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20-025: Physician Assistant Emergency Medical Team (EMT)
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Physician Assistant


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 areas worldwide. By offering training and health care 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 health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


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 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; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner consistent with the World Medical Association Medical Ethics Manual.

International Medical Corps is accountable to: patients and communities; host government, Ministry of Health; our 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 cluster 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.


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

The Physician’s Assistant works under the supervision of a doctor. The primary responsibility of the Physician’s Assistant is to provide clinical services in an outpatient care facility to adults, adolescents and pediatric patients. In addition to the provision of chronic and acute clients, the Physician’s Assistant is expected to provide appropriate referrals, health education and to assist the emergency medical team as required. 

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.


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.

  • Perform prescribed medical examination and treatment on patients presenting at the health facility.
  • Assess medical needs, provide safe and efficient health care under the direction of the Medical Coordinator or other designated personnel.
  • Work collaboratively in the identification and management of patients.
  • In accordance with established protocols, performs triage of patients.
  • Diagnose traumatic and non-traumatic injury, provide treatment when symptoms are clear. Recognize symptoms that require referral, prepare referral paperwork and recommend referral as needed.
  • Work with the clinical team to ensure regular and adequate pharmaceuticals and medical supplies are available to avoid stockouts. Assist in evaluating instruments and equipment to maintain working order.
  • Any other relevant duties, as needed.


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  • Must be a licensed provider with a valid license to practice. Must have 3-5 years of experience, of which 1-2 years should be in a developing country, low-resource setting or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS in a developing country.
  • Previous NGO experience preferable.
  • Master’s in Public Health preferable.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks in a dynamic, high pressure environment.
  • Self-motivated and able to exercise sound judgment and possess excellent decision making skills.
  • Must be extremely flexible, and be able to cope in stressful situations.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • 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, both oral and written.
  • Fluent in English is required, professional oral and written language ability in Arabic, French and/or Spanish are a plus.


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’ 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.


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.