, Medical & Health ,
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the behest of Albert Einstein, IRC provides lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee war or disaster. Present today in more than 40 countries, we are restoring safety, dignity and hope for millions of crises affected people who struggle to survive. IRC’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are disrupted by conflict or disaster to survive, recover, and take charge of their future.
IRC began operations in Cameroon in 2016 to meet some of the growing needs of people affected by Boko Haram-related violence in the country’s Far North. Assistance to displaced populations extends across the Far North, notably Mayo Sava, Mayo Tsanaga and Logone & Chari, by providing assistance to increase access to water and improve hygiene practices in the displaced communities and vulnerable hosts, cash support programs to enable poor families to meet basic needs and improve food security, and protection programs, particularly by meeting the specific needs of women and girls. The coordination office is in Yaoundé with field bases in Maroua and Kousseri.
Following the growing crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon, IRC expanded its operations to the South West region in August 2018 and the North West region in December 2019. IRC provides vital humanitarian assistance to internally displaced populations, with a field base in Buea, Kumba and Bamenda.
IRC Cameroon is committed as expressed in its strategic action plan 2022, to continue providing essential humanitarian services, emphasizing on the need for secured communities and ensuring that affected populations can meet their basic needs, while re-enforcing beneficiaries’ resilience, especially women and girls. 1. Summary
The WPE Medical Officer under the direct supervision of the WPE Program Manager will be responsible, for the planning, quality implementation, and reporting of medical care activities for survivors of GBV for the entire program. He/she will ensure technical monitoring of partners (health facilities, CBOs, volunteers) in order to ensure that interventions comply with standards and guidelines related to the medical care of GBV survivors, through capacity building of IRC staff and all partners on related issues. This person will maintain relations with public health structures, as well as with Regional and departmental authorities. She will represent the WPE programme at coordination area of responsibilities when necessary She will monitor the health sector, specifically sexual and reproductive health, know all the partners (public, national, international, NGOs), and participate in the technical support for the identification of new project proposals.
The main objective of this position is to ensure the technical quality of the WPE programme activities, including emergency programming within the IRC for the response and prevention of gender-based violence, including access to quality health services.
The WPE Medical Officer works closely with the entire WPE field team, including Case management Assistants, community mobilizers, case management Officers.
The WPE Medical Officer will be based in Bamenda with frequent travel throughout the programme area as required. She may be required to provide technical support throughout the North West Region for the NW
1. Specific Tasks:
Ensure quality medical care for GBV survivors and referral Working closely with the IRC Case Management Officers, the WPE Medical Officer will be responsible for:
Ensuring the correct application of care protocols by the different actors in the care process (medical, psychological, social);
Adapting tools to improve and standardise medical care and ensuring their proper use;
Ensure the quality of training and awareness-raising for health staff, but also for judicial staff, local partners and the community ;
Ensure weekly supervision in all health facilities in the area to be covered: ensure capacity building of staff, technical support, information gathering as well as the link with other care services;
Ensure the technical analysis of health facilities (check list, service mapping) in order to propose action plans to improve the quality of and access to care;
Make a preliminary analysis of identified cases and give a technical opinion for any referral to the appropriate services
Train and supervise community health workers to provide basic GBV information and services to the communities.
Strengthen community capacities (volunteers, focal points, health workers, community mobilisers, CBOs) on gender-based violence, emphasising the need to provide care within 72 hours of the attack.
Establish and ensure a monitoring mechanism to assess the availability of supported health facilities to provide appropriate medical care to GBV survivors;
Provide technical support to colleagues from other components, including psychosocial and community education, PROL on issues related to medical services for survivors of GBV and ensure the proper transmission of information to partners and the community ;
Participate in the evaluation of general and specific capacities for the care of survivors of gender-based violence at the level of partner organizations and health facilities;
Interact with health structures to ensure the quality of services provided;
Participate in the development of a training and support programme in the field of health care for the various partners, including health facility staff;
Conduct training of health providers and other service providers for survivors on the clinical care of survivors of sexual assault; In close collaboration with finance, ensure the financial and technical follow-up of all health facilities.
Facilitate some sessions of the Girl Shine curriculum delivered to adolescent girls (including health, hygiene and mobilising health staff from partner public facilities to intervene);
Intervene in the facilitation of certain sessions of the Girl Shine curriculum delivered to adolescent girls (notably health, hygiene) and mobilise the health personnel of partner public structures to intervene;
Follow up on the referral of survivors and other victims of human rights violations with particular attention to those who have been lost to follow-up. The officer will liaise with health personnel to ensure that appointments are followed up. voices related to the health care of survivors of violence
Responsible for the quality of health data / medical care
Working closely with the Case Management Officers and the IRC M&E Officer, the WPE Medical Officer will be responsible for:
Ensuring the proper collection of information (intake form, referral forms) at the level of partner health facilities;
Collecting data and compile them in reports and databases relating to case management (internal databases, GBVIMS);
Ensuring the conformity of the databases and their functionality;
Ensuring compliance with direct data sharing principles, including confidentiality;
Ensuring the completeness and quality of the data on the monitoring and follow-up tools;
Supporting health facilities in setting up a GBV reporting system (registers, database, reporting in national health statistics tools);
Ensuring the technical support of health facility staff in order to collect information and improve reporting on the medical care of GBV survivorsEnsure the technical support of health facility staff in order to collect information and improve reporting on the medical care of GBV survivors
2. Ensure the Proper Implementation Of the Medical Care Components of the Projects
Responsible for the achievement of the objectives, intermediate results described in the project documents, for the activities in the area covered
Plan and supervise the implementation of actions in accordance with the project’s logical frameworks and the changing context. Ensure the smooth running of activities, monitoring of indicators, impact evaluation in collaboration with the rest of the teams
Maintain an adequate level of coordination with the WPE program manager, finance, logistics for the continuous feeding of the monitoring and evaluation system and the preparation of the various project reports (monthly, intermediate, final, etc.)
Ensure compliance with the supporting standards required by donors in the context of project management.
3. Institutional relations
In collaboration with the WPE programme manager, participate in departmental and regional or thematic consultation frameworks concerning health, specifically mental health and reproductive health;
Maintain close relations with partners, in particular with UNFPA in the context of the supply of PEP kits to health structures.
4. Reporting and management
Working closely with the Case Management Officers and the M&E Officer of the IRC, the WPE Medical Officer will be responsible for :
Contributing to the drafting of internal and external monthly monitoring reports and tools.
Write other reports as requested by the Programme Manager or Coordinator in relation to his/her profile.
Participate in the organization of training and meetings organized by IRC and partners
The WPE Medical Officer may be required to carry out any other tasks at the request of his/her superiors. Profile Required: Qualifications and skills
– State Registered Midwife, State Registered Nurse or Medical Doctor.
– At least 3 years experience in managing sexual and reproductive health projects.
– At least 3 years experience in a government or private health facility
– Experience in facilitating trainings and workshops, and providing advice and support to other colleagues.
– Experience in supervision of department and/or team
– Good understanding of gender, human rights, and issues related to violence against women and girls.
– Good knowledge of SRH issues (GBV, FGM, gender, child marriage…).
– Good knowledge of the Cameroonian health system (including health pyramids, national strategies)
– Understanding and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for beneficiaries.
– Writing skills required.
– Computer skills: good level of use of the Office pack (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
English is mandatory (oral and written), knowledge of several local languages is highly desirable
Organizational and teamwork skills. Negotiation skills. Relational skills and diplomacy. Dynamism. Positive and professional attitude, with a spirit of solidarity. Has an organized approach, meets deadlines, keeps calm, works under pressure, coordinates multiple tasks but maintains attention to detail.
Commitment to the mandatory reporting policy
• Must be Commited to the IRC Way (IRC Ethics).
• Is committed to ensuring that these Policies are implemented to the fullest extent possible in his/her work environment.
• Be available to carry out any other ad hoc tasks deemed useful by his/her direct supervisor or by the IRC.
• Open to Cameroonians only, Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
• Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
• Send your CV and diplomas when applying.