International Rescue Committee – Clinical Officer In Charge.

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Requisition ID: req20384

Job Title: Clinical Officer in Charge

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Hagadera, Kenya

Job Description

The Clinical Officer In Charge of the Health Posts/Clinics will be responsible for the overall coordination of health activities and supervision of the Clinical Officers and the staff in the Health posts and hospital. He /she will closely work and support the Health Manager in ensuring the routine services and management of the clinics are effectively provided at the health posts/clinics in the program.  He/She will work closely with the Pharmacist, MCH nurses, Lab Technologist, PITC Nurse, Community Health Officers, Nutritionists and others in ensuring quality health services are provided to the beneficiaries. He/she will also provide support in the hospital as needed, doing ward rounds and ensuring coverage both day and night.

Key Responsibilities: 

Program Management

  • Overall, in charge of all the general clinical officers in all Health posts and in the hospital.
  • Ensure effective supervision of Health post /clinic staff (National and refugee staff)
  • Ensure complete and accurate inventory of drugs and medical supplies located at the clinics and monitor/supervise their usage.
  • Work with the clinic in -charges to provide supplies needs and make trimester orders.
  • Conduct Monthly IPC assessment of Health Posts
  • Responsible for ensuring routine HIS health facility data is accurate, consistent and timely submitted to the HIS department.
  • Conduct support supervision visits on a monthly basis in each clinic and share the report with action points/recommendations with the Health Manager, FC and TCs. 

Human Resource

  • Set Performance Objectives for personnel reporting to him/ her and monitor their performance, i.e. the clinical officers as well as conduct Performance evaluation periodically.
  • Attend the monthly clinical services staff meeting and share updates
  • Plan and manage staff leave and R&R plans ensuring adequate coverage
  • Review the JDs for the incentive staffs working in the clinics.
  • Hold monthly meetings with the clinic staffs and share the minutes with the Health Manager and Field Coordinator.

Program Activities

  • Clinical assessment and prescription of treatment for all patients in the clinic that He/She will be assigned to.
  • Refer chronic cases to the various special clinics
  • Properly cover weekends, arrange a rotation schedule with fellow clinical officers
  • Conducts ward rounds in absence of the Medical Officer
  • Properly document medical treatment on patients’ files
  • Maintain an accurate and updated records keeping system in the health unit
  • Carry out minor surgical procedures
  • Attend to emergencies in ward in the absence of Medical Officer
  • Attend and participate in the daily morning hospital handover meetings.
  • Actively participate and regularly present in weekly continues medical education (CME) at the hospital.
  • Handle disciplinary issues for the clinical staff with support from Health Manager and HR
  • Training of staff on job and theory sessions.

Reporting and Coordination

  • Ensure all patient records are properly documented in the patient files with all aspects of management being captured
  • Ensure the weekly HIS reports are compiled and submitted on time.
  • Conduct mortality audits for all deaths occurring in the pediatric and stabilization wards together with other staff working in the units and share the reports with the Health Manager on a monthly basis.
  • Take lead in quality improvement at the health facilities and be part of (Quality Improvement Committee (QIC)
  • Ensure accurate inventory records are maintained at the facilities.

Key Result Areas

  • Ensure smooth running of the health post, providing supervision, support and guidance to all staff working at the Clinic.
  • Ensure quality of care is maintained in management of patients
  • Ensure that universal precautions and infection prevention guidelines are adhered to in the health facilities.


  • Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery
  • Registered with clinical officer’s council
  • Minimum 3 years working experience working in refugee health/ hardship setting.
  • Strong leadership skills and integrity.
  • Experience in management of health staff in health facilities.

Required Experience & Competencies:

  • Good clinical skills – history taking, physical examination, ordering appropriate laboratory investigations and make appropriate diagnosis.
  • Proven leadership integrity, communication, interpersonal, decision making skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English and Swahili).
  • Experience in management of health staff in health facilities.
  • Computer literacy in the use of MS Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook is desired
  • Ability to work and deliver results with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player.
  • Experience of working in hardship area.


Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.





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