Closing date: 14 Mar 2009
Location: Ethiopia - Degehabour
Location: Ethiopia - Degehabour
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps established itself in Ethiopia in 2004 and has since developed a diverse set of programmes that extend into the regions of SNNPR, Oromia, Somali, Afar, and Addis Ababa.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
Mercy Corps is operating a nutrition program with mobile clinic component in the Somali region of Ethiopia. The Nurse will oversee Mercy Corps' implementation of a stabilization center in Degehabour zone of Ethiopia for a period of 6 months. She/he provides advice and leadership to staff on the development and implementation of Mercy Corps' Aware Health Post mainly diagnosis and treatment of beneficiaries, composed mostly of severely malnourished children with complications. This requires being responsible for the overall management of all aspects of the program, including planning, training staff, implementation, ongoing capacity building of local government partners and Mercy Corps staff, reporting, and evaluation of the program and preparing periodic reports back to Program Manager.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Implement and manage Mercy Corps' Aware health center focusing mainly on the treatment of severely malnourished children with complications.
- Train MC national staff - nurses and nutrition field workers on best health care practices
- Provide on the job technical advice to MC staff operating in mobile clinics.
- Follow National Malnutrition Guidelines
- Prepare regular reports on nutrition in Mercy Corps' area of operation
- Oversee the nutritional and drug supplies required for the operations of the Mobile clinics and the SC
- Coordinate with the Ministry of Health and other relevant government authorities
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
- Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Accountability: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Local staff
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Nutrition Program Manager
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Nutrition Coordinator, Nurses, Nutrition Field Workers, Nutrition Program Manager.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- An MS or equivalent in nursing and/or nutrition or other relevant field and at least 2 years experience in the treatment of severely malnourished children with complications in developing countries.
- Experience working with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and more specifically with Community Based Therapeutic Care (CTC) Approach to the treatment of malnutrition
- Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, prioritization skills are necessary.
- Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
- Willingness to work and adapt to a difficult environment
- Experience working in an insecure environment and security knowledge is a strongly preferred
- Previous work with conservative cultures, in remote environments, and in the context of high levels of poverty and humanitarian need essential
- Experience Required
- Conscientious, with an excellent sense of judgment.
- Ability to diagnose and treat severely malnourished children with complications
- Willingness and ability to implement MC security protocols even when they impact upon projects and personal time.
- Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and meet deadlines in an insecure, stressful environment.
- Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with project personnel.
- Fluency in spoken and written English.
- Computer literate and strong organizational skills.
LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
- Potentially harsh environment with high insecurity.
- Housing will also vary depending on the situation, but expect basic, communal accommodations.
Mercy Corps is an AA/EOE.
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