IRC-Isolation Unit Nurse- DR Congo

Location: Equateur Province, DRC, Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Date Posted: 21-06-2018
IRC Emergency Unit
Position: Isolation Unit Nurse
Location: Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo
Start date: ASAP
Duration: 3 months with the possibility of extension 
 Start date: Immediately, or within 2 weeks from date of offer
·         Language: French fluency, intermediate with consider
·         Must: Prior Ebola or other infectious disease (e.g., AWD/Cholera) working experience, not just training.
·         Housing: Shared
·         Health Benefits: Eligible
.          Must: Registered Nurse

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is among the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organizations. For 80 years, the IRC has been at the forefront of every major humanitarian initiative to assist people uprooted by war, persecution, or civil conflict. The IRC provides lifesaving support to help people survive and re-build their lives, assisting people from harm to home. The IRCs Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) leads the IRC’s Global emergency preparedness and response activities. The mission of the EPRU is to help meet the immediate survival needs and reduce suffering in conflict or disaster affected populations during the acute phase of an emergency.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease – EVD) in the Bikoro health zone of Equateur Province, northwest DRC on 8 May 2018. As of May 18 there have been 45 cases (14 confirmed, 10 suspected, 21 probable) resulting in 25 deaths. By May 16 the outbreak had spread to the urban area of Mbandaka. The IRC is currently preparing to support the containment of the EVD outbreak in the Equateur region of DRC. The IRC’s primary focus will be to provide support to existing primary health care (PHC) facilities to ensure the safe continuity of services. The IRC’s support will include the establishment of EVD screening and isolation at the PHCs, and support to strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) practices across the facility.  
Scope of work
Patients admitted to isolation units receive presumptive treatment while awaiting test results. Once patients receive test results they will be discharged if negative, or transferred to an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) if positive. Reporting to the Isolation Unit Clinical Lead, the Isolation Unit Nurse will be responsible for providing clinical care to patients admitted to the Isolation Unit. Staff safety is an absolute priority and strict adherence to infection control procedures is required to prevent disease transmission. Personal protective equipment must be worn at all times while in the isolation units with strict adherence to infection control protocols.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • This position will enter the red zone/wet area of the isolation unit.
  • Provide direct patient care, ensuring the provision of appropriate nursing care to all patients in the isolation unit.  
  • Ensure clinical management and infection prevention and control procedures are being applied by clinical staff according to a strict protocol.
  • Supervise national staff to provide direct patient care and rehydration, monitoring of patients, observations for symptoms for physician rounding, nutritional support, patient bathing and appropriate and caring communication with the patients.
  • Maintain shifts and working schedules
  • Coordinate with medical doctors the movement of patients newly admitted, between wards, and transferred once laboratory confirmed.
  • Ensure all patient consultations are documented and patient records completed.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
  • Nurse with current registration with the recognised professional body of your country of residence.
  • At least 4 years’ experience working as a Nurse mostly in isolation wards and emergencies, with demonstrated and repeated experience working in isolation centres for viral haemorrhagic fevers or secondarily, field hospitals or cholera treatment centres. 
  • Previous experience working with IRC desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising a team in the strict adherence to infection control.
  • Previous training or teaching experience.
  • Strong leadership, management, planning, analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to live in challenging conditions and ability to work under difficult, high pressure situations.  
  • Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure in a stressful environment, displaying patience, compassion and diplomacy.
  • Fluency in French and English.
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