Project Medical Referent - Kenya

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. We work in over 60 countries, offering assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF Operational Centre Brussels is looking for a:

Project Medical Referent in Kenya

Operational Context

Our new project aims at providing integrated medical care (including opioid substitution) to People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) in Kiambu County, Kenya. Apart from the goal to ‘reduce morbidity and mortality among PWUD in the catchment population’, we also expect to gain experience as MSF in the delivery of comprehensive quality medical care to PWUD and document on our experience, not only to build institutional knowledge, but also to share lessons learned through publications, increasing our added value in developing programs elsewhere and to advocate for improved health care services for PWUD and for other key populations.

MSF plans to build and set up a medically assisted therapy (MAT) clinic, in which free quality out-patient care (including maternal and child, mental health, Hepatitis C, non-communicable diseases) is offered to PWUD in Kiambu (including some outreach sites supported by partners) 

An important component in the project will be the partnership with National AIDS & STI Control Program (NASCOP) and Kiambu County Ministry of Health, as integrating medical care to PWUD into public healthcare services relies heavily on the participation and engagement of the County. The MAT clinic will be set up in a MOH health facility (Karuri hospital in Kiambaa Sub county), key staff should be provided by the county (if not the first year at least from the second year onwards), as well as some commodities (Methadone, ARVs, TB drugs, test kits, etc…), guidelines and standard procedures.

MSF will partner as well with Liverpool Voluntary Counseling and Testing Health (LVCT) in charge of the drop-in centres and outreach harm reduction activities.

An advocacy and lobby strategy will accompany the project development all throughout to push for the adoption of all aspects we are working on.    

Main objectives

Purpose of the post

Participates in defining, planning and monitoring medical activities and programs in the project in accordance with MSF's protocols as well as coordinates human and material related resources needed in order to ensure the quality of care provided by MSF

Responsibilities

  • Ensure adequate setup of the MAT clinic, including adequate staffing and equipping of the MAT clinic
  • Ensure optimal data / tools for monitoring the activities are in place, staff trained and reporting done
  • Ensure adequate drug supplies including Opioid Substitution Therapy drugs (Methadone, Buprenorphine) and other commodities to the MAT clinic and at the drop in centers.
  • Ensure Liaison with partners form civil society and other stakeholders to coordinate different components of the project

Requirements

Profile

  • Nurse or Medical Doctor
  • INGO experience in coordination position

Education

  • Bachelor of science in nursing (Level A1) or MD degree
  • Diploma in Tropical Medicine or at least 1 year of working experience in a tropical context is mandatory
  •  MSc in Public Health (or similar) is an asset

Experience

  • At least 3 years of clinical experience in any context is mandatory
  • At least 2 years of INGO expatriate experience in humanitarian settings in a similar coordination position is mandatory
  • Experience with drug users or any other addiction is mandatory
  • Experience in mental health programs is a strong asset

Competencies     

  • People Management and Coaching skills
  • Planning and organization
  • Strategic vision
  • Flexibility, adaptability and willingness to work in unstable environments
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Team work and Collaboration

Technical skills   

  • Data analysis, management an reporting
  • Pharmacy management
  • Clinical competencies

Languages

  • Fluent English is mandatory

Knowledge

    • Essential computer literacy (Word, Excel, and internet)

    Commitment

    • Commitment to the values of the MSF charter
    • Given the nature of our mission and the contexts we operate in, we ask that our staff leave for missions without their partner and/or family

    Conditions

    • 12 months fixed-term field contract, based in Kiambu
    • Salary according to MSF-OCB Field salary scale. Transport, accommodation, vaccinations are taken in charge by MSF.  Per diem + medical insurance
    • Expected starting date: 15/06/2019
    • A dynamic and stimulating work environment alongside multicultural colleagues

    How to apply ?

    Application (CV + cover letter) to be sent before the 30 April 2019 to active.fieldrecruitment@brussels.msf.org

    Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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