Medical Director - Iraq

Employer: International Medical Corps
Location: Iraq
Closing date: 09 Jan 2017


The Iraq programme is very dynamic and has grown considerably during the last 6 months. Currently there are some 970 local staff and 25 international staff and is one of the largest that IMC has. It is also growing all the time as the Mosul response increases. Current budget is $23 million and in January will rise to $28+ Iraq has a large emergency programme as well as an ongoing programme in 3 locations with 2 sub offices. The Medical Director will oversee all responses on all sites. The main donors are Ofda, ECHO, DfatD, PRM, UN (various) and GIZ. IMC is also the health cluster co lead and the GBV sub cluster co lead. IMC leads in GBV in Iraq (and in the IMC region). The programmes include a substantial community health. MHPSS and GBV input. The Medical/Programme Director is primarily responsible for the vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of the health programs. The Medical Director will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health teams in the field. The Medical Director will make frequent visits to the field sites to ensure the highest standards of service delivery.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation
Working with the CD and DCD assist in developing the whole spectrum of the Iraq Programme including emergency response and longer term programmes looking at both resilience and development programming. Play an active role in the SMT. Advise the CD on IMCs role in health in Iraq. Assist with developing the strategy of work in health for IMC and oversee its implementation

1. Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

• Provide technical supervision of, and technical support to the health programming activities, emergency or otherwise

• Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices.

• Ensure health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry/Directorates of Health and WHO.

• Work closely with the country director, senior management and field teams to determine the operational needs of the medical program within the scope of the grants

• Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all programs (including objectives, indicators and outcomes of health programs) according to internal and donor

• Review monthly field reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the organizations health programs

• Work with government health authorities and international agencies such as WHO to ensure implementation of standardized national health information systems

• Work with field teams, partner agencies and national health authorities for outbreak preparedness, contingency planning and trauma response

• Ensure timely and adequate provision of supplies and drugs through review of pharmacy consumption reports, national drug protocols, program budgets, acquisition of partner agency and UN drug kits, and health information materials.

• Ensure all stakeholders, including senior management team, the Health Technical Unit and donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures
2. Program Development

• Work with senior management team, field teams, regional desk and the Health Technical Unit in strategic planning for future health programs.

• Work with senior management to draft concepts for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor

• Examine the possibilities for longer term funding in light of the possibility of less American funds in 2017
3. Representation

• Represent the organization to UN, international and national NGOs and Ministry/Directorates of Health at coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to country programs and enhance the organizations visibility (ie. task force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings)

• Serve as the principal liaison with Ministry/Directorates of Health on matters related to the program to ensure programmatic accountability
4. Human Resources Management

• Assist in the selection and training of qualified program health staff, recommend promotions, and implement disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the Country Director and Finance Director.

• Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff

• Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs

• Ensure professional development for expat and national health staff through assessment of training needs and capacity building activities

• Support direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and professional development plans

• Work closely with the medical coordinators and health teams to determine the training needs of the medical staff

• Collaborate with national health authorities and relevant international health agencies for

the development of an approved curriculum to meet training needs and implement those plans through the management team and field teams
5. Working Relationships

• Work closely with country senior management team and the Health Technical Unit

• Ensure program progress through communication with Country Director, Logistics Staff and Finance team to ensure coordination of programs supplies are consistent with management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans.
6. Security

• Collaborate with security officer/CD in order to maintain security of health staff in the field

• Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies

Compliance & Ethics: Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

“Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.”


“To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.”

• Minimum medical degree; preferably with a Master’s in Public Health

• Minimum 8 years experience in overseas programs (preferably developing country or low-resource setting with an NGO) at the Manager level relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, communicable diseases and emergency response

• Understanding and experience of development and transition programmes

• Experience of Ofda , ECHO/EU and UN donors

• Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written

• Must have excellent self-motivation skills

• Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; the ability to work with a broad spectrum of people

• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently

• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations

• Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively

• Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources

• Ability to assume non-medical responsibilities from time to time to cover for other team members

• Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building, public-private partnerships and project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods)

• Conflict experience a must

• Proven capabilities in leadership required

• Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills

“International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.”