Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
THE ALIMA SPIRIT : The raison d'être of ALIMA is to save lives and treat the most vulnerable populations, without any identity, religious or political discrimination, through actions based on proximity, innovation and alliance of organizations and individuals. We act with humanism, impartiality and with respect for universal medical ethics . To access patients, we are committed to intervening in a neutral and independent manner.
THE VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action enshrined in our CHARTER:
TREAT - INNOVATE - TOGETHER :Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 4 million patients, and today deploys its operations in 11 African countries. In 2018, we developed 41 humanitarian medical response projects to meet the needs of populations affected by conflict, epidemics and extreme poverty. All of these projects are carried out in support of national health authorities through nearly 330 health structures (including 28 hospitals and 300 health centers). We work in partnership, in particular with local NGOs, as soon as possible in order to ensure that our patients benefit from the expertise where it is found, whether in their country or in the rest of the world. Furthermore, to improve the humanitarian response,
L'ÉQUIPE ALIMA :more than 2000 people currently work for ALIMA. Field teams, as close as possible to patients, receive their support from coordination teams generally based in the capital of the countries of intervention. These receive support from the 4 desk teams and the emergency and opening service team based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. The Paris and New York teams are actively working on fundraising as well as representing ALIMA. The rest of the ALIMA Galaxy includes individuals and partner teams who work on behalf of other organizations such as medical NGOs BEFEN, ALERTE Santé, SOS Médecins / KEOOGO, AMCP, research organizations PACCI, INSERM, Universities of Bordeaux or Copenhagen, the NGO Solidarités International and many others.
OUR COUNTRIES OF INTERVENTION : Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania.
OUR PROJECT THEMES : Malnutrition, Maternal Health, Primary Health, Pediatrics, Malaria, Epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue), Hospitalization, Emergencies, Gender-Based Violence, mental health,
ALIMA in the DRC
ALIMA has been operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo since August 2011 in two areas relating to its expertise: nutrition and the fight against epidemic diseases (cholera, measles and malaria). For all of its programs, ALIMA works in close collaboration with the Congolese health and administrative authorities.
From 2013, ALIMA decided to focus all of its activities on the fight against epidemic diseases, by developing a project for Response to Health Emergencies and WASH (RUSH) specific to epidemics of measles, malaria and cholera . These are multidisciplinary rapid response teams to strengthen the surveillance system, increase rapid assessment capacity and respond to emergencies by providing health care and WASH services.
In 2015 ALIMA, still through its RUSH projects, responded to the major measles epidemic in late 2015 in the former province of Katanga. ALIMA participated, in coordination with the authorities and other partners present in the area, in the emergency vaccine response. Between August 2015 and January 2016, more than 285,000 children aged 6 months to 10 years were vaccinated against measles.
In 2016, ALIMA continues its same activities through the component of the RUSH project in ex-Katanga. Four interventions were carried out, making it possible to treat 1,400 cases of cholera, more than 800 cases of measles, more than 30,000 cases of malaria and to vaccinate more than 149,000 children against measles. 2016 was also marked by a resurgence of cholera cases across the country. ALIMA therefore launched a cholera response in the provinces of Maniema, Tshopo and Mongala in November 2016.
From January to July 2017, ALIMA also led a project of access to primary health care in the Opienge Health Zone (Tshopo province) for host populations and people displaced by conflicts further east . ALIMA also responded to the Ebola epidemic that broke out in May 2017 in the province of Bas-Uélé in the DRC. Finally ALIMA has provided several responses to cholera outbreaks across the country in Lomami, Haut Lomami, Kasaï and the Kinshasa region. The DRC mission also has the specificity of having a GBV care project.
From May to July 2018, ALIMA provided an urgent response to the EBOLA epidemic in the province of Equateur.
For 2019, the DRC mission closed the Health Nutrition project and the second part of the VBG project in two new areas in Lomami. And an urgent response to the measles epidemic in the West Kalonda health zone. In the Kamwesha health zone; ALIMA closed a first phase of the medico-nutritional project (in consortium with ACF) and thanks to ECHO funding this project has extended to global support integrating primary health care and protection aspects (PEC GBV). In parallel, the second project, named OPTIMA is a traditional response to malnutrition with a research component aimed at establishing a simplified protocol for the management of severe and moderate acute malnutrition, is in progress.
Finally in response to the Ebola epidemic declared in North Kivu since August 2018, with its expertise in the field, ALIMA initiated a response to the Ebola Virus disease in the Béni health area by putting setting up a CTE under an innovative approach to medical care with the CUBE "Biosafety emergency rooms for epidemics", this intervention was extended to the health zones of Katwa and Mambasa (in Ituri province). By associating a research component specific to Ebola including RCT and EVISTA. In September ALIMA passed the CTE to MSF France and continues the support through research projects (RCT and EVISTA).
The MVE epidemic has completely destabilized and destructured the health system, ALIMA after having carried out two assessments (September and October), has with ECHO funding, ALIMA in consortium with COOPI launched since November 2019 an integrated Health-Protection project in the health zone of Beni for a period of 12 months. It is a multisectoral response project in health, nutrition and protection for the benefit of vulnerable populations affected by the crisis in the Béni Health Zone in North Kivu, DRC. Alima is the lead in this consortium.
Given the current context linked to COVID-19, ALIMA is starting a PEC COVID-19 activity in Beni at the request of the Provincial Health Division. This part of the project is managed by the mission with the Emergency Services in Dakar.
PLACE OF ISSUE
The position will be based in Beni (North Kivu Province, DRC).
FUNCTIONAL AND HIERARCHICAL LINKS
Hierarchical : Project Coordinator
Works there : Medical Coordinator
Other functional links : Activities Managers, Psychologist, Epidemiologist, treating physicians, collaborates with the other members of the ALIMA team and partners.
MAIN MISSIONS AND ACTIVITIES
The Referent Doctor engages his responsibility in all areas of organization of services and actions at the various Centers and Health post.
He guarantees the quality of medical care for patients in the supported health facilities. It also guarantees compliance with protocols and good practices.
Activity monitoring and definition of objectives
Implementation of programs
Pharmaceutical and medical equipment management :
Analyze consumption according to activity and ensure good stock management.
Validates the orders prepared by each supported structure
Health district governance:
3. Human resources management
· Plan and supervise, in collaboration with the project coordinator, the management of the staff of the medical department of the project (recruitment, training, induction, performance evaluation, development and internal / external communication) in order to guarantee adequate resources (staff and knowledge ) and develop their skills.
This implies :
Ensures the organization of regular formal medical meetings and informal interviews as needed.
With the project coordinator, arbitrates conflicts between members of the medical staff.
Provides continuing education:
Defines training needs in line with the objectives of the project.
Participates in the training of the members of his team by the accompaniment in the work (accompaniment of the persons in charge of activities and if possible the heads of center).
Is responsible for implementing the project team's health policy.
Ensures the application of preventive measures for AES and the adequate care of staff in the event of an accident, in collaboration with the Administration.
4 Relations and communication
The task list is not exhaustive. The Medical Referent may be required to perform other tasks depending on the needs of the project
EXPERIENCES AND SKILLS