Medical Director

  • Added Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 02 March 2020

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


International Medical Corps works primarily in the insecure northern and eastern provinces of Central African Republic (CAR), namely Haute-Kotto, Vakaga, and Ouaka.

Since 2007, INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS has provided assistance to IDPs, with services including maternal and child health care, primary health care, secondary health care, nutrition, protection and mental health, activities. These services are provided to both refugees, and host communities.

International Medical Corps also supports government health facilities with medicines, supplies, health care services, and the rehabilitation of health posts. To help with those most in need, International Medical Corps operates mobile medical units throughout its area of operation in the country to offer vital health care services to the country’s most isolated villages.

Increasing numbers of people are affected by intense conflict in several regions of the country, and many people are experiencing growing difficulties accessing assistance alongside the continued absence of essential services. Additionally, an increasing number of security incidents have affected the ability of humanitarian orgnaizations to reach people in need.

Job Purpose

The Medical Director is primarily responsible for technical vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of the health programs at senior management level. The Medical Director will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health teams in the field to deliver high-quality health services to the targeted beneficiaries. The Medical Director will make frequent visits to the field sites to ensure the highest standards of service delivery. S/he will ensure high-quality clinical services in all IMC-supported health facilities. S/he will monitor service quality, ensure that all staff are trained and well-supported, pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies are properly managed, and apply clinical-level data to national-level quality improvement efforts. The Medical Director will represent IMC in the national Health Cluster, Health Forum and other technical and health-strategic inputs during proposal development periods.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

  • Work Closely with the Country Director and the Program Director to ensure smooth running of health programs and provide technical supervision of, and technical support to the organization’s health programming activities;
  • Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices, acceptable international (WHO/Sphere) and national standards as well as ensure programs across different sites in the country are of comparable quality by encouraging transfer of good practices form one field site to another;
  • Ensure health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to the Ministry of Health and WHO.
  • Work closely with the country director, senior management and field teams to determine the operational needs of the medical program within the scope of the grants;
  • Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all programs (including objectives, indicators and outcomes of health programs) according to internal and donor requirements
  • Review monthly field and donor reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the organization’s health programs;
  • Where feasible work with government health authorities and international agencies such as WHO to ensure implementation of standardized national health information systems
  • Work with field teams, partner agencies and national health authorities for outbreak preparedness and contingency planning
  • Ensure timely and adequate provision of supplies and drugs through review of pharmacy consumption reports, national drug protocols, program budgets, acquisition of partner agency and UN drug kits, and health information materials.
  • Ensure all stakeholders, including senior management team, the Technical Unit and donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures.

Program Development

  • Work with senior management team, field teams, regional desk and the Technical Unit in strategic planning for future health programs.
  • Work with Programs Director and management team to draft concepts for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor.
  • Provide technical input during proposal development and technical reviews, and feedback to the field to improve the quality of the final proposals;
  • Strive to ensure as much as possible different health related sectors (Mental health, Nutrition, and GBV) are integrated into proposed programs.


  • Represent the organization to UN, health cluster, international and national NGOs and Ministry of Health at health coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to country programs and enhance the organizations visibility (i.e. task force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings)
  • Serve as the principle liaison with MOH on matters related to the program to ensure programmatic accountability contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.

Human Resources Management

  • Assist in the selection and training of qualified program health staff.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with all field staff
  • Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs.
  • Ensure professional development for expat and national health staff through assessment of training needs and capacity building activities.
  • Work closely with the health teams to determine the training needs of the medical staff.
  • Overseeing trainings of all national healthcare staff, including national Doctors, non-physician clinicians, nurses, midwives and other technical staff to ensure that the provided trainings are of acceptable quality and address the identified needs and to ensure sustainability of programs

Working Relationships

  • Work closely with country senior management team and the Health Technical Unit
  • Ensure program process through communication with country team to ensure coordination of programs supplies are consistent with management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans.


  • Collaborate with security officer/CD in order to maintain security of health staff in the field
  • Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.


  • Minimum medical degree; preferably with a Masters of Public Health


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in international programs (preferably developing country or low-resource setting with an NGO) at senior management level relating to primary health care, maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and communicable diseases
  • Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s
  • Experience managing multiple projects across a number of grants in a complex and dynamic country context
  • Experience with the implementation of PBF


  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from various stakeholders (i.e.: senior managers, counterparts, senior government and rebel leaders and other related regional players )
  • Ability to work with a broad spectrum of people


  • Fluency in French and English is required

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

This vacancy is archived.

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