Full Time Contract
Details: $900 monthly stipend
Timmy Global Health (TGH) is an Indianapolis-based non-profit that seeks to expand access to health care, while empowering students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. In collaboration with our international and US partners, we facilitate medical service trips and channel financial, medical, and human resources to community-based health projects in the countries where we serve. Through our work, TGH seeks to strengthen local health systems while promoting a spirit of humanitarianism and global awareness among our volunteers.
The Medical Programs Coordinator (MPC) in Monte Cristi plays a vital role within the organization. The position’s primary responsibilities are threefold: 1) to serve as Timmy’s on-the-ground liaison and representative in the DR working to maintain the relationship between Timmy and our partner organization – BANELINO; 2) to coordinate and oversee the on-the-ground logistics and implementation of Timmy's 4 - 5 annual Medical Service Trips (MSTs) to Monte Cristi, DR; and 3) to assist with Timmy’s public health and other health programming in the DR, including, but not limited to, Timmy’s critical referral program, community health promoter management, community visits, and other programming. Medical service trips are 7-10 days long and conducted in partnership with Timmy's university and corporate chapters to provide primary care in our communities in the DR. These trips form the backbone of Timmy's support for both the communities and partner organizations with whom we work.
The MPC will play a large role in communicating with Timmy chapters and will help develop the overall support Timmy provides to our on the ground partners and health programs. The MPC will also work closely with Timmy leadership and other staff members in the region to advance our programming in areas such as evaluation and monitoring of current projects, social work and community organization, public health outreach, and general support of Timmy's partner organizations. The position involves multidisciplinary work and is ideal for charismatic individuals looking to gain field experience in international development, public health, and work related to health disparities in the developing world. At the same time, it is a position that requires both interest and capacity in healthcare and/or public health as well as confidence in public speaking and leadership skills to serve as an inspiring and educated expert in the field. Advanced Spanish language speaking skills are required to succeed in this position.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
MEDICAL SERVICE TRIPS (MSTs)
- Prepare all brigade logistics - in collaboration with BANELINO staff- for all MSTs in MonteCristi.
- Follow MST planning protocols for pre-brigade preparation including: creating itineraries / budgets, managing communication with student participants and medical professional volunteers, coordinating clinic promotion, hiring & training local translators, and preparing community health promoters for volunteer visits.
- Work with BANELINO staff in planning on-the-ground logistics (reservations, patient selection, translator recruitment, approvals for incoming medications from the Ministry of Health and Customs, etc).
- During every MST the MPC works 24/7 and serves as the main team leader, organizer, interpreter and local representative for Timmy Global Health; maintaining professional and culturally appropriate communication between local partners, trip participants and TGH staff.
- Manage the use of our Electronic Medical Record System (TimmyCare) and all hardware during MSTs and BANELINO community visits.
- In coordination with TGH headquarters, manage standardized materials involving volunteer communication, medical protocols, surveys, and trip reports. Track medicine indicators to ensure that required medicines are utilized properly.
- Lead the planning and implementation of specialized medical teams as needed (e.g. physical therapy teams and surgical teams).
- Ensure that all referred patients receive accurate follow up information during medical service trips.
- Organize, update and monitor referral patient list (and costs associated) derived from TimmyCare by working with BANELINO physician and Community Health Promoters (CHPs) to ensure that patients receive the required treatment.
- Assist local BANELINO physician with referral partners, taking patients to referral appointments and approving necessary processes for patients to access required treatment.
- Record payments made to referral partners, after receiving copies of invoices paid from Banelino and Submit Referral Tracking Report to Programs Manager at the end of each brigade cycle.
- Explore new referral partners on a rolling basis to ensure access to high quality care and that seriously ill/injured persons receive adequate treatment etc.
COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS
- Provide ongoing support to BANELINO health team in MonteCristi. Particularly by assisting with the creation of health education materials, workshops, and “charlas” for Community Health Promoter’s (CHPs) and by attending mobile health clinics, assisting in vital signs and patient record organization. The MPC is expected to attend mobile health clinics during the week according to the Banelino’s physician predesigned schedule where Timmy works.
- Oversee the work of CHPs and develop on current community health programming by identifying priority areas for training and structure of the program and their responsibilities alongside BANELINO and identifying social determinants of health, community assets, and resources in the communities we serve.
- Administer training that results in improved health outcomes such as demonstrated changes in community member behaviour in areas such as hygiene, adherence to medicine, and ability to navigate local healthcare systems.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
- Manage financial accounting and reporting between USD and local currency for all fiscal responsibilities.
- Participate in regular virtual meetings with TGH Indianapolis Staff and the Guatemala and Dominican Republic Programs Manager.
- Assist TGH Indianapolis staff with miscellaneous development, programmatic, and other work important to the organization’s overall mission. The MPC will also contribute to website blog updates, quarterly/annual reports and assist in submitting public relations materials including stories on referred patients, pictures, etc.
Minimum Job Requirements/Skills/Abilities
- Minimum two year commitment required
- Experience with public health/health development is preferred
- Fluency in English and Spanish (oral and written). Bonus points for French or Creole!
- Travel experience and living abroad (Latin America and the Caribbean preferred) ; Confidence to live and work independently throughout the Dominican Republic
- Bachelor’s/undergraduate degree required
- Flexible personality; ability and interest in assuming very diverse tasks and serving communities
- Strong work ethic, professional attitude and dedication to the position
- Competency regarding topics in international development, development economics, poverty alleviation, international aid, NGO work, and public health
- Experience coordinating volunteers and working with students preferred
- Charisma and comfort leading and working with large groups of people, including US medical professionals and US university students
- Excellent writing skills; Strong leadership skills; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work very independently, but also cooperate effectively with teams.
Compensation: $900 USD per month
- International Health Insurance financial coverage (if applicable);
- Visa renewal expenses covered,
- Flight to/from the Dominican Republic and predetermined ‘home’ location (if not already in the Dominican Republic);
- Readjustment allowance upon completion of 24 months of service
Level of Language Proficiency
Written and spoken fluency in Spanish required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the position that you are applying for in the subject line. Position is opened until filled - immediate application encouraged as candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. ONLY finalists will be contacted for an in person or telephone interview. Preferred start date of July 2, 2018.