IRC Clinical Officer (Pediatrician)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Kenya serves vulnerable populations in the Turkana and Dadaab regions as well as in Nairobi.

The IRC implements programs in the areas of comprehensive primary health care, nutrition, protection, peace building, water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH), HIV/AIDS prevention, response to gender based violence and governance.

Applications are invited for the following position:

Clinical Officer – Pediatrics

Sector: Health
Location: Kenya
Employee Type: Regular
Employee Category: Full Time

Job Purpose / Objective: Working under the guidance and supervision of the Medical Officer In Charge of Hospital, the Clinical Officer Pediatrics is directly responsible for the overall medical management of children below 12 years in pediatric and special clinic.

Key Responsibilities

He or she will specifically be responsible for:

  • In coordination with the Medical Officer in Charge of Hospital, formulate pediatric department goals, objectives and intervention and strategies.
  • Ensure all emergencies in the ward are managed with laid down ETAT guidelines and other conditions managed inline IMCI protocols.
  • Ensure that the pediatric unit has all necessary equipment and supplies needed to manage emergency conditions and carry out successful resuscitation in line with laid down protocols.
  • Participate in daily ward rounds in the pediatric and stabilization ward and review of newly admitted children in the wards.
  • Incharge of the pediatric outpatient clinic for children with chronic conditions like Diabetes, Ashma, sickle cell e.t.c.
  • Ensure high quality of patient care by conducting regular quality of care assessments of pediatric care and implementing recommendations thereof in the pediatric unit
  • Report notifiable diseases immediately and follow-up to ensure they are isolated as appropriate and necessary investigations collected or confirmation and treatment.
  • Evaluation of services through monitoring morbidity and mortality rates through monthly statistical reports.
  • Participate in and ensure that weekly departmental meetings are held at the ward and
  • Participate in the Hospital Call system.
  • Arrange a rotation schedule with fellow clinicians to ensure pediatric ward stabilization wards and pediatric outpatient clinic are well covered
  • Prepare monthly work/activity plans for him/herself for review by the M.O I/C of the hospital.
  • Ensure a participatory and inclusive atmosphere by fostering good relations with all stakeholders including the pediatric ward staff and members of the refugee community.
  • Ensure high quality programming at the clinic with mainstreaming of the principles of protection (safe programming), disaster risk reduction and environmental awareness activities.
  • Participate in camp health surveys and campaigns e.g. Nutrition, Immunization as may be required.
Human Resource Management
  • Overall In charge of the staff both national and incentive at the pediatric unit
  • Monitoring and supervision of the medical staff; both national and refugee to ensure that work is done properly and efficiently.
  • Routinely monitor staff performance according to their job description and set objectives.
  • Evaluation and appraisal of staff through the IRC Performance Management process especially for national staff.
  • Develop ongoing education programs for clinic based health staff as well as identifying their training needs in line with set pediatric protocols
  • Review personnel issues and concerns of medical staff and assist with determining and implementing solutions.
  • Determine personnel needs for field level activities and in coordination with the Human Resource office take part in recruitment of incentive staff.
  • Ensure that all statistical reports are accurate and submitted weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually as may be required.
  • Maintain an updated record and compile and submit monthly inventory reports of all hospital assets and equipment.
  • Review, authorize and keep accurate records of all requisitions, duty rosters and applications for leave.
  • Monitor and ensure the proper usage of program supplies.
  • Participate in annual program planning process and budget implementation. Recommend budget revisions to focus on priority areas and assist with rising of fresh bulk supplies orders every trimester.
Communication and Reporting
  • Monitor closely morbidity and mortality trends relating to the pediatric age group and act accordingly
  • Convene/attend integrated facility staff meetings.
  • 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:
  • Ability to provide overall leadership in proper clinical care of the pediatric age-group with and aim of reducing child mortality.
  • Ensure timely and quality health care services to refugee in line with IMCI. IMAM and ETAT guidelines.
  • Maintain accurate inventory of all resuscitative equipment and supplies and ensure in good working condition
Required Qualifications:
  • Higher Diploma in Clinical medicine from KMTC or any other renowned institution.
  • Be registered and have a valid license from the Clinical Officers’ Council.
Required Experience & Competencies:
  • At least two years work experience in a busy pediatric unit
  • Experience working with a non-profit humanitarian organization.
  • Ready to work in difficult environmental conditions
  • Be a team player
  • Flexibility at work
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Knowledge of Turkana or Somali languages will be an added advantage.
Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.
International allowances are not available for this position.
Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

Please apply on or before 4th March, 2015

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
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