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21-084: Volunteer Medical Professional - South Los Angeles Vaccine Strike Team
Country:Los Angeles, CA
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 to the Assignment

International Medical Corps is working with hospital and clinic partners in Los Angeles to provide support for COVID-19 vaccination efforts, particularly ambulatory vaccine clinics serving vulnerable communities in South LA. 

Kedren Community Health Center (KCHC), located in South Los Angeles, serves a low-resource and vulnerable population. KCHC conducts an ambulatory vaccine clinic, currently receiving and administering 2,000 vaccines per day despite a severe shortage of qualified medical personnel. Because of these shortages, it is only partially operational. Each of 5 vaccine tents utilizes two vaccinators and vaccinates multiple patients simultaneously after intake and registration. The clinic relies heavily on volunteers for wraparound services, including AmeriCorps and Red Cross.

The clinic’s largest gap is currently qualified medical personnel that are able to give vaccines.

Purpose of the Assignment

Access to COVID-19 vaccines is critical and urgent to control and eventually end the global pandemic, yet poor, underserved community health centers in Los Angeles struggle to administer the existing supply. The purpose of this assignment is to support vaccination services in these areas by providing trained medical personnel to serve as vaccinators for the clinic. 

Kedren Health Center (FQHC) is likely to receive additional vaccine doses directly from the federal government in the near future. As supply increases, the demand for vaccinators will surely follow.

Scope of the Assignment

IMC is seeking to hire 24 medical personnel with the below qualifications to support the efforts in vaccine programs at Kedren Community Health Center. 

IMC personnel will work within the KCHC system either as a part of an existing vaccination team or managing a separate vaccination tent within the existing structure. Work includes preparing vaccines, administering vaccines, monitoring patients for adverse reactions, and treating adverse reactions. IMC Medical personnel will be directed by KCHC personnel for day-to-day tasks. These tasks are subject to scrutiny by the IMC medical lead, and if there is a dispute, the Team Lead and Medical Coordinator will address the problem with KCHC leadership. All Data collection will be within the KCHC system.

Deliverables Description

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. 

  • Receive/Provide training on vaccine administration according to federally accepted standards. 
  • Receive/Provide guidance on developing vaccination circuits, administration and monitoring of AEFIs.  
  • Supervise vaccination activities and provide onsite supervision and support.  
  • Ensure data collection, registration and administrative tasks are thoroughly followed and guarantee data quality, confidentiality and reporting from vaccination centers supported by IMC.  
  • Develop Job aids, tools and guides for vaccination centers in accordance with the MoH and WHO recommendations.   
  • Ensure IPC measures including standard precautions, transmission-based precautions, healthcare waste management, appropriate use of PPE, and accidental exposure to bodily fluids are incorporated in vaccination activities.  
  • Collect and analyze project and service data to inform and adjust project objectives/plans, strategic choices and quality of care in collaboration with IMC team members, local partners and other relevant staff. 
  • Work with program staff, nurses and auxiliary staff (e.g. Community Health Workers - 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. 
  • Additional duties including triage, IPC, child protection focal point

Code of Conduct

All staff are required to adhered to and promote International Medical Corps shared responsibility and obligation to report matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report to International Medical Corps.

Qualifications:


REQUIREMENTS

To perform this volunteer assignment successfully, an individual must be able to perform each task with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Qualifications - all of the following personnel are able to give vaccines in California, and all applicants must hold one of these types of licenses. Due to licensing complications, only applicants licensed in California will be accepted at this time. See CDPH Vaccine Licensees for detailed requirements for each specialty. 

  • Doctors – MD, DO, Naturopathic Doctors
  • Nurses – RN, Public Health Nurse
  • Advanced Care Practitioners – PA, NP, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse/Midwife.
  • EMS Personnel –EMT, Paramedic
  • Other health professionals - Pharmacists, Respiratory therapists

Vaccination status – Fully vaccinated personnel are highly desirable. IMC will utilize fully vaccinated personnel before utilizing partially or non-vaccinated personnel.

Experience

  • 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 and live in an austere environment with limited resources
  • Able to deploy to emergencies on short notice
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Equal  Opportunity

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal consultancy opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.