03 August 2017

Medical Coordinator , Iraq

Location: Erbil and Dohuk, Kurdistan (with frequent travel to Dohuk Governorate and project sites in Nineveh Governorate, Iraq.)
Closing date: 15 Aug 2017
Starting date of mission: ASAP
Minimum duration of mission: 3 months, renewable

Place within the organization: Hierarchically accountable to the General Coordinator and functionally accountable to the Medical Referent in HQ.

Job dimension: 

Responsible for the overall medical (surgical) strategy and content of programme in Iraq. Functionally manages medical / technical aspects at programme level and advises the national Project Manager on technical medical issues and management of surgical teams. 

This includes:
Define medical strategy for the mission
Providing medical leadership and direction in the mission.
Defining and developing CDE medical and surgical policies and standards into implementation strategies.
Safe-guarding medical ethics and the quality of medical and surgical programming (ie relevance, effectiveness, safety, accessibility and appropriateness, as well as “best practice” clinical management of patients).
Assisting in the assessment and development of new CDE humanitarian medical and surgical programmes within Iraq / regionally.
Management and analysis of health projects data in conjunction with Project Manager.
Conditions of employment: Attractive package, negociable based on profile and experience


A: Surgical policy and planning
Participates in developing/updating CDE’s policies (inclusive of surgical policy) and operational strategy within Kurdistan / Iraq.
Advises and supports the Project Manager and surgical teams in the translation of the CDE surgical policy and project objectives in order to meet anticipated results.
Advises and informs the General Coordinator (in conjunction with Project Manager) regarding the development and progress of the ongoing medial and surgical pro­gramme against the projects objectives and workplan.
Monitors the health needs (particularly relating to surgical / emergency needs etc) and priorities in the country.
Proposes new assessments/fact finding missions in Iraq.
Participates with the General Coordinator and Project Manager in initiating, drafting and reviewing new project proposals.

B: Monitoring and reporting role
Monitoring, evalaution, reporting, and assessment of medical and surgical projects to ensure quality and relevance (in conjunction with Project Manager)
Supporting Project Manager in preparing monthly reports for the General Coordinator and HQ, based on adequately compiled analysis of project medical and surgical data and related referral activities;
Ensure monthly data collection and statistics collected is relevant and compatible with national HMIS, and donor reporting requirements (logframe indicators).

C: Clinical Support role
Ensuring adequate clinical supervision of surgical staff
Ensure all clinical / surgical staff are maintaining good practice in pre and post operative patient care.
Ensure adequate standards are being maintained in sterilisation and surgical laundry procedures.
Ensure adequate standards are maintained in collection and disposal of clinical waste.

D: Representation/communication:

To provide medical representation for CDE as required to local/national health authorities and relevant stakeholders.
To maintain contact between CDE, the local health authorities and other relevant organisations regard­ing the planning and implementation of CDE’s programme; to initiate and stabilize contacts/networks and to stimulate cooperation.

E: Human Resources Management:
Support Project Manager in writing/revising and updating the job descriptions of the surgical teams.
Supervise, coach and support the medical and surgical teams with technical information and in achieving/maintaining good quality medical and surgical cares and follow up.
Supervise, coach and support the Field Medical Coordinator and the medical coordinator asistant.
Ensure that one nurse per surgical team will be in charge of the medical side of stock and supply management, including inspection of quality of stock keeping, collating of consumption data and forecasting of consumption needs in collaboration with the Logistic Coordinator.

F: Other Specific Tasks:
Responsible for ensuring that quality drug and material supply (with Logistics support) is maintained in projects. This includes ensuring medical overview of drug (anaesthetic) and consumable stocks (including regular supervision and control), management of data for forecasting and ordering drug and medical materials and training of non-medical/logistics staff, as relevant.
Ensure safety and quality of health care structures and facilities in CDE projects (including water, hygiene and sanitiation, universal precautions, infection control and other preventive measures).
Medical supply and stock management is a shared responsibility between the MedCo and the Logistic Coordinator, and they must collaborate in this. The specific role of the Medco in this collaboration is to ensure that the appropriate medical products are used, and that accurate monitoring and forecasting of consumption is done. In addition, the MedCo reviews and approves all medical orders. Ensures surgical equipment and devices are regularly maintained in collaboration with Logistic Coordinator.
Ensure blood donation and blood storage protocol is followed in each project location and support laboratory technicians in ensuring blood donation, typing and cross-matching, screening, criteria for donors is carried out according to international standards.
Support the International surgical mission teams and develop / liaise on their missions with Dohuk Emergency Hospital Manager and Dohuk health authorities.
Contribute to the definition of the operational strategy, carry out exploratory missions to assess needs, relevance and feasibility of medical actions and participate to proposals writing.


Professional Training:
Medical qualification (Medical doctor or Nurse)
Specialisation in surgery or anaesthesia an advantage.

Working experience:
Preferably 18-24 months international NGO field experience in at least two different humanitarian emergency contexts.
Experience in management of medical programmes and supervision of national medical staff.
Knowledge of clinical topics relevant to surgical care i.e. infection control, sterilisation techniques, post-operative infections, blood transfusion etc.
Experience in developing policies/plans beyond the operational aspects of projects.
Experience in designing medical project proposals in conflict areas and in wirting proposal.

Specific Skills:
Computer literacy: WORD, Excel, SPSS and/or statistical software
Good written skills, with proven ability in report writing (medical reports, assessment reports etc).
Excellent communication skills; ability to motivate and lead medical colleagues
Excellent clinical skills and ability to mentor/coach medical staff
Coaching and supervision experience very advantageous; management/team leadership experience a definite plus.
Experience of working in insecure environments or complex emergency contexts.

Linguistic competence:

Fluent in English (spoken, reading and writing);
Arabic or Kurdish langauge skills an advantage


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