Medical Officer at Save the Children, Borno – Nigeria Job Vacancy

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030: No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday All children learn from a quality basic education and that, Violence against children is no longer tolerated

ROLE PURPOSE:

The Medical Officer will ensure quality of clinical services provided at the Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) Sites and strengthening identification of complicated cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) at the OTP Sites. With the support of the Senior Medical Officer, S/He will provide quality treatment services to complicated cases, work with the Nurses to ensure that all cases on admission receive quality care and be responsible for the documentation of commodities, medicines/consumables utilized daily.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Programme implementation

Provision of high-quality care to complicated SAM cases
  • Provide clinical care to complicated cases of SAM admitted at the Stabilization Centre (SC)
  • Ensure clinical care provided at the SC is in accordance with the National guidelines for In-patient Management of SAM
  • Mentor and provide on-the-job training on stabilization care and documentation to nurses and other health workers deployed to the SC to ensure:
    • Respect of approved protocols for management of acute malnutrition
    • Correct use of programme monitoring and evaluation (recording) tools
    • Appropriate use of resources, stock control, and ordering procedures
Strengthen clinical services at the OTP 
  • Ensure effective triage in the OTP sites and that children are promptly referred
  • Support health workers in the OTP to correctly take medical history of new admissions and conduct physical examination for all cases (new and old) of SAM
  • Ensure medical complications among SAM cases in the OTPs are correctly identified and proper management instituted
  • Provide on-the-job training (knowledge update) to health workers in the OTP on clinical care in the management of SAM
Programme Documentation
  • Ensure the utilization of medicines, medical supplies, nutrition-related commodities are routinely documented in the relevant tool
  • Ensure timely collection and compilation of quality data for the production of quantitative and qualitative reports regarding all SC activities
  • Support the development of weekly and monthly reports on activities, and any other ad hoc report that may be required
  • Support the production of case studies related to inpatient care, at least one per quarter or as per line manager’s request
Representation and relationships
  • Participate in Nutrition related Meetings, Seminars, and Workshops and feed information acquired back into programming
  • Work and strengthen relationship with Borno State Ministry of Health and Hospital Management Board, UNICEF and other partners implementing CMAM and Stabilization Care in the State
  • Other – Other ad-hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND EDUCATION

  • Medical Degree (MB, BS; MB, BCh) from a recognized/accredited University in Nigeria
  • At least one-year post-graduation experience
  • Previous experience with other local and international NGOs
  • Experience in Nutrition and in community-based programmes
  • Training and experience in treatment of acute malnutrition
  • Advocacy and logistics experience
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in English and Hausa, spoken and written
  • Ability to work in partnership with government and other NGO staff
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within a team setting
  • Independence, adaptability, and flexibility with good workload management, multitasking and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills

Additional Qualifications

  • Work experience in health/public health and or in a health/public health organisation, including as a trainer.
  • Experience with providing institutional support and technical assistance to development partners, government/community institutions

Additional skills

  • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
  • Commitment to gender equity, child rights, community empowerment, and grassroots development approaches
  • Effective planning and organizing skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written communication skills

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Kindly note CVs will be reviewed on a rolling basis due to the urgency of this position.

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Company Details

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