Emergency Medical Officer - Refugees 12-567

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International Medical Corps
Apply by 3 March 2013
Posted on 6 November 2012

Job Description

The influx of refugees into southern Turkey due to conflict in Syria has increased drastically since mid-2012. At present, there are over 107,000 refugees registered and residing in a series of 14 camps operated by the Government of Turkey and the Turkish Red Crescent. In addition, the National Disaster Management Presidency reports that over 70,000 Syrians are residing in communities around the camps throughout Hatay, Gaziantep, Kilis, and Sanliurfa Provinces.

The majority of refugees arriving from Syria are in poor physical condition after traveling long distances with limited access to food or water. Access to basic health care and social services has grown increasingly limited over the past year in conflict zones inside Syria, and are unavailable during displacement as Syrians travel to Turkish border areas. Many refugees have experienced traumatic events, including witnessing or subjection to acts of violence and loss of family members. The health needs of the refugee population require specialized programmatic focus, which will be the primary responsibility of the Emergency Medical Officer - Refugees.

The primary function of the Emergency Medical Officer is to ensure that all immediate lifesaving interventions and public health concerns (e.g., communicable diseases, diseases surveillance, outbreak response) are integrated into emergency response activities and to lead coordination and implementation of these activities.


1. Program Planning & Implementation;
• Lead the delivery or curative care at the clinics and inpatient services with a team of national health staff and operational support staff
• Work closely with the Team Leader and Medical Coordinator to undertake ongoing assessments of population needs and adapt the program interventions accordingly
• Train national staff on the job for compliance with disease treatment protocols, guidelines and national policies as relevant to the context
• Monitor and analyze data to flag possible outbreaks during the emergency phase
• Work with the Primary Healthcare teams including WASH/EPI to identify possible outbreak risks and plan risk mitigation
• Work with Medical Director/Coordinator to develop response to outbreaks of communicable diseases during the emergency phase
• Contribute to design and writing of proposals and reports
• Coordinate with all relevant actors and actively participate in relevant working groups or sub-health cluster (where active)
• Work with partners and community members to develop appropriate prevention, surveillance and response activities.

2. Training/Capacity Building
• Organize and lead trainings for delivery of curative care for both PHC and inpatient care
• Organize and co-facilitate trainings for medical practitioners on data collection/analysis and planning an outbreak response
• Support the Community Health team to identify and train community-based volunteers for prevention activities


• Certified clinical practitioner (e.g. Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner) with advanced degree in Public Health or other relevant field of study preferred
• At least three years of field experience in developing country context, including experience in emergency response;
• Experience in emergencies and conflict areas strongly preferred
• Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
• Team player and strong communication skills, both oral and written
• Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word and MS Excel, MS PowerPoint a plus

• Knowledge of Arabic is a plus.

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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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