Reference ID: req25463
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job type: Full time
Job Category: Regular
Open to expats: No
- The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012, when the organization responded to floods in Kogi State.
- In February 2014, the IRC moved to Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria to provide humanitarian response through a multi-sector and integrated approach for conflict-affected populations.
- IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri and Monguno of Borno State and Damatru of Yobe State.
- Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs in primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security and livelihoods.
Job Overview / Summary
- This project uses health system support and strengthening approaches to provide high quality primary health care service.
- Clinic support staff will join the health team to improve access to quality primary health care services at MMC & Jere.
- He/she will work under the direct supervision of nurses/midwives to provide primary health care services in supported health facilities in accordance with proposal objectives and nationally accepted standards.
- Clinical support is the responsibility of the nurse or midwife, as the case may be, in their unit.
Program implementation, technical quality and strategy:
- Assisting health clinical assistant/nurse/midwife in patient care in health care facility.
- Act as a link between the mobile clinics and the community to ensure awareness of available services, adequate follow-up of patients and the search for defaulters.
- Develop and organize training for community volunteers/CHIPS on the pillars of safe motherhood, infant and young child feeding practices, general childcare and hygiene promotion.
- Provide health messages in communities, in collaboration with community volunteers.
- Collect weekly activity reports from CVs, review, discuss and submit to team leader.
- Organize regular meetings with CVs, to share information, discuss relevant health issues and weekly activity plans for health messages in communities.
- Ensure that basic health protocols and other IEC materials are clearly displayed in facilities and outreach sites.
- Ensure mobile clinic sites are clean and well maintained.
- Establish an effective referral mechanism between the mobile clinic and the hospital.
- Supervise and monitor CVs in the community.
- In conjunction with the team, provide ongoing training to clinic staff and CVs.
- Maintain an up-to-date file and compile and submit monthly reports of all services provided.
- Monitor and ensure proper use of health and program supplies.
- Prepare weekly work plans and ensure timely implementation of project activities.
- Support the Clinical Health Manager in compiling mobile clinic statistical reports for weekly, monthly and annual submission.
- Ensure an adequate flow of information for all supervisees with constant feedback, if necessary.
- Ensure proper information sharing on drug distribution/use and monitoring, including good record keeping at supported health facilities.
- Ensure order of IPC within the health facility setting and support training of health workers and referral paramedics on infection prevention and control (IPC) for quality of care.
- Support health facilities with information, education and communication (IEC) materials (billboards, posters, roll-up banners, mural, flexible banner), registers, printed clinical algorithms, aids clinical briefs and guideline booklets/protocols and ensure IEC materials are posted and up and running, including referral system support.
- Ensure beneficiary participation, feedback and accountability in all aspects of the project.
- Perform any other related duties assigned.
Human Resource Management:
- Support for the supervision of the activities of CHIPS agents, RI providers and volunteers of the health facility for the effective implementation of project activities.
- Motivate the correct use of referral criteria, first aid, SOPs and laboratory screening
- Ensure proper follow-up for timely submission of data.
- Submit weekly work plans and ensure timely implementation of project activities.
Communications and reports:
- Support clinicians, health workers in compiling statistical reports from patients in care, health facilities and communities for weekly, monthly and annual submissions.
- Ensure adequate flow of information for all supervisors with constant feedback as needed.
- Perform additional relevant or requested duties as required by supervisor.
Key Result Areas:
- Basic and routine laboratory service delivery is enhanced for patients accessing facility-supported locations.
- Ensure that health workers actively participate in laboratory services at operational sites.
Key Working Relationships
- Position reports to: Clinical Health Officer / Facility Nurse or Midwife
- Indirect / technical reporting: doctor, health manager
- Directly supervises the position: None
Key internal contacts:
- Country Programme: Health Program Assistant, Health Officer, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Senior Capacity Building Officers, Health/SR Officers, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Key external contacts:
- Ministry of Health, UMTH, SSH, Umaru Shehu Specialist Hospital, other INGOs (e.g. possible collaborating partners), community leaders and health facility management team.
- RN, RM, CHO, CHEW or related qualification
- certified training in IMNCI, IDSR, CCSAS, STI, CMAM, IPC, BEmONC are additional assets.
- One year of experience in the field of health, hygiene and/or nutrition in a primary health care setting.
- Proven experience in community programming with the ability to motivate and lead a team.
- Ability to work with displaced communities of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Teamwork experience and ability to lead a team.
Demonstrated technical/leadership/interpersonal skills:
- Good knowledge of community health, social work in health, health and well-being.
- Good communication skills.
- Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of social, political and ethical issues surrounding program delivery
- Ability to work well with others and to respect staff, contractors and recipients of assistance.
- Good sense of integrity, service and responsibility.
- Fluency in written/spoken English and Hausa
- Ability to speak local languages (Kanuri, Shuwa, etc.) will be an added advantage.
IT/Other Technology Requirements:
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, in particular Word, Excel and Outlook.