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The IRC has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities. The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Mudug and Galgaduud), Mogadishu and Puntland regions implementing interventions in the areas of livelihood, WASH, Governance, protection and primary health reaching out to more than 250,000 conflict and drought affected Somalis.

Reporting to IRC GBV officer, the nurse is responsible for the provision of all initial and follow up health care, assessment, treatment, and information provided to GBV survivors. The Nurse will also work closely with the IRC health staff and Community Health Workers to ensure a timely and effective identification, referral and follow up of GBV survivors and will perform any other medical task as requested.

Ensuring Quality of Services to Survivors
Provide quality health care, assessments, support, information, and follow up services at all times to all survivors that visit the IRC Clinics. This includes (but is not limited to) the following:

· Provide all immediate assessments, treatment and health care to survivors as needed and requested. Provide follow-up medical care, treatment, and support as needed.
· Help refer and support survivors to access additional health care that may not be provided at the IRC Clinic but subject to informed consent of the GBV survivors.
· Provide information and instruction to survivors on the medical treatment regimen that has been prescribed for them, ensuring that they understand the regimen (dose, schedule, etc). In the case of children, ensure that the parents/caregivers understand this regimen.
· Through follow up, monitor and help ensure the survivor continues to follow the treatment regimen. These may be done through home visits, to be coordinated with Community Health Workers.
· Provide health/medical information to survivors as needed and requested, for example the potential health consequences of GBV, and options for assistance.
· Submit requests for new supplies in a timely manner, and notify management when any drugs are close to expiring: this includes monthly requests and any specific requests required on occasion. Ensure all supplies and stocks are monitored regularly.
· Provide the following inputs to the GBV officer on weekly and monthly bases.
o Identified survivors (anonymous information)
o Treatments provided
o Follow up visits
o Drugs availability
o Referrals to other service providers

· Any other duties assigned by the immediate supervisor.

Other, General Quality Assurance
· Receive and treat survivors with kindness, respect, compassion, and in a caring manner.
· Maintain excellent listening skills and focused attention at all times when with survivors.
· Ensure that survivor consent is properly obtained using the appropriate procedures at all times, and respect her decision where she refuses to give consent.
· Help ensure that all services provided to survivors at the clinic are implemented in line with best practices and quality standards for the provision of support and services to GBV survivors.
· Help to monitor quality of service provision through regular feedback from clients and their families on services provided through feedback sessions, surveys, and other activities.

Other External Program Activities
· Support the networking with other agencies and service providers in order to strengthen referral pathways, and to identify and address challenges in referral systems.
· Provide training, health talks, and other capacity building support relevant and requested on health care and treatment for GBV survivors. This would be in line with existing technical capacity, and with technical support and guidance from WPE Manager.
· Provide periodic support and assistance with the implementation of other GBV program activities in the target communities, such as community sensitizations events.


· Help ensure that all medical documentation on GBV clients and services provided is updated, accurate, organized, and well-maintained. This includes all medical reports, examinations, treatment, and other documentation as relevant and required.
· Help ensure that the clinic and its clients are reasonably safe and secure from external harm as feasible, and report incidents/seek assistance where needed.
· Maintain and submit nursing supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level, anticipating needed supplies and placing orders for drugs and supplies
· Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and participating in Continuous Medical Education sessions and other training
· Give health education to patients and clients
· Compile and submit monthly reports.
· Monitor and supervise proper usage of supplies.

External: The Nurse will have external working relationships primarily in the context of the specific job responsibilities outlined above. This includes: line ministries, District Authorities, Traditional and Religious leaders, GBV service providers, and other stakeholders as relevant. The Nurse will also assist the clinics manager in maintaining those external relationships specific to service provision and referrals for survivor support.

Internal: The Nurse will work in collaboration with IRC Health staff and WPE Manager, and all IRC staff in both program and support sectors.

Qualifications and experience:

· Registered Nurse from a recognized nurse training institution;
· Registration with the Ministry or Directorate of Health;
· At least 2 years working experience in a busy health centre or hospital setup;
· Ready to work in difficult environmental conditions;
· Sensitive to different cultures and has good interpersonal skills;
· Experience engaging constructively with diverse groups of stakeholders at all levels in a participatory, inclusive manner to address issues that may be viewed as sensitive or controversial with respect to traditional socio-cultural beliefs and practices;
· Team player


· Proven knowledge of international standards related to Clinical Management of Rape;
· Previous experience in providing care to survivors of sexual assault;

Other Skills:
· Excellent listening and observation skills; ability to create a space of trust, support, respect, and confidentiality with survivors of all ages and backgrounds.
· Ability to engage constructively with families of survivors to enable them to provide appropriate support to survivors at home during their recovery process.
· Strong knowledge of gender-based violence issues in the Somalia context, the impacts of violence on survivors, and best practices for providing support to survivors.
· Ability to plan in advance and maintain an organized working style, yet able to handle new events and situations effectively as they arise.
· Able to work independently, multi-task, and take initiative, but also able to ask for help as needed.
· Strong communication skills and ability to engage with different groups and stakeholders in strengthening referral pathways and coordination, and raising awareness about GBV.
· Ability to write and speak in English. Ability to accurately complete medical records and other documentation in a timely manner.
· Good computer skills (word, excel, email, etc.)

Mandatory Abilities:
· Committed to the mission and principles of the International Rescue Committee;
· Applies effective utilization of resources;
· The ability to accurately assess a situation before making a decision, examining problems from different view-points;
· Judgment – Is able to sort through competing priorities, make sound well informed decisions and identify issues problems and opportunities;
· Decisiveness – Can make decisions in a timely manner identifying problems early enough and informing the line manager
· Results driven – ensures goals, objectives and deadlines are met;
· Role model – Builds effective work practices through role model;
· Respectful both within the organisation and with external interactions and sensitive to ramifications of decisions;
· Self Management – Knows own strengths and weaknesses and acts accordingly, copes well with pressure and adapts and learns;
· Can communicate effectively both verbally and in written communication across all departments;
· Interpersonal skills – Listens willingly to concerns of others and provides feedback, gaining commitment by persuasiveness not demands;
· The ability to be an effective negotiator in conflict situations handling the conflict effectively and constantly working towards a win/win situation;
· Lives up to commitments and works towards the aims of the organisation, showing consistency between words and actions and always acting with integrity.


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