Medical Coordinator- Turkey

Medical Coordinator- Kilis, Turkey


Terms of Reference

Title: Medical Coordinator

Location: Kilis, Turkey

Reports To: Country Director

Background and organisational context:

The MENTOR Initiative is a charitable “Not for Profit” organisation registered in the UK, with headquarters based in Crawley, West Sussex, and works in over 8 countries in Africa and the Middle East. We have been providing assistance to national and international partners, working in humanitarian crises in delivering effective vector borne disease control interventions since 2006. The goal of MENTOR is ultimately to reduce the burden of vector borne disease on emergency affected populations. Our work in Syria is in response to the increasing numbers and widespread transmission of leishmaniasis in the northern parts of the country, since the beginning of the civil war in 2011. What was already an endemic disease, leishmaniasis has now become one of the most pertinent and prevalent communicable diseases within the country.

Our response is a three-pronged approach to tackling this disease through prevention, medical and IEC activities. In so doing we have reached over 4 million beneficiaries and treated more than 200,000 cases since 2014. Due to the present security situation and border closures between Syria and Turkey, this process is remotely managed from our office in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Purpose of the Post:

MENTOR seeks a Medical Coordinator (consultant) in the overall implementation of the project in general and in the provision of emergency leishmaniasis disease control services for IDP and host communities in and around northern Syria. The consultant will assist the project in the design, delivery, management and reporting of leishmaniasis control case management activities. He/she will be entrusted with the critical task of ensuring the programme achieves its case management objectives in accordance with the programme grants/awards and The MENTOR Initiative guidance/guidelines. The Medical Coordinator will ensure the compliance of The MENTOR Initiative Syria Emergency Response Programmes for all grant contract obligations to delivering technical capacity building, coaching activities for VBD case management and in line with the programme objectives and the changing context on the ground.


The consultant will report to the Country Director in the various tasks set forth:


  • Will coordinate MENTORs medical activities remotely whilst based in Turkey and serve as MENTORs national representative, whilst developing and sustaining strategic partnerships
  • Will provide leadership, strategic direction and operational management for all medical related activities in close coordination with CD and HQ Programme Manager



Build capacity and access to effective case management:

  • In close collaboration with MENTOR HQ and CD, design, prepare, organise and deliver ongoing technical training of Syrian medical staff for the diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous, mucocutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis, with a section of the training outlining differential diagnosis in relation to skin and other diseases that may present with similar symptoms.


  • Plan, train, supervise and manage The MENTOR Initiative national clinical trainers. Assure that they follow the work plan and activities in alignment with the programme objectives.
  • Plan, train, supervise and manage clinical supervisors to ensure that on-site technical coaching and supervision for leishmaniasis is conducted for all health facilities concerned, ensuring the reinforcement of health worker doxycycline best practice, and patient care.
  • Train and assist local and international NGO staff, and other health organisations, to design and deliver effective differential diagnostic and treatment services for leishmaniasis.
  • As far as possible, monitor access to supported services and quality of services provided through partners/health networks in target areas, to ensure effective use of resources.



Maintaining an Emergency Commodity Supply Chain:

  • In close collaboration with the MENTOR Initiative logistical team, organise for the set-up of an emergency leishmaniasis stock of drugs and materials.
  • Coordinate with health partners case load data, assess epidemic level/risks, and ensure that an even distribution of materials is maintained in response to case load numbers
  • Manage the distribution (mapping and recording) of leishmaniasis drugs and materials directly to health facility teams across affected areas, plus to health partners, or during epidemics or as a ‘loan’ to partner agencies.


Ensure effective IEC amongst target communities:

  • Plan and develop with the Medical Lead, Prevention Coordinator and BCC technical expert standardised health seeking messages that are culturally acceptable and effective for use in IEC campaigns.
  • Ensure the onward training of health staff and partner organisations to deliver the IEC messages as needed.
  • Work closely with the Medical Lead, Prevention team and BCC technical expert in the co-ordinated design and implementation of IEC programme activities with partner organisations.



Ensure Effective Clinical Activity Planning and Reporting:

  • Plan out the weekly / monthly emergency clinical support activities and estimate the resources required, with relevant input from other managers.
  • Co-ordinate related case management human resources in co-ordination with the Medical Lead. Assist in the creation of viable new proposals and budgets in liaison with the Syria Emergency Programme CD, Medical Lead and HQ PM.
  • Prepare relevant medical sections for weekly, monthly/quarterly, and other ad hoc reports
  • Participate in developing relevant medical aspects of weekly, or more frequent planning meetings.
  • Development of relevant medical sections in other reporting required by grant contracts.
  • These reports will include some form of data analysis so that trends can be seen and if necessary responded to.
  • These reports shall include identification of areas of weakness and strengths and recommendation for improvement in implementation and performance of the related tasks.
  • The Consultant will also be required to submit a final report detailing the overall accomplishments, challenges and analysis of the ways in achieve ongoing objectives in relation to the programme.



  • Support the Syria Emergency Programme CD in the planning and delivery of assessment missions when required.
  • Coordinate with and support the Prevention Coordinator and prevention team by directing their activities towards areas with high leishmaniasis case-loads.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the CD and agreed with the HQ Program Manager and/or the Director.
  • Potential transfer to a similar role in another MENTOR team/programme, by mutual consent.


Qualifications and Experience:

Qualified doctor, senior nurse or other similar related qualification preferred

Postgraduate training in public health or related field beneficial

Understanding of epidemiology beneficial

Fluent English necessary. Knowledge of Arabic and/or Turkish beneficial.

Familiarity with NGO working environments and standard procedures preferred.



Proven capacity to train others

Flexible and willing to learn

Practical, hands on approach

Excellent team worker and communications skills

Ability to work long hours

Honest, conscientious and reliable

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