Medical Doctor Supervisor at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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  • Job ID 5303
  • Experience 2 Years
  • Gender Male or Famele
  • Qualifications MPhil / PhD

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Medical Doctor Supervisor

Requisition ID: req16028
Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Sector: Health
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Background/IRC Summary

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to people affected by war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

The IRC leads the way from harm to home. We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:  The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 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 populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri, Monguno and Gwoza of Borno state and Damaturu of Yobe State.

The IRC’s response to the humanitarian situation includes integrated health, reproductive health, and nutrition services, as well as reproductive health care and women protection services. The IRC treats and protects children from communicable diseases and dedicated to making women and adolescent girls healthier from the earliest phase of acute crises (a target group most vulnerable during crisis). We implement evidence-based Health/reproductive health interventions in line with the SPHERE-standard, Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Crises (MISP) and adhere to other acceptable standards such as the Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI).

Job Overview / Summary

  • The focus of our health programs is to provide integrated quality comprehensive PHC services including reproductive health services by supporting/strengthening existing system and the Medical Doctor based in Mubi will serve as the medical supervisor for health care services at all IRC’s supported Primary Health Care (PHC) centres in the LGAs of operation in Adamawa State.
  • The position will spend 70% of time supporting direct service delivery, providing guidance, and increasing capacity of PHC health workers while 30% of the time will be spent on project management activities such as reporting, procurement and facility supplies management.
  • S/he reports to the Health Manager and works closely with the Snr/Reproductive Health Manager for technical support.

Supportive Supervision and Quality of Care Management:

  • Provide continuous capacity building and on-job coaching to facility staff to enable then deliver quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services; antenatal and postnatal care, intra-partum care and other BEmONC services, family planning and counselling, counselling and clinical care of sexual assault survivors, treatment/prevention of STI, and integrated management of newborn and childhood illnesses.
  • Where necessary, directly provide these services and support patient’s evaluation for appropriate referral for secondary level of care.
  • Build capacity of staff in all supported facilities to maintain infection prevention and control within and around the facility. Ensure all facilities adhere to instrument processing, disinfection, and sterilization protocols.
  • Support the Manager to define staff training needs and implement them according to project objectives. Organize and facilitate formal and informal trainings for staff.
  • Supervise and regular review and revise training manuals to maintain consistency with the acceptable protocols.
  • Conduct period facility readiness assessment and follow up on service point improvement action plan.
  • Identifying quality gaps in the supported health facilities services with immediate solution for further necessary steps to address those gaps.
  • Ensure all services are in line with national/adopted protocols and treatment guidelines are well understood by midwives and other support staff in the facilities.
  • Participate in joint supportive supervision with State/LGA team and follow up on improvement plan.
  • Conduct periodic analysis of progress of the project at the LGA level and promote learning and sharing of best practices and lessons learnt through documentation.
  • Support the Manager and M&E team in the design and implementation of assessments to ensure the voices of the community especially women and girls inform program design.
  • Monitor the performance of each supported health facilities with regular visits to the LGA health office, health facilities and communities.

Project Implementation and Reporting:

  • Contribute to work plan and midterm evaluations, ensure project activities are implemented according to the work plan and within the allocated budgets.
  • Monitor the medical stock/non- medical consumables stock at the facility level and assists in timely requisition of new supplies from the warehouse.
  • Works closely and coordinates with IRC supply chain to ensure procurements are initiated and delivered in timely manner.
  • In line with the project design, ensure visibility of the project and project strategies at field level.
  • Support collection of stories and photographs that demonstrate the positive impact of the project.
  • 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 manager/M&E officer in monitoring and following up on specific indicators, morbidity and mortality trend.

Coordination and Representation:

  • Focal person for intersectoral integration between health/reproductive health and women protection and empowerment sector at comprehensive women centers/other supported facilities
  • Ensuring teamwork and a 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 departments
  • Represent IRC during site visits of external guests and IRC head quarter visitors.


  • Consistently and proactively monitors and assesses the safety and security of the team; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.

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.

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.
  • 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:

  • 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.


  • Competitive Monthly salary.
  • Health Insurance Coverage for Family.
  • Annual earned leave days.
  • Pension scheme.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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