International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Ophthalmic Nurse.

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Requisition ID: req29418

Job Title: Ophthalmic Nurse

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kakuma, Kenya

Job Description

To provide holistic ophthalmic nursing services to both inpatient and outpatients within the hospital.

Key Responsibilities

The ophthalmic nurse is directly responsible to the Senior Clinical Officer-Ophthalmology and will carry out the following duties:


  • The nurse shall work in the eye ward/eye clinic as assigned and shall therefore work as both supervisor and team leader to the ophthalmic assistant/s and auxiliary staff.
  • Prepare for and assist the Senior Clinical Officer Ophthalmologist during the ward rounds and whenever required.
  • Ensure that all required observations, prescribed treatment and procedures are properly carried out and documented on patient’s charts/ files.
  • Refer to the OCO/OS on call relevant information such as patient’s status and laboratory results, which would assist in proper clinical management.
  • Assist eye patients with activities of daily living while in the ward.
  • Arrange and submit weekly ward work schedules and plan daily duties and responsibilities for each staff under their supervision.
  • Convene eye ward meetings and attend monthly hospital meetings.
  • Escort patient to other referral hospital when necessary.
  • Do hospital coverage and on-call duties as required.
  • Participate in camp eye health surveys/campaigns.

Reporting and communication:

  • Compile and submit quarterly inventory returns/requisitions for all necessary eye drugs and supplies.
  • Conduct regular training session for OAs, auxiliary support staff and CHWs on PEC, basic nursing care and management of various eye ward cases.
  • Give eye health education to patients and clients
  • Compile and submit monthly reports.
  • Monitor and supervise proper consumption of supplies and drugs.


  • Maintain equipment’s in good working condition and submit regular inventory reports of the same.
  • Maintain drug registers and oversee drug consumption within the ward and clinical.
  • Ensure that all admissions, discharges, transfers and deaths are properly documented as they occur.
  • Report any significant changes in operations to the Senior Clinical officer ophthalmologist.
  • Carry out any other additional duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Key Result Areas

  • Success-full and orderly startup of eye clinic in Kakuma Refugee Camp.
  • Organization of nursing care services within the allocated eye ward/unit.


  • Registered Nurse from KMTC or recognized nurse training institution
  • Higher Diploma in Ophthalmic nursing from a recognized institution will be an added advantage.
  • Registration with the Nursing Council of Kenya

Required Experience & Competencies:

  • At least 2 years working experience in a busy eye hospital/ Clinic setup.
  • Ready to work in difficult environmental conditions
  • Sensitive to different cultures.
  • Team player.


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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