Requisition ID: req39858
Job Title: Nutrition Nurse
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Lamwo, Uganda
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 Obongi and Arua.
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 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 offer services in the community in the catchment area.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Provide nursing care to all patients with severe acute malnutrition within the stabilization unit at the health facility.
•Actively participate in the provision of therapeutic feeds to the admitted patients in the stabilization unit
•Dispense drugs and other medical items to clients where necessary
•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
•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/ duty rosters for the nutrition department
•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.
•Must have a certificate of enrollment of nursing from a recognized institution.
•Must be registered and licensed with the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council
•At least 2 years of work experience in a nutrition department/unit handling case of acute malnutrition.
•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.
Please note, the applications will be reviewed on rolling basis, and the deadline for submission is April 11th, 2023.