INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.
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Job Title: Medical Coordinator
Duty station: Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
Starting date: 01/02/2022
Contract duration: 11 months
Reporting to: Enkas Chau (Head of Mission)
Supervision of: Deputy Medical Coordinator
Dependents: Non-family duty station
General context of the project
Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency has crippled northeastern Nigeria. Borno State continues to be most affected, with over 1.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Recent advances by the Nigerian Army and the Multinational Joint Task Force have improved humanitarian access in 22 of the 27 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Borno, but have also revealed the extent of the crisis. In newly accessible areas, basic infrastructure has been destroyed, essential services are non-existent, and most local governance systems are not functional. INTERSOS has been active in Borno State since 2017, in particular: Bama, Dikwa, Ngala, Magumeri and Monguno, and Konduga Local Government Areas (LGAs), with subsequent extension to Adamawa and Zamfara states, to address the unmet needs of the most vulnerable in these locations because the situation is continuing to worsen. INTERSOS’ health, nutrition, WaSH, and protection integrated programmes are continuing to grow steadily as the organization takes bold frontline role of saving lives of most vulnerable disaster-affected people in Northeast Nigeria. For this reason, INTERSOS is seeking to hire a medical coordinator, to provide technical oversight and medical quality assurance of the programmes.
General purpose of the position
In close collaboration with the Head of Mission, the Country Programme Coordinator and the Medical Department, the Medical Coordinator will lead the defining and implementing the medical strategy of the mission. Being responsible for the planning and coordination of all medical activities and resources in the mission, according to INTERSOS charter, policies, and ethical principles with consideration of international and national protocols, in order to ensure the delivery of quality medical care for patients and their communities as well as to improve the health condition and humanitarian living conditions of the target population.
Take a leading role in guiding the design of new health, nutrition and Covax programmes, and ensuring quality assurance of on-going health and nutrition programmes, including medical and non-medical commodities. Ensure strong coordination with other sectors to contribute to the integrated approach.
Main responsibilities and tasks
Responsible for leading the Mission’s health emergency preparedness, capacity, and response strategy, including the COVID-19 response strategy to ensure safety of staff and beneficiaries, and continuity of the Mission’s programmes amidst the pandemic.
Responsible for representing INTERSOS externally in the Health and Nutrition sectoral coordination meetings, and with UN agencies, INGOs, MOH and other government directorates.
In liaison with the H/Q based Health Advisor, the Medical Coordinator is responsible for defining and guiding the Mission’ on health and nutrition strategy, including monitoring and updating the medical and nutrition content of the Mission’s policies, guidelines, standards and SOPs for medical and nutrition programming.
In liaison with Program/Project Managers and other coordinators, lead in translating the identified health and nutrition needs into a strategic vision and objectives, priorities and resources needed in order to cover the humanitarian needs of the population at risk, and ensuring that the objectives and goals set in the Mission’s annual plan and project plans are achieved.
The Medical Coordinator has the overall responsibility for the appropriateness and quality of medical and nutrition interventions conducted by INTERSOS projects and being expected to identify and work on removing barriers to better patient safety, effective medical care, and better patient-centered activities
Continuously monitor the medical, nutrition and humanitarian needs in the Mission country in new areas of intervention or in areas where INTERSOS is already present through exploratory missions, monitor and review project proposals, determining necessary resources in order to define health and nutrition priorities and potential new programs to cover medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk
Coordinate with the H/Q for the validation of the project proposals he/she designs to be submitted to international donors and private foundation.
Responsible for the supervision and monitoring of the medical and nutrition technical aspects, humanitarian needs, and in coordination with the program/project managers – to identify the material aspects of the programmes through regular field visits, analyzing difficulties during the implementation and reporting deviations as they appear, in order to proactively provide the necessary solutions and achieve operational results
In close collaboration with the HR Coordinator, participate in the planning, definition and sizing of the health-workforce in the mission and supervise the associated processes (recruitment, validation of medical staff, training/induction, evaluation, potential detection, development and internal / external communication)
Coach and directly support the medical and nutrition teams in the quality implementation of the medical and nutrition activities making sure that internal protocols are respected as well as the ones of Ministry of Health, Health Sector and the Nutrition Sector.
Responsible for defining and sizing other resources (pharmacy and medical equipment management in collaboration with logistics) and timelines, procedures and protocols.
Responsible for enforcing best practices in Medical Supply Chain Management, including that there is adequate stock of medical and non-medical supplies.
Responsible for supervising the pharmacy inventories by supporting the Pharmacy manager in a way that wastages such as due to expiry dates is well controlled.
Ensuring preparation of all medical orders in collaboration with the Logistics Department and the submission of all medical purchase requests. Being accountable for the proper management of the pharmacy in the Mission, including projects.
Provide reports on the mission’s evolution from the medical perspective, as required
Represent INTERSOS before local medical authorities and guarantee constant presence and active participation to the health and nutrition coordination fora (clusters meetings, other technical coordination meetings) and keep regular contact with other counterparts in the mission (NGOs, local organizations, donors, authorities) in order to broaden the medical-humanitarian situation analysis, strengthening the impact of the medical intervention and supporting advocacy actions
Responsible for medical data collection, analysis and reporting to HQ Medical Referent to ensure a proper monitoring of the program and, where needed, to adapt them to existing programs.
Three Key Deliverables:
Good external relations outcome is a key performance indicator for the position.
Number of successful proposals/projects is a critical success indicator for this mission.
The Mission’s public health emergency preparedness and response capacity.
Required profile and experience
Advanced University Degree in Medicine or other Paramedical Studies
Desirable specialization in Tropical Medicine or a Degree in Public Health
Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in a similar role in the humanitarian sector especially in fragile and unstable environments
Previous experience in Nigeria and/or Western and Central Africa is an asset
Sound personal organizational skills, including time management, ability to meet deadlines, multi-tasking, prioritization of tasks, and working under pressure
Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international multiethnic and multicultural environment
Proven management and leadership skills.
Ability to deliver high-quality work in short periods of time
Ability to work under pressure
Flexibility to respond to changing nature of humanitarian context and operational difficulties in the field
Proficiency in English (conversation, reading and writing) required
Multi-language knowledge desirable
Willingness to accept basic living standard and frequent field missions
Ability to establish collaborative relationships with staff, beneficiaries and other stakeholders
Strong attitude to take initiative, work autonomously and achieve effective results
Respect of INTERSOS mission and values.
How to apply
Interested candidates are invited to apply following the link below: https://www.intersos.org/posizioni-aperte/missioni/#intersosorg-vacancies/vacancy-details/61b36ad5c0ef97001e2214d9/
Please note that our application process is made of 3 quick steps: register (including your name, email, password, citizenship and Skype address), sign-up and apply attaching your CV and motivation letter in PDF format. Through the platform, candidates will be able to track their applications’ history with INTERSOS.
In case you encounter severe difficulties applying through the platform – i.e. if and only if it is impossible to submit the requested files through the adequate channel – you will be allowed to submit your CV and Motivation Letter (both in PDF version) via e-mail to email@example.com, with the subject line ” Platform issue – SR-49-2253– Medical Coordinator”. Please, bear in mind this is an exceptional measure, as there are allocated channels created for every job opening, which will make this process quicker and easier.
Please note that any application submitted via e-mail may take longer than our standard terms to be processed. Please also mention the name, position and contact details of at least three references, including the line manager during your last job. Family members are to be excluded.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.