What are we looking for?
Committed individuals to work in Ebola Treatment Centers in West Africa and work alongside us in this unprecedented emergency.
What type of individual and skills are we looking for?
We are looking for individuals that are able to work with limited resources, excellent communicators and proven at knowledge sharing. We are recruiting and gathering resumes/CV’s for individuals with the following experience:
How long typically are assignments?
- Qualified Healthcare Practitioners (doctors and nurses preferably with a background in infectious diseases)
- Water/Sanitation and Environmental (with a field expertise in isolation unit infection control including water and sanitation, waste management and community based hygiene promotion)
- Psychosocial Staff (with social work, psychology background or similar with relevant field experience in acute settings)
- Human Resources
Assignments vary in length, however we are asking for a minimum of six weeks commitment for qualified healthcare practitioners.
Does International Medical Corps provide insurance for individuals traveling to West Africa as part of the Ebola Response?
Any individual traveling to the field will be provided health medical insurance and medical emergency insurance coverage in the event of an evacuation.
As clinical staff, how will I be protected from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)?
International Medical Corps prides itself by placing the wellness, safety and security of all individuals that travel to any emergency response and psychological support before, during and post-deployment.
International Medical Corps has strict protocols and in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for any individual serving patients in Ebola treatment centers.
Because individuals may be in full PPE for one to two hours at a time, it is required that staff be able to physically endure such conditions. Individuals can lose up to 1.5 kg of water weight during that time.
What type of training and orientation does an individual receive prior to working in an Ebola treatment center?
Individuals receive a comprehensive pre-service training that is led and certified by experts of infectious disease which is of 5 days duration. This training includes the treatment and care of individuals placed into an Ebola treatment center, the proper use of PPE, the removal of PPE and the rotation at which a PPE should be changed. In some contexts we will also deliver a Training of Trainers which will cover Ebola case management, infection control and management routines for the full Ebola response. This will be of 10 days duration whereby those trainers will cascade the training for new staff deployments.
What is included in the PPE?
The PPE includes coveralls, hood, plastic or rubber aprons, masks, gloves, gowns, boots, and goggles.
International Medical Corps has carefully reviewed the MSF, WHO and CDC recommendations regarding PPE and every International Medical Corps staff will have PPE to these standards.
Do I have to have international or overseas experience?
Most of our assignments require international or overseas experience.
If you do not have international or overseas experience then a demonstrated ability to succeed in similar environments.
Do I need to have any special vaccinations before traveling to West Africa?
We follow the guidelines as set aside by WHO and reimburse for any recommended vaccinations prior to departure. We do strongly encourage individuals have Typhoid and Yellow Fever vaccinations before departing.
Will I be traveling to a Malaria risk zone?
Yes, it is strongly suggested that you take anti-malaria prophylaxis.