Corps is a first responder 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 is committed to doing everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff members who have a high degree of resilience, extremely decisive qualities and the 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.