Registered Nurse - Liberia

Employer: International Rescue Committee
Location: Liberia
Application deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early applications
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.
Ebola Treatment Centre in Monrovia, Liberia
The IRC is in discussions to run a 100-bed, Ebola Treatment Centre in Monrovia, Liberia. The Centre will be a high-capacity, isolated unit which will require the oversight of 240 staff including 14 international staff, over a period of 6-9 months. Given the magnitude of the need, the plan is to set up the Centre immediately. Staff safety is an absolute priority and strict adherence to infection control procedures with be undertaken to protect staff. Given the tedious nature of the work, personal protective equipment which must be worn at all times in the heat and need for strict adherence to infection control protocols, staff will have ample rest time.
The IRC will prioritize health workers who are available immediately for 6 to 8 weeks and clinicians and who have experience with safety practices in highly contagious areas.
The following are "highly desired criteria" for physicians and nurses:
  • Previous work in a highly contagious area (i.e. a tuberculosis ward, cholera treatment centre) or a Level 4 biosafety area
  • Experience working with patients with viral hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Lassa, Marburg, etc.)
  • Knowledge of infection control and safety practices related to minimizing infection related to patient care
  • Experience with using personal protective equipment
The IRC seeks six (6) Registered Nurses.
The responsibilities of the Nurses will be to:
  • Supervise national staff (nurses) to provide direct patient care and rehydration, monitoring of patients, observations for symptoms for physician rounding, nutritional support, patient bathing and appropriate and caring communication with the patients
  • Provide training in infection control practices for national staff (nurses)
  • Ensuring that clinical management and infection prevention and control procedures are being applied by clinical staff according to a strict protocol
  • This position will enter the wet area of the ETC
The ideal candidate will be a nurse who has the "highly desired criteria" above, with demonstrated and repeated experience working in isolation centres for viral hemorrhagic fevers or secondarily, field hospitals or cholera treatment centres.