Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.
The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kasese, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua and Kampala.
The IRC will be moving into additional/new locations in refugee settlements in Kiryandongo and Zombo.
The IRC is currently implementing its health and nutrition program in West Nile and Acholi focusing on providing primary health care services to refugees in their settlements. Similar services will be extended to the new locations starting January 2020.
Under the supervision and guidance of the a Registered Nurse, the enrolled nurse will be responsible for direct delivery of high quality and efficient nursing services to clients at the attached health facility and in the community ensuring that high standards are adhered to in assessments, handling of emergencies, treatment and administration of medicines. S/he will be expected to work within the health facility and also offer services in the community in the catchment area.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Provide nursing care to all patients within the attached health facility and community outreaches.
•Attend to clients and prescribe drugs where necessary
•Dispense drugs and other medical items to clients where necessary
•Carry out weekly and emergency home visits.
•Provide information to clients to reduce their vulnerability to diseases and infections through health education
•Participate in client referral and transfer process as need arises
•Participate in HIV awareness and sensitization in the communities
•Train community health workers and village health teams in providing of basic health services, health promotion and client follow-up and referrals.
•Participate in the drawing and implementation of work plans for the clinic
•Promote the vision, mission and the values of IRC as expressed in the policies, regulations & guidelines of the Organization.
•Ensure health, safety, and security in your area of operation
•Undertake any other duties that may be reasonably expected from your supervisors
Qualifications, Experience and Competences
•Must have a certificate of enrollment of nursing from a recognized institution.
•Must be registered and licensed with the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council
•1 years of work experience, with field experience in providing services to refugees.
•Planning and organizing
•Concern for quality and standards
•Ethics and integrity
•Self-control and stress management
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional 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, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.