International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Rapid Response Team Health Officer

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Job Description

IOM’s work in emergencies is guided by the Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF), which was developed at the request of IOM Member States, pursuant to their growing interest in the migration consequences of crisis situations, and adopted during the 101st Session of the IOM Council in 2012. As one of the 15 sectors of assistance within the MCOF, health support is an integral part of IOM’s overall humanitarian response. The IOM South Sudan Health Programme started in 2009. With the ongoing violence that started December 2013, IOM is increasing its Emergency health response operations and where appropriate integrates health activities in multi-sectoral approaches (e.g. with WASH, Shelter, CCCM, Protection) in conflict affected sites, ensuring Coordination as well as information sharing with respective government authorities as well as with the Health, CCCM, Shelter and Protection Cluster partners. Key IOM interventions to support the Government of South Sudan, the Ministry of Health, and partners include the following but not limited to: enhancing access to primary healthcare services for IDPs and affected communities particularly in hard-to-reach locations and those living in temporary shelters through mobile health clinics or health outreach services, support to recovery of local health systems through transition and post crisis phase, facilitating health referrals to hospitals or to partner agencies, provision of medicines and medical supplies as well as contributing to existing early warning and disease outbreak surveillance mechanisms and response. General Functions: Under the overall guidance of the IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission, under the technical guidance of the Migration Health Programme Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Migration Health Officer/RRT Coordinator; the incumbent will be accountable for supporting the implementation of the emergency health response activities for conflict affected, Protection of Civilian (PoCs) and hard-to-reach populations and disease outbreak response in South Sudan. Specific Functions and Duties:
  1. Be available for rapid deployment to field locations in South Sudan as part of a mobile health team at short notice.

  2. Serve as Clinic Supervisor for a mobile/static health unit and be available for short-notice deployment to field locations in South Sudan as part of IOM rapid health response operations.

  3. Design the layout and patient flow of the clinic and supervise the clinic set-up, as well as the set-up of the pharmacy and drug storage space.

  4. Conduct patient consultations for early diagnosis and treatment under primary Health Care Services and facilitate timely referrals of patients in need of acute care or continuity of care for those with chronic health conditions to the nearest hospitals or health agencies providing the needed services.

  5. Supervise the day-to-day health team activities and prepare weekly schedule of activities in coordination with the IOM Rapid Response Health Coordinator and Health Program Coordinator.

  6. Supervise and guide Medical Assistants, Nurses and Midwives on clinical duties and assigned tasks and ensure that the team is functioning well and flagging issues of concern immediately and providing possible solutions, including health promotion outreach activities; conduct further on the job trainings, etc.

  7. Assist the Rapid Response Health Coordinator/ Health Emergency Officer to conduct health and nutritional assessments, vaccination campaigns, and coordination of medical evacuation as needed.

  8. Work with health focal person based in Malakal, Bentiu and Wau to liaise with local village authorities, community leaders and provide advice on key information messages for dissemination to the IDPs community before or after mobile clinic schedules , diseases outbreak response and before assessment team deployment.

  9. Ensure maintenance of medical/confidential documentation and records of all consultations done by the mobile team.

  10. Consolidate and review collected data particularly for the weekly Infectious Disease Surveillance Report (IDSR) and morbidity reports using sex and age disaggregated data. Forward relevant information to RRT Coordinator.

  11. Support information sharing and coordination mechanisms between and among other Multi-Sector units (e.g. WASH and NFIs) as well as with other programme units such as Logistics, Security, Human Resource and Finance units; and with IOM Juba Health Unit.

  12. Represent IOM at relevant coordination meetings, and maintain coordination and cooperation with local health authorities and partners including MoH, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and other partners on-site where needed.

  13. Contribute to regular reports on all activities including achievements and challenges encountered through established channels of communication within the IOM Multi-sector Team (WASH & Health); ensure case history and photo-documentation of all health related activities.

  14. Establish and maintain good working relationships with the IDP communities and be a team player with other health partners and with IOM teams working on-site.

  15. Actively participate in preparedness and prevention planning of diseases outbreak (EVD, Cholera, and Measles etc), assessment and response such as campaign and case management.

  16. Perform other duties as may be assigned

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies: Values · Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible. · Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct. · Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges. Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2 · Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results. · Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes. · Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate. · Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work. · Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way. Managerial Competencies[1]** – behavioural indicators level 2 · Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential. · Empowering others and building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential. · Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction. Education and Experience · Completed university Degree in Medicine or Nursing from an accredited academic institution; advanced degree in public or community health an advantage; · At least Five years operational and field experience in implementing health services for migrants, refugee and displaced persons and other vulnerable groups; including Early Recovery or post crisis emergency health programming; · Demonstrated experience in coordination and liaison with government authorities, knowledge and structures and functions of primary health care system, national, UN and international health agencies and donors. Languages Fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic, French and/or Spanish is an advantage.
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