Medical coordinator (M/F) - Iraq

Employer: M├ędecins du Monde
Location: Iraq
Closing date: 31 Aug 2015

For more than 30 years, M├ędecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but
condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations.
MdM currently works in 46 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, combating HIV and reducing the harm and risks associated with drug use, crises and conflicts.
MdM–F has been active in Iraq since the 80’s in Sulaymaniyah area. Then, from 1997 MdM’s missions were conducted, in Baghdad, Mosul and Basra in pediatric surgery contributing to the renewal of techniques and knowledge of the surgical, medical and paramedical personnel. From 2002 to autumn 2004, MdM delegations have been implementing emergency medical activities across the country, in Baghdad, Basra, Wassit, Kirkuk and Mosul governorates. Due to the worsening safety conditions MdM delegations left the country in 2004.MdM resumed activities in May 2006 to reinforce the local capacity to establish the foundations for emergency health care services at community level (with a special focus on civilian victims of violence) in ten Iraqi governorates. A mental health project started in 2007, in cooperation with the MoH of Iraq and the WHO. Then, in December 2008 MdM-F started an Emergency Medical Technician trainings project. Furthermore, since September 2009 till the end of 2011 MdM supported an Iraqi NGO in implementing a program in Diyala, Kirkuk and Baghdad to improve the skills of midwives and traditional birth attendants according to international standards.
In June 2014, regarding the situation of massive displacement people (Syrian Refugees, Iraqi IDPs) in Iraq the past few months, MdM decides to launch an exploratory mission.
Following the result of this evaluation and through very good collaboration with DOH-Dohuk, MdM has started to support IDPs through a Primary Health Care services in November 2014 through a provision of PHC Mobile Clinics that supports the informal IDP camps and IDP sites around Amedia districts. By December 2014, upon the request of DOH-Dohuk, MdM has started to provide PHC mobile clinic services to the said camp. The package of PHC services that MdM provides in both fixed and mobile clinics are curative care, preventive care, Health and Hygiene Promotion, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, and Reproductive Health. The services continued and when the Dawodia IDP Camp in Amedia district was opened, MdM also started to provide the PHC services. MdM will also start to improve the Reproductive health Program for women and adolescent girls’ health through collaboration with DOH-Dohuk and UNFPA. MdM has also provided donations of anaesthetic drugs and medical supplies for Hevi Children’s Hospital through collaboration with DOH Dohuk.
Beside MdM will start to provide support to Kirkuk Governorate in the coming weeks by provision of PHC mobile clinic services, supporting DOH-Kirkuk for essential drugs needed by both IDPs and host communities, and support local NGOs inside the governorate and build their capacities on emergency preparedness and responses
The goal of MdM in IRAQ is the provision of a Comprehensive Primary Health Care services to the most vulnerable IDP population in Iraq.
The MdM’s mission for Iraq is based on the increasing numbers of IDPs brought by the war conflict made by ISIL in Iraq. Data from UN has revealed that the most number of IDPs were concentrated in Dohuk governorate with 488,906 IDPs, followed Erbil with 185,806 IDPs, 3rd id in Kirkuk (currently under KRG control) with 136,207 IDPs, 4th is Sulaymaniyah with 95,034 IDPs and then in northern part of Diyala with 60,312 IDPs. There is also the burden on Syrian refugees who are still living in many refugee camps here in Iraqi Kurdistan. Plus the issue of intensive war conflict happening now in Kobane, Syria, wherein there are now many Syrian Kurd refugees who took refuge in Dohuk area in north Kurdistan. Also the on -going ISIL-led war conflict inside Iraq, specifically in Anbar region, forced many people to take refuge in neighbouring areas including Baghdad.
The burden on the existing health system is severely affecting the availability of services for the host communities. There was a tremendous demand for health care by both IDPs and host communities, but the supply of medications and medical workers have not change during pre and post conflict. In addition the most vulnerable (children, PLWs, PWDs and elderly) in this conflict are particularly at highest risk for poor health, poor nutrition, mental health issues, no work opportunities, shelter problems and inadequate food access, that are all determinants on health status of the affected families (IDPs, and refugees.

As medical coordinator you will be in charge of the implementation, follow up and supervision of the different medical activities in Iraq.
Team management
  • Directly supervise Medical Supervisors in Dohuk and Kirkuk concerning technical aspects and in link with FieldCos
  • Directly supervise the Data base officer
  • Collaborate with Field Cos in Dohuk and in Kirkuk
  • Participate to the recruitment of any medical staff
  • Support and give supervision to the PHC Medical Teams and the SRH Team on the IDP sites and camps they are working
  • Organise regular meetings, briefings and debriefings with the medical teams in partnership with the Medical Supervisors
  • Building the capacity of the PHC Medical teams and the SRH Team
Program Management
  • Participate to the development of the general strategy on MdM activities with the General Coordinator and the team
  • Make sure the different components of the program are consistent and in link with population needs
  • React to any change of the humanitarian contexte by adapting the program if necessary
  • Participate to the Implementation of medical activities in link with the needs of IDPs or host population
  • Analyse the medical data received on a weekly basis from Medical Supervisors, and provide a feedback to the Coordination team and the medical referent at the HQ
  • Participate to the monitoring on a regular basis of the different components of the program and to set up corrective measures in case of need
  • Co-operate with the administration team regarding budgeting related to medical purchases
  • Ensure that the objectives of this mission are fulfilled through regular monitoring and evaluation of its activities
  • Write the medical part of the monthly report and the weekly reports
  • Participate in the writing of donors activity reports and proposals
Coordination with NGOs, MoH, local associations
  • Participate to the different medical meetings especially on the regular Health Cluster meetings in Dohuk, Erbil, and Kirkuk, playing a key role in any relevant medical coordination mechanisms, and be pro-active in the technical working groups that are created
  • Liaise with the legal or appointed medical authorities in the focused governorates where MdM is presently working
  • Ensure coordination and work in close collaboration with partners
  • Evaluate the needs and request of our partners
  • Submit to Health Cluster Leads the necessary weekly reports and updates needed
Management of medical stock and logistic chain for medical purchase
  • Supervise medical purchase process
  • Ensure the supervision of the pharmacy (consumptions, orders & inventory) in link with logistic team
  • Follow up medical issues and sharing of information in particular with medical referent at the HQ
  • Starting: ASAP
  • Duration: 6 months renewable
  • Fixes Term Contract (French Law)
  • Medical Doctor
  • At least 2 years of significant international experience in similar positions or in humanitarian sector
  • Working experiences in public health and in managing health welfare in communities
  • Knowledge, competency and skills on public health aspects of Primary Health Care and SRH
  • Experience in supervising Health Promotion activities and some basic mental health activities
  • Experience in working with IDPs or refugees
  • Experience in remote management and emergency response
  • Experience in hard negotiations with local authorities, partners and staff in a tricky context
  • Capacity to work in a volatile security context and able to apply strict security rules
  • Capacity to create relationships with the communities
  • Ability to manage a team and work in an international team
  • Ability to have a global overview of a program (not only on medical plan)
  • Ability to take quick decisions according to the context in coordination with the team
  • Reactivity, anticipation, adaptability, capacity to take initiatives
  • Organizational skills
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Ability to manage priorities
  • Team spirit
  • Interest for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
  • Capacity to work and to live in tense conditions (climate, cultural context, promiscuity, isolation)
MdM stands up for the integration of people living with disabilities and fights against discrimination.
How to apply:
To apply this position, please send a resume and a cover letter via this link.