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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Medical Doctor at IMC

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian 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 has been operating in Nigeria since November 2013. It currently has its country office in Abuja and field offices in Kano, Damboa , Dikwa and Maiduguri where it is implementing emergency Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) and Protection programs, and also building capacity of local health systems and structures, ensuring the provision of quality, accessible Nutrition and Health Care.

Location: Damboa, Borno

Job Summary
  • The primary function of the SC Doctor is to provide leadership and overall day to day management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) at IMC stabilization centre (SC) in Damboa LGA.
  • Together with Nutrition Coordinator, Nutrition Manager and Nutrition Officer, he/she participate in defining intervention priorities, develop necessary contacts and relationships with government, non-government, donors and UN agencies at the field level;
  • Contribute to the development of strategies and manage existing programs and resources, and provide day to day supervision, management and coaching to a wide team of SC staff in Damboa.
  • Ensure that International Medical Corps program is delivering the highest level of quality of nutrition services in line to national and international guidelines.
General Description Of the Role
  • The Stabilization Center Medical Doctor will ensure quality of services in the stabilization center (CMAM programme) through strengthening capacities on the clinical management of SAM and facilitating integration of services related to newborn and child health.
  • He/She is responsible for running day to day activities of IMC Stabilization Center in Damboa.
Key Duties
  • The stabilization centre MD ensures the implementation of a quality clinical care of children admitted to the centre in accordance with National and international standards.
  • To undertake a morning and evening ward round daily with a member of the CMAM Assistants staff ensuring patients are visited where appropriate.
  • To make an entry in the patient’s notes as appropriate following ward rounds or any other patient examinations, communication or procedures. To receive a hand-over report on patients from the duty CMAM Assistants;
  • To supervise the daily clinical management of all patients in conjunction with the SC CMAM Assistants on duty with support from nutrition manager and officer.
  • He/She supervise the stabilization center staff (CMAM Assist among them Nurses, Nutritionists, Nutrition assistants etc) and shall directly provide ongoing leadership to the project team and oversee implementation and coordination of activity plans to ensure targets are met.
  • To liaise with CMAM Assistant staff regularly (at least every 3-4 hours) to check on patient progress, or more frequently if their condition necessitates and or on calls relating to patients care.
  • To take blood samples from patients as may be required from time to time.
  • To respond to calls from the ward relating to patient care;
  • To administer intravenous medications / therapy if required,
  • To undertake emergency procedures as required (including resuscitation), taking the lead as necessary.
  • To ensure that all consumables used during procedures shall be correctly charged to patient. Coordinate to ensure that all available drugs and consumables used during procedures are strategically stored in SC.
  • Ensure donated medicine and consumable is only prescribed for patients and not for staff unless on emergency first aid and under authorization from Nutrition Manager and Coordinator; Mentor and provide on-the-job training on stabilization care and documentation to nurses and other health workers deployed to the SC.
  • Supervise the use of medicines, medical supplies, nutrition-related commodities and data tools in the SC.
  • Liaise with the nutrition officer, CMAM assistants and Care Group Promoters Supervisors to ensure and facilitate a timely referral of complicated SAM cases from the OTPs to the SC.
  • Participate in the development and review of SC programme monitoring and evaluation tools where necessary.
  • Ensure timely collection, compilation and analysis of quality data as well as production of quantitative and qualitative reports regarding all SC activities.
  • Liaise with MoH, WHO and other stakeholders for nutrition program towards a successful SC project. Maintain work schedules/plans for SC nurses, nutritionists, nutrition assistants and cleaners in the SC.
  • Supervise and support the outreach care group supervisors/facilitators to implement quality community mobilization for the successful outcome of the CMAM and IYCF programme activities.
  • Update the nutrition manager on the implementation of all SC activities on weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual basis.
  • Assign tasks among SC staff according to the variation in workload, holidays, unplanned absences or illness.
  • Ensure referrals of discharge cases from the SC to the nearest IMC OTP and are closely monitored smoothly.
  • Follow up management of stocks with the storekeeper; monitor rates of SC consumption and ensure supplies are ordered in a timely manner
  • Ensure all criteria are respected and understood by the SC teams, including admission, discharge and transfer from the various components of the programme, all medical and nutritional protocols, and their application/OTP/SC/CG services.
  • Ensure that SC beneficiaries, caretakers and members of the community are treated respectfully at all times
  • Participate in regular nutrition team management meetings and also represent the Nutrition Manager in carrying out some related tasks.
  • Report any problems in a timely manner to the nutrition manager or coordinator
  • Ensure that the SC is equipped with all necessary tools and materials (e.g. MUAC, scales, drugs, F-75, F-100, RUTF, counselling cards, referral guides)
  • Ensure that all SC staff fully complete and sign timesheets monthly for submission to HR/Finance Admin.
  • Ensure payments made locally by nutrition team are compliant with the Procurement & Authorisation Chart with appropriate supporting documentation
  • Ensure assets under nutrition team are safe guarded and included on the monthly/quarterly/annually update of assets as may be required
  • Assist in any other tasks when required by nutrition manager and/or management
Requirements (Educational, Experience, Language)
  • Strictly qualified and registered national Medical Doctor from a recognised University/Institute with minimum experience of 2 years.
  • Must possess a valid practicing license from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
  • Experience and implementation of nutrition intervention programmes is and added advantage.
  • Understanding of nutritional/health surveillance and information systems/reporting.
  • Proven ability and experience in planning and conducting formal training session on health and nutrition including CMAM and IYCF.
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach other staff and community workers.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with children and their care takers.
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions.
  • Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment.
  • Ability to deal with relations with local authorities as a Nutrition representative of IMC in the SC.
  • Ability to integrate into the local environment including awareness of political, religious and economic aspects of the community.
  • Excellent inter and intra personal skills to ensure consistent positive relations with key stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with donors and donor procedures helpful.
  • Strong report writing and computer skills.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Hausa.
  • Commitment to and understanding of IMC’s aims, values and principles.
  • Computer literate in Word and Excel.
  • Commitment to and understanding of IMC’s aims, values and principles.
Applicants should send their applications addressing it to the "Human Resource Manager, International Medical Corps" via the email: 

  • Candidates MUST state the position and location they are applying for as the subject of their email, application letter and curriculum vitae should be in a single Microsoft Word Document, otherwise applications will not be considered.
  • Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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