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Volunteer role: Midwife

Type of role:Healthcare
Location:Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Application Closing Date:16 May 2019
Interview date:As soon as possible
Start date:To be confirmed

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

The objective of the placement is to transfer skill and knowledge particularly to maternal and child health department staffs and generally to overall hospital staffs. The knowledge and skill acquired is expected to improve the quality of maternal and child health services and the competence of MNH staffs. Furthermore, the volunteer is expected to strengthen VSO-E established Maternity waiting Home (MWH) in the hospital and play key role in strengthening system to enable the hospital and concerned department to provide quality care consistently

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Identify gaps in the paediatric outpatient and inpatient department which contribute to poor quality care and treatment and develop action plan accordingly.

• Lead and support the implementation of the action plan with the objective to improve neonatal and paediatrics patient care and treatment to decrease institutional neonatal and child mortality.

• Conduct ongoing mentoring and coaching to Gynaecology/Obstetrics and paediatric ward nurses on patient care and treatment.

• Organize trainings for health professional on maternal and newborn care.

• Conduct baseline assessment and develop proposal to establish / strengthen neonatal intensive care unit in collaboration with the hospital management, when needed.
• Lead and support establishment/ Strengthening of neonatal intensive care units and new-born corners in the targeted hospitals and health centres.
• Engage in the routine care and management of patients in the hospital
• Introduce systems that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the in delivering quality service to patients
• Team building with the different medical disciplines
• Bedside teaching for staff and students in attachment
• Prepare and submit activity report quarterly to VSO and partner hospital

• Registered Midwife
• Experience as a Midwife in hospital setting at least for Five years
• Experience in mentoring/training of nurses, students at a maternity and paediatric Department of any Hospital/in a clinic
• Experience of working in Gynaecology/Obstetrics and neonatal intensive care unit

• Masters of Science in Midwife
• Additional specialization in areas like neonatal care
• Basic computer skill
• Experience in mentoring and teaching/Bedside teaching

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

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% 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; to build a world without poverty.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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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).

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