15-933: Medical Program Director

  • Executive-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 29 September 2015

Job Description

15-933: Medical Program Director

BACKGROUND

International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs, seeks candidates for the position of Medical Program Director in Central African Republic.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

International Medical Corps has been operating in CAR since 2007, primarily in the north-eastern regions of Vakaga and Haute-Kotto. International Medical Corps remains one of few international organizations providing health and protection assistance in each of these regions. International Medical Corps has also been supporting Sudanese refugees in Ouaka prefecture in the south of the country since 2010. As of 2014, International Medical Corps has expanded its areas of operation to include Bouca sub-prefecture in the northwest and was chosen as UNHCR’s implementing partner at an additional two refugee camps in the south, as well as an emergency response to the recent crisis in Bangui.

JOB SUMMARY

The primary function of the Medical Program Director is to support the Country Director in providing technical oversight to all projects and operational support to a number of field sites. As part of the senior management team, the Medical Program Director also plays an active role in planning, designing, implementation, supervision, expansion/development and administration of overall country programs in collaboration with the country senior management team. In addition to supporting the country mission in Bangui, the Medical Program Director will conduct frequent visits to the various program sites to support the field managers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Program Management

  • Manage the program ensuring that it is meeting its intended aims and objectives and achieving impact;
  • In collaboration with the Program Officer, lead the development of concept notes, project proposals, budgets, and donor reports to expand the program portfolio of the country mission;
  • Maintain working relationship with the MoH, the UN agencies, health advisors, and relevant clusters and interface with them on a regular basis;
  • Provide technical support and oversight to all project staff and site managers;
  • Ensure strict compliance with donor contract requirements/ reporting deadlines;
  • Guide and support curriculum development and training program for staff and local NGO partners, if any;
  • Review all medical orders of the country mission and ensure adequate quantity and high quality of pharmaceuticals;
  • Make sure all medical protocol are in place in each field site and well followed by the medical / paramedical staff in charge of consultation and treatment of patients;
  • Ensure health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry of Health or in the absence of such national standards, ensure that programs utilize standards endorsed by the WHO;
  • In collaboration with the M&E Coordinator, Technical Coordinators (Protection, Nutrition), and the Program Officer, oversee the collection and timely reporting of medical data and statistics for all programs (including objectives, indicators and outcomes of health programs) according to internal and donor requirements.

2. Representation

  • Attend coordination meetings relevant to country programs when dealing with the health sector. Attend epidemiological meetings, the health and nutrition clusters;
  • Represent the organization at task force meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings, as appropriate;
  • Will be sometime asked to conduct assessment missions / exploration mission on new field of potential intervention.
  • Ensure maximum visibility of the agency amongst the NGO/UN community;
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organization’s Code of Conduct, medical ethics, and respect of medical protocols and medical code, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors;
  • Update all the medical protocol of the country, getting all updated national strategic plan of the country (against malaria, HIV, TB,…)… and implementing them on the field through it expat medical/para-medical team. For this, he will be in regular contact with all MoH specialize advisors.

3. Human Resources Management

  • Assist in the selection, recruitment, and training of medical/paramedical staff;
  • Supervise, orient, monitor, and evaluate all medical and paramedical expat staff of the country mission;
  • Maintain open lines of communication with all field staff and service departments.

4. Training/ Capacity Building

  • Determine training needs for medical staff and facilitate the participation of relevant staff in necessary trainings;
  • Train senior medical/paramedical national staff to build capacity and increase job responsibilities, thereby ensuring the sustainability of programs;
  • Advocate and plan for professional development for expat and national staff;
  • Conduct prescription control studies on all field sites. Conduct diagnosis control studies on all field sites. The medical director is the first responsible of the medical quality and must ensure activities are consistent with established best practices.

5. Working Relationships

  • Maintain punctual communication with Country Director and Field Coordinator to ensure program activities and objectives are well-informed;
  • Work with Country Director, Logistics Coordinator, and Finance Director to ensure the coordination of timely delivery of program supplies and expenses are within budgeted limits;
  • Organize a weekly skype call with all medical advisors of the field to exchange experience, solve problems and check the progress of the work done on the field;
  • Organize a quarterly meeting with the medical advisors of the field to discuss medical issues, lessons learn, new protocols, etc.;
  • Coordinate with national government and relevant agencies as necessary;
  • Maintain the contact with Health Technical Unit and plan and organize regular field visit with roving advisors.

6. Security

  • Collaborate with Security Manager and CD in order to ensure staff and reputation of the organization are safe and secure at all time
  • Ensures application and compliance of security protocols and policies.

“Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.”

QUALIFICATIONS

“To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.”

  • Medical Doctor (physician) diploma required.
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in design, management and evaluation of health and nutrition projects.
  • Previous experience in medical humanitarian work as a field doctor and as a medical coordinator/director.
  • Must have an understanding of the emergency and development sectors and a demonstrated understanding of humanitarian principles.
  • Experience in directly managing and supervising staff.
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and NGOs.
  • Ability to live and work under precarious environment.
  • Complete familiarity with project management cycle.
  • Knowledge and experiences of budget preparation and management and donors requirements.
  • Profound cross-cultural awareness and insight into health care issues.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently following consultative processes.
  • Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations.
  • Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively.
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources.
  • Team player and strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word and MS Excel, MS PowerPoint.
  • Must be proficient in French and in English (both written and speaking).

How to apply: Please go to: Medical Program Director and follow the instructions for applying online.

“International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.”

About the Organization


International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

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