Emergency Medical Director
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Candidates selected for this position will be placed on the ERT standby roster and may be called when the International Medical Corps ERT responds to an emergency. This position is not compensated unless candidates are responding to an emergency response.

When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self reliance.

International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground.

International Medical Corps maintains a roster of staff which is updated on regular basis in order to include new staff into the system. This also provides an opportunity for the existing staff to update their areas of expertise and other relevant information.

Through this expression of Interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

The Medical Director is primarily responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of the health programs. The Medical Director will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health teams in the field. The Medical Director will make frequent visits to the field sites to ensure the highest standards of service delivery and to ensure programs are in line with internationally accepted standards and/or relevant Ministries of Health.

1. Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
• Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to the organizations health programming activities
• Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices.
• Ensure health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry of Health and WHO.
• Work closely with the country director, senior management and field teams to determine the operational needs of the medical program within the scope of the grants
• Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all programs (including objectives, indicators and outcomes of health programs) according to internal and donor requirements
• Review monthly field reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the organizations health programs
• Work with government health authorities and international agencies such as WHO to ensure implementation of standardized national health information systems
• Work with field teams, partner agencies and national health authorities for outbreak preparedness and contingency planning
• Ensure timely and adequate provision of supplies and drugs through review of pharmacy consumption reports, national drug protocols, program budgets, acquisition of partner agency and UN drug kits, and health information materials.
• Ensure all stakeholders, including senior management team, the Health Technical Unit and donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures.

2. Program Development
• Work with senior management team, field teams, regional desk and the Health Technical Unit in strategic planning for future health programs.
• Work with PDOs, program coordinator and management team to draft concepts for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor

3. Representation
• Represent the organization to UN, international and national NGOs and Ministry of Health at health coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to country programs and enhance the organizations visibility (ie. task force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings)
• Serve as the principal liaison with MOH on matters related to the program to ensure programmatic accountability Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors

4. Human Resources Management
• Assist in the selection and training of qualified program health staff, recommend promotions, and implement disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the Country Director and Finance Director.
• Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff
• Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs
• Ensure professional development for expat and national health staff through assessment of training needs and capacity building activities as supported by budgets
• Support direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and professional development plans
• Work closely with the medical coordinators and health teams to determine the training needs of the medical staff
• Collaborate with national health authorities and relevant international health agencies for the development of an approved curriculum to meet training needs and implement those plans through the management team and field teams

5. Working Relationships
• Work closely with country senior management team and the Health Technical Unit
• Ensure program progress through communication with Country Director, Logistics Staff and Finance team to ensure coordination of programs supplies are consistent with management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans.

6. Security
• Collaborate with security officer/CD in order to maintain security of health staff in the field
• Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies


• Minimum medical degree with 3 years experience after medical college graduation; preferably with a Master’s in Public Health
• Minimum 3 years experience in overseas programs (preferably developing country or low-resource setting with an NGO) at the Manager level relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and communicable diseases; preferably in emergency response/conflict settings
• Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written
• Must have excellent self-motivation skills
• Experience in effectively 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
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
• Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively
• Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
• Ability to assume non-medical responsibilities from time to time to cover for other team members
• Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building, public-private partnerships and project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods)
• Proven capabilities in leadership required
• Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills

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Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war,...