|Type of role||Healthcare|
|Application Closing Date|
|Interview date||As soon as possible|
|Start date||To be confirmed|
VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. In 2018/19, VSO supported over one million of the poorest and most excluded people in 23 countries across Africa and Asia.
Volunteering with VSO is your opportunity to improve lives and gain unforgettable experiences. You will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and build new friendships whilst doing something truly fulfilling.
The purpose of this role is to improve the quality of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) services in the region by strengthening the capacity of midwives, health care workers, community health workers and establishment of systems essential for maternal and new born care both at faculty and community level.
You will also support the roll-out of the national Nursing and Midwifery Curriculum by coaching tutors in the implementation and advising on additional adolescent friendly service provision and early essential newborn care.
For Sierra Leone: You will provide technical capacity building support to health workers in conducting ultrasound scans of pregnant women and provide day to day support at health facility, planning and organising outreach MNH services with the help of health care workers and District Health Management Team.
Skills, qualifications and experience
•Registered Midwife. Fully accredited by the relevant professional body.
•At least 5 years’ experience as a midwife in hospital setting.
•Experience in mentoring/training of nurses, students at a maternity and Pediatric Department of any hospital/clinic.
•Experience of working in Gynecology/Obstetrics and neonatal intensive care unit.
•Current knowledge in the field of maternal and child health, including some or all of the following: infection, prevention, antenatal care, family planning, PMTCT, essential and emergency maternal and newborn care.
•Solid communication, presentation and writing skills.
•Demonstrated self-management (i.e. motivation, dealing with pressure, adaptability)
•Teamwork, with the ability to work collaboratively in diverse multi-cultural groups. Ability to work in an institutional environment, - hospital and health facility settings - as well as in the community setting
•Effective communications skills (report writing, verbal and written)
•Fluency in Swahili and English languages and ability to communicate with different stakeholders on different levels within organisations.
•Masters of Science in Midwifery
•Additional specialization in areas like neonatal care
•Basic computer skills
•Previous developing country work experience
•Experience of community engagement approaches
•Experience of community to faculty referral mechanism
•Interest/experience in social and gender inclusion; social accountability
Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
How we support our volunteers
VSO provides a support package which includes a basic living allowance, accommodation, medical cover and travel expenses. You'll get extensive training before leaving and support from local staff when you're overseas. When you return, we'll help you resettle.
Some background about VSO
In the last 60 years, we have worked in over 90 countries and supported over 50 million people. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation.
Our proven approach works with volunteers of different skillsets, from overseas consultants to youth. These volunteers work alongside community organisations, local and national governments, and global partners.
Right now, VSO is bringing justice to rape survivors in Pakistan, building resilient disaster prevention and relief in Mozambique, ending stigma against children with disabilities in Ethiopia and tackling the youth skills gap in Uganda and Bangladesh.
Today over 50% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same: create a fair world for everyone.
Your application and COVID-19
We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.
We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.
We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.
If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.
You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.
If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.
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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).