Jobs At IInternational Rescue Committee

Requisition ID: req23609

Job Title: Medical Doctor (Senior Health Officer) – Damaturu

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Yobe, Nigeria

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the worst humanitarian crises globally and assists people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC is present in over 40 countries and the United States. IRC’s presence in Nigeria is dated back to 2012, when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state.

In February 2014, the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected population. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja, and field offices in Adamawa State (Mubi and Yola), Borno state (Maiduguri, Monguno, Bama and Gwoza) and Yobe State (Damaturu).

Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs in Primary Health Care PHC), Nutrition, Environmental Health (EH), Women Protection and Empowerment (WPE), Protection, Child protection, Education, Food security & livelihoods.

With a background of poor Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) indices, made worse by the ongoing humanitarian crises and advent of COVID-19 pandemic; the RMNCH outcomes in Northeast Nigeria could face a downturn, without intensified intervention. Over the years, the IRC has provided comprehensive package of SRH services (including Family Planning (FP), Antenatal Care (ANC), Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEmONC), Post-Natal Care (PNC), treatment and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Post Abortion Care (PAC) and Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS).

IRC seeks to continue these services with the objective to ensure women and girls’ safety needs during the Covid 19 pandemic are met. Thus, we are recruiting to fill the vacant position of RH Doctor.

Job Overview/Summary

The Senior Health Officer (Medical Doctor) is the clinical supervisor for all IRC’s health care program in Yobe state. The focus of our health programs is to provide integrated primary health services including comprehensive RH. S/he reports to the Health Manager and also works closely with the operations team for day to day administrative issues.

The Senior Health Officer reports to the Health Manager and is responsible for the quality of Primary health and reproductive health services in the health facilities and communities of intervention.

S/he will provide mentorship, and build capacity of the clinical team (midwife, community health workers and clinic support staff) and ensure quality of care across IRC supported facilities (85%) of his/her time.

S/he will also support project management, procurement, and supplies (15%) of his/her time.

Major Responsibilities

Service delivery and Quality of care management:

  • The Senior Health officer shall be responsible for the supervision and day-to-day management of health activities the MOH supported health facilities across 3 (Damaturu, Gujba and Gulani) LGAs of Yobe state,
  • Support the MOH healthcare workers to apply medical knowledge and skills to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment according to national guidelines and protocols, and ensure patient follow-up as needed.
  • The Medical Doctor will valid the need for referral to secondary care and prepare the patient for referral including referral notes, pre-referral treatment.
  • S/he will provide on-the-job support to the facility staff, including training and skills development as needed.
  • Ensure adherence to infection prevention and control within and around the facilities
  • Together with the Health officers and the community Mobilization Officer, recruit, train and supervise community volunteers including community health influencer, promoters, and service program (CHIPS) for community sensitization, and integrated community case management (ICCM).
  • Coordinate with State Primary Health Development Board, Local government authorities, and other actors in the area and maintain good relations with them,
  • In coordination with the Health Manager, identify opportunities to strengthen the health program
  • S/he will oversee the stock management of medicines, medical supplies, and Medical equipment and support the Health facilities staff to prepare timely requisitions for replenishment based on consumption records.
  • S/he will collect weekly morbidity reports, and monitor disease trends in order to advice the health manager preposition adequate supplies as may be required.
  • Participate in outbreak response and control coordination when applicable and carry out community-based public health interventions during communicable disease outbreaks.
  • Participate in and support midwives, community mobilizers and community volunteers in activities that aim to increase women’s RH awareness and service utilization.
  • Seek out and nurture quality partnerships with community structures and support staff in coordination of activities with community volunteers.

Staff Management

  • Monitor and supervise the IRC health staff under his/her supervision, and ensure that work is done properly and efficiently
  • Routinely monitor staff performance according to their job description and provide written feedback in a timely manner.
  • Develop ongoing education programs for health staff, and conduct trainings and on-the-job training for health staff.
  • Review personnel issues and concerns of health staff and assist in determining and implementing solutions.
  • Determine personnel needs for field-level activities, and in coordination with the Health Manager and Human Resources Lead assist in recruitment of staff.
  • Recommend promotions, disciplinary action and termination of health staff to the Health Manager.

Grants Management & Reporting

  • Ensure project activities are implemented according to the work-plan and within the allocated budgets.
  • Prepare weekly work-plans with the health teams.
  • Provide recommendations and interventions to correct any identified deviations that impact budget adherence.
  • Reporting writing
  • Monitor closely the morbidity and mortality trends together with all the other health indicators to ensure that prompt actions are taken.
  • Provide weekly activity reports to the Health Manager.
  • Attend meetings concerning overall health program issues
  • Supervise and regular review and revise training manuals to maintain consistency with the acceptable protocols.
  • Responsible for validation of program data and timely submission to M&E on weekly basis (number/ gender/ age segregated).
  • Work with M&E team to analyze data on a weekly/monthly basis, feeds information back to the program, and adapts strategies accordingly.
  • Provide weekly/monthly activity reports to the supervisor.
  • Supports the RH manager/M&E officer in monitoring and following up on specific RH indicators.

Coordination And Representation

  • Collaborate with other relevant sectors such as Reproductive Health, Women Protection & Empowerment, Child Protection and Environmental Health to ensure holistic service package is available in response to the needs.
  • Ensures teamwork and professional relationship between the different sectors and government agencies.
  • Works closely and coordinates with IRC supply chain, finance, and grant staff to ensure activities are conducted within the timeframe and compliance of the grants.
  • Undertake/participate in liaison, coordination, and information sharing activities with national NGOs, international organizations, MoH, donors and community stakeholders.
  • Maintain effective relations with the Ministry of Health and it MDAs
  • Represent IRC during site visits of external guests and IRC HQ visitors.

Key Working Relationships

Position Reports to: Health Manager

Position directly supervises: 
Health officer, Health assistant, Nurse /midwives,

Indirect Reporting: Senior Health Manager, Roving RH manager.

Other Internal And/or External Contacts

Internal: All other IRC sectors offering integrated services at all intervention areas. Health Coordinator, Research and Innovation Manager, SPC, Deputy Director Program, Finance Manager, Supply chain Manager, Senior Area Manager, DDFM

External: SPHCDA, UNFPA, WHO, HMB, Federal Ministry of Health, other INGOs.


Degree in Medicine and Surgery from a recognized institution, with strong public Health background, master’s in public health is an Asset.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years post internshipexperience in clinical medicine and public health.
  • Experience in supervising health staff at the primary health care level.
  • Experience working in challenging operating environment.
  • Have sound understanding of the Nigerian Public health system landscape.
  • Ability to work with displaced communities with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Able to work in location with basic living conditions and with limited communication options.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, especially in MS Word and Excel.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Preferably trained in Basic (and Comprehensive) Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care

Language Skills: English, working knowledge of Hausa (Mandatory), Fulani and Kanuri (Desired).

Certificates or Licenses: Must be registered with Nigeria Medical Practitioners and Dental Council and allowed to practice in Nigeria.

Working Environment:Describe the work environment of the office (“Standard office work environment” will be applicable for most jobs in the U.S.) and if applicable, the housing.For example, internet connections, electricity, amenities, group housing, etc. Include travel requirements.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

By Systole

Dave is an accomplished medical writer with a passion for bridging the gap of knowledge between the healthcare system in Nigeria and medical professionals and the general public.

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