Medical Director

Country: Iraq

Department: International Programs

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

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.

Job Purpose

The Medical director oversees technical quality of health, community health and reproductive health interventions for all grants in Iraq. The post holder is primarily responsible for the vision, strategy and design of the over-all programing in coordination with the field director. He/ She will work in collaboration with the Deputy Country Director for operation, the program coordinators, other technical leads, MEAL coordinators and health program teams and will make frequent visits to the field sites to ensure the highest standards of service delivery. He/she supports in conceptualizing proposals focusing on integration, resilience and development programming. The position holder reports directly to country director.

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

  • Work with country senior management team, field teams, and the Technical Unit in strategic planning for future health programs as well as developing new projects
  • Provide technical oversight and support to health programming activities
  • Ensure that health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry/Directorates of Health and WHO and established best practices.
  • Ensure professional development for expat and national health staff through assessment of training needs and capacity building activities
  • Facilitate timely and adequate provision of supplies and drugs through review of pharmacy consumption reports, national drug protocols, and program budgets, acquisition of partner agency and UN drug kits, and health information materials.
  • Review and provide technical inputs for donors and internal reports in relation to the health program
  • Represent the organization to UN, international and national NGOs and Ministry/Directorates of Health at coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to the health and enhance the organization’s visibility (ie. task force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings) and serve as the principal liaison with Ministry/Directorates of Health on matters related to the program to ensure programmatic accountability
  • Take part in the selection and training of qualified program health staff, recommend promotions, as well as disciplinary action and termination of staff to direct supervisors in coordination with the HR department

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.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Public Health
  • Qualification in health related field – nurse, midwife, medical doctor

Experience

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in overseas programs preferably developing, low resource or conflict affected environments with increasing levels of responsibility relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, communicable diseases and emergency response
  • Knowledge and previous experience on a supervisory role
  • Familiarity to advocating for, setting up and maintaining DHIS 2 with relevant government agencies
  • Experience in 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
  • Understanding and experience of development and transition program
  • Familiar with the concepts of primary health care and Basic Package of Health Services Competency (List technical expertise and soft skills required including languages)
  • Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent command ,verbal and written, in English language
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively
  • Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
  • Able to analyze and interpret data and track program performance against program indicators Possess excellent facilitation skills
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