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Health Nurse Assistant 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: Health Nurse Assistant

Location: Yobe

Scope of Work

  • The Nurse is responsible for supportive supervision and patient care at supported PHC facilities and at the mobile clinics in Damaturu and Gujba LGAs, Yobe State.
  • The Health Nurse Assistant reports to the team leader or Health Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Health Clinical Officer and Medical Doctor in supportive supervision and patient care at the supported health facilities and mobile clinics.
  • Act as the link between the facilities/mobile clinics and the community to ensure awareness of available services, proper follow-up of patients and defaulter tracing.
  • Develop and conduct training of health workers on communicable diseases, vaccinations, infection prevention and control, pillars of safe motherhood, infant and young child feeding practices, general child care and hygiene promotion.
  • Provide health and nutrition messaging at the clinics, in collaboration with the Community Mobilizer.
  • Ensure health basic protocols and other IEC materials are well displayed in the facilities and outreach sites.
  • Ensure mobile clinic sites are clean and well maintained.
  • Support effective referral mechanism between the facilities/mobile clinic and the hospital/IPD.

Human Resource Management:

  • Supervise health workers at the supported health facilities and mobile clinics.
  • Jointly with the team, provide ongoing education for clinic staff and CVs.


  • Maintain an updated record and compile and submit monthly reports of all services given.
  • Monitor and ensure the proper usage of health and program supplies.
  • Prepare weekly workplans and ensure timely implementation of the project activities.

Communication and Reporting:

  • Support Health Clinical Officer in compiling statistical reports from the facilities and mobile clinics for submission weekly, monthly and annually.
  • Ensure adequate flow of information for all supervisees with constant feedback as may be required.
  • Carry out other relevant or requested duties as may be required.

Key Result Areas:

  • Improvement of key health indicators mainly maternal mortality ratio, neonatal mortality ratio, and community population coverage.
  • Increased uptake of health services as a strategy of reducing mortality
  • Increased uptake of positive practices related to health, nutrition and hygiene.
  • Timely and quality health care services to displaced persons, refugees and other vulnerable groups.
  • Community volunteers actively participate in health services within their community.
  • Qualifications for Health Nurse Assistant
  • Registered nurse or experienced community health extension worker
  • A mature person of high professional discipline and moral integrity, able to work under stress as the situation may dictate.
  • Must possess the practicing license or qualifying certificate.
  • Certificate in reproductive health or nutrition is an added advantage.


  • Two to three years’ experience in clinical medicine or public health.
  • Proven experience in community based programming with the ability to motivate and lead health workers.
  • Ability to work with displaced communities with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Experience in working in a team.
  • Flexible to travel and work in different locations.
  • Ability to speak local languages will be added advantage.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, especially in MS Word and Excel is an added advantage.

Monthly salary, 13Month Salary Inclusive, Health Insurance Coverage for Family, Pension, Creche Facilities available for Women with babies under 24 Months.

Application Closing Date

26th October, 2017.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications and CV’s to the Country Director IRC via: [email protected]

Hand delivered application should be sent only to the IRC field office in Damaturu, Yobe.

Applications will be selected on rolling bases and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for Interview.


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