Job Title: Clinical Officer
Reports to: Head Doctor, Medical Coordinator
Job Location: Kyaka II Refugee Settlement
Duration: December 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019
Position Summary: The Clinical Officer’s primary goal is of providing care to sick and injured patients as well as maintaining the health of all patients, by ordering diagnostic tests and interpreting the results.
Clinical Officers should be analytical and detail-oriented problem solvers with strong written and verbal communication skills.
They should have the ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals as needed. Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to help others are also essential.
Job description: A health professional fulfils one of the most important roles in our society, providing primary health care to the general public. Given the highly trusted nature of their role and the considerable responsibility, the Clinical Officers have for improving their patient’s health whilst maintaining confidentiality, there are a few personal attributes and skills that are absolutely vital.
The first of these attributes is having good interpersonal communication skills. General Practitioners spending the majority of their working days dealing directly with patients, being able to make them feel comfortable whilst conveying important information about their health, is vital.
The second attribute required is critical thinking skills.
They should also be able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and have medical skills and extensive knowledge of the various medical treatments, methodologies and pharmaceutical solutions available to treat their patients’ ailments is essential.
For the Clinical Officer position these are the main responsibilities and duties to be carried out on a daily or weekly basis:
1. Meeting patients who visit the OPD, making them feel comfortable and asking questions to determine the nature of their visit;
2. Providing skilled health assessment, diagnosis and treatment services (including contraception) to a patient;
3. Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease or injury;
4. Order, perform, and interpret tests and analyze records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patients’ condition;
5. Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients;
6. Refer patients to other providers if their needs exceed the range of care able to provide;
7. Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results;
8. Monitor patients’ conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary;
9. Advising patients on diet, nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle habits to prevent or recover from illness;
10. Coordinate work with other medical doctors, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, and other healthcare providers;
11. Arranging admission of patients to the hospital when necessary;
12. Maintaining professional knowledge and standards through continuing medical education, and personal professional development, keeping up to date with the latest medical treatments and medications relevant to general practice/primary health care.
-Diploma in Clinical Medicine
-Minimum 3 years of experience
-Ability to work in a rotating shift of 8 hours
-Flexibility to work 16 hours shift when needed
-Availability to work 24 hours shifts;
-Fluent in English
-Swahili and French
-Ability to communicate and interact well with people from different educational, linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds
-Proficiency in handling basic computer programs used in hospital management and basic computer skills in Word and Excel.