The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
International Rescue Committee (IRC) is currently seeking applications to fill the vacant position below:
Job Title: Reproductive Health Officer
Location: Maiduguri (with frequent visits to Konduga, Monguno)
Project Title: Implementation of the MISP+
Start Date: 15 April
Full-time/Part-Time: Full Time
Duration: 8 months
Salary Band (circle one): 8B
Background of Country and Emergency Response
- The Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria began in 2009 and has affected 14.8 million people who are already living in precarious conditions by undermining poverty reduction and development efforts, putting inter-ethnic and inter-religious coexistence at risk, straining State Government resources, and depleting community coping capacities over the past six years. The conflict has reduced IDPs’ and other vulnerable populations’ access to healthcare, especially RH services. Thus, there is a need to bolster local health care capacity, referral pathways, and community awareness around RH issues, among other necessary interventions. Gender-based violence (GBV) cases are widely reported in IDP camps and host communities, with the perpetrators often being insurgents, military personnel and police officers. Generally, GBV survivors are unaware of existing, though inadequate, services.
- The Reproductive Health Officer is a member of the health team, and will be responsible for supporting and supervising a team of midwives implementing emergency Reproductive Health activities in Konduga, Monguno and Gwoza according to the IRC and donor work plans.
- (S)he will work together with the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) and child protection teams to ensure the improved quality of the project’s clinical activities e.g. family planning, maternal and neonatal care, case management of sexually transmitted diseases, post abortion care and the clinical management of sexual assault survivors in the IRC’s Women’s Comprehensive Centers (CWCs).
- In line with the Minimal Initial Service Package (MISP), oversee the provision of clinical care activities in the IRC Comprehensive Women’s Centers (CWC) and mobile clinics.
- Oversee the team of IRC midwives for:
- Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS) according to national protocols and guidelines.
- Basic and assisted delivery care (by vacuum, forceps, and breech),
- Neonatal and obstetric resuscitation activity,
- Antenatal and postnatal consultations,
- Timely supported referrals to the nearest Emergency Obstetric Care center,
- Safe post-abortion care,
- STI treatment in line with national protocols.
- Build the capacity of the teams, including organising/facilitating formal trainings.
- Coordinate activities with other sectors, particularly the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) and Environmental Health (EH) teams
- Ensure adherence to Universal Precautions and proper waste management at all IRC CWCs
- Monitor progress against grant workplan; promptly identifying any current or potential delays and recommending solutions to technical challenges.
- Monitor program supply inventory levels; perform monthly spot-checks on program inventory.
- Maintain respectful and constructive relations with partner staff, services providers and patients; work with and provide timely technical support to IRC’s implementing partners.
- Fully comply with IRC safety and security procedures and provide input to security monitoring and assessments to enable and promote a safe and secure environment for program implementation
- Prepare Purchase Request forms for program supplies/activities and undertake field procurement as designated and authorized.
Coordination & Representation:
- As requested, undertake/participate in liaison, coordination, and information sharing activities with other IRC sectors, national NGOs, international organizations, donors and government actors.
- Support and actively participate in the mobilization of women to improve RH education and service utilization, together with the Community Mobilisers, Community Health Workers (CHW), Traditional Brith Attendants (TBAs), community groups etc.
- Conduct trainings to the outreach team and to the community on appropriate RH messages.
- Monitoring responsibilities:
- Maintain up to date data in all overseen facilities and supervise data-collection.
- Compile daily, weekly and monthly health activity reports and submit in timely manner.
- Contribute to monthly and quarterly RH work plans.
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs
- Qualified Nurse or Midwife with valid diploma/certificate.
- MSc in related field is an additional plus.
- 3-5 years of experience in a clinical RH setting, including practice in BEmONC, FP, STI, PAC CCSAS etc.
- Experience in an (I-)NGO preferred.
- Communication skills – Able to discuss sensitive RH topics and provide RH education.
- Experience counseling survivors of abuse or violence with a reputable organization.
- Willing / flexible to travel between field sites (including Monguno, Gwoza and Konduga)
- Clear understanding of gender equality and gender issues for women and girls.
- Ability to maintain beneficiary confidentiality and respect at all times is essential.
- Positive and professional attitude; able to organize, prioritize, multi-task and maintain composure under pressure, while maintaining attention to detail.
- Ability to lead, train, supervise and facilitate other midwives, nursing staff and community health workers in their respective tasks.
- Ability to work as a member of a team.
- Ability to communicate in English and write clear and concise reports in English.
- Must be computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel
- Monthly salary, 13Month Salary Inclusive, Health Insurance Coverage for Family, Pension, Creche Facilities available for Women with babies under 24 Months.
Note: IRC is an equal opportunity organisation Indigence of Borno state and women are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover letter and resume in one MS word with the position they are applying for clearly stated in the email subject line to: IRCNigeria.Recruitment@rescue.org
The Country Director,
International Rescue Committee,
Plot 902 OluAwotesu Street,
Hand delivered applications should be sent to their Maiduguri Office:
Plot Number 7,
Jimina Road, GRA ,
Off Damboa Road,
Application Deadline: 7th April, 2017.