On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military operation in Ukraine, invading the neighboring nation in an attack that has been condemned by world leaders. Missile attacks and explosions have been reported throughout Ukraine, with military troops invading from three sides of the country. In less than one week, the invasion has affected millions of people.
Despite hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing, many civilians remain trapped. The situation throughout Ukraine is deteriorating rapidly as the conflict intensifies, prompting a sharp increase in humanitarian needs as access to essential services and supplies are disrupted and more and more people flee their homes. The number of civilian deaths and injuries is and will continue to rise as population centers become cut off and increasingly the target of shelling. Already, reports of civilians caught in cities and towns under shelling are increasing. Damage to electrical, sanitation, water, road and residential infrastructure throughout the country is hampering access to essential services and parts of the country are experiencing cash and food shortages as bank machines and grocery stores are empty. The UN estimates that 12 million people in Ukraine will soon be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
Outside of Ukraine, more than 670,000 Ukrainians have fled to Hungary, Moldova, Poland and Romania and that number will climb as fighting persists – placing increasing pressure on host governments as they work to shelter and provide essential services to the new arrivals. According to officials, the number of refugees from this crisis could result in anywhere from 1 to 5 million people. Within Ukraine, International Medical Corps is continuously working to help ensure the safety of our staff and to monitor the increasingly desperate situation. Our response activities are focused on the operation of mobile medical teams and the provision of emergency and primary health services, mental health and psychosocial support and gender-based violence services, which are so important to conflict-affected communities. We are also working closely with our network of partners to address the needs of impacted healthcare facilities to ensure that they can continue to provide essential health services. In Poland, Moldova and Romania, we are rapidly scaling up health and protection activities to support the needs of Ukrainian refugees, as well as our regional logistical capacity to support our expanded presence in Ukraine.
As a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare training and relief and development programs, we are prepared to deploy our Emergency Medical Team and mobile health facility in cooperation with the World Health Organization upon request to provide emergency and primary health care wherever it is needed in Ukraine and/or neighboring countries.
The position will support International Medical Corps’ emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to the disaster-affected populations.
The Nurse will be responsible for providing nursing services in a primary health care setting. He/she will be responsible for providing client counseling and direct care including adult, adolescent and pediatric health services for both chronic and acute conditions. He/she is expected to triage patients, ensure smooth patient flow, provide clinical nursing care, assist with referrals as needed and provide health education and hygiene promotion. In addition, he/she may also be requested to assist hospital staff in a capacity they have the skills and capacity to assist as needed.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:
MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provide clinical nursing services for disaster-affected population according to internationally accepted standards.
• Ensure that patients are accurately registered and recorded for reporting and case management.
• Ensure proper data management through completion of appropriate patient cards, registers, tally sheets, and reports
• Track daily patient data using tally sheets or other tools provided and submit patient data as required
• Monitor diagnostic trends and report to supervisor as needed
• Collect and analyze project and service data to inform and adjust project objectives/plans, strategic choices and quality of care in collaboration with IMC team members, local partners and other relevant staff
• Conduct urinalysis and rapid diagnostic such as blood glycose or additional rapid tests such as malaria tests
• Provide health education and hygiene promotion to patients based on their diagnoses and co-morbidities such as diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention (such as need for vaccination, smoking cessation, etc.)
• Collect and analyze project / service data to inform and adjust project objectives/plans, strategic choices and quality of care / Shelter Medical Team in collaboration with IMC team members, local partners and other relevant staff
• Attend physical examination of Reproductive Health patients, as needed
• Ensure relevant patients including children under 5 are screened for malnutrition
• Work with program staff, nurses and auxiliary staff (e.g. CHWs) to provide both didactic and on-the-job training to build capacity and enhance their skills
• Track daily patient data using tally sheets or other tools provided
• Monitor diagnostic trends and report to supervisor as needed
• Collaborate with other departments as needed to ensure smooth implementation and integration of services
• Adhere to administrative directives with regards to work schedules, record keeping, patient communications, re-stocking of essential drugs, consumables and other medical supplies
• Provide all services free of charge
• Nursing staff will be assigned additional duties including triage, IPC, child protection focal point, dispensing, and/or data management as needed in the response
• Deployed personnel are expected to assist with the setup, maintenance and demobilization of the clinical spaces and base camp as required.
• Actively promote PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
• Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.
Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.
• Typically, a Register Nurse with a valid nursing license to practice. Master’s in Public Health preferable. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
• Typically, 6+ years of relevant and progressive experience in Nursing, including minimum 2+ years of should be of developing country experience or in low-resource settings.
• Experience in overseas programs relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS preferable
• Previous NGO experience preferable
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks in a dynamic, high pressure environment
• Excellent communications skills, both oral and written.
• Excellent self-motivation skills.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and excellent decision-making skills.
• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations
• Able to work effectively with various personalities and cultures
• Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively.
• Able to work and live in an austere environment with limited resources.
• Able to deploy to emergencies on short notice
ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL OR LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the responsibilities referenced above, candidates can expect to be living and working in austere conditions. Lifting moderately heavy objects from the ground, carrying a backpack for extended periods of time, and walking or hiking in remote locations may be necessary to perform these functions.
Eligibility to work in the European Union or Ukraine desirable. Fluency in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish or other relevant language preferred.
International Medical Corps is a first responder to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations. The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and is committed to doing everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff members who have a high degree of resilience, extremely decisive qualities and the ability to move fast.
MISCONDUCT DISCLOSURE SCHEME
All offers of employment at International Medical Corps are subject to satisfactory references and background checks. International Medical Corps participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme from the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR). In accordance with this, we will request information from an applicant’s previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.