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Nursing Officer In-Charge


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kenya
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: Closed

Requisition ID: req49271

Job Title: Nursing Officer In-Charge

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Hagadera, Kenya

Work Arrangement:

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Kenya country program is dedicated to providing life-saving and developmental services that empower vulnerable local and refugee communities, enabling them to lead secure, productive, and healthy lives. Collaborating closely with national and county governments, community organizations, and partner NGOs, the IRC operates across health, nutrition, protection, livelihood, education, and WASH sectors, in Turkana, Garissa, Samburu, West Pokot and Nairobi counties. The IRC responds to emergencies such as drought in Garissa and Turkana counties, supports refugees in Hagadera and Kakuma Refugee Camps, and implements urban programming for livelihoods in Nairobi's informal settlements. Working with the Ministry of Health, UNHCR, donors, and other partners, the IRC ensures comprehensive health, nutrition, protection, women's empowerment, economic recovery, and systems strengthening services to foster community resilience and self-reliance.

Job Purpose/Objective

Under the direct supervision of the Health Manager, the Nursing Officer –In-Charge(Matron)will be responsible for the daily administration and running of the IRC Hagadera Camp Hospital.

Key Responsibilities

Program Management:

  • In coordination with the Health Manager, formulate program goals, objectives and intervention strategies and participate in the budgeting process.
  • Ensure that all hospital activities are implemented as outlined in the project documents.
  • Review the program activities and priorities on a regular basis updating the Health Manager on gaps and/or provide recommendations on how to improve quality of services.
  • Participate in planning and implementing health assessments, surveys and campaigns.

Human Resource:

  • Overall supervision of all nursing staff working at the hospital, both National and Refugee.
  • Routinely monitor staff performance according to their job description and provide written feedback in a timely manner.
  • Manage leave and R&R plans of nursing staff working in the hospital to ensure adequate coverage of the hospital, including nights and weekends.
  • Compile and submit the call list to the Health Manager at the end of every month for the beginning of the next month.
  • Convene and attend monthly meetings with Health Manager, Hospital staff and with Refugees to exchange information and problem solving.
  • Handle disciplinary issues amongst supervisees as they arise with support of the Health Manager and Senior HR Officer.
  • Participate in the recruitment process of all nursing positions, including participating in the interview process.

Program Activities:

  • Ensure all hospital activities run smoothly and services are provided timely and efficiently.
  • Ensure quality of care is given to all patients accessing the hospital.
  • Ensure universal precautions and infection prevention guidelines are followed in service provision.
  • Organize and conduct regular in-service training and refresher courses for the nursing staff, both National and Refugee.
  • Ensure all hospital departments have written Standard Operating Procedures that guide the day-to-day activities.
  • Ensure quality of care is maintained through sharing of updated guidelines and protocols in line with MOH, WHO, UNHCR guidelines.
  • Assist in ordering of medical supplies on a trimester basis, in line with the projected consumption and available funding.
  • Ensure all medical items for hospital use in the warehouse are released in a timely manner with proper documentation of the same.
  • Keep an inventory of all the hospital assets, and update this on a monthly basis. Share the same with the Health Manager and Senior Supply chain Officer on a monthly basis.
  • Attend and participate in weekly Continuous Medical Education (CME) sessions at the hospital.
  • Attend and co-chair the daily morning hospital handover meetings, together with the Health Manager.
  • Co-ordinate referrals of in-patients in a timely manner, through the referral officer and Health Manager.
  • Identify hospital facility and equipment in need of repairs and submit to supply chain, with the assistance of the Health Manager.

Reporting and Coordination:

  • Review, authorize and keep accurate records of all requisitions, duty rosters and applications for leave.
  • Ensure that all HIS statistical reports are accurate and submitted on a weekly basis.
  • Evaluation of services through monitoring morbidity and mortality rates through monthly statistical reports.
  • Forward hospital daily categorized patients bed occupancy to the Health Manager
  • Keep the Health Manager informed of major issues at the hospital regularly.
  • Maintain an updated record and submit regular inventory reports of hospital equipment and furniture.


  • Carry out other relevant duties as may be required or assigned by your supervisor.

Key Result Areas.

  • Overall supervision and coordination of nursing activities.
  • Ensuring quality of care is given to all patients accessing the hospital.
  • Ensuring proper coverage of all the departments through proper R n R/ leave management.

  1. Professional qualification in Nursing (BSN degree).
  2. Registered with the Nursing Council.
  3. At least 3years professional experience preferably in a supervisory/in-charge position.
  4. Postgraduate training in public health, health services management or any relevant field is an added advantage.

Required Experience & Competencies:

  1. Good clinical knowledge and skills.
  2. Ability to write clear, concise reports and well-developed communication skills.
  3. Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal, writing, and communication skills required.
  4. Good computer skills (Complete MS Office package and any database management and analysis).
  5. Must be a great teammate, flexible and culturally sensitive.
  6. Ready to work in difficult environmental conditions with displaced communities.
  7. Ability to accept the possibility of insecurity in the project areas and obey security rules and standard operating procedures.

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers 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.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.

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