Project Medical Referent – Iraq At INTERSOS

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

Terms of reference

Job Title: Project Medical Referent

Code: SR-29-1993

Duty station: The duty station will be shared between 20% Erbil, 40% Ninawa and 40% Salah Al-Din

Starting date: 15/10/2021

Contract duration: 8 months

Reporting to: Programme Managers (Ninewa & Salah Al-Din)

Supervision of: Health project staff (3 Medical Activity Managers, 3 Medical Activity Manager Assistants, Community Health Volunteers and 2 Pharmacy Assistants)

Dependents: Non-family Duty station

General context of the project

INTERSOS is implementing a number of health-related projects in Iraq, especially: primary health care support to public health facilities in Federal Iraq, including support to NCD and MH program, Mobile Medical Units, integration with protection activities and COVID-19 RCCE activities.

General purpose of the position

The PMR is responsible for implementation of the health activities in close coordination with the Programme managers and the Medical Coordinator for the technical aspects of the project. The PMR is also responsible to properly monitor implementation of the activities, including the level of spending of the medical budget lines against the level of achievement for each indicator. S/he needs to follow-up on activities and make sure they are integrated with other relevant sector (such as protection), in line with INTERSOS protocols, and compliant with the donors rules and procedures. S/he needs to closely collaborate with the logistic department in terms of medical procurement and logistical support for the establishment of the mobile medical units.

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Defines, implements and monitors medical activities, in collaboration with the Programme Manager and the Medical Coordinator according to INTERSOS project plans and mission strategy, standards and protocols as well as donor rules and procedures.
  • Maintains a consistent and regular presence in the field, in order to be accountable for the health activities of the INTERSOS projects, monitoring the level of achievements against the indicators as well as the level of spending in the health budget lines.
  • Provides technical support to Medical Activity Managers in the field, ensuring compliance with the protocols of INTERSOS medical activities and be compliant with the donors’ ones.
  • Coordinates, supervises, coaches, and evaluates the field medical team members’ performance to improve the medical components of the project and ensure compliance with INTERSOS protocols and standards.
  • Plans and supervises, in close coordination with the Programme Manager, the associated processes (recruitment, training, performance evaluation, development and internal/external communication) of the medical staffs of the projects.
  • In collaboration with the MEAL department, is responsible for the medical data collection, analysis and reporting to the Medical Coordinator through a correct use of internal databases and monitoring tools in order to ensure proper monitoring of the program
  • Supervises the efficient management of the field pharmacy and medical equipment, in collaboration with the Logistics department. Monitors consumption and preparation of medical orders to provide drugs, medical materials, medical devices and consumables at all circumstances and avoid stock shortage
  • In close collaboration with the log department, follow up on the procurement process of medical equipment, consumables and drugs as well as closely follow up on the mobile units.
  • In close coordination with the Programme Manager and Medical Coordinator, develops internal and external referral and coordination mechanisms at field level.
  • In close collaboration with the Medical Coordinator, participates in exploratory missions, situation assessments (providing technical inputs and recommendations for new and ongoing interventions in the country and defining medical operational priorities when needed) and the development of the programme strategy, annual plan, budget review and project proposal and reports to donors.
  • Participates in sub-cluster meetings and relevant inter-sectoral coordination meetings at field level if requested by the Medical Coordinator, contributing to the development tools and strategies.
  • If and when delegated, services as the mission technical focal person in the absence of the Medical Coordinator.

Required profile and experience


Advanced university degree in medicine or other paramedical studies. Desirable specialization in Tropical Medicine or a degree in Public Health

Professional Experience

Minimum 2 years relevant work experience as Medical referent in the humanitarian sector especially in fragile and unstable environments

Experience working in remote and sometimes unstable field environments.

Capacity-building experience is an asset

Professional Requirements

Medical License from Country of Graduation

Experience working in remote and sometimes unstable field environments.

Capacity-building experience is an asset

Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)

Demonstrate experience with different donors compliance and reporting


English mandatory

Arabic language skills is an asset

Personal Requirements

Good cross-cultural skills

Leadership, people management and development, teamwork and cooperation

Strategic vision

Results and quality orientation

Behavioural flexibility

Commitment to INTERSOS principles

Understanding of humanitarian operations principles, standards and best practices

How to apply


Interested candidates are invited to apply following the link below:

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In case you encounter severe difficulties applying through the platform, you can send an email attaching your CV and motivation letter (both in PDF version) via email to, with subject line: “**Platform issue**  SR-29-1993– Position**”.**

Please also mention the name, position and contact details of at least three references, including the line manager during your last job. Family members are to be excluded.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.

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