Medical Doctor – PRET SRH, Nigeria

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC), founded in 1933, helps people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future. The IRC works across the arc of crisis, from the acute onset of an emergency to long-term programming across five key outcome areas—safety, health, education, economic wellbeing, and empowerment – supporting affected communities in building resilience. We have worked in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) in conflict affected Northeast Nigeria since 2015, and currently support more than half a million people with access to health services across 49 primary health care centers, five hospitals and 26 mobile health clinics.

“Partnering for Resilience to Emergencies through Transformation of SRHR (PRET-SRHR)” is a West Africa regional initiative aiming to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. Over three years, the program will strengthen the capacity of sub-national health systems to deliver rights based SRHR services that are resilient to crises, transform harmful gender norms and improve regional commitment to SRHR in humanitarian and fragile settings. The focus countries for this program are Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria.

Job Overview/Summary:

 Based in Monguno the Medical Doctor will support the implementation of the “Partnering for Resilience to Emergencies through Transformation of SRHR (PRET-SRHR)” project in Monguno and Konduga. The Medical Doctor is the clinical supervisor and will oversee the delivery of right-based quality SRHR services to women and girls integrated with women protection and empowerments (WPE) and transforming harmful gender norms in the affected communities and at the supported health facilities including IRC’s comprehensive women centers (CWCs).
 S/he will provide direct service delivery (50% of time), provide mentorship and technical support to RH officer, midwives and clinical support ensuring a high quality SRHR services (30% of time), and support project management, procurements, supplies and health facilities administration (20% of time).
 The Medical Doctor reports to the Reproductive Health Manager and is responsible for the quality of reproductive health services in the health facilities and communities of intervention.

Specific Responsibilities:

Service delivery and Quality of care management:

 Apply medical knowledge and skills to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment according to national guidelines and protocols, and ensure patient follow-up as needed.
 Ensure the implementation of minimum initial service package (MISP) for SRHR in Monguno and Konduga.
 Provide consultations for antenatal and postnatal care. Identifying and managing pregnant women at risk while referring as appropriate.
 Supervise intra-partum care and assist the midwives during childbirth as needed.
 Manage common complications in pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum phases, and refer cases requiring comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care.
 Provide counselling on family planning and provide FP commodities according to the client’s informed choice.
 Provide counselling and clinical care for sexual assault survivors and refer for psycho-social care.
 Provide post-abortion care according to MoH/International protocol, including counselling for FP.
 Provide counselling and treatment of patients with STI, including partner treatment.
 Maintain infection prevention and control within and around the facility.
 Ensure all facilities adhere to instrument processing and sterilization protocols.
 Ensure all RH services are in line with national/adopted protocols and RH policies and guidelines are well understood by midwives and other support staff in the facilities.
 Conduct period facility readiness assessment and follow up on service point improvement action plan.
 Promote social behavioural change and transform harmful gender norms by providing health and SRHR messages in the communities, in collaboration with community volunteers.

Project Management and Reporting:

 The Medical Doctor shall be responsible for the supervision and day-to-day management of health activities including support to primary health care facilities, General Hospital Monguno, IRC CWC, and mobile health services in the IDP camp and harder to reach areas.
 Contribute to the PRET SRHR work plan and midterm evaluations, ensure project activities are implemented according to the work plan and within the allocated budgets.
 Management of day-to-day activities of staff and project implementation in accordance to project proposal.
 Ensure SRHR basic protocols and other IEC materials are well displayed in the supported health facilities/CWCs and outreach sites.
 Establish effective referral mechanism between the supported health facilities and higher levels of care (secondary and tertiary).
 Identify the need for referral to secondary care and prepare the patient for referral including referral notes, pre-referral treatment and arrangement of transport.
 Monitor the medical stock/non- medical consumables stock at the facility level and assist 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 a timely manner.
 Coordinate with the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Local PHC department and other actors in the area and maintain good relations with them.
 In coordination with the RH Manager, identify opportunities to strengthen the SRHR program.
 S/he will oversee the stock management of medicines, medical supplies, medical equipment and prepare timely requisitions for replenishment based on consumption records.
 S/he will collect weekly morbidity reports and monitor disease trends in order to preposition adequate supplies as may be required.
 Participate in outbreak response and control coordination when applicable and carry out community-based public health interventions during communicable disease outbreaks. 
 Collaborate with other relevant sectors such as Women Protection & Empowerment, Child Protection, Nutrition and Environmental Health and Governance sectors to ensure holistic service package is available in response to the needs.
 R esponsible 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, feed information back to the program, and adapts strategies accordingly.
 Provide weekly/monthly activity reports to the supervisor.
 Supports the RH manager/M&E officer in monitoring and following up on specific RH indicators.
Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development:

 Provide technical support and guidance for management of complications in pregnancy, assisted and complicated deliveries, and complications in the post-natal period.
 Provide on-the-job coaching (supportive supervision) to RH officer, midwives and clinic support staff.
 Support RH Manager to define staff training needs and implement them according to project objectives.
 Conduct quarterly clinical skills’ assessment for midwives and follow up on areas that need improvement.
 Organize and facilitate formal and informal training for SRHR staff.
 Participate in and support midwives, community mobilizers and community volunteers in activities that aim to transform harmful gender norms and increase women’s SRHR awareness and service utilization.
 Monitor staff daily attendance at duty posts and ensure time sheets are correctly filled and submitted monthly.
 Responsible for management of leave days in a way that ensures staff are available to cover duties, also supervises the development of monthly work roster.
 Manage staff performance according to their job description, provide written feedback in a timely manner and conduct performance management evaluation.
 Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures and communicate through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.

Coordination & Representation

 Attend all relevant meetings in relation to the SRHR program as may be required and feed in the IRC priorities during meetings.
 Facilitate field visits for internal and external stakeholders, when required.

Key Working Relationships:

 Position Reports to: Reproductive Health Manager

 Position directly Supervises: Midwife Supervisors/RH Officers

 Other Internal and/or external contacts: Health program staff and managers, and ALL other IRC sectors
 External: Other partner NGO’s, MoH, SPHCDA, LGA PHC department


 Degree in Medicine and Surgery from a recognized institution, with strong public Health background (MPH or certification in reproductive health is an added advantage.)
 Must possess VALID practicing license by Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

Work Experience:

 Minimum of 3 years post-Internship clinical experience in SRHR and MISP.
 Experience in supervising health staff at the primary health care level.
 Ability to work with displaced communities with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
 Able to work in a location with basic living conditions and with limited communication options.
 Experienced in report writing (highly recommended)
 Experience in training, capacity development, and on the job coaching on relevant SRHR topics; FP, PAC, CCSAS, BEmONC, ANC/PNC and safe delivery.
 Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, (especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
 Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive
 Ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels.
Standard of Professional Conduct: IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of IRC Persons in any work setting.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Employment Gaps: We welcome applicants with varied career paths and recognize that a gap in employment does not define a candidate’s potential. We value transferrable skills and are committed to investing in the growth and development of our team members. We encourage applicants to highlight any relevant skills or experiences they have acquired, even if they were not gained in a traditional work setting.

Compensation and Benefits

IRC strives to provide externally competitive and internally equitable Compensation and Benefits programs that attracts, motivates, and retains employees that deliver strong performance while demonstrating the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct.

Equal Opportunity Employer: 

IRC is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, ethnicity or tribe, gender, age, religion, caste, sexual orientation, differently abled, geographic origin, marital status, veteran status and cultural background (or any other characteristic protected by law). We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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