Stabilization Center Doctor at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Stabilization Center Doctor

Requisition ID: req31801
Location: Bama LGA, Borno
Sector: Health
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Regular

HeRON Project Overview

  • USAID/FCDO Health Resilience of Northeast Nigeria (HeRON) Service delivery project in Borno and Yobe states supports delivery of quality integrated primary healthcare, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services, to improve evidence-based decision making, accountability at all levels of service delivery.
  • IRC leads a consortium of humanitarian and development implementing partners (Action Against Hunger – AAH/ACF, Society for Family Health Nigeria).
  • The Project team is working work alongside states and local government authorities, strengthening their capacity to effectively deliver quality integrated primary healthcare, reproductive, maternal, and newborn and child health and nutrition services.

Scope of Work

  • The HeRoN Stabilisation Center Doctor will report to the HeRoN Project Manager in the state of assignment.
  • S/he will work closely with Secondary health facility staffs, community structures and LGAs to ensure quality, availability of, and access to health and nutrition services at the project supported stabilization Centre.
  • The position holder must ensure that nutrition services are provided in accordance with MoH guidelines and international standards.
  • The position holder must maintain collaborative working relationships with nutrition stakeholders at the health facility and the LGA of assignment.
  • The position requires experience with government health care system, especially in the management of nutrition programming.
  • S/he will work directly with MOH doctors at the health facility and will regularly collaborate with Program field staff from Consortium partner organizations (AAH and SFH), Senior capacity building officers and Consortium technical program officers.

Major Responsibilities
Program Management, Technical Quality and Strategy:
Under direct supervision of the project manager, the stabilization center Doctor will have the following functions:

  • In collaboration with MoH staff, overseeing the Day-to-day planning, clinical services, and management of children at the nutrition stabilization Centre
  • Daily calculation of the quantity of therapeutic milk needed for the day-to-day stabilization center inpatient treatments based on the number of children present at the stabilization center
  • Quantify, forecast, and order Nutrition commodities (F-75, F-100, Resomal) and data tools
  • for the SC In collaboration with the hospital dietician and the MOH doctors.
  • In collaboration with the MOH doctors/hospital pharmacist Prepare drug consumption report, quantify, forecast, and order the drugs for the SC
  • Ensure daily records of all referred and admitted cases of severe acute malnutrition with medical complications in the facility register.
  • Weekly checks and submission of the SC statistics/data to the HeRON Manager
  • Conduct monthly SC Audits/reviews in collaboration with MOH, develop action plans, and follow up to ensure implementation of the plan.
  • Provide regular feedback on SC reviews to the hospital team to take appropriate action
  • Compiles weekly and monthly reports and submits to the HeRON manager and hospital/state leadership/Nutrition cluster.
  • Regular supervision of Nurses, Nutrition Assistant, dietitians to ensure Provision of high-quality care to complicated SAM cases
  • Collaborate with program staffs from the HeRON implementing partners to ensure maximum coverage and treatments
  • Provide clinical care to complicated cases of SAM admitted at the stabilization center (SC) in line with the National guideline of CMAM implementation in Nigeria.
  • Mentor and provide on the- job training to MOH staffs on  stabilization care
  • Participate in the development and review of programme monitoring and evaluation tools where necessary
  • Ensure timely collection, compilation, and analysis of quality data as well as production of quantitative and qualitative reports regarding all HeRON activities.
  • Produce case studies related to in patient care, at least one per quarter and properly document success stories
  • Evaluate regularly the impact of the activities and propose changes for improvement
  • Monitor the stock of commodities, medicines, medical supplies: calculate needs, decide quantities to be delivered to the stabilization center
  • Plan logistics and materials needs for the SC in collaboration with the program support officer
  • Participate in stakeholder/Nutrition sector technical working group
  • Facilitate integration of services for a holistic approach of SAM by working in collaboration with partners
  • Work in with the HeRON manager in collaboration with the HMB to ensure track of SC transition , engagement, and Sustainability plan
  • Provide coaching and capacity building to health facility based MoH staff to improve knowledge and skill on inpatient management of SAM cases.
  • Ensures and role-models respect for the dignity of the patients and the accompanying caretaker
  • Ensure that mothers/ caretakers are well informed about the functioning of the center, the state, and the evolution of their children.

Coordination & Representation:

  • Participate in Nutrition Sector technical working group and technical Coordination meetings at the LGA, as required.
  • Facilitate the planning processes at LGA levels, to ensure an inclusive approach that engages stakeholders and communities to reflect health needs in the local context
  • Jointly planning with health facilities and the HMB and organizing community-level and facility-level meetings
  • Work in close coordination with UNICEF and WHO to improve capacities of the MOH staffs on inpatient management
  • Participate at program coordination meetings with consortium and implementing partners
  • Coordinate with other consortium partners program staffs to ensure harmonization of implementation of SC activities.

Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to:

  • Line Manager: HeRoN Manager (Maiduguri) / HeRON Manager (Damaturu)
  • Dotted line: Senior Project Manager

Position directly Supervises: N/A

Key Internal Contacts:

  • Consortium management staffs, Senior Capacity building Officers, Nutrition Coordinator

Key External Contacts:

  • HeRON Implementing partners (Program Staffs)
  • Hospital managements, LGA, and community structures.


  • Medical Doctor with Public Health / System Strengthening and Governance background.
  • Post-graduate training in Public Health, added advantage
  • Nutrition Training.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience, of which 1 year in nutrition services and planning at health facility level.
  • Experience in preparing and conducting trainings for health professionals
  • Experience in coaching and mentorship
  • Previous experience working on health system strengthening activities is preferred
  • Previous work experience with INGO, especially with activity planning and reports writing, is an added advantage
  • Familiarity/ knowledge of operational contexts (Borno/ or Yobe States).

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

  • Background in situation analysis, Health System strengthening, health and Nutrition assessments and program implementation.

Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:

  • Flexible, diplomatic and have ability and willingness live and work under pressure of workloads
  • A mature person of high professional discipline and moral integrity, proactive and able to work under stress as the situation may dictate.


  • English. Knowledge of local languages is an added advantage.

Computer/Other Tech Requirements:

  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Ability to Travel:

  • As required.

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.

Working Environment:

  • This position is based in (Maiduguri/ or Damaturu) working form the health facility

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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 allowances.

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