Internal Medicine Specialist – Refugee/IDP Camps


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Type of contract
Fixed-term contract - paid (6 months)

Necessary requirements
Specialisation in Internal Medicine or other medical specialization or General Practitioners; at least three years' continuous professional experience.

Are you interested?
Read the full Job Description; if you are qualified, please apply online.

This role requires capable and autonomous clinical evaluation and diagnosis of primary health care patients, both adult and paediatric.


In Northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqis are searching for safety. In attempting to escape the war in Syria or the military advance of Daesh (better known as ISIS) in Iraq, they are leaving behind their homes and facing journeys that are often difficult and dangerous.

Since 2014, EMERGENCY has been involved in the response to the humanitarian crisis by expanding its operations in Iraq, opening six Health Centres to provide free medical care to refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the camps in Arbat, Kalar and Khanaqin.

Local doctors and nurses work at the Health Centres. Many of them also live in the camps and receive on-the-job training from EMERGENCY’s international staff. Training activities aim at boosting the capacity of local health and nursing staff in a sustainable and long-term perspective.

The Internal Medicine Specialist will work with the international health staff to manage the clinic providing primary health care and the health and social services orientation activities in aid of the population of the camps. The international internal medicine specialist will work as part of a team of international specialists who supervise and oversee the training of the national health staff, in collaboration with the Medical Coordinator who is in charge of the management and organisation of the project.

The main areas of work are:

  • WAITING ROOM AND TRIAGE AREA: nursing triage in accordance with the protocols in use;
  • OUTPATIENTS DEPARTMENT: 2-3 examination rooms for follow-up;
  • OBSERVATION WARD: 4 beds for the stabilisation of patients (only in Arbat Camp);
  • VACCINATION CLINIC / ANTENATAL AND POSTNATAL CARE: collaboration with the personnel of the local Department of Health (DOH) for the management of prenatal care programmes, vaccinations, growth checks (up to five years of age) and health and hygiene education.


All EMERGENCY international personnel is expected to know and follow the hospital admissions criteria, guide lines, protocols, and the diagnosis and treatment standards in use in the Centre, and to ensure the correct compilation of clinical records and statistics in both computer and paper formats.

The main duties and responsibilities of the international Internal Medicine Specialist are:

  • coordination and organization of the clinical part;
  • primary health care visits;
  • relationship with local authorities and coordination of medical interventions on the field, if needed.


Clinical activities and patient care are always carried out alongside and in collaboration with local personnel, who thus benefit from training in the field. There is also provision for more specific teaching activities, managed by the international specialists, in accordance with the clinical protocols in use and as agreed with the Medical Coordinator.


The technological level of the equipment present in the Centres is suited to the clinical and managerial protocols in use, and the level of professional autonomy of the national staff, with the aim of achieving – and sustaining – high standards of care.
Basic laboratory tests are available.

IRAQ PROGRAMME: Health Centres for Refugees and Internally Displaced

Since 2014, EMERGENCY has operated two Health Centres to provide free primary healthcare in the Iraqi IDP and Syrian refugee camps in Arbat.

Faced by growing needs and the opening of new camps, in 2015 and 2016 EMERGENCY decided to expand its operations in Iraq. Four new Health Centres were established: two in the Qoratu and Tazade IDP camps in the Kalar area, the other two in the Ashti IDP camp in the Arbat area, a camp that hosts over 14,000 people.

The main medical conditions identified in these camps in 2016 were respiratory tract diseases (32%), gastrointestinal tract diseases (7%), skin infections (7%) and urinary tract infections (4%). The Health Centres also became a focal point for patients affected by chronic condiions, such as diabetes and hypertension. In 2016, the Health Centres carried out almost 17,000 examinations, accounting for 11% of the total consultations.


Further information on the guidelines, protocols and clinical services relevant to the post along with details of the instruments and equipment available will be provided at interview and during the period of preparation for the mission.

The general requirements and conditions apply to all the international staff.


  • Medical degree, and current professional registration on the medical register of your Country of residence;
  • specialisation in Internal Medicine or other medical specialization or General Practitioners;
  • at least three years’ continuous professional experience;
  • good working knowledge of the English language (B1/B2, Europass).


6 months overseas stay including a period of leave to be taken at the end of the mission in agreement with the coordinator.


For further information and inquiries (not for applications): To apply, please complete the on-line application form: applications sent to this e-mail account will not be considered.

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