The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.
IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. Since then, the IRC has expanded its scope and size of the programs as new areas became accessible after prolonged conflict and insecurity, in Adamawa and Borno States. The IRC’s response to the humanitarian situation includes integrated health and nutrition services, as well as reproductive health care and women protection services. For its Health and Nutrition program, the IRC is seeking a Nurse to strengthen the work in MMC,Jere LGA, Borno State.
Health Outreach Assistant
The Health Outreach assistant is responsible for patient care at the mobile clinics and overseeing community health activities for the population in the catchment area of IRC mobile clinics in Konduga, Borno State. The Health Outreach assistant reports to the team leader/health clinical officer.
- Will support the health activities in triaging patients, assessment of patients, health education.
- Act as the link between Health facilities/mobile clinics and the community to ensure awareness of available services, proper follow-up of patients and defaulter tracing.
- Develop and conduct training of community volunteers on pillars of safe motherhood, infant and young child feeding practices, infection prevention and control, general child care and hygiene promotion.
- Provide health and nutrition messaging in the communities, in collaboration with community volunteers.
- Conduct regular meetings with the CVs, for sharing information, discussing relevant health issues and weekly activity plans for health messaging in the communities.
- Ensure health basic protocols and other IEC materials are well displayed in the facilities and outreach sites.
- Ensure mobile clinic sites are clean and well maintained.
- Establish effective referral mechanism between the mobile clinic and the hospital/IPD. Collect weekly activity reports from the CVs, review, discuss and submit to the team leader/health officer
- Supervise and monitor CVs in the community.
- Assist the health officer in patient care at the Health facilities and mobile clinics
- Jointly with the team, provide ongoing education for clinic staff and CVs.
Key Working Relationships:
- Position report to: Health Clinical Officer
- Position supervice: Community volunteers
- Position indirectly report: Health manager
- Maintain an updated record and compile and submit monthly reports of all services given.
- Monitor and ensure the proper usage of health and program supplies.
- Prepare weekly workplans and ensure timely implementation of the project activities.
Communication and Reporting:
- Support Health Clinical Officer in compiling statistical reports from the mobile clinics for submission weekly, monthly and annually.
- Ensure adequate flow of information for all supervisees with constant feedback as may be required.
- Carry out other relevant or requested duties as may be required.
Key Result Areas:
- Improvement of key health indicators mainly prevention of communicable disease, neonatal mortality ratio, and community population coverage.
- Increased uptake of health services as a strategy of reducing mortality
- Increased uptake of positive practices related to health, nutrition and hygiene.
- Timely and quality health care services to displaced persons, refugees and other vulnerable groups.
- Community volunteers actively participate in health services within their community.
- Registered nurse, whith BNSc is an added advantage
- A mature person of high professional discipline and moral integrity, able to work under stress as the situation may dictate.
- Must possess the practicing license and relavant certificate.
- Experience in nutrition is an added advantage.
- Two to three years experience in clinical medicine or public health.
- Proven experience in community based programming with the ability to motivate and lead community volunteers.
- Ability to work with displaced communities with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Experience in working in a team.
- Flexible to travel and work in different locations.
- Ability to speak Hausa and local languages will be added advantage.
- Proficiency in computer skills, especially in MS Word and Excel is an added advantage.
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