Field Medical Officer – BHA at Save the Children Nigeria

Save The Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Field Medical Officer – BHA

Job Identification: 2147
Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Job Schedule: Full time
Job Category: Programme Operations
Team/Programme: Programme Operation
Grade: 3
Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3- The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children or young people and, in the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3 posts in view of potential situations which may allow staff unsupervised access to vulnerable children and young people.

Role Purpose

  • The Field Medical Officer will ensure quality of services in the target HF through strengthening capacities on the clinical management according to national and WHO guidance and facilitating integration of services related to newborn and child health.
  • With the support of the Primary Healthcare Technical Coordinator, He/She will oversee the day-to-day activities/services provided at the PHC centers and will generally support the documentation and stock-management of commodities, medicines/consumables and data tools.

Scope of Role

  • Reports to: Primary Healthcare Technical Coordinator
  • Staff reporting to this post: Nurse/midwives,
  • Budget Responsibilities: none
  • Role Dimensions: The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including Save the Children members, the Country Office Programme Development & Quality team, advocacy, operations, finance, supply chain, HR and admin colleagues and field offices.
  • Context: Humanitarian and development

Key Areas of Accountability
Programme implementation:
Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide day to day technical and programmatic support related to clinical, nutritional and integrated medical services at the facility level guided by national guidelines, strategies and approaches related to the implementation of high quality medical service programs.
  • Support clinical triage, clerking, examination and management of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Support MOH staff to determine cases that will require referral to higher center
  • Build capacity of Existing healthcare worker through on the job training and mentoring session
  • In collaboration with MOH staff, nurses/midwives lead the conduct of outreach services, providing live saving primary healthcare services.
  • Support MOH staff on rational use of pharmaceutical and medical equipment
  • Ensure consumption of pharmaceuticals monitored.
  • Ensure that all the required medical equipment are available and functional at all times across supported facilities
  • Support regular trouble soothing and maintenance of medical equipment and ensure prompt repair or replacement of damaged equipments
  • Oversee the community level health activities through close coordination with the nurses/midwives and the community health mobilization Assistant.
  • Contribute to the development of lessons learned from programs and projects related to Clinical, nutritional and integrated medical services and apply these lessons to modify existing programs and improve the design of new programs.
  • Assist in strengthening a system of reporting on program progress against stated objectives and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Contribute to the development of program strategies, subproject documents and work plans.
  • Ensure health facility environment is safe for children and mothers
  • Ensure compliance with standard medical waste management.
  • Works closely with assigned team to ensure activities are implemented according to standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
  • Build capacity of Existing healthcare worker through on the job training and mentoring session
  • Capacity building for Community Health Workers (CHWs) through organized trainings.
  • Provide oversight for community level meetings, activities and other engagements
  • Develop work plan for PHC services and community level health interventions according to the expected progress of the project.
  • Provide day-to-day mentoring to facility health workers
  • Support regular integrated joint supportive supervision to health facility
  • Comply with SCI Global Medical procedure and tool and ensure prompt medical incidence reportingNetwork and coordinate with the relevant sectors:
  • Establish good relationship with the State; Local Government Area authorities and community stakeholders. Establish a network with the other actors in the working area (I/NGO) Establish a good understanding of the programs within the state and community Establish link and meetings with the community leaders and different group existing in the working area. Coordination and participation in health sector coordination, and assessment/ survey groups and filing of meeting minutes Support, and actively participate the sub-health sector group meetings at  LGA and state levels constructively. Represent SCI health programs when and if necessary vis-a-vis donors during their field visits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience And Skills


  • Medical Degree (MB.BS)
  • Valid practicing licence
  • NYSC certificate or Exemption certificate
  • At least three years post-graduation experience
  • Previous experience with NGOs and humanitarian setting
  • Training and experience in IMCI and SRH programming
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in English and Hausa
  • Ability to work in partnership with government and other NGO staff
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within a team setting
  • Independence, adaptability and flexibility with good workload management, multitasking and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Additional skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
  • Commitment to gender equity, child rights, community empowerment, and grassroots development approaches
  • Effective planning and organising skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills.

Skills and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice)

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

Application Closing Date
12th July, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should: