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12 Jun 2017

Medical Officer (Temporary) – Mogadishu, Somalia

Job Description

Medical Officer (Temporary) – Mogadishu

Sector: Health

Location: Somalia

Employee Type: Temporary

Employee Category: Full Time


The Medical Officer will be working under the direct supervision of the Health Manager and will be directly responsible for overseeing adequate and effective implementation of the Health Program in Mogadishu.


Program Management:

Ensure that clinical activities in the Mogadishu mobile clinics is implemented and running smoothly, including pharmacy, laboratory and reproductive health
Oversees in supervising the general routine healthcare services delivery at the health center
Conduct regular meetings of health facility staff and non-technical personnel on the progress of the services at the health facility level.
Supervises patients health education sessions conducted by the OPDs Nurses in the MCH and responds to any specific patient clinical consultations that needs final clinical judgment requested/urged/made by the ANC, PNC, <5, >5 OPDs nurses and the Midwife.
Oversee patient histories and physical examinations methods used, patient’s follow-up supervision; evaluates results and monitors treatment plans and maintains all medical records.
Critically supervise all patients medical records including patient drug prescription leaflets, all OPDs registers, all EPI related patient cards follow-up and any/all patient referral records
Attends and assists during high level clinical consultation procedures.
Assists in assessing, coordinating, and revising on job training programs for the core MCHs staff.
Train staff in providing proper medical diagnosis and treatment protocols
In collaboration with the Health Manager, identify health program opportunities by assisting the health staff to carry out assessments to better inform healthcare service delivery
Review clinical activities through periodic visits. Ensure that Hospital implementation strategies are compatible with overall program goals and objectives
Participate in assessments of status of health sector in target areas and verify reports of infectious and epidemic diseases
Ensuring that all IRC supported health facilities are well and adequately equipped to support the smooth running and comprehensive implementation of primary health care activities
Inspect facilities and recommend building or equipment modifications to the Health Manager to ensure that activities are being implemented appropriately and as per the required hygiene and safety standards
Coordinate all referrals of IDP and host community patients at the facility level to identified secondary and tertiary facilities as per MoH/WHO referral guidelines

Human Resource Management:

Directly supervise the staff working in the mobile clinics.
Direct monitoring and supervision of work activities of the clinical officer and oversight of other health staff (nurses, midwives, laboratory and pharmacy technicians and all auxiliary staff) in the IRC supported facility to ensure that work is done properly and efficiently.
Directly supervise the CHW supervisor and ensure a clearly defined schedule for conducting health education and mobilization activities in the community and hospital
Establish specific and well defined objectives, for directly supervised staff, as per staff job descriptions and ensure that objectives and job descriptions for other health staff are defined as well. Conduct staff appraisals through performance management evaluations
In collaboration with the Health Manager, conduct recruitment, hiring and induction and training of the medical personnel as per the activities highlighted in the program documents
Orient new field staff members on personnel health and safety issues, i.e. scorpions, snakes and diseases unique to the area
Recommend promotions and disciplinary action of health staff to the Health Manager
Establish and follow up on implementation of Continuous Medical Education sessions at each hospital in collaboration with the clinic in charges.
Grants Management:

Prepare monthly clinic specific work plans that reflect overall Health Program work plans as per the different grants and submit these to the Health Manager. Provide brief reports on status of activities’ implementation
Participate in monthly BVA meetings and provide adequate and timely feedback on under spend/overspend of health program budget lines and definite action points in relation to this
Monitoring, supervision and reporting:

Ensure proper data collection tools are in place and shared out with relevant staff. Closely monitor and evaluate staff understanding of use of these tools and recommend trainings/capacity building to facilitate collation of quality data
Ensure the timely collation of periodic data from the supported hospital, analyze and use the information to plan, monitor and manage the projects, with reports on changes in trends provided to the Senior Health Manager on a weekly (disease surveillance data) and monthly (other epidemiological data) basis
Monitors Ambulance vehicle movement in line with the developed existing referral criteria TOR
Drug management: ensure that the hospital has up to date drug management tools which are in use in all service departments, proper recording of drug distribution at all levels including ensuring that regular inventories are conducted, and ensure proper storage according to recommended standards. Monitor rational use of drugs periodically in comparison with morbidities
Monitor closely the morbidity and mortality trends together with all the other health indicators to ensure that prompt actions are taken
Prepare activity reports on a regular basis to inform the Health Manager of the status and implementation of programs, services and quality initiatives
Conduct Monthly supervision of all health facilities supported by the program with reports of the same submitted to the Health Manager and follow up action points clearly defined and ways of ensuring that these are followed through discussed with staff and implemented.
Assist in drafting donor sector reports periodically, as required by the Senior Health Manager, from accurate reports of all activities conducted in various health facilities
Attend meetings concerning overall health program issues as requested by the Health Manager
Conduct regular review and recommend revision of training manuals to maintain consistency with the acceptable protocols and standards
Maintain updated libraries of manuals and other resources at all field sites
Keep the Health Manager informed of all developments and issues through weekly situation reports.

As requested by the Health Manager, liaise and coordinate with the WHO led Health Cluster in Mogadishu, UNICEF focal points and other external partners to facilitate information sharing to enable smooth running of primary health care activities

Degree in Medicine and Surgery from a recognized institution
A mature person of high professional discipline and moral integrity, able to work under stress as the situation may dictate
Must be registered with the Directorate of Health (DoH) or Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Somali Federal Government and allowed to practice in Somalia

At least two years experience in working with an NGO
Relevant training and experience in supervising staff
Experience in health program management
Ability to work with displaced communities with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
Good report writing and communication skills
Proficiency in computer especially in EXCEL and MS WORD is a MUST

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