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Handicap International Medical Referral Officer Job in Garissa Kenya

Position: Medical Referral Officer 

Responsible to:- Senior Health Officer

Location: Garissa

Closing date:- 31st December 2010

The Organization

Handicap International (HI) is an INGO specialising in the field of disability and development. A strong emphasis is placed on empowering people with disabilities through their integration into mainstream development activities and the provision of appropriate health and rehabilitation services to ensure equal opportunities for all.

The Position

The Medical is responsible for the development of the medical referral project and overseeing the rehabilitation workshop supported by HI in Garissa and for coordination of the Refugee Center (RC) team and functions to guarantee the maximum utilisation of the material resources in a timely, effective and efficient manner.

He/she participates to the activities implementation by ensuring the smooth running of the medical referral and orthopaedic workshop activities and respect HI administrative, HR, Logistics, and financial rules. He/she should maintain a good working relationship with HI partners ie Garissa Hospital, UNHCR, GTZ,IRC, MSF etc

S/he will be responsible for

1. Ensuring the overall management of allocated resources to the Refugee Center by
  • Taking responsibility for the initiation of the needs of the project in liaison with the Field logistician and the Senior Health Officer ( SHO) well in advance to avoid crash programme.
  • Ensuring that the project budget is adhered to and explain any variation in the spending patterns of the project in liaison with Field Administrator and the SHO.
  • Drawing up the annual project budget in liaison with the SHO and the Field Administrator
  • Monitoring, and supervising the staff working in the RC
2. Respect the local legislation by
  • Ensuring that partnership agreements exist, are filed and assist the SHO in drawing them up where necessary, prior to comments from the Field Coordinator and final approval by the PD.
3. Ensuring smooth running of project activities

4. Ensuring smooth running of the activities in the refugee center by
  • Monitoring the usage of food and non-food items in the RC
  • Organising with Health implementing partners in Dadaab (GTZ, IRC and MSF) the visit of Rotary/Hospital Surgeons to Dadaab
  • Informing Health implementing partners of the arrival of specialists to GSA Hospital and arrange for the referral of refugees for specialized treatment/surgery.
5. Ensuring regular monitoring and timely reporting on project activities as required.

Qualifications and skills required:

  • Education Diploma in Clinical Medicine or any relevant qualification from a recognized institution
  • Experience Minimum of 3 year’s relevant working experience in health projects, preferably with an international humanitarian organization.
  • Experience with refugees in hardship areas will be an added advantage.
  • excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Knowledge of Ms Office software and internet
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate and work as a team.
  • He/she must be flexible and have respect for other people’s culture and beliefs.
  • Excellent working knowledge of English, Kiswahili and Somali languages
If you feel you are the right candidate for this position, kindly send your application along with an up-to-date CV(including 3 referees their current contacts and email addresses) by email to: so as to reach on or before 31st December, 2010

The email subject line should be marked: “Application for Medical Referral Officer position”

Please do not send your academic and other testimonials they will be requested at a later stage.

Only short listed candidates with the above qualifications and skills will be contacted.

Any kind of lobbying on behalf of applicants or canvassing will lead to immediate disqualification.

Handicap International is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply

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