Medical Doctor at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Job Detail

  • Job ID 2020
  • Experience 2 Years
  • Gender Male or Famele
  • Qualifications PhD/Fellowship

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.

IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. Since then, the IRC has expanded its scope and size of the programs as new areas became accessible after prolonged conflict and insecurity, in Adamawa, Borno Adamawa and Yobe States in the North-east. The IRC’s response to the humanitarian situation includes integrated health and reproductive health and nutrition services, as well as reproductive health care and women protection services.

The IRC is dedicated to making women and adolescent girls healthier from the earliest phase of acute crises (a target group most vulnerable during crisis) and implements evidence-based reproductive health interventions in line with the SPHERE-standard Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Crises (MISP). The goal is to ensure that the IRC’s health responses in emergencies include the core package of Reproductive Health (RH) services in its interventions.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Medical Doctor

Reference No.: req12357
Location: Gwoza, Borno
Sector: Health
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Job Overview / Summary

  • The Medical Doctor is the clinical supervisor for all IRC’s health care services in Gwoza LGAs, Borno State. The focus of our health programs is to provide integrated quality comprehensive health services including RH services and while maintaining CWC where RH is integrated with WPE services to conflict-affected women and girls in a timely manner.
  • S/he reports to the Health Manager and also works closely with the Senior Area Manager for day to day administrative issues.

Major Responsibilities
Program Management:

  • The Medical Doctor shall be responsible for the supervision and day-to-day management of health activities within Gwoza LGA, including support to primary health care facilities, IRC CWC, and mobile health services in the IDP camp and harder to reach areas.
  • 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 identify need for referral to secondary care and prepare the patient for referral including referral notes, pre-referral treatment and arrangement of transport.
  • 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 clinical officer, recruit, train and supervise community volunteers for community sensitization and outreach activities.
  • Coordinate with State Primary Health Development Board 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, Medical equipment and prepare timely requisitions for replenishment based on consumption records.
  • S/he will collect weekly morbidity reports and monitor disease trends in order to 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.
  • 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.

Staff Management:

  • Monitor and supervise the IRC health staff 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
  • Monitor staff daily attendance to duty posts and ensure timesheets are correctly filled and submitted monthly.

Grants Management:

  • 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
  • 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 and Field Manager.
  • Attend meetings concerning overall health program issues
  • Supervise and regular review and revise training manuals to maintain consistency with the acceptable protocols.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to:  Health Manager
  • Position directly supervises:  Health officer, Health assistant, Nurse /midwives, Pharmacy technician
  • Indirect Reporting: Senior Health Manager, Roving RH manager, Health coordinator,

Other Internal and / or external contacts:

  • Internal: All other IRC sectors offering integrated services at all intervention areas. 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, Masters in Public Health will be an advantage.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years post-internship experience in clinical medicine and public health.
  • Experience in supervising health staff at the primary health care level
  • 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 and Kanuri preferred

Certificates or Licenses:

  • Must be registered with Nigeria Medical Practitioners and Dental Council and allowed to practice in Nigeria.

Working Environment
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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