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Ophthalmic Nurse

Key Responsibilities

The ophthalmic nurse is directly responsible to the Senior Clinical Officer-Ophthalmology and will carry out the following duties:

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  • The nurse shall work in the eye ward/eye clinic as assigned and shall therefore work as both supervisor and team leader to the ophthalmic assistant/s and auxiliary staff.
  • Prepare for and assist the Senior Clinical Officer Ophthalmologist during the ward rounds and whenever required.
  • Ensure that all required observations, prescribed treatment and procedures are properly carried out and documented on patient’s charts/ files.
  • Refer to the OCO/OS on call relevant information such as patient’s status and laboratory results, which would assist in proper clinical management.
  • Assist eye patients with activities of daily living while in the ward.
  • Arrange and submit weekly ward work schedules and plan daily duties and responsibilities for each staff under their supervision.
  • Convene eye ward meetings and attend monthly hospital meetings.
  • Escort patient to other referral hospital when necessary.
  • Do hospital coverage and on-call duties as required.
  • Participate in camp eye health surveys/campaigns.

Reporting and communication:

  • Compile and submit quarterly inventory returns/requisitions for all necessary eye drugs and supplies.
  • Conduct regular training session for OAs, auxiliary support staff and CHWs on PEC, basic nursing care and management of various eye ward cases.
  • Give eye health education to patients and clients
  • Compile and submit monthly reports.
  • Monitor and supervise proper consumption of supplies and drugs.


  • Maintain equipment’s in good working condition and submit regular inventory reports of the same.
  • Maintain drug registers and oversee drug consumption within the ward and clinical.
  • Ensure that all admissions, discharges, transfers and deaths are properly documented as they occur.
  • Report any significant changes in operations to the Senior Clinical officer ophthalmologist.
  • Carry out any other additional duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Key Result Areas

  • Success-full and orderly startup of eye clinic in Kakuma Refugee Camp.
  • Organization of nursing care services within the allocated eye ward/unit.
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  • Registered Nurse from KMTC or recognized nurse training institution
  • Higher Diploma in Ophthalmic nursing from a recognized institution will be an added advantage.
  • Registration with the Nursing Council of Kenya

Required Experience & Competencies:

  • At least 2 years working experience in a busy eye hospital/ Clinic setup.
  • Ready to work in difficult environmental conditions
  • Sensitive to different cultures.
  • Team player.

Clinical Officer Ophthalmology

Job Description

Working under the guidance of the Clinical Services Manager Offer ophthalmology care to patients accessing the hospital facility at Kakuma Hospital.

Key Responsibilities


  • Provision of ophthalmology consultations for patient accessing the camp hospital from both the refugee and host community
  • Assessing eye acuity and prescription of eyeglasses for clients at the ophthalmology clinic.
  • Perform Eye Cataract surgery on an elective basis and during periodic cataract camps organized by the organization.
  • Accurately determining patients with conditions that require senior review and appropriately refer emergency cases within 24 hours and elective cases within acceptable time.
  • Participate as a team leader during campaigns in the camp aimed at creating awareness on various eye conditions of public health importance e.g. trachoma, cataracts. 
  • Assist with OPD consultations.
  • Organize regular on-the-job training sessions for the camp hospital staff in coordination with your supervisor and/or Clinical Services Manager.
  • Carry out other relevant duties as may be assigned by the super visor- Clinical Services Manager.

Human Resources

  • Monitoring and supervision of staff at the ophthalmology clinic to ensure work is done efficiently.
  • Conduct regular on job training for incentive staff working in the clinic.
  • Routinely measure staffs work performance based on their job description.

Communication and Reporting

  • Generate weekly reports on activities taking place at the clinic and various challenges to be shared with the supervisor every week.
  • Proper documentation of patients who require tertiary care and hence generate waiting list of clients that may necessitate a cataract or trachoma camp.


  • Proper inventory management of ophthalmology supplies and equipment at the clinic
  • Work closelywith the pharmacist and supervisor to ensure ophthalmic drugs and supplies are ordered on time to avoid stock-outs.
  • Participate in annual program planning and recommend budget revisions with focus on key areas of concern.
  • Ensure program supplies are used appropriately for the targeted beneficiaries.

Key Result Areas:

  • Proper identification and timely attendance to emergency cases to avoid visual loss.
  • Performing visual acuity test for different clients with proper prescription of eyeglasses.
  • Identification of cataract cases with proper intervention at the camp level.
  • Proper coordination of trachoma and cataract camps organized at the camp level to ensure reach to most beneficiaries.


  • Higher Diploma in Ophthalmology from KMTC or any other reputable institution.

Required Experience & Competencies:

  • At least two years’ experience working in a busy ophthalmology unit.
  • Computer literate
  • Team player and cultural sensitivity is required.
  • Ability to work in hardship areas (Previous experience in a Camp setting will be an added advantage).
  • Fluency in Turkana/Somali will be an added advantage
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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