Midwife Advisor - Volunteer in Ethiopia

November 23 2018
Industries Non-profit organisation - NPO
Categories Health, Medical, Other Health Professionals, Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work
Toronto, ON

Location Assosa, Ethiopia

Start Date Jan – Mar 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer's Role

Overall purpose: to support the capacity building of faculty, students and hospital staff in midwifery practice as part of the "Midwives Save Lives" project, that is being implemented in Ethiopia by Cuso International in partnership with the Canadian Association of Midwives. Ultimately, this position will work to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates, strengthen the quality of Reproductive, Maternal, New born and Child Health (RMNCH) services and to build institutional capacity to deliver these services.


-            Capacity development of staff, faculty and students in midwifery

-            Co-facilitating experience sharing initiatives (trainings, workshops, seminars)

-            Conducting collaborative research related to midwifery, Nurse and the RMNCH sector

-            Supporting the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion technical advisor in further developing their placement goals as it relates to the scope of the placement

-            Strengthening community outreach, uptake in services and promotion of midwifery services

-            To improve the quality of antenatal, delivery and postnatal care through the development of skilled professionals

-            To increase the mentorship of health care units and professionals

-            To decrease maternal and neonatal mortalities.

-            To design community engagement strategy and train nurses and community health care workers to create demand for health care and also advocate for preventive care on RMNCH.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support the midwifery department and Teach University staff on Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) specifically on Family Planning, ANC and Post-natal care, breastfeeding and child nutrition among others.

-Responsible for ensuring all community members especially men are included in planning and management for RMNCH service delivery points to increase demand for RMNCH.

-Conduct training need assessments and conduct capacity building sessions to the University tutors and Mentor students while they are in clinical attachment

-Provide consultancy for the hospital in relation to maternal and child health programs & considering gender mainstreaming 

-Plan and deliver coaching and mentoring to improve routine works as per the required standard practices

-Develop tools to improve identified gaps in provision of quality care and services

-Plan and deliver coaching and mentoring to improve routine works as per the required standard practices

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Degree in Midwife with at least 2 and above years of experience in hospital settings

-Experience in training need assessment, in-service training design and implementation

-Experience in conducting workshops, training and seminars

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience in capacity building, training and mentoring;

-Strong observation and analytical skills;

-Excellent verbal and communication skills;

-Experience in program monitoring and evaluation, ideally using a results-based management system

-Strong ability and experience in project design, strategic planning, business management and capacity building

-Strong experience in field visits and community work

Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

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