Medical Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2019

Job Description

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 areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high 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.

Background

International Medical Corps is responding to the crisis in Northern Mali since 2013. In response to an outbreak of violence in 2013, International Medical Corps has been working in the most seriously affected communities in Timbuktu and Gourma-Rharous districts with programs focused on health, nutrition and protection. While the security situation remains volatile in the whole country, International Medical Corps is supporting the Malian government in improving and strengthening the health systems through capacity building, infrastructure and workforce development, and technical assistance. Since 2018, International Medical Corps has extended its interventions in Segou region by integrating reproductive health, nutrition and protection/GBV services to the multi-year epidemiological surveillance program implemented between September 2015 and March 2019. Currently, International Medical Corps is seeking to transition from emergency to sustainable longer term development programming in Mali while responding to any short term humanitarian crisis.

Job Purpose

The Medical Director is primarily responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of the health programs. The Medical Director will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health teams in the field. The Medical Director will make frequent visits to the field sites to ensure the highest standards of service delivery. This position reports to the Country Director and works closely with TU Sector Leads or Advisor and HQ Desk.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive:

Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

  • Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to the organization’s health programming activities
  • Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices.
  • Ensure health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and WHO.
  • Work closely with the country director, senior management and field teams to determine the operational needs of the health and nutrition program within the scope of the grants
  • Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all programs (including objectives, indicators and outcomes of health/nutrition projects) according to internal and donor requirements
  • Review monthly field reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the organization’s medical program
  • Work with government health authorities and international agencies such as WHO to ensure implementation of standardized national health information systems
  • Work with field teams, partner agencies and national health authorities for outbreak preparedness and contingency planning
  • Ensure timely and adequate provision of supplies and drugs through review of pharmacy consumption reports, national drug protocols, program budgets, acquisition of partner agency and UN drug kits, and health information materials.
  • Ensure all stakeholders, including senior management team, the HQ Health Technical Unit and donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures.

Program Development

  • Establish and build the capacity of a country technical unit which should include program and sector leads to be engaged in business strategic planning and development
  • Work with senior management team, field teams, regional desk and the Technical Units for active Sectors in the country in strategic planning for future health programs.
  • Work with the program coordinator and management team to draft concept notes for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor

Representation

  • Represent the organization to UN, international and national NGOs and Ministry of Health at health coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to country programs and enhance the organization’s visibility (i.e. Clusters, task force meetings, assessment missions, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings)
  • Serve as the principal liaison with the MOH on matters related to the program to ensure programmatic accountability 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, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.

Human Resources Management

  • Assist in the selection and training of qualified program health staff, recommend promotions, and suggest disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the Country Director and Finance and Administration Director.
  • Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff
  • Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs
  • Ensure professional development for expat and national health staff through assessment of training needs and capacity building activities
  • Support direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and professional development plans
  • Work closely with the health and nutrition coordinators and health teams to determine the training needs of the medical staff
  • Collaborate with national health authorities and relevant international health agencies for the development of an approved curriculum to meet training needs and implement those plans through the management team and field teams.

Working Relationships

  • Work closely with country senior management team and the Health Technical Unit
  • Ensure program progress through communication with Country Director, Logistics Staff and Finance team to ensure coordination of programs supplies are consistent with management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans.

Security

  • Collaborate with the country security manager/CD in order to maintain security of health staff in the field
  • Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and other IMC policies.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Qualification

  • Minimum medical degree; preferably with a Master’s in Public Health

Experience

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in overseas programs (preferably developing country or low-resource setting with an NGO) with at least years at the Manager or similar level relating to primary health care including clinical management of rape, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and communicable diseases, SHC, CMAM, health-related BCC.
  • Fluent in French and English (oral and written) Must have excellent communications skills
  • Must have excellent self-motivation skills
  • Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; the ability to work with a broad spectrum of people
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
  • Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resource
  • Ability to assume non-medical responsibilities from time to time to cover for other team members
  • Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building, public-private partnerships and project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • Proven capabilities in leadership required
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skillerience on budget development
  • Experience on writing / developing project proposals including implementation reports
  • Fluency in both English and French
  • Knowledge of Mali and especially Northern Mali or the Sahel area is a plus.

Equal Opportunities

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 to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

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