Position: Medical Officer
Location: Maban, South Sudan
Duration: 4 Months (With Possibility of extension)
Reports to: Health and Nutrition Coordinator.
Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them
Relief International (RI) is implementing a UNHCR funded Livelihoods, Environment and Agriculture for Peace (LEAP II) and a BPRM Integrated Health and Nutrition project. The overall objective of the project is to improve communities’ resilience and self-reliance through integrated health, nutrition, livelihoods, and environment programming . Relie f International has 3 PHCCs (primary health care centres ) (Gentil, Central and West) in Yusuf Batil camp, Maban, providing comprehensive Primary Health Care with integrated nutrition. Services include outpatient consultation (according to South Sudan PHCC/U and IECHC guidelines), EPI, HIV/AIDS/Reproductive Health services (ANC, skilled delivery and PNC), management of SAM and MAM, health education and referral for eme rgencies and a Stabilization Centre for SAM children with complications. Relief International also implements the Care Group model as its behavior change strategy. In 2018, RI’s strategy in Maban is focused on improving access to:
- Free comprehensive PHC services.
- Quality nutrition treatment for malnourished children.
- Mental health and psychosocial support.
- Lifesaving medical care, holistic referral services for survivors of gender -based violence.
- Comprehensive HIV/TB Treatment.
The Medical Officer’s prime responsibilities are to manage the day-to-day activities of the health program and the training of the health staff. The Medical Officer will provide medical expertise and guidance for the clinical staff, ensure regular and adequate drug supplies for all health facilities, monitor and evaluate health program technical activities, and ensure the highest standards of care within the progr amming of the Health and Nutrition Department. The Medical Officer will also work closely with the Health and Nutrition Coordinator and the Health and Nutrition Program Manager to effectively harmonize and develop health programming across the different sub-sectors RI is implementing; bringing in line the efforts in clinical care, outreach, nutrition and livelihoods in order to have a more balanced and consolidated approach to health care.
The Medical Officer will also be responsible for developing staff capacity and strengths in the areas of health programming which are vital to the Maban program and at the core of RI’s expertise.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Work closely with the Health and Nutrition Coordinator, Health and Nutrition Program Manager, and field team to ensure the highest technical quality of services provided.
- Ensure program deliverables are met according to the highest standard.
- Work closely with the national medical doctors and health team to determine the training needs of the clinical staff.
- Provide input for monthly field reports in order to provide donor reporting, analyze trends, and adjust the programs as needed.
- Work with government health authorities and international agencies at the field level to ensure implementation of standardized health programming.
- Work with the Health and Nutrition Coordinator, field team, partnering agencies and national health authorities for outbreak preparedness and contingency planning for camp and out-of-camp populations.
- Work with field team to ensure provision of basic lifesaving services in case of full evacuation of re-locatable staff due to insecurity.
- Work with field teams and logistics to procure drugs in a timely manner to ensure adequate supply based on site consumption while adhering to national drug protocols and program budgets.
- Analyze pharmacy reports to monitor drug consumption per health facility and adjust program as needed.
- Maintain flexibility to take on added responsibility as and when needed.
Representation / Coordination
- Attend field health and nutrition coordination meetings as well as other coordination meetings that are relevant to health department programs and communicate relevant information to the Health and Nutrition Coordinator and other health staff.
- Assist in the production of weekly and monthly reports at site and ensure the timeliness and accuracy of information provided, as well ensuring confidentiality of sensitive information.
- 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 and values.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
- Transparency and accountability
- Agility and innovation
About the Organization
About RI: Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in roughly 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.