Job Title: STEPS Center Nurse

Location: Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI), 

Type of position: Full time-42 Hours per week 

NOTE REGARDING LOCATION AND HOURS:    

This position will be based in a shelter serving survivors of trafficking and those at-risk, which requires coverage from a nurse 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, meaning nurses will be required to work in shifts that include weekends and holidays, averaging 40-42 hours per week. The shifts will be arranged to provide full cover for the day and night with each of the nurses expected to work in alternate shifts.

Length of Contract: 12 months

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience. Local Compensation Package  

About SEED Foundation: SEED Foundation is a locally-registered NGO in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. SEED’s mission is to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk. SEED is committed to delivering quality and holistic approaches, combining international expertise and local know-how to achieve results for the people of Iraq and Kurdistan. SEED’s programming focuses on four key objectives: 1) the delivery of transformational, comprehensive MHPSS services including case management, mental health, and legal services, as well as psychosocial support activities; 2) strengthening the capacity of service providers through education, training, and capacity-building programs; 3) promoting policy and social change to strengthen the rights of, and protections for, vulnerable groups and individuals; and, 4) supporting the protection and recovery of survivors of trafficking, including through SEED’s shelter for victims of trafficking and those at risk, aftercare services, and prevention work to reduce the risk of trafficking through public awareness, technical assistance, and advocacy for legal, regulatory, policy, process, and institutional changes. 

Role of the Nurse: The Nurse is responsible to provide services to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of trafficking and those at-risk through day-to-day general care and basic health services. The nurse will work with shelter residents to address their physical health needs through services within the shelter, educational information, as well as external medical referrals. While all nurses will receive training and supervision, successful candidates must be compassionate, confident, diligent, trustworthy, resourceful, interested in learning new skills, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. The nurse must be willing and interested to work with team members and residents of different religious, ethnic, cultural, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds. All services will be provided in accordance with international ethical standards.  

 Specific Tasks:

Provision of Basic Medical Care – 40% 

  • Provide basic first aid to residents and make referrals for emergency and/or other medical care as needed. 
  • Distribute medications to residents in accordance with shelter policy. 
  • Ensure all new residents receive a physical examination by a licensed doctor upon intake to the shelter, in accordance with shelter policies. 
  • Assist residents in following up with medical professionals to address health needs. 
  • Document all interactions with residents and other contacts in relation to a resident’s case in accordance with the shelter’s case management system. 
  • Participate in supervision as required.
  • Support the development and utilization of referral pathways to enhance resident access to services. 
  • Maintain positive relationships with program partners. 

Health Education- 30% 

  • Identify health training needs among staff and residents and either prepare materials to meet identified needs or secure external support in facilitating the necessary training. 
  • Develop and facilitate effective group health information sessions, as relevant to the population being served, in collaboration with the case management team. 
  • Attend relevant training sessions, as assigned, to ensure that the highest quality services can be delivered. 

Administer Shelter Routine – 30% 

  • Assist in creating nutritious meal plans and helping residents cook nutritious food. 
  • In collaboration with the Service Delivery Supervisor, implement the shelter weekly routine, including chores, for residents. 
  • Notify Program Coordinator of any shelter maintenance or procurement issues identified. 
  • Perform other duties, as assigned. 

Essential criteria:

  • University degree in nursing 
  • Experience providing medical care including basic first aid and referrals to physicians 
  • Experience working with survivors of violence for 2+ years 
  • Training and/or experience providing Psychological First Aid a plus 
  • Experience working within a shelter serving survivors of violence preferred 
  • Strong belief in human rights and equality 
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to exhibit empathy and build trust with others 
  • Strong ability to work independently, including the ability to multitask, prioritize competing tasks, and manage time effectively 
  • High standard of spoken and written Kurdish and Arabic; English a plus 
  • Good computer skills, including the use of email and Microsoft Word  
  • Ability to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments 

 TO APPLY:  

  • Send one PDF with your cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to jobs@seedkurdistan.org Indicating  “STEPS Center Nurse ” as the subject of your email. 
  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed. 
  • NO CALLS PLEASE. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.