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.
The International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities. The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Mudug and Galgadud regions) and Mogadishu implementing interventions in the areas of livelihood, WASH, Governance and peacebuilding, GBV, Nutrition, education and health reaching out to more than 200,000 conflict and drought affected people.
Ensuring Quality of Services to Survivors
Provide quality health care, assessments, support, information, and follow up services at all times to all survivors that visit the clinics. This includes (but not limited to) the following:
- Provide all immediate assessments, treatment and health care to survivors as needed and requested. Provide follow-up medical care, treatment, and support as needed.
- Help refer and support survivors to access additional health care that may not be provided at the clinic.
- Provide information and instruction to survivors on the medical treatment regimen that has been prescribed for them, ensuring that they understand the regimen (dose, schedule, etc). In the case of children, ensure that the parents/caregivers understand this regimen.
- Through follow up, monitor and help ensure the survivor continues to follow the treatment regimen. These may be done through home visits, to be coordinated with Community Health Workers/ PFAs.
- Provide health/medical information to survivors as needed and requested, for example the potential health consequences of GBV, and options for assistance.
- Submit requests for new supplies in a timely manner, and notify management when any drugs are close to expiring: this includes monthly requests and any specific requests required on occasion. Ensure all supplies and stocks are monitored regularly.
Other, General Quality Assurance
- Receive and treat survivors with kindness, respect, compassion, and in a caring manner.
- Adhere at all times to GBV guiding principles of confidentiality, respect, safety and non-discrimination while working with GBV survivors.
- Maintain excellent listening skills and focused attention at all times when with survivors.
- Ensure that survivor consent is properly obtained using the appropriate procedures at all times, and respect her decision where she refuses to give consent.
- Help ensure that all services provided to survivors at the clinic are implemented in line with best practices and quality standards for the provision of support and services to GBV survivors.
- Help to monitor quality of service provision through regular feedback from clients and their families on services provided through feedback sessions, surveys, and other activities.
Other External Program Activities
- Support networking with other agencies and service providers in order to strengthen referral pathways, and to identify and address challenges in referral systems.
- Provide training, health talks, and other capacity building support relevant and requested on health care and treatment for GBV survivors. This would be in line with existing technical capacity, and with technical support and guidance from WPE Manager.
- Provide periodic support and assistance with the implementation of other GBV program activities in the target communities, such as community sensitizations events.
General / Administrative
- Help ensure that all medical documentation on GBV clients and services provided is updated, accurate, organized, and well-maintained. This includes all medical reports, examinations, treatment, and other documentation as relevant and required.
- Help ensure that the clinic and its clients are reasonably safe and secure from external harm as feasible, and report incidents/seek assistance where needed.
- Maintain and submit nursing supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level, anticipating needed supplies and placing orders for drugs and supplies
- Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and participating in Continuous Medical Education sessions and other training.
- Give health education to patients and clients.
- Compile and submit monthly reports.
- Monitor and supervise proper usage of supplies.
Key Working Relationships:
External: The Nurse will have external working relationships primarily in the context of the specific job responsibilities outlined above. This includes: line ministries, District Authorities, Traditional and Religious leaders, GBV service providers, and other stakeholders as relevant. The Nurse will also assist the clinics manager in maintaining those external relationships specific to service provision and referrals for survivor support.
Internal: The Nurse will work in collaboration with WPE Response Officer, prevention officer and WPE Program Manager, and all IRC staff in both program and support sectors.
Qualifications and experience:
- Registered Nurse from a recognized nurse training institution.
- Registration with the Ministry or Directorate of Health.
- At least 2 years working experience in a busy health centre or hospital setup.
- Ready to work in difficult environmental conditions.
- Sensitive to different cultures and has good interpersonal skills.
- Experience engaging constructively with diverse groups of stakeholders at all levels in a participatory, inclusive manner to address issues that may be viewed as sensitive or controversial with respect to traditional socio-cultural beliefs and practices.
- Team player.
- Committed to the mission and principles of the International Rescue Committee.
- Applies effective utilization of resources.
- The ability to accurately assess a situation before making a decision, examining problems from different view-points.
- Judgment – Is able to sort through competing priorities, make sound well informed decisions and identify issues problems and opportunities.
- Decisiveness – Can make decisions in a timely manner identifying problems early enough and informing the line manager.
- Results driven – ensures goals, objectives and deadlines are met;
- Role model – Builds effective work practices through role model.
- Respectful both within the organisation and with external interactions and sensitive to ramifications of decisions.
- Self-Management – Knows own strengths and weaknesses and acts accordingly, copes well with pressure and adapts and learns.
- Can communicate effectively both verbally and in written communication across all departments.
- Interpersonal skills – Listens willingly to concerns of others and provides feedback, gaining commitment by persuasiveness not demands.
- The ability to be an effective negotiator in conflict situations handling the conflict effectively and constantly working towards a win/win situation.
- Lives up to commitments and works towards the aims of the organisation, showing consistency between words and actions and always acting with integrity.
- Proven knowledge of international standards related to Clinical Management of Rape.
- Previous experience in providing care to survivors of sexual assault;
How to apply:
Applying through the following link:
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.