Medical Coordinator , Iraq

Employer: La Chaîne de l'Espoir 
Location: Erbil, Kurdistan ,Iraq.
Closing date: 14 Oct 2016

Starting date of mission: 1st October 2016
Minimum duration of mission: 6 months

Responsible for the overall medical (surgical) content of programme in Kurdistan - Iraq. Functionally manages medical / technical aspects at programme level and advises the national Project Manager on technical medical issues and management of surgical teams.

This includes:

Providing medical leadership and direction in the mission.
Defining and developing CDE surgical policies and standards into implementation strategies.
Safe-guarding medical ethics and the quality of surgical programming (ie relevance, effectiveness, safety, accessibility and appropriateness, as well as “best practice” clinical management of patients).
Assisting in the assessment and development of new CDE humanitarian surgical programmes within Iraq / regionally.
Management and analysis of surgical project data in conjunction with Project Manager.

General presentation:

Description of the mission's context:

La Chaine de l’Espoir is a French non-profit organization founded by Professor Alain Deloche in 1994, and currently chaired by Doctor Eric Cheysson, and is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. La Chaîne de l’Espoir is a network of medical and surgical expertise. A key player in healthcare, the organization is committed to providing medical treatment and education to the children who need it the most. Following an assessment mission in January 2016, la Chaine de l’Espoir is establishing an emergency mission in Iraq to provide essential and emergency surgery in Nineveh Governorate and surgical training in Duhok Governorate.

The mission is in the process of re-establishing and implementing surgical services in two locations of Nineveh Governate in conjunction with Directorates of Health for Nineveh and Dohuk. The surgical projects will be staffed by 4 national surgical teams (2 per project location) with equipment and surgical consumables / materials provided by CDE. The surgical projects will also contribute to strategic emergency and life-saving support in future humanitarian needs that may arise within the Iraq conflict.


A: Surgical policy and planning

Participates in developing/updating CDE’s policies (inclusive of surgical policy) and operational strategy within Kurdistan / Iraq.

Advises and supports the Project Manager and surgical teams in the translation of the CDE surgical policy and project objectives in order to meet anticpated results.

Advises and informs the General Coordinator (in conjunction with Project Manager) regarding the development and progress of the ongoing surgical pro­gramme against the project objectives and workplan.

Monitors the health needs (particularly relating to surgical / emergency needs etc) and priorities in the country.

Proposes new assessments/fact finding missions in Iraq.

Participates with the General Coordinator and Project Manager in initiating, drafting and reviewing new project proposals.

B: Monitoring and Reporting role

Monitoring, evalaution, reporting, and assessment of surgical projects to ensure quality and relevance (in conjunction with Project Manager)

Supporting Project Manager in preparing monthly surgical reports for the General Coordinator and HQ, based on adequately compiled analysis of project surgical data and related referral activities;

Ensure monthly data collection and statistics collected is relevant and compatible with national HMIS, and donor reporting requirements (logframe indicators).

C: Clinical Support role

Ensuring adequate clinical supervision of surgical staff.
Ensure all clinical / surgical staff are maintaining good practice in pre and post operative patient care.
Ensure adequate standards are being maintained in sterilisation and surgical laundry procedures.
Ensure adequate standards are maintained in collection and disposal of clinical waste.

D: Representation/communication:

To provide medical representation for CDE as required to local/national health authorities and relevant stakeholders.

To maintain contact between CDE, the local health authorities and other relevant organisations regard­ing the planning and implementation of CDE’s programme; to initiate and stabilize contacts/networks and to stimulate cooperation.

E: Human Resources Management:

Support Project Manager in writing/revising and updating the job descriptions of the surgical teams.

Supervise, coach and support the surgical team with technical information and in achieving/maintaining good quality surgical care and follow up.

Supervise, coach and support the Referral Coordinator in follow up of referred patients to tertiary care.

Ensure that one nurse per surgical team will be in charge of the medical side of stock and supply management, including inspection of quality of stock keeping, collating of consumption data and forecasting of consumption needs in collaboration with the Logistic Officer.

F: Other Specific Tasks

Responsible for ensuring that quality drug and material supply (with Logistics support) is maintained in projects. This includes ensuring medical overview of drug (anaesthetic) and consumable stocks (including regular supervision and control), management of data for forecasting and ordering drug and medical materials and training of non-medical/logistics staff, as relevant.

Ensure safety and quality of health care structures and facilities in CDE projects (including water, hygiene and sanitiation, universal precautions, infection control and other preventive measures).

Medical supply and stock management is a shared responsibility between the MedCo and the Logistic Officer, and they must collaborate in this. The specific role of the Medco in this collaboration is to ensure that the appropriate medical products are used, and that accurate monitoring and forecasting of consumption is done. In addition, the MedCo reviews and approves all medical orders. Ensures surgical equipment and devices are regularly maintained in collaboration with Logistic Officer.

Ensure blood donation and blood storage protocol is followed in each project location and support laboratory technicians in ensuring blood donation, typing and cross-matching, screening, criteria for donors is carried out according to international standards.

Support the International surgical mission teams and develop / liaise on their missions with Dohuk Emergency Hospital Manager and Dohuk health authorities.


Professional Training:

Medical qualification (Medical doctor or Nurse)
Specialisation in surgery or anaesthesia an advantage.

Working experience:

Preferably 18-24 months international NGO field experience in at least two different humanitarian emergency contexts.
Experience in management of medical programmes and supervision of national medical staff.
Knowledge of clinical topics relevant to surgical care i.e. infection control, sterilisation techniques, post-operative infections, blood transfusion etc.
Experience in developing policies/plans beyond the operational aspects of projects.

Specific Skills:

Computer literacy: WORD, Excel, SPSS and/or statistical software
Good written skills, with proven ability in report writing (medical reports, assessment reports etc).
Excellent communication skills; ability to motivate and lead medical colleagues
Excellent clinical skills and ability to mentor/coach medical staff
Coaching and supervision experience very advantageous; management/team leadership experience a definite plus.
Experience of working in insecure environments or complex emergency contexts.

Linguistic competence:

Fluent in English (spoken, reading and writing);
Arabic or Kurdish language skills are an advantage

How To Apply:
Please send your CV and cover letter to Thomas Janny at