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Head Nurse

Kenya (Kenya)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kenya (Kenya)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Managerial positions
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7746

Job Title: Head Nurse

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Hagadera, Kenya

Job Description

Working under the guidance and supervision of the Matron & Health Manager , the Head Nurse will be directly responsible for;

Key Responsibilities


  • Overall in-charge of the daily administrative and technical functions at the Maternity unit as assigned.
  • Ensure high quality of patient care by conducting regular quality of care assessments of the maternity unit and implementing recommendations thereof.
  • Chair and ensure that weekly departmental meetings are held as well as participate in quality of care committee meetings in the facility.
  • Prepare monthly work/activity plans for him/herself for review by the Supervisor.
  • Ensure a participatory and inclusive atmosphere by fostering good relations with all stakeholders including the maternity staff and members of the refugee community.
  • Ensure all patients in the maternity unit are adequately monitored at all times as part of ensuring proper quality if care
  • Ensure proper use of the partograph as a tool ofmonitoring of labor in the maternity by all the midwives working in the unit
  • Ensure high quality programming at the maternity unit with mainstreaming of the principles of protection (safe programming), disaster risk reduction and environmental awareness activities.
  • Ensure principles of infection prevention and waste segregation are well applied at the maternity at all times and in all procedures done as well as ensuring the maternity unit is in good hygienic condition.
  • Ensure there are SOPs and daily functions that take place at the maternity unit
  • Ensure that the birth Registration of babies is carried out, list compiled and submitted to UNHCR monthly.
  • Monitor and supervise the promotion of IYCF practices in the units.

Human Resource Management

  • Monitoring and supervision of the maternity staff both national and refugee to ensure that work is done properly and efficiently.
  • Routinely monitor staff performance according to their job description and set objectives.
  • Evaluation and appraisal of national staff through the IRC Performance Management
  • Develop ongoing education programs for maternity staff as well as identifying their training needs.
  • Review personnel issues and concerns of medical staff and assist with determining and implementing solutions.
  • Determine personnel needs for field level activities and in coordination with the Human Resource office take part in recruitment of staff.
  • Orient new nursing staff on operations of the maternity unit and activities taking place.


  • Ensure that all statistical reports from the maternity units are accurate and submitted weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually.
  • Maintain an updated record and compile and submit monthly inventory reports of all maternity assets and equipment.
  • Review, authorize and keep accurate records of all requisitions, duty rosters and applications for leave for nurses in maternity
  • Monitor and ensure the proper usage of program supplies at the maternity unit assigned.
  • Participate in annual program planning process and budget implementation. Recommend budget revisions to focus on priority areas and assist with rising of bulk medical supplies.

Communication and Reporting

  • Monitor closely morbidity and mortality trends together with all the other health indicators related to maternity; maternal death, neonatal death postpartum family planning at the facility.
  • Convene/attend Departmental meetings, Quality of care meetings, Hospital National staff meetings and Incentive staff meetings.
  • 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.
  • Ensure audits are done for all neonatal and perinatal deaths that occur in the maternity.

Key Result Areas

  • Provide administrative and technical supervision at the maternity unit/Hospital unit as assigned
  • Ensure timely and quality health care services to refugees and locals at the maternity unit.
  • Ensure the partograph is adequately filled and used as a tool for monitoring labor at the maternity.
  • Initiate uptake of postpartum family planning methods at the maternity unit
  • Ability to identify high risk pregnancies and make referrals to clinicians and other medical specialist.
  • Maintain an updated record and compile and submit monthly inventory reports of all maternity/Hospital assets and equipment.


Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse (KRCHN)/ Kenya Registered Midwife. (KRM) and be registered by the nursing council.

Required Experience & Competencies

  • At least two years’ experience working in a busy maternity unit.
  • Life support Skills on obstetric and neonatal care.
  • Computer literate
  • Team player and cultural sensitivity is required.
  • Ability to work in hardship areas (Previous experience in a Camp setting will be an added advantage).
  • Please make sure to include copy of Certificate of Good Conduct in your application.

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

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 allowance.

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 and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


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

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